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"Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization" says the G.M. Trevelyan, the author of Social History of England. I commend this book for those who are ignorant of how Brahmanism became "Hinduism"" by imposing varnashrama dharma" which is the bane of the Indian society. But it is not without bias. Our authors have to go a long way to conform to the high standard prescribed by G.M.Trevelyan for historians. 

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Good book

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This is an appalling book - full of bigotry and marked by a thorough absence of scholarship. Shame on the writer

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Sadasivan was supporter of Christian Missionaries and strongly anti Hindu in his outlook. The entire book is about extolling the virtues of our Christian invaders. It is hardly a scientific or unbiased piece of work.

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No one can write as vulgar and falsified version of Ayyappa as this guy. Government should ban this book.

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When there is a research done and written on the Social History of India by S.N.Sadasivan I have come across many who have refuted his findings and refute his claims. Since the history of India and Kerala in particular was written down during the British period, we must also bear in mind that those people whom the British sought to look and write down the history were mostly the elite groups like the Brahmins and the nairs. Hence if the true facts are revealed than it is out rightly thrown and is not worthy of consideration. Why do the historians only recognize the Ay kingdom only lately when it has been there before the Cheras. It must be noted that every one has the right to express the true facts of history which has been hidden away from its people and the time is right now to bring forth and made known to all about Kerala's past  

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Great book. Reference book related to social history of Kerala

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Very nice description.

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This book is a prime example of pseudo scholarship which is barely able to conceal the underlying political motivation. I compared the original preface of Hortus Malabaricus and author's supposed translation, author's sole agenda is to promote Itty Achuthan's contribution towards that great body scientific literature. Mr Sadasivan accomplishes this by denigrating knowledge and pedigree of Appu Bhat, Renga Bhat, and Vinayak Pandit; He even goes to the extent of calling them members of a "Naked Sect". The original Hortus Malabaricus describes Appu Bhat, Renga Bhat, and Vinayak Pandit as Brahmanas, and, their tongue Konkani as Lingua Brahmanica Anitqua. It available for every one to see in google. Too bad the author failed to anticipate the technological advances which gives all access to original manuscripts.
I advice not to spend a minute to reading this mediocre work...
 

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