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Yesterday Nisha Purushothaman made a similar remark in Manorama. Let me explain കേരള നവോത്ഥാനം or Renaissance in Kerala. They wont teach this in schools

The Hindu Population of Kerala was 70% in 1901 and it went down to 60% in 1961. Why? Casteism, the most brutal version.

The Avarnas (Ezhavas, Dalits & Adivasis) formed 54% of Travancore population in 1901, yet they were denied entry into Temples, Schools & Travancore Assembly.

Avarnas were even denied to wear clothes, denied to keep a moustache and were not allowed to walk on the temple road.
In 1914, social reformer Ayyankali took the lead in admitting a Dalit girl named Panchami to the school. She was denied her admission and attempts to secure admission for Panchami resulted in a massive agitation. Many Schools were burned down.

Even by 1929, Things didn't change.

As a result massive conversion took place. Avarnas began to flock towards Christianity. Jacobite Syrian Church & CMS were the front runners.

1920's & 30's saw mass conversion of Ezhavas & Dalits.

After Vaikom & Guruvayur Satyagraha, SNDP leaders warned Maharaja Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma that they will convert to Christianity if Temple access is not allowed

The wise Raja understood the danger. Via: @UnamPillai
The general Literacy of Avarnas rose from 1953 to 1963 (a key decade) and the role of Travancore-Cochin Govt, 1st Communist Govt and 1st Congress Govt played a key role.

But the real trigger were the philosophies Narayana Guru and Ayyankali

Kerala & Tamil Nadu are the only places in the Indian Sub Continent were the Renaissance was started by the lower castes and spread to the top.

A reason why both states have high rating in basic parameters.
The usage of the term #വർഗീയമതിൽ bcse of the presence of Vellapally is simply mocking the struggles of the lower caste Hindus of Kerala.

Just bcse he is the leader of SNDP now, it doesn't devaluate the role that the SNDP played from 1910's to 1970's.
I hate Chennithala but that doesn't mean entire INC is wicked because it has the legacy of Nehru. SNDP has the legacy of Narayana Guru and KPMS has the legacy of Ayyankali.

Hidden casteism is coming out under the banner of #വർഗീയമതിൽ

I repeat humbly, From a Lunatic Asylum to Gods own country, Kerala's ride has been a tough one, where every section of the society has played a vital role.

But there are layers. Respect those layers.

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