The proceedings of 38th session of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress (APHC) 2014 held at Tirupati
The Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology of Sri Venkateswara University hosted the APHC: The 38th session of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress (APHC) was held at Tirupati on 4th and 5th of January 2014 and hosted by the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology (mentioned as AIHC & A) of Sri Venkateswara University (mentioned as S. V. University). When I reached the venue on 3rd evening, I could find only 20-30 delegates had arrived. Thus, the delegates were accommodated at the Reddy Bhawanam, Karakambadi (Mangalam) Road, Timminaidu Palem, Tirupati which is 6-7 kms away from the venue of the proceedings of APHC. This was the same place, where I stayed when I came here to attend the Conference organized by the Indian Institute for the American Studies in July 2013. From Railway station and Bus-stand, the delegates were received on 3rd evening onwards and taken to the venue, where registration was done and food provided. The volunteers had been very active in taking the delegates to the venue.
Dr Sambaiah and others can be seen.
IHC trends seen in APHC?: On 3rd evening something happened at the time dinner made me to recollect what had happened at the IHC session held at Calcutta. When one student of History department tried to take food that was objected by another leading to some unpleasant incidence. The Governor of West Bengal hosted dinner at the lawns of Victoria Memorial Hall. They started gathering waiting for the food. When the food came, the so-called historians, history professors, teachers and others virtually pounced on the food trays. At that time I attended the Conference with my office friends S/Sri Sridharan, Perumal, Tiruvengadam and others. Of course, we had been life members of IHC. The uruly behaviour appeared strange to us and therefore, we started controlling them by asking to stand in the queue, distributing the plates and started serving. After half an hour, some persons started running towards us and asked why we were doing the serving. We explained, then, they identified themselves that they had to that job! The point is that historians talk so many things about equality, social justice, and egalitarian society and so on. But when it comes for practicing, they behave differently.
Bus came to pick up the delegates.
Inauguration at “Srinivasam Hall” (04-01-2014): Even on 4th morning, the strength of the delegates had been less as compared to the previous sessions. Obviously, because of the “Telingana issue”, there was bundh on 3rd and thus, the local delegates could not have arrived at on 3rd or 4th. Perhaps, the delegates from “Telengana” might have avoided also, as many other familiar faces were missing. Even after breakfast and assembled at the “Srinivasam Hall”, the delegates numbers were only 32. Suddenly, two bus-loads of students arrived and they were made to stand either side of the entrance with flowers in their hands. More students arrived occupying the chairs and thus suddenly, the auditorium appeared full within an hour. The session was inaugurated by Prof L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman of Andhra Pradesh State Commissioner for Higher Education (APSCHE) at the “Srinivasam Hall” nearby. The Hall has been huge one could accommodate perhaps about 1000, but most of the seats have been in bad condition – hand-rests removed, torn, and so also seats. The delegates were welcomed by Prof N. Krishna Reddy, details briefed by P. Bhaskar Reddy and message given by Kiran Kranth Chudary. The Annual Report was presented by Pasala Sudhakar, the General Secretary. Padmashri K. Paddayya, Former Director, Deccan College, Deemed University, Pune was installed as the president of the current session. In the list, Prof Kesavan Veluthat was give presidential remarks, but he did not turn up. As the delegates were few, local school and college students were brought to fill the big auditorium, but some of them were creating noise, indulged in shouting and whistling and booing too. At one stage, Prof L. Venugopal Reddy told that the place was not theatre and they could not respond in such a way. The professors were seen running towards the students and tried to control the shouting students. Instead of making to gathering of such uninterested crowd, they could have arranged a small hall to accommodate the delegates and others who were interested, so that such type of aberrations could have been avoided.
The the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology of Sri Venkateswara University (mentioned as S. V. University.
A. R. Ramachandra Reddy, Venkata Ramana Reddy, Jawahar Lal and others also can be seen.
V. Ramakrishna, Kiran Kranth Chaudary, Venkata Ramana Reddy and others can be seen.
Historians V. Ramakrishna, Venkata Ramana Reddy, Kiran Kranth Chaudary, Pasala Sudhakar can be seen.
Srinivasam Hall entrance – where inauguration was held.
Beautiful Rangoli / Kolam drawn at the entrance of Srinivasam Hall - Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology – Andhra Pradesh History Congress – Welcome to delegates – can be seen in colours!
Students lined up on either side of the entrance to receive the VIPs with flowers showering! Till 10.30 am none was there, but then the students came, as pointed out in the write-up.
Banner put up on the RHS of the Srinivasam Hall – welcoming the delegates and guests of APHC.
Students filled hall can be seen.
VIPS yet to come - Audience during the inaugural function – another view.
K. Paddayya, L. Venugopal Reddy, W. Rajendra, Kiran Kranth Chaudary, P. Sudhkar on the stage.
Bhaskara Reddy, K. Paddayya, L. Venugopal Reddy, W. Rajendra, Kiran Kranth Chaudary, P. Sudhkar on the stage.
Many VIPs, SIHC members can be seen.
Audience stood up to respect Telugu Mother through the invocation song.
Can the ritualization of Inauguration can be reduced?: The inaugural function ended by 2.00 pm with the speeches of VIPs, office bearers and Sectional Presidents. As I have been attending this type of conferences since 1983, I do not find any difference and everything went on as usual. Mentioning names, praising others, receiving shawls, mementos, posing for photographs and video …………all have become routine. The speakers also talk traditionally without adopting the current methods of presentation. They could use “Power-point” to convey more to the audience than the one hour long speech. Thus, perhaps, here they had taken a long time for the inaugural session to conclude. As the session had gone beyond lunch time, there were delegates found taking food already. The inaugural session is highly ritualized in almost all History Congresses. In Cuttack, the IHC was rather politicized also. Thus, it is evident that historian have been drifting away from their academic pursuits.
Modern Andhra History section – president Bhangya Bukya, Kanakaratnam and others can be seen.
Modern Andhra History section – audience
K. V. Ramakrishna Rao presenting his paper - Modern Andhra History section – president Bhangya Bukya and others can be seen.
Modern Andhra History section – audience another view.
Paper-reading sessions: After lunch, the paper-reading sessions started. The following sessions were held with the Sectional presidents as shown against each:
|1||Ancient Andhra History and Archaeology||Prof K. Venkatachalam,||Registrar, Parmar University||AIHC and Museum Hall|
|2||Medieval Andhra History and culture||Victor Babu||Dr B. R. Ambedkar University, Lucknow||Psychology seminar Hall|
|3||Modern Andhra History||Dr Bhangya Bukya||EFLU, Hyderabad||Arts Block Auditorium|
|4||Local History||Dr J. Sujana Mallika||RJD, Intermediate Bosard, Tirupati||English class room|
|5||Historiography||Dr K A Manikumar||Retd. History Prof, Tirunelveli||English class room|
Significantly, in Modern Section, the sectional chairman Dr Bhangya Bukya EFLU, Hyderabad was responding to every paper and offering critical, encouraging and constructive comments and suggestions. He was also point out that paper-presenters should not simply present the facts culled from newspapers, secondary sources and archives materials, but offer their new findings and the conceptual, textual and non-textual interpretations to bring out their point of view. There was lively discussion on certain papers dealing with current affairs and controversial issues.
Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiah Memorial Lecture – 26: This year Prof Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiah Memorial Lecture – 26 was delivered by Retd. History Prof. K A Manikumar on “Impact of British colonialism on different social classes in 19th century Madras Presidency” on 4th evening at the Srinivasam Hall. Then also some students were making noise and Manikumar told that “it was not inaugural function, if they did not want, they could go out of the hall”! I had many occasions to listen to K A Manikumar in other seminars and conferences. It was followed by the cultural programme. There was problem with Sound-system that delayed the paper-presentation of K A Manikumar that continued and affected the effective performance of the artists during the cultural programme also. Incidentally, one professor from the Archaeology Department was also part of the Music troupe and he was rendering classical songs rhythmically. Thus, archaeologist could also exhibit other talents besides digging. After dinner, it was reported that the Executive Committee meeting was held till 11.30pm.
Cultural programme presented by the Archaeology department staff
APHC 2014 delegates queued for food.
APHC 2014 delegates queued for food – another view.
Adapa with Sivakumar Aruni ICHR – enjoying food and discussing.
Ramachandra Reddy eating and enjoying with his colleagues.
Sivakumar Aruni, Kanakaratnam and others taking food.
Proceedings of the second day (05-01-2014): On 5th (the second day), the paper reading sessions continued. After lunch, in a programme held at the Arts Block auditorium, some historians were facilitated and it was sponsored by the Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology of Sri Venkateswara University. The following historians were honoured:
- C. V. Ramachandra Rao
- O. Sambaiah
- A. Sathyanarayana
- Durga Prasad
- N. S. Ramachandramurthy
- Soma Reddy
- Bhaskara Reddy.
The business session was also held there after the facilitation function. About the next venue of the APHC, nothing was decided, as none came forward so far to host and therefore, it would be considered later. In short, the 38th session of APHC was concluded quickly just like years passing on. We meet again and again.
 It is surprising me note in other cases, specifically the adjectives / titles are mentioned faithfully, though not relevant (even after retirement, resignation etc), but here, the name of the University is shortened, though it is short and mentioned differently.
 Later some technical objection was raised that he was not registered as delegate. In fact, at that time, none was registered delegates, as it was done later.
 We are all from the Central Excise department interested in history and thus became life members immediately. In fact, in the case of Sridharan, he had passed competitive exams and gone to Income Tax from Excise and again from Income tax to Customs with his interest in “History and other related studies”.
 Later, during cultural programme, one student wearing yellow colour shirt with black stripes sitting in the front seat of third row on LHS viewing from the stage, caved in as his seat fell down! Then he moved to first seat of the first row on LHS as mentioned.
 He was attending Indian History Congress held at Cuttack from 28th to 30th December. At that time I could see many delegates from Andhrapradesh also.