India seeks to highlight historians' research

Historians in the News

BANGALORE: Often people are not aware of historians' research on several subjects and places. A new set of initiatives by The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) aims to change that.

With a view to make such research accessible to non-specialists and history consciousness a part of popular culture, ICHR has initiated several new programmes. The autonomous organization plans to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Sri Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara empire by holding an exhibition in Hampi and Hyderabad.

Noted historian and chairman of ICHR Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya said: "A lot of misinformation is passed off as history. Even during recent issues related to history, many people had several claims. I personally believe everything has to be examined though the discipline of history.''

The exhibition on Vijayanagar empire is scheduled to be held in January 2010 and will showcase the Vijayanagar rule through several pictorial depictions from the libraries of ICHR and ASI along with architecture photographs. ICHR plans to have an inscriptions exhibition along with translations as well.

It also plans to hold a conference to celebrate the discovery and publication of Kautilya's `Arthashasthra' by Shama Shastry in 1909 at Mysore. The book, which is widely believed to be the manual for rule in the Mauryan empire, was an important discovery for historians.

Apart from exhibitions and seminars, ICHR will conduct training courses in research methodology and has already conducted two courses in Mangalore and Thiruchirapalli.

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