Dr. Veluthat Kesavan
Kerala Council for Historical Research
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Mahishasathakam is a fine Sanskrit poem that reveals the great socio-cultural and political crises of eighteenth century South India. This Malayalam translation opens up the work’s literary beauty to students of literature. Dr. Kesavan’s critical study contextualizes the work as a strong commentary on bureaucratic corruption, social decadence, failure of the education system and nepotism among other issues. The poem is read not just as an aesthetic text, but also as a relevant political treatise. It is considered one of the first instances of intellectual struggle against the abuses of the ruling classes.
Translator: Dr. Veluthat Kesavan