Moplah Rebellion and how it messed up Kerala

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    The Malabar rebellion (also known as the "Moplah War", "മാപ്പിള ലഹള" Māppila Lahaḷa in Malayalam) was an armed uprising in 1921 against British authority and Hindu landlords in the Malabar region of Southern India by Mappila Muslims and the culmination of a series of Mappila revolts that recurred throughout the 19th century and early 20th century. The 1921 rebellion began as a reaction against a heavy-handed crackdown on the Khilafat Movement by the British authorities in the Eranad and Valluvanad taluks of Malabar. In the initial stages, a number of minor clashes took place between Khilafatvolunteers and the police, but the violence soon spread across the region. The Mappilas attacked and took control of police stations, British government offices, courts and government treasuries. The largely kudiyaan (tenant) Mappilas also attacked and killed jenmi (landlords) of the Hindu Nair and Brahmin Nambudiri castes. In the later stages of the uprising, Mappilas committed several atrocities against the Hindu community, who they accused of helping the police to suppress their rebellion. Annie Besant reported that Muslim Mappilas forcibly converted many Hindus and killed or drove away all Hindus who would not apostatise, totalling to one lakh (100,000).

    The British Government put down the rebellion with an iron fist, British and Gurkha regiments were sent to the area and Martial Law imposed. One of the most noteworthy events during the suppression later came to be known as the "Wagon tragedy", in which 61 out of a total of 90 Mappila prisoners destined for the Central Prison in Podanur suffocated to death in a closed railway goods wagon.

    For six months from August 1921, the rebellion extended over 2,000 square miles (5,200 km2) – some 40% of the South Malabar region of the Madras Presidency. An estimated 10,000 people lost their lives, although official figures put the numbers at 2337 rebels killed, 1652 injured and 45,404 imprisoned. Unofficial estimates put the number imprisoned at almost 50,000 of whom 20,000 were deported, mainly to the penal colony in the Andaman Islands, while around 10,000 went missing. The most prominent leaders of the rebellion were Variankunnath Kunjahammad Haji, Sithi Koya Thangal and Ali Musliyar. Estimates of the number of forced religious conversions range from 180 to 2500; 678 of the 50,000 rebels were charged with this crime.

    Contemporary British administrators and modern historians differ markedly in their assessment of the incident, debating whether the revolts were triggered off by religious fanaticism or agrarian grievances. At the time, the Indian National Congress repudiated the movement and it remained isolated from the wider nationalist movement. (Gandhi himself said that Hindu women should kill themselves by biting their tongues at the time) However, contemporary Indian evaluations now view the rebellion as a national upheaval against British authority and the most important event concerning the political movement in Malabar during the period.

    In its magnitude and extent, it was an unprecedented popular upheaval, the likes of which has not been seen in Kerala before or since. While the Mappilas were in the vanguard of the movement and bore the brunt of the struggle, several non-Mappila leaders actively sympathised with the rebels' cause, giving the uprising the character of a national upheaval. In 1971, the Government of Kerala officially recognised the active participants in the events as "freedom fighters".

    http://ghatotkacha-nair.blogspot.ca/2010/03/prominent-persons-comments-on-moplah_26.html
    http://creative.sulekha.com/origin-...hatma-gandhi-and-moplah-rebellion_419746_blog
    Because of this outright Hindu holocaust kerala is around 30% muslim and since this a marxist run state the Government of Kerala actually praised these subhuman traitors simply because they were poor and a minority. These bastards even dared to praise the creation of pakistan on partition day.
     
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    The only good time the British ever put down an anti imperialist struggle in the subcontinent and yet not surprisingly they did not do enough
     
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    is the muslim dominated malabar region of kerala a safe place to visit from the point of view of tourism ?? i mean places like calicut / kozhikode or kasargod ?

    coming to the main topic , when i visited kochi / cochin in 2014 most hindu keralites there were totally against modi becoming prime minister . at that time the general election for parliament was due .

    even hindu keralites living in mumbai do not support the BJP or do not seem to have any nationalist leanings . most keralite hindus living in mumbai ( i have some hindu keralite friends ) are not at all interested in the india/pakistan issue and view it as a 'north indian problem' .

    generally there is lack of nationalism among hindu keralites . of course , they have no problem in being part of india but the patriotism is lacking . the only hindu nationalist keralite i ever met was worried about the future of hindus in kerala and was also worried about the rising influence of muslims in every walk of life in kerala .

    the same attitude can be found among christian keralites---they dont have any problem being part of india but the nationalism is lacking .

    i haven't discussed these issues with any muslim keralite however .
     
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    Where are you from? What part of the Hind? Just asking.
     
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    I'm pretty sure some Muslim Keralites are moving to Pakistan because of that whole lack of nationalism.
     
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    i am a marathi person living in mumbai .
     
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    Mumbai is nice. Born there. Breach Candy

    Its just that I thought that you might have a better idea of what Kerala was like than me who lived in the Northlands for the last 12 years
     
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    coming back to the original topic , what was the hindu/muslim percentage of population in malabar area before the moplah rebellion ? i think the hindus were majority by a slight margin .

    the ruler of the malabar region was a hindu---the zamorin of calicut . the policemen were hindu . how come these did not retaliate ?? how come there was no retaliation against muslims in hindu majority areas in south kerala ?? were the hindus in kerala wearing bangles ??
     
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    Probably because the jihadis just fought harder I guess. That area never did have much Hindu/Muslim conflict so the Hindus must have just tried to flee to Calicut in surprise its not like in the North where the chances are more evenly matched for everyone else who knows what Musalmans are capable of.
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    nationalism in general is lacking in Indians, other than some occasional outbursts like we're witnessing. for how could one explain people still reading H(araami) T(imes) & indian sleazepress & the likes?! Hindus are a terribly compromised & dumbed down lot, & i see it as an irreparable damage perhaps to an extent. i agree to your observation about Keralite Hindus, albeit would extend it to encompass the urban Hindus all over. most of the nationalism (including of Keralite Hindus) is limited to forums or groups. i can say that the KPs would've also been the same had they not suffered jihad first-hand. bengal, assam, kerala etc. are yet to witness it, just a matter of time. (perhaps) only when the Hindu arse will be totally on fire is when some semblance of realisation will come to effect on them.
     
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    Why are you equating nationlist feeling to supporting bjp or modi ?

    To answer you question about safty, yes malabar or kozhikodu or any part of the country is as safe as anywhere in the country.

    Most people india are not bothered about indo pak things except at the time of a war or big issues, kerala or tamilnadu etc states being on far south is naturally even less bothered about it, kashmir or a punjabi or a gujarathi etc will be more bothered about it because of the proximity, it's totally natural.

    Kerala has no background of bjp or rss, it historical association is with congress, communists etc, so naturally they are no big fans of bjp o4 modi, it takes time and party organisation to built up support in any state.
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    because no aware person, and in their right mind would support what forms the opposition of that party in this country. now that the filth is coming out in public, its all the more evident. 2014 or prior that could still be understood to an extent, but atleast now...:tsk:
     
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    Ah ? Really ? Non bjp supporter means non nationlist for you ?
     
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    supporter of the current 'opposition'
     
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    That's just another way of saying who ever is not a bjp supporter is not a nationalistic person.
     
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    actually it isn't..............
     
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    Moplah Massacre of Hindus, 1921
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    From the beginning Khilafat was a self-defeating enterprise. Gandhiji thought that by supporting the Khilafat 'cause' he would be able to garner Muslims into the national mainstream. Unfortunately it allowed fundamentalist Muslim leadership to alienate Muslims and commit atrocities against Hindus which ultimately ended in partition of the nation.

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    A nd it all started with atrocities against Hindus in what is now the Malabar district of Kerala on Aug-1,1921.
    Dr. Annie Beasant records the following in her report titledMalabar's agony in New India dated 29 Nov 1921:

    From that date [August 1] onwards thousands of the forbidden war-knives were secretly made and hidden away, and on August 20, the rebellion broke out; Khilafat flags were hoisted on police stations and Government offices.

    ...The misery is beyond description. Girl wives, pretty and sweet, with eyes half blind with weeping, distraught with terror; women who have seen their husbands hacked to pieces before their eye, in the way "Moplas consider religious", old women tottering, whose faces become written with anguish and who cry at a gentle touch and a kind look, waking out of a stupor of misery only to weep, men who have lost all, hopeless, crushed, desperate.

    ... I have walked among thousands of them in refugee camps, and sometimes heavy eyes would lift as a cloth was laid gently on the bare shoulder, and a faint watery smile of surprise would make the face even more piteous than the stupor. Eyes full of appeal, of agonized despair, of hopeless entreaty of helpless anguish, thousands of them camp after camp. ...

    Two Pulayas, lowest of the submerged classes were captured with others and were given the choice between Islam and Death. These, the outcaste of Hinduism, the untouchables, so loved the Hinduism which had been so unkind a step-mother to them, that they chose to die Hindus rather than to live Muslim. May the God of both, Muslim and Hindus send His messengers to these heroic souls, and give them rebirth into the Faith for which they died.


    Madhavan Nair, Secretary, Calicut District Congress Committee
    had recorded the following in his report:Can you conceive of a more ghastly and inhuman crime than the murder of babies and pregnant women? ... A pregnant woman carrying 7 months was cut through the abdomen by a rebel and she was seen lying dead with on the way with the dead child projecting out ... Another baby of six months was snatched away from the breast of the mother and cut into two pieces. ... Are these rebels human beings or monsters?

    Maulana Modini called the looting and killing of HIndus 'military necessity' while the high priest of Khilafat movement itself the then Congress High Command applauded Moplas for fighting devotedly for their religious cause in a way 'they consider religious'. This inhuman defending of the barbaric Mopla atrocities prompted Annie Beasent to comment bitterly:

    Men who consider it "religious" to murder, rape, loot, to kill women and little children, cutting down whole families, have to be put under restraint in any civilized society.
    One of the favourite myths of the pseudo-secularist is that Moplah atrocity was actually a rebellion against land-owners who 'happened to be ' Hindus. As demonstrated by the large number of swords and knives ornamentally decorated in their handles

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    A typical Mopla sword-knife used to slaughter Hindus. These weapons were mass produced and distributed just before the massacre show, it was not a peasent uprising but a well-financed and well planned attempt that almost succeded in the elimination of Kaffir Hindus
    show how much money and careful planning had gone into these atrocities against Hindus. Annie Beasant's report also shatters the myth that Moplah massacre in which by all moderate counts more than 5000 Hindus perished and many families dishonored and converted through sword and rapine, was not against just the 'high-caste Hindus' all Hindus -just because they were Hindus , were killed; infants were slaughtered before their mothers because they were born of Hindu parents.

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    Dr.Ambekar was not a leader who had any love for the so-called high castes. But he correctly called Mopla events as barbaric. In fact, at that time apart from Dr.Annie Beasent he was the only leader to condemn these barbarisms. Dr. Ambedkar found that all efforts made to make Islam and Indian nationalism harmonise had failed. He found Islam as 'hostile and alien' to Indian cultural life.
     
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    you've been a member here long enough to know that difference ;)
    basically you assumed that there are only 2 exclusive sets of peopleto begin with.
    i consider 2 more - the disgruntled or realised ones, and those with higher/farther reaching goals/expectations.

    @saty -
    is this why we don't hear any term like 'islamic nationalism' or 'christian nationalism'?! :wink:
     
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