ஜில்லா சரித்திரம் வட ஆற்காடு
சென்னை ஆர்க்கியலாஜிகல் இலாகா
P. V. ஜகதீச ஐயரால்
சென்னை சட்டசபைத் தலைவர்
கனம் திவான்பகதூர் L. D. சுவாமிக்கண்ணு பிள்ளை
ஸி. குமாரசாமி நாயுடு ஸன்ஸ்
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I cannot commend too highly the educational value of this series of gazetteers in Tamil. I have been long wishing that the people of every town and village should have ready to hand a complete guide to objects of local interest and particularly to local anti- quarian remains; and this series by a competent archæologist like Mr. P. V. Jagadisa Aiyar will go far to fulfil this desideratum.
|Fort St. George,
L. D. SAWMIKANNU
Love for one's own country and institu- tions is a virtue highly essential in all its citizens for its prosperity and well-being. Every attempt should be made therefore to cherish and cultivate this virtue by one and all. The study of the history of one's own country in general, and one's own district in parti- cular, should perforce bring about the desired result in this direction. Here we may refer to the statement in the Report of the fifteenth Provincial Educational Conference of 1923.
'It is one of the fundamental principles of peda- gogy that the History and Geography to be taught to the young should start with and be based on the study of the History and Geography of the dis- trict or region in which the pupil lives and be correlated to his actual daily experience.'
It is the study of the History of our ancient times and ancient rulers that should rouse in our youths a feeling of reverence and esteem for our ancient rulers and their works and institutions.
Our youths, nay our countrymen and countrywomen too, seem to be under the im- pression that our land, unlike others, cannot boast of a history from the records of our rulers and historians. This is perhaps due to the fact that books on the history of our land put into their hands are those containing materials culled by foreigners. Here we may point out the fact that in our country histori- cal facts and events of ancient days and ancient rulers have been carefully preserved imperishably and unalterably in Epigraphical re- cords on temple walls, copper-plate grants and SO on.
Our present Government have collected and published in the Gazetteers of the districts and the Reports of the Epigraphical and Archaological departments a good deal of valu- able historical information relating to each district, especially of ancient days and ancient rulers. From out of the facts based on these research works, a series of booklets contain-ing summaries of historical events and other particulars of the various districts, is issued in vernaculars, for the use of our school-going boys and girls and this volume is one of them.
The plan adopted in compiling these book- lets is that of giving particulars relating to the situation, people etc., of each district in the general introduction, the political history proper from the beginning up to the occupa- tion by the British in chapter 1, and the Gazetteer relating to the historically important places in chapter II. In the case of the Madras district alone, the history relating to the acquisition by the English of the various parts of the presidency is given in the intro- duction, the history of the city together with the founding of Fort St. George in chapter I, and the various institutions useful to the people, maintained by Government and by private bodies in chapter II.
June 23, 1924
P. V. JAGADISA AYYAR