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Scientific perspective in the study of history needed

Scientific perspective in the study of history needed

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Mar 28, 2018: Unbiased perspectives towards the study of history are needed as there can be multiple narratives of historical incidents, opined Professor K M Lokesh of History department, Mangalore University.


He was speaking at a state-level seminar on the Importance of Historical Documents and Their Utilisation, organised by Dr P Dayanand Pai and P Satish Pai Government First Grade College, Car Street, Department of Archives and Mangalore University History Teachers Association (MANUSHA) at Sreemanthi Bai Memorial Government Museum in Bejai, Mangaluru on Tuesday.

He further said that the historians should not let their work get affected by various ideologies, and should remain neutral while recording historical evidences. "Utilising historical evidences is of utmost importance. In history, no opinion can be final and there can be no full stop, only be commas and semicolons. With history, there is always ambiguity between the subjectivity and objectivity. Therefore, it is important to differentiate between the actual facts and ’historical facts’. The historians must depend upon the scientific data towards conveying an unbiased interpretation of history," he said.

Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Chairman A C Bhandary said that Tulu Academy is planning to establish an archive of manuscripts, books, photos and palm leaf inscriptions pertaining to Tulu culture.

Government First Grade College, Hiriyadka former principal Padekallu Vishnu Bhat said that history is a logical series of causes, actions and consequences. "One must not create but narrate history based on authentic evidences. But even historians have their limitations. Many historical evidences have vanished due to various reasons and the correct picture may not be available."

Bejai Museum Curator Dhanalakshmi Ammal was present.

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