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Prof. M. Anandakrishnan Endowment Lecture Series

Roja Muthiah Research Library

invites you for a

 lecture on

 New Evidences of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Last Days in Vietnam
and the First Tamil Steam Navigator of South India


Dr. J. B. P. More
Historian & Author

Date:  6 April 2018

Time: 5.30 p.m.


Roja Muthiah Research Library
3rd Cross Road, Central Polytechnic Campus
Taramani, Chennai 600 113
Telephone: 2254 2551 / 2254 2552


Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.


Summary of the talk
The talk will deal with two historical aspects of French Indochina related to Tamil migrants there from Pondicherry and Tamilnadu. The first aspect will deal with the emergence of the first Tamil steam navigator of south India, known as Darmanathan Prouchandy, who possesed and plied two steamers from 1891 to 1900 in French Indochina. His attempt to ply a steamer from Saigon to Thailand by the south China sea was thwarted by the French colonial authorities.
The second aspect of the talk will deal with the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Saigon Vietnam on the basis of new material evidences and the involvement of some of his Tamil/Indian associates in his daring ventures. We will try to find out what happened to Bose and the INA treasure and some of his colleagues like Mr.Prouchandy of Pondicherry who were his associates after 17th August 1945. Both these aspects will be largely based on my book ‘Tamil Heroes of French India in French Indochina’, published in 2016, along with some new evidences in French and English.

About the Speaker
J. B. P. More, also known as JB.Prashant More is a scholar of international repute, specialising on south Indian history as well as the colonial history of India. He had obtained his PhD in history from the prestigious Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Currently he teaches at Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales (Inseec), Paris. He has published extensively on the history of Tamilnadu and Kerala, and also on French colonial history in India. Some of his books for which he is known are ‘The Political Evolution of the Muslims in Tamilnadu and Madras, 1930-47’, ‘Muslim Identity, Print Culture and the Dravidian factor in Tamilnadu’ as well as ‘The Origin and Early History of the Muslims of Keralam’. His other important books are ‘Religion and Society in South India’ and the ‘Rise and Fall of the Dravidian Justice party, 1916-1946’. His recent book entitled ‘Origin and Foundation of Madras’ has established that Madras is indeed a Tamil word. His works on freedom movement in the French colonies of Mahé and Yanam has been acclaimed as quite original and unique. His recent books are entitled ‘From Arikamedu to the Foundation of modern Pondicherry’, and ‘Tamil Heroes of French India’. He has authored more than 18 books and 40 articles in English, French and Tamil.

About Prof. M. Anandakrishnan
Prof. Anandakrishnan obtained Ph.D in Civil Engineering (1960) from the University of Minnesota, USA. He served as Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT, Kanpur between 1963 and 1974. He served the United Nations  in the UN Centre for S&T for Development(1978-1989); as the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University (1990-96); and as Vice-Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education from 1996-2002.  Currently he is the Chairman,  Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology  Kanpur and Rajasthan; President, Ranganathan Centre for Information Studies (RCIS), Chennai; President, Tamil Nadu Academy of Sciences,  Chennai; Member, Board of Management, NUEPA, Delhi; Member, High Power Committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India and Chairman, Executive Council, Science City, Chennai. He was Chairman, MIDS between 2003 and 2008. He has served as Chairman or Member of several high level committees of MHRD, UGC, AICTE and NAAC. His honours and awards include Padma Shri from the President of India (2002); the Order of Scientific Merit from the President of Brazil (1996); Distinguished Leadership Award of the University of Minnesota (2003); Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society for Technical Education (2005); UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Education (2006); Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.


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