Do Kerala have a global identity? was chief concern in the session titled Global identity of Kerala through the Ages. The panel discussion featured the historians Dr.Rajan Gurukkal, Dr Michael Tharakan, Dr. K.N. Ganesh with Dr. Sebastian Joseph as the moderator.
Dr. Rajan Gurukkal said, "Kerala has always been marked as a different spot because of its biodiversity. But the hotspots like Western Ghats is a threatened landscape. That's why it's been called as a redspot". "The marginalized group in these spots are facing a big threat, who being controlled by the law, can never take an action on their own", he added. He also pointed out that discussing on topics like this can either be of a fictional form or can be anachronistic. Dr Rajan Gurukkal further added that the change in agricultural practises had brought a massive change in Kerala which indeed gave Kerala a global vision during its colonial period.
During the course of the session, KN Ganesh mentioned it's always better to keep Kerala's culture foremost rather than hoping to find it to have a global view.