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Historian Narayanan feels India needs a Maritime University

India needs to set up a full-fledged institute for maritime studies to construct a complete maritime history of the country, said eminent historian MGS Narayanan. He said this at the third edition of the Annual 'Dilli' series INA seminar on 'Indian Maritime History Expeditions, Operations & Players', at the Indian naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Friday.

Oct 18, 2014 15:40 IST
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To make people understand the vivid and large history of maritime in our country it is a must to initiate a full-fledged institute for maritime studies at the level of a maritime university, said the eminent historian MGS Narayanan. With departments like History, Oceanic study, Technology and Underwater Archeology the Centre for Maritime Studies should come up in the Indian Naval Academy(INA) at Ezhimala, as pointed out by Mr. Narayanan in the third edition of the Annual ‘Dilli’ series INA seminar on ‘Indian Maritime History Expeditions, Operations & Players’ at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala on Friday.

To begin with, he stressed on the construction of the complete maritime history of India for which it would be demanded to study way back from the Indian Colonization of South East Asia, along with the relation between Indian states and the West Asian communities of Jews, Syrian , Christians and Arab Muslims to come to a proper initiation of the maritime history of India.

The specific details about the harbor constructions and ship building through the pages of history need to be studied and scrutinized by the officials to provide a clear base for maritime history in India. There has to be a detailed study of Puranic literature about Indian voyages like Buddhist literature to get included in the ambit of study for the formation of the history. The history of maritime has not ever been glamorous and studied seriously in our country and thus it should get prominence to come in front. Study of inscriptions, coins and accounts of ships and shipwrecks needs to be done in order to understand the complete history and thus a need for proper full-fledged institute is a must at this point of time.

MGS Narayan Said, “Though we are surrounded by the sea, and though we had peaceful trade and migrations from India towards the East, and from the West towards India throughout history, our awareness of the sea and the world of maritime activity were not as great as that of England or China.”

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