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2008-ல் ஐராவதம் மகாதேவனின் பணிப்பாராட்டு மலரை வரலாறு.காம் வெளியிட்டது.

பல அறிஞர்கள் பங்களித்த அந்த மலரின் மின்பதிப்பை திரு.மகாதேவனுக்கு காணிக்கையாய் இலவசமாய் இங்கு வெளியிடுகிறோம்.

பதிப்பின் முன்னுரை இங்கே.

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Anyone can make history. But it takes a genius to write it. Little did the toddy-tapper Nakkan realize, when he scribed his name on his pot, that he was creating history. Several centuries later, it took the genius of Iravatham Mahadevan to correlate this pot with the widespread literacy in the ancient Tamil country.

This felicitation volume, Airāvati, for Iravatham Mahadevan is brought out, as researchers, scholars, admirers and followers – young and old, spread across the world celebrate Mahadevan‘s Golden Jubilee year in Indological research. This volume stands to represent the tribute paid to his outstanding work in Indus Script, Tamil Brahmi, Journalism and Numismatics.

While men of honour in different fields are recognized in various ways, wise men in the field of history, have set a unique tradition by publishing a felicitation volume that carries articles from the best in the field. Airāvati is no exception. It contains interesting articles from several accomplished experts in their fields . The enthusiastic response from the scholars across the globe to our request for an article for this volume testifies the global admiration that Mahadevan enjoys among his peers.

Like any other student of history, our editorial board too is indebted to Mahadevan for his contributions through his multitude of journal articles and his two meticulously worked out books. However, the intention of this volume is neither to show our gratitude nor to eulogise the veteran. Purpose of this volume is to inspire and encourage all those individuals, who are interested in history but are hesitant to pursue research on it, as they feel they don‘t have the background to do quality research. This volume felicitates a man, who studied Chemistry and Law; earned his living as a civil servant; did not earn a formal degree in history; nor was he an expert in technology. But through his insatiable thirst for knowledge and passionate pursuit of Truth, he went on to become the best in the fields he worked on.

The volume is divided in to three sections. The first section in English and the second section in Tamil contain articles from proficient historians, archaeologists, journalists and numismatists. The third section is dedicated to Iravatham Mahadevan and it carries his bibliography on Indus script, Tamil Brahmi, a couple of reviews on his magnum opus – Early Tamil Epigraphy, one article each in his fields of accomplishment and an interview – throwing light on the man behind these great works.

Bringing out such a volume is not possible without the cooperation of the academic community. We thank all the contributors for their prompt response. The Editorial board is a truly global team with members in India, Japan and the U.S. Even at this technologically advanced age, our correspondence would have not been possible without human intervention in the form of Prof. M. R. Arasu, Mr. M. Selvamoorthy, Mrs. S. Sumitha, Mr. S. Seetharaman and Mr. Bala. Padmanaban. Special thanks must be given to Alamu Printers for their highly professional work in printing this volume.

வரலாற்று ஆர்வலர்களுடன் இதைப் பகிர்வதில் பெருமகிழ்ச்சி. பரவலாய் பகிருமாறு கேட்டுக் கொள்கிறேன்.

தரவிறக்க இந்த இணைப்பில் சொடுக்கவும்: ஐராவதி

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