Exhorting politicians to stay abreast with history as well as learn from it, Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan inaugurated the 73rd Indian History Congress at the University of Mumbai on Friday.
Reflecting on the lessons of history, the governor pointed to the dual tasks of writing history in a responsible manner and impressing upon people the need to respect history.
“It would be good if politicians also keep themselves abreast of India’s history,” said Sankaranarayanan in his inaugural address. “I feel that politicians must have basic knowledge of India’s history.”
“… History teaches us that the large mass of voiceless humanity cannot be taken for granted by rulers for long. Rulers must remain alive and sensitive to the basic needs and developmental aspirations of the poor, the downtrodden, and the socio-economically backward sections of society,” the governor added.
The Congress, which will last till Sunday, is expected to see more than 2,000 delegates from universities across India. The sessions have been divided into ancient Indian history, medieval history, modern India (socio-economic), modern India (political and administrative), countries other than India, contemporary India and archaeology.
Papers are being presented on a range of subjects such as maritime history, history of science, technology and medicine, wom-en’s issues, state-specific histories and religion.
Former Mumbai University professor JV Naik delivered the SC Misra Memorial Lecture, recognising in his speech, Raghunath Dhondo Karve, who he described as “modern India’s unsung pioneer of birth control and sex education movement”.