Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Portugese Ambassador To Visit Pattanam and Muziris Project Area on 23rd September 2011

P.J.Cherian Identifies Pattanam From Documents of Portugese Bishop

Portugese Ambassador Comes to Pattanam on September 23rd 2011

After P.JCherian identified Pattanam from records  of Portugese Bishop Francisco Ros. S.J, .the
 Portugese ambassador to India is coming on 23rd September 2011 to visit Pattanam, and adjoining sites of Muziris Heritage Project.As reported by  leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi on 20-09-2011(Kochi edition) the Portugese ambassador George Rossa de Olevera is visiting Pattanam and adjoining regions of Muziris Heritage Project such as Chennamangalam and Paravur.Earlier the Dutch ambassador visited Pattanam.The visit of Portugese ambassador  marks the glorification of  Portugese colonial legacy.  The Portugese have nothing to do with Pattanam archaeological site. For the purpose of trade the Portugese led by Vaso da Gama landed at Kozhikode in 1498.The Portugese put an end to the historic commercial connection between Malabar , Arabia and Egypt.In its place European colonial powers spread like an octopus.Unlike other European powers, the Portugese came to India with a cross in one hand and a sword in the other.K.M.Panikkar (1929) states that the Portugese christians looked upon native christians as heretics.
To bring local christians to their fold the Franciscans under Portugese made the first attempt by  finding a theology college at Muziris-Kodungallur in 1545 for education of the priests. The Kathanars or Syrian priests who were trained and ordained by them were disowned by Syrian christian community.The Portugese destroyed  a number of Hindu temples and converted people to Christianity. The Portugese played the vital role in historifying the legend of St' Thomas and propogating  that he was assassinated by Shaivaite Hindus at Mylapore in Tamil Nadu.The Portugese mercilessly threatened the local Jews. The Kunjhalis, Muslim chieftains of Zamorins of Kozhikkode were ruthlessly butchered by Portugese .The tombs of Kunjalis are seen at Kottakkal in Malabar and they are held in high esteem by local Muslim population. To identify a link with Kerala and  Portugal region much before the arrival of  Portugese sea power, P.J.Cherian has  declared that a Spanish amphorae sherd has been found at Pattanam.  But nothing is discussed anymore on this Spanish amphorae by the excavators. The news of this spanish amphorae discovery was spread just to create a sensation among public .Anyway, P.J.Cherian  has  spread a red carpet welcome  for Portugese using Pattanam excavations.

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