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 COMMENTARIES ON FAMOUS BOOKS along with full text
 C01. NATIVE LIFE IN TRAVANCORE with Commentary by VED from VICTORIA INSTITUTIONS
 C 02. TRAVANCORE STATE MANUAL
 C03. A commentary on V. Nagam Aiya's TRAVANCORE STATE MANUAL by VED from VICTORIA INSTITUTIONS
 04. Castes & Tribes of Southern India - Volume 1 by Edgar Thurston
 
 
 
 
 
 


COMMENTARIES attached to FAMOUS books
 
 
 C01. NATIVE LIFE IN TRAVANCORE with Commentary by VED from VICTORIA INSTITUTIONS
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This is a great book indeed. Even though this book ostensibly speaks of the kingdom of Travancore, the core emotions that have been dealt out can be on various aspects of the geographical area known as the South Asian peninsula, and even of the Asian landmass. 

This book contains a very rare insight into what were the realities of the social living conditions of the peoples of the geographical area known to the outside world as the Indian peninsular area, Indian peninsula, the South Asian Subcontinent. It may be mentioned in passing that it is quite doubtful if any of the inhabitants of this Sub Continent were aware that they were living in 'India' or that they were 'Indians' before the advent of the English rule that created a nation here.

This is also a book that displays the author Rev. Samuel Mateer and many others of the same genre as gullible fools, who set to improve populations which had no content of gratitude for the benevolence they had received.

 
C 02. TRAVANCORE STATE MANUAL
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From the perspective of modern Indian history and sociology writings, this book has many issues which can make it a disturbance. The main problem is that it is written in a sort of impartial and non-jingoistic manner.

The writing of this book has been done from a most impartial manner with regard to caste and social issues. Even though Nagam Aiya is a Brahmin, there has been no attempt to portray any group or castes as above blame. In fact, the detailing is so honest, that not many modern Travancorians would actually like to recommend this book to anyone for a detailed reading.

The various false aspirations and claims of the various castes and the tragic sides of their lives have been portrayed with rare honesty.

The general culture of official corruption rampant in Travancore bureaucracy, which was more or less hereditary caste-based in mentioned in raw words. The lower castes are also not mentioned in a praiseworthy manner.

The next item of jingoistic reproach would be the very obvious support to the English colonial rule. This feature can be felt in many pages dealing with the colonial times in the subcontinent. In the very introduction of the book, Nagam Aiya mentions thus:

QUOTE: ultimate success of the English East India Company, our early friendships with them and the staunch support which they in return uniformly gave us through all vicissitudes of fortune, ultimately resulting in a strong bond of political alliance and reciprocal trust and confidence, which assured to us internal security and immunity from external aggression, thus enabling us to achieve the triumphs of peace and good government, until step by step we reached the enviable height of being known as the Model Native State’ of India END OF QUOTE

King Marthanda Varma’s words on his deathbed: QUOTE: That, above all, the friendship existing between the English East India Company and Travancore should be maintained at any risk, and that full confidence should always be placed in the support and aid of that honourable association.” END OF QUOTE is also mentioned in the book.

These kind of writings found in various parts of the book as well as other items of a similar kind does lend support to the feeling that Nagam Aiya was supportive of the English rulers in the neighbouring Madras Presidency.


 C03. A commentary on V. Nagam Aiya's TRAVANCORE STATE MANUAL by VED from VICTORIA INSTITUTIONS
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QUOTE: There are a few reason why this book has been converted into a much easy to browse digital version. However, when this decision was taken, I had imagined that it would take only a few hours to do it. Or at the most three days. I had decided to depend on the Google version available online. However, it was only when I commenced the work that I found that there was a huge mountain of work to be done to design it into this digital book. The foremost problem being that the text on this online source was literally gibberish.

I decided to depend on a various other sources to get this book done. It was a wonderful experience in that this book gave me exact solid supportive evidence of the various contentions that I had made with regard to the working of feudal languages on social systems and their history [in my books].

I had to do a lot of typing to get the book into shape. Though a perfunctory proofreading was done, the book is not error free. It is a huge book of more than 300000 words.

I am surprised as to why books like these are not in the forefront on studies on ‘Kerala’ and ‘India’’ both, of the geographical areas that are identified with these names, and also of the modern state and nation that that bear these names. The answer to this query is not very hard to find. I have found that this book is a great evidence that British rule was not the evil experience that has been portrayed in writings of shallow Indian academic historians. Moreover, a lot of indoctrination that are fed into the minds of the current-day citizens of this nation shall stand questioned by this book, and similar books.


 CASTES AND TRIBES OF SOUTHERN INDIA Vol 1 by EDGAR THURSTON
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