Indian history is often seen through a landlocked lens, and comparatively little has been written about the country’s glorious maritime past. In the anniversary special double issue of ‘the Week’, Mandira Nayar in conversation with MHS has embarked on a series of articles embarking on the voyage through India’s eventful maritime past.
Steering away from traditional narratives is important to gain a holistic understanding of our past. And that is exactly what Maritime History Society set out to do in the collaboration with ‘the Week’. Historical discourse on a niche topic as Maritime History has opened up new interpretations and new learning. For a better appreciation of the traditions, connectivity, political contestations and heritage in maritime domain, the Week & MHS through interviews and in conversations with our researchers envisaged on developing multidimensional understanding of maritime domain and onus of MHS in contributing trajectories in wide connection.
Commencing with the Week cover story, Mandira Nayar in ‘Tide to the Tide’ explores how the current maritime developments arraying from INS Vikramaditya,. The QUAD and the tensions in the South China sea have made this an important moment to retell India’s naval history. The key takeaway of the Week & MHS collaboration was the interview of Commodore O. Johnson, Director, Maritime History Society who delves deep into MHS’s focus on the navigation of historical data and nautical knowledge for better understanding of oceans and to create maritime consciousness.
Followed by it was the interview of Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal who set forth 360 degree perspective of an enormous influence of the ocean on India and the old concept of atma nirbharta. In line with the current maritime developments, Interview of Admiral Karambir Singh and Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (independent charge), ports, shipping and waterways by Pradip R Sagar engendered on their ambitions for strengthening naval technology, enhancing maritime surveillance and accelerating port-led infrastructure development and employment under the Sagarmala project respectively.
In the same strain, Mandira Nayar authored various articles exploring the unsung frames of Maritime history arraying from discussing Lothal, one of the largest cultural project, exploring the maritime traditions of Kalingas, navigating India’s geostrategic manoeuvre by Rajendra Chola under the title ‘Lord of the Oceans’,realizing navy’s potential under that maratha stateand understanding the sea and trade bringing new culture to the land of Golconda under the title ‘The Sparkling Centuries’.
In the wake of heritage awakening & maritime consciousness, MHS is honoured to have collaborated and get featured by Mandira Nayar of the Week. The objectives of the feature were to stimulate discussions on the multiple dimensions of Indian maritime history. Under the strain of collaboration, MHS continues its commitment to supplement more pronounced research in the realms of maritime studies and promote a maritime consciousness amongst people.