Eminent historian MGS Narayanan on Maritime University in India


Here are some views of the eminent historian MGS Narayanan on Maritime University that there is a need of proper University full-fledged institute for maritime studies in India. He says that in order to create history in Maritime, India should set up Maritime Institutes for maritime studies.

While delivering key notes at the third edition of the Annual Dilli series INA seminar, he said that the institution for Maritime University can be set up in the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala with several departments like history, oceanic study, technology and underwater archaeology, opined the historian. INA seminar was held on the topic ‘Indian Maritime History Expeditions, Operations & Players’, at the Indian naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.

He suggested that to start with the construction of Maritime University, a tentative bibliography has to be prepared of maritime literature in different languages, dictionary of related terms to sea and marine life, listing words for parts of ships and commodities related to voyages have to be created according to him.

First the history of India in Maritime University has to be constructed. For this, it is required to collect all details about the Indian colonisation of South East Asia, and the relation between Indian states and the West Asian communities of Jews, Syrian Christians, and Arab Muslims. The specific accounts of harbour construction and ship building through Indian history, and the detailed study of Puranic literature about Indian voyages, especially Buddhist literature, have to be collected and studied. Inscriptions, coins, and accounts of ships and shipwrecks have to be examined for filling such volumes, for which a full-fledged institute needs to be set up.

He feels that our Maritime history is not very glorious he says.

However, our maritime history is not very glorious, opined MGS Narayanan. Further he says for India is that 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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