Ranchi, Apr 28
The Department of International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, will be organizing a two-day National Seminar on India’s Freedom Movement and Untold Stories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands during April 28-29 sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. The topic of the Seminar is important to how the Andaman and Nicobar Islands play a detrimental role in the nationalist transformation of public space.
The beautiful and mystic islands of Andaman and Nicobar and Cellular Jail, in particular, played a pivotal role in the Indian nationalist movement. Despite being located far from the Indian mainland, the significant role of the A & N Islands in the Indian freedom struggle can’t be undermined. It has been believed that the name Andaman was derived from the Hanuman (God of Monkey). Although, in the 9th century, the Chola Empire used these Islands as its naval base which helped their expeditions towards the Indonesia region. In the 18th century, these Islands were once again discovered by the naval officer of the East India Company which was used for the trade route between India and Myanmar. After the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the British administration made several reforms in their policies and they were convinced to weaken the Indian nationalist movement the A & N islands were selected for the penal settlement and the cellular jail was then constructed were freedom fighters served their jail term and even lost their lives. During that time, the Andaman Islands were known in mainland India as “Kalapani” which means black water due to their horrible living condition and geographical features. On 29th December 1943, Indian National Army supreme commander, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited Andaman Islands. During his visit, it was the first time the tricolor national flag was unfurled on Indian soil by the Netaji on 30th December 1943 at the Gymkhana Ground in the Andaman Islands.
In the modern history of India, contribution of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India’s freedom movement has become a forgotten past for the young generation. However, these Islands represent glorious chapters in the history of India’s freedom movement and will inspire whole generations and future generations to come. Therefore to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive independent India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements department of international relations is organising this seminar.
The Department of International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Central University of Jharkhand is going to bring together top academicians, research scholars and professors who are going to put views on this particular topic such as Battle of Aberdeen: The Untold Story of Andamanese, Post-colonial Migration in the Context of Nationalistic Imagination in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Biswas, Convener of the Seminar said that scholars from all over India are going to participate here.