Source : The Indian Express
The first issue, dating back to 1918 and all subsequent available issues, were displayed for students and the general public this week at the Maharaja’s college premises in the form of an exhibition.
“At a time when there are attempts being made to rewrite history, it’s vital for us to preserve these original documents that pointed to the truth.”
That’s how PK Ravindran explained the importance of safeguarding old issues of the official magazine of Maharaja’s College, one of Kerala’s premier and historic educational institutions. This year, the college magazine has turned 100 years old, a rare feat for an intra-college publication in the country. The first issue, dating back to 1918 and all subsequent available issues, were displayed for students and the general public this week at the college premises in the form of an exhibition.
Ravindran, chairman of the college governing council, describes how the publication had begun operations in October 1918 – shortly before the conclusion of the First World War – taking the form of a journal that catered to a serious, informed section of English-language readers.
“The first publication of the college magazine was for a special occasion. The year 1918 marked the 60th birthday of then-king of the princely state of Cochin – Rama Varma XVI. It was more of a journal than a magazine during those days. It had these articles of a serious nature by experts and academics,” said Ravindran.