Past Vs Future

Many a times, we need to strike a weighted balance between past and future. It is good to know of one’s past, keeping in mind that there could be both good and bad.

Then it is highly desirable to plan towards the future. By deliberating on the past can help in understanding the community's strengths and weakness, which will help in working towards a better future.

This forum brings in people from various walks of lives to share views and to interact with each other. The impact of the same will be evident sooner and will have far reaching influence on everyone.

It is highly desirable to be patient, as it may not be easy to arrive at a just conclusion all the time. However, it is viable to manage certain aspects of the issues.

The differences and commonalities within the aryavaisyas.

There are common traits and variations across various sections of the community. The variations could be due to the influence of the locality or due to certain major events that might have taken place at one time or other.
 
We need to assess those traits and understand the uniformity / differences in proper perspective. For instance the size of the Thiru Mangalyam - cost vs. size - financial capacity and its influence to the variations in the sizes / shapes of the mangalyam.
 
It is possible that there are slight variations in, say, weddings and other rituals even within certain subgroups.
 
However, these differences cannot become hurdles in the process of our coming together.
 
On the plight of the group, the feeling is that there could have been plights of a number of sections in different times (?). The presence of Telungu speaking people at Sultanpet some time back, and various other sub-groups may point to this.
 
Can we then say that ours may not be an isolated plight?
 
Though not directly related to what we are discussing, an historical event like Tipu’s padayottam might have had some noticeable influence around its immediate vicinity.

Vatakkankoor Raja Raja Varma in his famous literary work, History of Sanskrit Literature in Kerala, has written the following about the loss and destruction faced by the Hindu temples in Kerala during the military regime (Padayottam) of Tipu Sultan: "There was no limit as to the loss the Hindu temples suffered due to the military operations of Tipu Sultan. Burning down the temples, destruction of the idols installed therein and also cutting the heads of cattle over the temple deities were the cruel entertainments of Tipu Sultan and his equally cruel army.”
 
The famous Hemambika Temple at Kalpathi of the Palghat Raja who had surrendered to Hyder Ali Khan, the Kachamkurissi Temple of the Kollamkottu Raja who had deserted the Zamorin and sided with Hyder Ali Khan, and also the Jain Temple at Palghat suffered serious damages due to the cruel policies of Tipu Sultan.
 
Many Nair and Brahmin landlords fled the country leaving their vast wealth behind.


The above event is brought up to suggest a view that a single incident (say Tippu's padayottam) might have had some noticeable influence leading to variations in the community's way of living in one way or other. Due to such several (major) events in our long past, the possibility of variations in different sections / areas / within subgroups is possible. However, in order to conclude that way for certain we may have to take up quantitative and qualitative studies along those aspects.