madans answer in anandavikadan
  • Hi
    in today ananda vikadan's question naswer by madan ( page 116) there
    is a very thought provoking set of kelvi pathil

    irai anbu ias has asked madan why he cant write a parallel to "
    vanthaarkal vendraarkal" with chola history.
    madan explains thaty most of our history was unfortunately written by
    poets. with liberal doses of liqour and prizes they have enhanced the
    he quotes the example of chola kings who supposedly went to the
    himalayas and says such kings perhaps never crossed telugu land.
    since those words come from an expert on indian history (not only has
    his book vanthaarkal vendraarkaL sold record volumes but also pulled
    a lot of people into reading history as a past time.)we need to think
    on them.

  • Dear Venkat
    I beg to differ with Madan...The Karikalan..imayavaramban and
    needunchezhian stories might be for grain and grandeur but the RRC,RJC
    and Kulothunga accomplishments are well recorded facts n history
  • i am slightly difeered from madans answewrs.

    in hathikumba inscriptions pf 1 st century Bc clearly mentioned
    pandya king came to kalinga and handed over perals and jewels to
    mahamehavahana king kharavela.

    May be kings are not participated in the war front but due to
    matrimonial alliances of many kings proved ,they visited other
    countries for a good gesture.

    in first queen of bhumakaras (orissa) during sevent century mahadevi
    is a daughter of rajamalla of south india.

    S.balasibramani B+ Bhubaneswar orissa

    Hathigumpha Inscription of Kharavela of Kalinga
  • Hi
    computer guys

    is today's ananda vikadan available on the net.

    can someone give a link to it.

    madan is very forceful when he says writing a historical book on the
    muvendar is just not worth it. he quotes ponniyin selvan's name and
    says only fiction is posible.
    coming from another man its different.
    but madan is an aknowledged expert who brought history to the common

    I guess experts in the group who think otherwise should give him a
    rejoinder and that too quickly. so it can be published next week

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  • dear friends,
    what i understand of madan's reply is..;he says that south indian history has not been recorded if i write it will not be authentic.i can not supplement it with facts.'vanthaarkal vendaarkal' had enough text to write historically."...even i feel the same.but for a few culverts and inscriptions and some poems we do not have any record to prove the war and rule.myself and karthik had often discussed this point.we had an ambition to direct a movie like the 'lord of the rings' and another movie which was in the offing,i do not remember the name[where 1000 elephants were brought in one scene, and the shower of arrows]... 2005 archive ....
    these two movies were real mammoth achievement..though karthik's dream was shocking,,,yet we discussed the possibilities..then we felt that we do not have enough hoistorical books to base the work upon.
    ....this is what Madhan says.not that he under estimates our chola dynasty or that he does not respect them.his reply is misunderstood.
  • Hi Sps

    I think you should find a way of transmitting the refutal in varalaru
    .com to MR. would also give him a chance to mention his
    if you write to the magazine concewrned too , they respond quite fast
    as I learnt last week.
    on last sunday there was a great article in the hindu on " the first
    real war of independence" by maruthanayakam, puli thevan and others.
    authored by S. Muthiah a renowned antiquarian.
    Rahul and I noted what we thought was an error in that article.(
    especially because we both are working on a project on yusuf khan
    saheb alias maruthanayagam.)
    it was mentioned that kattabommanaik participated in this rebellion.
    I wrote to the reader's editor of hindu on the error. I told him that
    when this rebellion was quelled in 1761 kattabomman was only one year
    old and couldnt have possibly fought in this war.
    on monday the renowned author responded and quoted his sources.
    luckily rahul owned one of the books that was quoted as a source.we
    checked up and this book (first printed a century ago ) does say so.
    this opens up a possibility that kattabomman's father or even
    grandfather had rebelled 40 years prior to veerapandyas hanging in
    this is news to many who beleive kattabomman was the first to rebel
    in his lineage and that too only in his last few years.
    so again I think you must respond to anandavikadan or mR. Madan
  • great work Venkat
    I totally agree this should be forwarded to vikatan for three reasons
    1. For madan to defend his statement reach a wider readership
    3. to actually vindicate our stant
  • Looking at Mrs. Kalavathy's response and I am with her in this controversy. I have no doubts that as a society we are as old as humanity is, but credible evidence does not seem to be showing up for the period before 100BC. We do have very ancient sites like the one near Gummidipoondi, Dr. Sirimoney's works point to lots of Iron age settlements and what not. Credible evidence is something everyone keeps asking about, do we know when we would have actually had Karikalan rule over the chola kingdom, no dates, we will not be able to come up with that.

    Unquestionable evidence makes everyone stand up and take notice, that is something that we need to ponder about. Chola pass could be a mis-nomer just like the Cholula Indians(do we have common linkages here?) Or is that the Cholas are Persians in origin? I thought the Pallavas have been thought to be of Persianic in origin. Ohh.. so what we thought is not what was actually there???? Ohhh my, I am feeling like I am in the movie Matrix..

    I am with the group, for sending Kamal's rejoinder to Madan. Vaazhaga Kamal. But sanity tells me to understand the scenario around Madan's comments to a question. Are we talking like our politicians, just trying to make hue and cry without actually understanding the situation and the cause for the statement.??

    Sorry if I am hurting anyone's sentiment in this email.

    History in oral tradition, like our poems, folk songs are just a reminder of our past, but in the eyes of historians they are not credible evidence, maybe they can be used as Corollary to the actual stuff to reconstruct whatever missing information that is needed to fill in the gaps.
  • do we know when we would have actually had
    Karikalan rule over the chola kingdom, no dates, we will not be able
    to come up with that.

    yes nandakumar, we do have excellent corabarative evidence for the
    later cholas. but none at all for early cholas.
    we depend solely on poetry for it. especially karikalan and

    > Unquestionable evidence makes everyone stand up and take notice,
    that is something that we need to ponder about.

    we are not belittling our kings. just complaining the recording of
    history wasnt all that efficient.

    not even comparable to same periods in european history.
    I always quote the bayeux tapestry which relates like a cartoon the
    story of the battle of hastings in 1066. half a century behind the was possibly completed by 1077
    its a cloth 20 inches wide and 230 feet long. thats 70 metres.
    its embroided with scenes from the norman invasion of england.
    it gives minute details( there is a halley's comet in the back ground
    sky).you cant have more details surviving from that period and even
    that in cloth.
    please check this out in wikipedia.
  • Dear Nanda
    Just shows you think with your head and not your heart well done
    However there is enough evidence on the later cholas and he doesnt have to be dismissive is my humble opinion
  • Hi Sri,

    Yes, but what was the atcual question put forth to Madan? Was it the later Muvendars? Then Cheras are not point to mention here, as it was Ay Kings in Malabar at that time.

    Early muvendars, we have only literary proof, which needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and as rightly what Kamal points filter off the chaff from the actual acheivements and locate underlying historical event. Chronology has been difficult in pin-pointing the period and age to which a king could be pointed to.

    Can this book be cited as proof to Madan? Has anyone came across this book or read this one?
  • Sorry for continuous email stream... I am feeling like eating my own words.. :) But still I am not feeling bad about it.

  • Sometimes Madan himself was stupid as he said Y2K is
    roman number when some reader asked about Y2K during
    1998-99. Actually its Year 2000(Year 2 Kilo and
    Kilo=1000 in Greek).

    Its Buddhi Thadumatram(Mind confusion).

    Chola empire was proven thing and many many historians
    acknowledged that.

    Madan made such blabberings though he born/raised in
    Thanjavur itself, he seen the big temple everyday and
    Kallanai was near to him before he arrived Chennai.

    Even today if he travels to Thanjavur/Kumbakonam, he
    can not be missed seeing Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

    So definitely his mind confused.

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