New Pseudo-Intellectual Endeavours to Distort the True History of Kerala.20/05/2011 14:02:01
Prof. C. I.Issac
In the light of the latest work of Rajiv Malhotra, Breaking India, it is genuine to observe the parallel developments in Kerala. The book well explains the ongoing process of the incubation of Aryan Dravidian/Dalit dichotomy in Tamilnadu and the South. The purpose of such an endeavour is intended to destabilizing the nation and extends the frontiers of the dying Christendom over Hindu strongholds.
The situation in Kerala is much different from the rest of the South. The main reason is that in Tamilnadu and other regions the divisive forces projecting Brahmins and Sanskrit as the common enemy of the rest. Here in Kerala Brahmins is microscopic minority and not forms the part of vote-bank politics. Above all economically they are marginalized groups. The transactional language Malayalam has no existence without Sanskrit. Especially due to historical reasons Keralaites lost their chauvinistic spirit in the deluge of 200 years colonial relations. More over the twentieth century Kerala Renaissance leaders like Sree Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swamikal, Mahatma Ayyan Kali, etc were strived to strengthen its age-old Hindu identity. So Aryan Dravidian/Dalit dichotomy is non-operative in Kerala.
So the same divisive force which operates from the North East to Tamilnadu is functioning in Kerala with entirely different tools and stratagems. The intrinsic worth of Kerala is not differed from the Sanathana Dharma. For millenniums Kerala and Hindu are contiguous as one and the same to its people irrespective of its jati differences. The said forces here are to attain the common declared end by using history as a powerful weapon. Their effort is to detach Kerala from the main national cultural realm through disproving its age-old intimacy of the natives beginning from the days of Vedas. For this end, fifteen years back, the Marxist led government established Kerala History Council [KCHR] to rewrite and distort its ancient history. The greatest paradox is that the KCHR was later baptized by Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Even though KCHR was started as a pro-Marxist party quasi-governmental organization for the research and studies in history now it is discharging the function of an archaeological department. Archaeology is a double edged sword in the unscrupulous hands. The recent book of Charles Allen, The Buddha and Dr. Fuherer, tells how archeologist can distort history. In the light of Allen’s revelations I invite the attention of the intellectual community of India in the ongoing archeological excavations of Kerala.
Kerala in the great Sangam period functioned as an export hub to the West. In this time the port Kodungalloor was well known to all maritime kingdoms of the day. Valmiki Ramayana refers to this port as Muchiri. Later Greeks and other western people called it as Muzris. Muchiri/ Muzris/ Kodungalloor until the European arrival were a dominant Hindu city. Several temples, forts and monuments in and around of Kodungalloor have to say the history of its golden past.
In nineteen forties the Cochin State Archaeological Department under its director late Anujan Achen conducted exploration and trial digging in Kodungalloor, Kottappuram, Cheramanparambu, Moozhikulam, etc villages and identified as the Muzris as Kodungalloor. On the basis of the findings he had recommended further excavations in these sites. After the independence the Cochin state lost its entity. Thus his suggestions became another scapegoat of growing communal equations and Marxian anarchism in the newly born Travancore-Cochin state. Another living archeologist K.V. Raman later conducted investigations in the proposed sites and well attested the importance of excavations proposed earlier by Anujan Achen.
But KCHR started unilateral excavation work to identify Muzris under the hypothesis that it was “Pattanam” a small inland hamlet seven km south of ancient port city Kodungalloor. Pattanam is the mother’s village of present finance minister Thomas Isaac is the irony of the affair. One couldn’t deny the real-estate interest behind it. It is because the KCHR Muzris project is seasoned as a tourist project by the finance ministry of Kerala.
KCHR used only one literary source to identify Muzris. That is a seventeenth century Portuguese document written by Bishop Francisco Ross translated into Malayalam by Jacob Kollamparmbil as a footnote/cross-reference to a history book on the history his Christian rite. [See ‘The Living Dead and the Lost knowledge’, Department of Culture, Department of Archeology, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum, 2008, p6]. KCHR or its stewards had never seen the original text which they used to form the hypothesis for their excavation work at Pattanam is the malady of the present endeavour. Sangam literatures such as Akam, Puram, Cilappatikaram, Manimekhela, etc clearly explain of various landmarks, location, direction and distances of Muzris from various cities of Tamil Sangam South. The said literary sources and foreign accounts testifies that Kodungalloor as the ancient Muzris. But the KCHR while formulating the hypothesis for the present excavation not accounted the said indigenous or other foreign literary sources.
The present work of KCHR is not transparent. Certain hide and seek are going on in the rank and file of KCHR. The representatives of KCHR presented the hypothesis of the project as findings in recently concluded international archeological conferences at Ravenna and Vienna. They are trying to establish in Muzris Hindu/Vedic religion reached only after seventh century without ample proof. Before Hinduism Roman religion, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam were reached here is another finding of KCHR. Such piecemeal information is periodically appearing exclusively in The Hindu News Paper only. Another thing is that the relics that recovered from the site is not subjecting to the intellectual debate. Intellectual world forced to take notice of the discoveries from the said news paper only.
Taking advantage of the so called findings, the Catholic Church opened a new pilgrimage centre near the Pattanam site as the entry gate of Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, to Kerala in 52 CE. Kerala, as far as the Hindu society is concerned, is a sinking ship. Anyhow behind the KCHR endeavour multifaceted interest is brewing. Political designs of Marxist party, Christian and Islamic designs of hijacking Kerala from the Hindu hands, economic interest of Marxist leaders, etc are the motive force behind the Muzris Project of KCHR. KCHR is eager to open a few more sites in important Hindu centres of Kerala with a hidden agenda of reducing Hindu tradition and heritage. The spirit of Hinduism is the unifying force. Once it is reduced or tear up it is easy to subjugate this nation.
In Tamilnadu the same elements reduced Thiru Valluvar as the disciple of Thomas. [Breaking India, p 94]. It is really humiliation of the 1.2 billion population of the nation. Similarly in Kerala the Church popularizing a story that Adi Sankara learned Monism [advaidam] from Christians. The ongoing excavations are sufficiently tendered to justify the desired ends. Such tailor-made excavations will endanger Hindu specious for ever not only from Kerala but also from the entire nation.