Vol. 7 No. 2 (2022): General
ISSN No: 2583-4347
In keeping with the policy of Samyukta to bring to the fore the protracted culture of Kerala over the last 1000 years, may be too ambitious a project, we have included in this number two papers spanning the period from the 14th to the 20th century. Pyari Suradh discusses the Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics, an important intellectual circle which disintegrated and died out after the European invasion of India. She hints at the extent to which colonial control of knowledge creation and distribution robbed the original Indian thought in the field of mathematics for centuries till the contribution of Madhava of Sangamagrama was brought to the fore by mathematicians in the 20th century.
Taking a lead to the 20th century, we have also included the paper by N Sasidharan, Build up of Class Consciousness: Agitational Politics in Malabar, which is based on the idea that the ‘social and political radicalism’ in Kerala had its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He goes on to posit that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has its roots in the early radicalism that covered the length and breadth of Kerala in the first half of the last century. Sasidharan contends that “This was due to the impact of modernisation and became what could be termed as Kerala sub- nationalism”. The paper goes on to examine its intersections with caste system , land relations and 19th century religious revival in this interesting study of the spread and reach of radicalism in Kerala.
G. S. Jayasree
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