This volume constitutes the proceedins of academic deliberations and presented papers of the National Seminar on “Telugu Diaspora through the Ages (From the earliest Times)”. The papers in this volume discuss various dimensions of Telugu Diaspora. They are arranged chronologically and geographically. The Telugu Diaspora refers to the Telugu Speaking people of Indian States residing in mainly in other countries like United States of America, Europe, Gulf, Malaysia and other regions around the world.
All the papers are well researched ones and add to our understanding of the Socio-Cultural aspects of Telugu Diaspora and Indian Diaspora. I hope this Volume will be of more interest to bothe serious scholars of Indian History, Diaspora, inter disciplinary studies and students alike and also a general reader.
Prof. Pedarapu Chenna Reddy (Born in 1959) got his Post Graduate Degree in History from S.K. University, Anantapuramu in 1984. He was awarded M. Phil in 1968, Ph.D. in History in 1988 from S.V. University, Tirupati in 1988. He took Master of Tourism Management Degree from Madurai Kamaraj University in 2007. His book Guide in Medieval Andhra Desha was widely acclaimed by the academicians and students alike. Dr. Reddy has to his credit more than 28 Books and 80 research papers on various aspects of archaeology, ancient, medieval and modern History published in National and International Journals. He is life member in more than 51 various historical and cultural organization. He is member of Board of studies in many Universities and Government Organizations. He was elected as the Vice President, South Indian History Congress, during 2001-2003, 2006-2008 and 2015-2017. He is an active Social worker and educationist. HE IS THE Founder Secretary and was instrumental in establishing in Government Degree College, Dr. Ambedkar Open University Study Centre and Founder Director of 21st Century Gurukulam in the Srisailam Tribal Area for the poor, dalit and tribal people. He served as Secretary, College Planning and Development Council, Govt. Degree College, Srisailam. He served as joint Secretary, Andhra Pradesh History Congress and South Indian History Congress. He received several felicitations and awards such as Global telugus Glory Award (1995), Dr. Y S Rajasekhar Reddy Memorial Award (2010); Rayalaseema Ratna Award (2011); Rajivgandhi Siromani Naional Award (2012), State University Best Teacher Award (2013) etc: He has edited a series of felicitation volumes in honor of distinguished Indologists, Archaeologists, Anthropologists, Historians, Art Historians and Folklorists of India and Abroad. He has guided 24 M.Phil and 12 Ph.D scholars till date. He was holding the post of Director, Dept. of Archaeology & Museums, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh since 2008-2012. He was appointed as a Competent Authority for implementation of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 for Andhra Pradesh. He was Dean, Academic Affairs, Head and Board of Studies Chairman, Dept of Tourism and Culture, Director, Interanl Quality Assurance Cell, Coordinator, Bachupally Campus, P.S. Telugu University. Hyderabad. Presently Prof. Reddy is working as a Dean, Head, Chairman; Board of Studies, School of History, Culture and Archaeology, P .S. Telugu University, Srisailam Campus, Andhra Pradesh.
I deem it a privilege to write a Foreword for the Book on Telugu Diaspora through the Ages. I congratulate Prof. P. Chenna Reddy for bringing out this volume. Dr. Reddy is known to me for over three decades and I was keenly watching his endeavours and achievements in the field of Archaeology and Historical studies. He had been a very active Director of A. P. State Archaeology and Museums and Dean, School of History, Culture & Archaeology, P.S. Telugu University, Srisailam Campus. He had been an instrumental in planning and executing a number of important projects relating to Historical Studies to his credit. He published many books and conduced many worshops and conferences. Prof. Reddy’s name is synonymous with almost all the developments and achievements in the History and Archaeological Studies an Andhra Pradesh and South India that happened for over three decades from 1987 to 2016. Dr Reddy’s effort in establishing many museums in Andhra Pradesh is highly commendable. He published more than hundred papers in various research journals and authored over twenty seven books. He is Member: Executive Council, Dravidian University, Senate Member: Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda and Vice President of South Indian His Vice President of South Indian History Congress. and served for more than 25 years. He is a member in Various Professional Bodies. He initiated various Academic Programmes and served in various capacities. His major areas of research are Documentation, Archiving, and dissemination and out Reach Activities.
I am thankful to Prof. P. Chenna Reddy, Editor of this volume, Telugu Diaspora through the Ages, for this opportunity to express my feelings. The growing importance of the Indian Diaspora is felt today across the globe due to its emergence as the second-largest diasporas community. By examining historical, socio-cultural, economic, political, and literary aspects of the Indian Diaspora, this volume sets out to trace the latest developments in the field of Indian Diaspora studies. It brings together essays by Indian and foreign scholars, thus providing an authoritative platform for discussions in which identities and affiliations are contested and constituted through the hierarchies of cross-cultural migration in this increasingly globalized world. This volume traces the transnational network of the Telugu Diaspora, and will prove of interest to scholars working in the fields of the Indian Diaspora, Diaspora theory, and cultural studies. The Telugu Diaspora refers to the Telugu speaking people of Indian States living predominantly in Malaysia, Mauritius, Fiji, Singapore, Australia, Gulf, Africa and other regions around the world.
I congratulate the convener of the conference Prof. P. Chenna Reddy for choosing this contextually relevant topic as the theme of the seminar. I learnt that the seminar was a well organized one and academic deliberations were very fruitful. More than twenty one papers were presented and discussed in the conference .
This volume of as many as twenty one papers on various topics on Telugu Diaspora by very noted, eminent researchers is a most valuable addition to the subject. It help to the researcher as well as its enlightenment to the general reader is of great value. The Volume, I hope will be of interest to both serious scholars of History, Culture , Archaeology, Sociology ,Diaspora studies and students alike and also to a general reader. Prof Chenna Reddy has rendered •valuable service in editing this brilliant ensemble.
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