Wednesday, May 28, 2014


“In everything do to others  as you would have them do to you;  for this is the law and the prophets.” Mathew 7:12

A variation is attributed to Rabbi Hillel (first century BCE): “What is hateful to YOU do not do to your neighbour; that is the whole Torah……go and learn it” (b. Shabb. 31a)

MAHABHARATHA in more than one place !!!

“That should not be done to others which is against the interest of one’s self.” – Sloka 71, Udyog Parva, Chapter 39, Prajagara Parva, The Speech of Vidura, p.129, Vol.3.

(b.1) “A person should never do that to others which he does not like to be done to him by others, knowing how painful it is to himself.”-  Sloka 20, Shanthi Parva, Chapter 259,Mokshadharma Parva, An account of Righteousness (Dharma), p.243, Vol.8

(b.2) “What can a man seeking another man’s wife say to another man? It is seen however that even such a man, when he sees his wife with another person, becomes unable to forgive the act.” –Sloka 21, Shanthi Parva, Chapter 259,Mokshadharma Parva, An account of Righteousness (Dharma), p.243, Vol.8

(b.3) “How can a person who wishes to himself take breath think of preventing another by a murderous act from doing the same? Whatever wishes one cherishes about his own self, one should certainly cherish regarding another.” – Sloka 22, Shanthi Parva, Chapter 259,Mokshadharma Parva, An account of Righteousness (Dharma), p.243, Vol.8


(c.1)  “One should never do that to another which he considers as injurious to his own self. This in brief, is the rule of virtue. One
by acting in a different way by giving way to desire, becomes guilty of sin.”- Sloka 8, Anushasana Parva, Chapter 113, p.469, Vol.9

(c.2) “In refusing and giving, in weal and woe, in the agreeable and the disagreeable, one should judge of their effects by considering  his own self.” – Sloka 9, Anushasana Parva, Chapter 113, p.469, Vol.9

(c.3) “When one injures another, the injured in return injures the injurer. Likewise, when one cherishes another, that other cherishes the cherisher.(in return). One should form his own rule of conduct according to this, I have told you what virtue is even by this subtle way.”- Sloka  10, Anushasana Parva, Chapter 113, p.469, Vol.9


(d). “Men gifted with intelligence and purified souls should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated” – Sloka 20, Anushasana Parva, Chapter 115,Ordinances about meat-eating, p.472, Vol.9

Can we consider the occurrence or repetition of the  above same idea, in the MBh as well as the Bible, just a plain coincidence !!???

N.B - All translations of Mahabharatha from M.N.Dutt, published by PARIMAL PUBLICATIONS, Delhi.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Prof. Elamkulam
Kaanippayoor Sankaran Nampoothiri
Nair Historian Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai, upbraided the Nampoothiri’s of Kerala, to the extent  that a prominent Nampoothiri amongst them, Panditha-rajan Kaanippayyoor Sankaran Nampoothirippad, offered defense, and then went on the offensive against the Nairs.

Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai claimed that Nairs  belonged to the Dravidian Race. That means he subscribed to Aryan-Dravidian Racist theories.  The Prof.’s claim were rebutted by Kaanippayoor, and he asserted that Nairs were the descendents of Nagas ,citing the
opinion of  Chattambi Swami, considered to be the spiritual guru of Nairs  & other historians like K.P Padmanabha Menon and R. Narayana Panicker.  And Kanipayyor further pointed out  to the Prof.’s own work which informs that Nagas originally  lived in N.India, mainly at Gorakhpur, Nagpur, Allahabad, Nalanda,  Sind, and the hills of Assam.

Kaanippayoor's Work, The pre-history of Nairs
So how did the Nagas reach Kerala & became Nairs ??. Kanipayoor explains that,  the ancestors of Nampoothiri’s who originally belonged to Sind, had brought the Nagas , also belonging to Sind, along with them as soldiers & servants.

Thus  Kaanippayyor turned the tables on the Nair Historian, Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai, using the same Aryan-Dravidian Racist theory,  to which the Prof. also subscribed. Thus together both of them succumbed to the RACIST Aryan- Dravidian separatist theory. Kanipayoor could thus project that Nairs also had come from outside Dravida-naadu, along within the colonizing Brahmins from Sind. Thus both were OUTSIDERS, not originally belonging to S.India.  These exchanges demonstrates the extent to which Aryan-Dravidian Racist theory had a hold on the imagination of the literati belonging to that period, and also the extent to which it was internalized by them. There is also the likelihood, that Chattambi Swamigal would also have been influenced by the linguistic theories in vogue at that time in the ‘learned’ circles in S.India.

Now consider the background of  Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai. (b.1904 – d.1973) Quote “From language and literature his interests
turned first to the history of languages and culture and then to social- history.”
This was similar to the interests and career of that 'linguistic scholar" Bishop Robert Caldwell, before him.
 And another interesting coincidence was, he was the contemporary
Bishop Caldwell

of Periyar E.V.Ramasamy (b.1879- d.1973), who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement and proposed the creation of an independent state called Dravida Nadu, comprising the states of South India. He also endorsed violence against Brahmins.

Thus the deadly virus of Dravidian Separatism spread all over S.india, and had infected the mind of a Kerala Historian, prompting him to unleash tirades against the  Brahmin Nampoothiris, just like how it was happening to Brahmins in Tamil Nadu under the able guidance of  EVR.

The seed of Dravidian Separatism and Linguistic chauvinisms were
genetically(artificially) engineered in the scheming minds of two Protestant Christians from Britain- Bishop Robert Caldwell , who was the Bishop of Tinnevelly, and Francis Whyte Ellis. An interesting account of this can be had at

Did we not err ? Did we not disparage , disrespect, and disregard our Traditional Nobility ? Are we not continuing with the mistake, by casting aspersions on the Travancore Royal Family.? WE deliberately disregarded,  in our ignorance we forgot that, nobility is not just about power and wealth/money. It is PRIMARILY about VALUES !!!!!

And what about the MODERN  nobility and rulers who replaced Traditional Nobility. !!? Aren’t we paying a huge price, due to collapse of our VALUE SYSTEM !!!!.

In Kerala, who benefitted from such foolishness and ignorance. Politically the Marxists &  Christians !!!

More details can be had at the following links 

Friday, May 23, 2014


Is there a  Christian involvement in the disturbances in Southern India, and even involving Lankan Tamils. There is, and the seeds  sown during Colonial Rule has fructified  for harvesting !!!

( (1)    Dravidian Separatism Coupled with Tamil Linguistic Chauvinism. –

The Aryan-Dravidian hypothesis, a contribution of Protestant Christian Britain was buttressed using LINGUISTIC THEORY  by Francis Whyte Ellis, a Madras civilian. This theory was then propagated by Bishop Robert Caldwell, Bishop of Tinnevely.  The Bishop  assuming that Sanskrit, Brahminism and Caste, were frustrating his labour in Conversion, mounted attacks on all three. The baton from him was later taken by Shri E.V.R Periyar, and then Dravida Kazhakam, who could alter the imagination of the people and come to power. Maybe this party would have been helped by our colonial masters, helping its consolidation in TN. The DMK & AIADMK, offsprings of DK, are nursing the festering wound, made by this Christian wedge, because it gives them certain political advantages. They are also afraid to let go of these emotions and resort to logic & reason, fearing political one-upmanship from the rival party. Thus Smt Jayalalitha tries to outsmart Shri Karunanidhi and vice-versa, and thus the real issues get muddied.

Unquestioningly, uncritically we had accepted the Language Theories of Caldwell, relating to S.Indian Languages.  His Book “A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South Indian Family of Languages” is being prescribed/ taught  in Madras University.  Compared to Indians, Britain never had any tradition or knowledge in Linguistics.  In India as part religious studies,  along with the Vedas, language studies like, grammar, phonetics, etymology, poesy etc were taught from time immemorial. From Sanskrit or reverse, the same system was available in vernacular languages, especially Tamil. Our ancestors, proficient in Tamil or Sanskrit or both, and also knowing linguistics, were mature and peaceable men, and utilized their linguistic skills in unifying the minds of Indians, pan-India. The Missionaries and Christians had all undone that ,with their racist and wrong linguistic theories, pitting S.Indians against N.Indians, who all share a common ethos.

Relevant Quote from Wikipedia
“Dravidian language hypothesis[edit]
Ellis is most noted for being the first scholar to recognize the Dravidian languages as a separate language family.[3] [4] Robert Caldwell, who is often credited as the first scholar to propose a separate language family for South Indian languages, acknowledges Ellis's contribution in his preface to the first edition of A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South Indian Family of Languages:[5]

The first to break ground in the field was Mr. Ellis, a Madras civilian, whose was profoundly versed in the Tamil language and literature, and whose interesting but very brief comparison, not of the grammatical forms, but only of some of the vocables of three Dravidian dialects, is contained in his introduction to Campbell's Telugu Grammar.”

2. Church and its links to Tamil Separatists in Sri Lanka.

The claim by Sri Lankan Catholic officials, that their persistent efforts with the UN had paid-off, shows their interest in conflict in Sri Lanka.The following is from a Christian Website dtd 04/01/14. Quote “The United Nations will investigate possible war crimes in the island nation, fulfilling a request made by Sri Lankan Catholic officials who have endured harassment and pressure from nationalist groups.”

Quote :- “The orphanages LTTE picked its child ‘soldiers’ from were run by the Catholic clergy, the suicide cadres were Christians or Hindus by name only, most had even become ‘born again’s.’ Dhanu the suicide bomber who killed Rajiv Gandhi was a Catholic. The peace facilitating nations were all Christian evangelical nations who had their NGOs working closely with LTTE. LTTE theoretician was a Christian, Adele Balasingham the nurse who trained children to kill and take their own lives was also a Christian, many of LTTE’s top leaders were all Christian or namesake Hindus. The most influential evidence is the manner that dead LTTErs were all buried and not cremated as Hindus and Buddhists do. The orphanages were run by Christian priests, Christian priests have been arrested in the past for possessing arms and transporting arms for the LTTE, Christian priests have led pro-LTTE protests and placing these against letters calling for war crimes against Sri Lanka doesn’t really give the priests the look of impartial actors.”

 The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is thus  implicated, in fuelling Tamil Seperatism in Sri Lanka and having direct links with LTTE or encouraging terrorism.

Further the LTTE-Christian ties is given at the following link

Read also about Tamil Elam –Church connection

3. Koodankulam
Koodankulam is in Tirunelveli Dist, having a sizeable Christian population. Similarly the adjoining Kanyakumari Dist is also having a sizeable Christian Population. Here the Church played its game during the recent LS elections, but failed miserably. See the following link for more details.  Quote “The BJP’s victory, with a margin of over 1.3 lakh, comes despite the churches supporting Mr. Vasantha Kumar, whom they perceived as the “winning horse” in the last minute. If the idea was to stop the BJP from winning the seat, it boomeranged. Apart from the BJP’s base vote share, the youths in the district, educated and looking for employment, have voted for change.”

“The proportion of Christians in Tirunelveli is larger than any other province in India.[28]”=

As of 2001, the distribution of population based on religion was 51.27 percent Hindu, 44.47 percent Christian, 4.20 percent Muslim and 0.57 percent professing other beliefs.[6]  - This statistics is for Kanyakumari Dist.

The agitation against the Nuclear Power Plant at Koodamkulam is another sinister game by the Church. Do they sincerely want to protect the environment and its people !!? If it is so, then it is laudatory.
Quote:-  “Christian Christian Conspiracy[edit]
There are allegations from various agencies throughout India and officials from Home Ministry that several Christian organisations and Christian NGOs are behind the protest against KKNPP.[37] The Church of South India, The Catholic Bishops Conference of India[38] and the National Council of Churches openly oppose the KKNPP.[39] It is also implicitly recognizable that officials in the Catholic Church of these regions too spread rumours through anti-nuclear videos from church premises and through Missionary Schools.[40] The prime motives for opposing the Nuclear Reactor were allegedly multi-faceted. One of the allegations was that the protest was meant to damage the Russian civil nuclear credibility and to make it impossible for Russia to recover costs of construction, and thereby, artificially creating a state of uncertainty for future foreign investments in India[41] Another was that it was meant to increase the inevitable dependability of India towards the US alone for future foreign investments.” From link


In Kerala, the Mullaiperiyar  issue was given momentum by Min. P.J.Joseph belonging to Kerala Congress, a Christian party. He had completed BA economics from Loyola College, Chennai and MA economics from Sacred Hearts College, Thevara. The population in Idukki Dist where Mullaiperiyar Dam is located is  majority Christian, as also the  places through which the river Periyar flows. ie. Ernakulam Dist . Refer the following link for the statistics based on religion., The Church is an active participant in the  political struggles in the Dist, and is even posturing against environmental protection of the Western Ghats. They are dead against the Kasturi-rangan/Gadgil Proposal, designed to save the Western Ghats from destruction. In the recent elections, the Church favoured a candidate from the Left who had opposed the Gadgil Proposal, and this particular candidate won. Quote “In Idukki the Left just ‘adopted’ a candidate selected by the Catholic Church that has been spearheading the anti-Kasturirangan panel report campaign and reaped the benefits in this UDF bastion, skillfully making use of the rift within the Kerala Congress (M) and the Congress.”

Destruction and Ruin of Western Ghats will affect the people living in the mid-lands and coastal areas of Kerala side as well as the people in TN, which is the opposite side. Western Ghats is the source of drinking water, and its acts as a sponge, absorbing and releasing water slowly, and thus the source of almost 40 rivers emptying into the Arabian Sea. Similarly it is also a source of water to places in TN and especially through the Muallaiperiyar Dam. Wonder why the Church is not concerned with this vast population, compared to the population of Idukki Dist, in Kerala !!???

The Hon. Judge K.T Thomas, who was in the Supreme Court Panel to arbitrate on the dam issue is also a Malayali Christian. After the verdict, he is disliked by the people(Christians) of Idukki and Erankulam Dist, but he defended his position saying he was impartial and just doing his duty, and the conclusions regarding the dam were arrived at after studying the data & facts , supplied by TN & Kerala. He said his allegiance is to the SC, not Kerala. He says that the dam is strong as per the data provided by both state officials and as per his own investigation. See his interview in India today

The Christian lobby with the Church support are behind this agitation. One reason it is said is to create enmity between Tamilians & Malayalees, thus preventing Tamilnadu pilgrims from visiting Sabarimala Temple. Christians had attempted to destroy the Sabarimala temple in the 1950’s. This is based on circumstantial evidence gathered, as  per  the enquiry report, published by the Govt of Kerala in 1957. For full details

Between Koodamkulam & Kasturirangan/Gadgil  recommendations to save Western Ghats, are the Christians & Church, playing a double game !!??

Thus Church institutions, powerful and influential as they are, are very active, in creating tension and conflicts in various parts of India, especially SOUTH INDIA and neighbouring Sri Lanka. One of their chief aim is undermining Hinduism and the second is to break India apart. They are also very keen that alienation happens between North and South Indians. They also desire enmity between Malayalees and Tamilians, and they had  in the past stirred up hostility between Nairs & Christian Nadars in South Travancore.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Sanitary considerations for survival, necessitated the practice of untouchability in pre-modern India. Hindu society and especially the upper castes amongst them, are constantly exposed to scathing criticism for the practice of UNTOUCHABILITY. The criticism became so intense and widespread, that during our national freedom struggle, the issue was used by opportunistic leaders like B.R Ambedkar to turn sections of the population of India like Dalits, to posture against the idea of a free India. It takes two hands to clap. That means that upper caste Hindus are NOT ALONE responsible for the practice of untouchability. During the freedom struggle, untouchability was raked up as a major problem with the Indian society, that even a national leader like Gandhiji had to be on the back foot and had issued statements like the following “The untouchability of Hinduism is probably worse than that of the modern imperialists.”(CWMG Vol. XXV, page 397), “I would far rather that Hinduism died than that untouchability lived” (Mahatma by D.G Tendulkar, Vo.3- Page 128). But then untouchability was essential , for the survival of diverse groups populating India, because of  differential immunity to diseases.

The following account of Robert H. Elliot, who had lived in Mysore for 38 years, and had intimate contact with natives there, alerts us to the necessity of untouchability. It helped contagious diseases like cholera from spreading and taking its toll. Even Christianity in India had to accede to untouchable practices, which was evident in the segregation of believers in the Churches. Elliot points out that even with a uniform population sharing same characteristics, segregation and priority according to status existed in Britain’s Parishes.

The origin of untouchability may be traced to the eating of carrion(deacayed flesh), by a minority of the population of India. Such people used to smell badly and also the cause of contagious diseases. Therefore social intercourse was restricted with such groups, based mainly on their lack of hygiene with regard to food, personal habits, ritual habits etc. Such groups will take time, getting assimilated into the mainstream society. Summarizing, personal hygiene restricted social intercourse, which slowly developed into untouchability between groups.

That the rulers of India, and its hierarchy extending to the village level, with the co-operation of its more civilized citizens, had allowed such people to exist in this land, allowing them a life of their own has to be greatly appreciated. Though they were not in sync with the mainstream society, yet their life was guaranteed in this land, unmolested. They were not the target of any religious conversion or genocide. This is unlike the fate of Red Indians in USA or the experience of aborigines of Australia, people who did not belong to the white race, who conquered and ruled those lands. Instead of showing respect and gratitude to the religion,culture & institutions of this country, mostly upheld by the upper-castes, which assured the existence and survival of such disadvantaged groups, scorn is being poured on the erstwhile patrons and their institutions. Now , except the vegetarians, all others eat carrion, which is refrigerated and preserved/stored, there is no necessity for discrimination based on food habits. Moreover other aspects of personal hygiene have vastly improved across all sections of the Indian population. Therefore untouchability in modern times is not essential.

Excerpts from the first-hand experiences of Robert H.Elliot, recorded in his book, “Gold, Sport, and Coffee Planting in Mysore.” This book is available in the public domain, for all to refer (to it).

“And when I talk of the lowest castes as carrion-eaters, I must tell the reader that I am not in the slightest degree guilty of exaggeration, and that they are carrion-eaters in exactly the same sense that vultures are carrion-eaters. In fact, these men never get any meat unless that of animals that have died of disease; and as in these climates decomposition is extremely rapid, the reader can imagine the result of coming in contact with a man who has, perhaps, a few hours before been eating a mass of diseased and half decomposed meat. And in case the reader should not be able to imagine what the result is, I may mention the following circumstance. A few days after I had killed a bison I had occasion to point out some pieces of sawn wood which I wished to be removed from the jungle to my house, and I accordingly took with me a native overseer, and two coolies to carry the timber. When I was pointing out the pieces to them, I smelt a strong smell of putrid meat, which seemed to fill the air so entirely that I at once concluded that a tiger must have killed some animal and left the carcase near the spot. My overseer and myself looked about everywhere, but at last happening to pass the coolies, I at once perceived that the smell arose from their breath, and on questioning them, I found that before coming to work they had been feasting on decayed bison flesh. In fact, after killing a bison, we could never go near our coolies for some days afterwards. But to see a party of these men sitting like vultures around the carcase of some animal that has just died of some abominable disease is quite enough to inspire even an unprejudiced European meat-eater-with the most wholesome horror; and the reader need not, I think, be surprised at the feelings of disgust which these men's habits inspire amongst the respectable classes of the community. But independently of all feelings of disgust, there are sanitary considerations which are of infinitely more importance, for it so happens that, at a time when the weather is hottest and the season most unhealthy, a larger number of animals die; and I have very little doubt that this eating of rotten meat causes amongst the Pariahs a large quantity of disease, and especially of cholera, which they would not fail to disseminate with fatal certainty amongst all classes, were the native Christians compelled to take the Sacrament indiscriminately.

And, in my own experience, I have observed that cholera has passed through districts, that the upper classes have been free from it, but that amongst the lower the victims were many. And the same sanitary reasons that apply to the Sacrament apply equally well to the mixing of castes indiscriminately in the churches; for it might so happen, as it frequently does, that fever and cholera may be prevalent amongst the lower castes, while the higher may be at that time comparatively free from such diseases. So that, when we take all these points into consideration, we shall find that the German missionaries were perfectly right in placing the men of the higher caste on one side of the church, and those of the lower on the other, and that they were equally right in allowing the higher castes to approach the Sacrament at a different time from the lower. I may here remark that I once mentioned this taking of the Sacrament in a sort of order of precedence to a clergyman in a country parish, when he told me that exactly the same sort of thing occurred in his parish, and that the lord of the manor invariably took the Sacrament first, and, if I recollect rightly, the parish clerk last; and a special instance of this in a Scotch parish was mentioned to me not long ago.

The same sanitary considerations will also naturally be of value when we come to consider that indiscriminate social intercourse which the missionaries so much insist upon as one of the necessary signs of grace. I do not, of course, say that it is not advisable, and that it would not be desirable to see a little more intercourse between class and class than exists at the present. But between all the better classes there is a much greater degree of intercourse than our missionaries would have us believe; and it is not true that one caste will eat only the food prepared by a person of his own caste. I cannot, of course, say what may be the case as regards other parts of India; but, as regards my own district, each caste will eat of the food prepared by any of the castes higher, or at least purer, than its own. For instance, a Gouda, who will not allow that the Lingayet caste is better than his own, will eat of food prepared by a Lingayet, while a Lingayet will not eat of food prepared by a Gouda. And the explanation of this is, that the Lingayet is a vegetarian, and meat might have been boiled in the Gouda's pots, while there would be nothing to offend the Gouda customs in the pots of a vegetarian host. But in these matters I entirely agree with the good Bishop Heber, who said that we had no right to interfere in their private life, or to meddle in any way with their social customs, as long as there was no idolatry in them .

All Excerpts From
Robert H. Elliot. “Gold, Sport, and Coffee Planting in Mysore.” iBooks.
Pages 327,328,329 of 608 pages of CHAPTER VIII, CASTE /OR Pages 607, 608, 609, 610, 612 & 613 of 1132 pages- CHAPTER VIII, CASTE

Having lived for 38 years among the natives of India as a Planter,(from Britain) the writings of Robert H. Elliot (1837-1914) offers a peek into the social life of India (Mysore) during his time.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Modernity of European origin  has almost succeeded in painting the pre-Modern India as mostly savage and barbaric. India was portrayed as a dark land without any civilizational values where people were cruelly oppressed by the INSTITUTION OF CASTE !!!Anything good that is happening in India, they claim is the result of our being enslaved by Imperial Britain  and some even say by the introduction of NEW Christian Religion. Thus, according to taught wisdom, our forcible subjugation by  them, paved the way for obeying them unquestioningly in all matters of public interest and thus coming in close contact with them, we finally benefitted by  improving our living conditions.

Based on the above assertion, which almost all modern Indians who had English style education had accepted and internalized, it now becomes easy for the West to make Indians of all classes, even those having the ‘highest’ English education, to do SLAVE  WORK. Since we have moved away from an agricultural economy, modern industry which is machine oriented requires lot of investment, which  we are unable to raise internally. So this has necessarily to come from abroad, usually funneled to India, led by  US based financial institutions. Thus viewed from another point , INDIAN SLAVERY is not benefitting neither India or Indians. And the negative consequences are too many, like pollution, cornering of all resources by MNCs like land, water etc, getting all sorts of Govt. incentives at the cost of native Indians etc. Even if it may be argued that Indian slavery had benefitted select Indians in the past, it cannot be denied in any way that the ‘commons’ were left intact, benefitting all and at nil cost. Today after a hard days work, you have to pay for each and everything and still have no guarantee that you are getting pesticide  free  water and food items etc. The atmospheric air, free and pollution free then , is free now at this moment, but polluted.  

Thus Indians even the so called highly English educated ones, had  willingly put on the blinders, similar to the one used on horses. These blinders by way of English education  were designed by our erstwhile English Masters, and they had enticed as well as forced the natives through various means to wear one, which by any standards is a great crime. For the conduct of a King in Victory is clearly spelt out in The MANUSMRITHI, the ancient Hindu Law code . “ After the victory the king should pay homage to gods, and righteous Brahmins, grant exemptions;  and issue proclamations of amnesty. After ascertaining the collective wishes of them all, he should install there a relation of the enemy king and draw up a treaty; make the LAWS commonly held among them authoritative; and honor the new ruler, together with his chief officials, with precious gifts.” (Chapter 7, Verses 201, 202, 203). Here Imperial Britian brought into force new LAWS, and in addition to this denigrated and disparaged our traditions  like-learning, knowledge, customs and manners -in all possible ways. (eg. Nadars & Devil Worship)

India was thus a great crime scene, of various crimes committed by the Protestant British.  But any criminal will leave certain clues, which will finally implicate the criminal and prove him guilty. Let us examine one such clue

Let us consider a statement about  the Cherumars of Malabar (Kerala) at the beginning of the 19th century (1800’s), as recorded by a Catholic Missionary “But the landed proprietors do not usually sell their slaves except in cases of great emergency; and even then they can only sell them within the borders of their own country. In no case have they a right to export them for sale to foreigners.
……….They (landowners) treat them usually in the most humane manner.  They give  them only such work as their age or strength permits; feed them  on the same rice that they themselves eat; give them in marriage when they come of age; and every year provide them with clothing  four or five yards of cloth for the women and a coarse woolen blanket for the men.” – page 58,Part I , Chapter V, Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies, by Abbe J.A.Dubois.  This book available in the public domain.

So here in India we see that men were behaving with each other in the MOST HUMANE MANNER. Agriculture, the main occupation was/is not a very tedious job, when compared to many modern industrial jobs, because the soil was fertile, and the inputs in pre-modern times were only locally available materials, like panchagavya, whose usage was minimal. During the sowing/planting time and during harvesting work will be continuous but this will be about four times in a year. Moreover commercial plantations were absent in India till the Britishers came.  From all this we can infer that slavery (back-breaking work without any form of remuneration or proportional remuneration and in horrifying working environments) was absent in India, in contrast to those which existed in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and  pre-modern and modern Europe and America.

Unfortunately, since modern English Educated Indians, with BLINKERS are at the helm of affairs (Governance & Management)  now, MODERN DAY SLAVERY is happening in India. Read this link from today’s newspapers to know the plight of NURSES. They have to do continuous work extending to weeks without proper rest. Do they have a choice !?

Further I had seen a talk-show a couple of days back, about the working conditions of women in textile-shops in Kerala. Do They have a human right to sit at work !!?? Women workers of textile shops in Sweet Meat Street, Kozhikode staged a ‘sit-down’ strike on May Day. They were protesting against the callous attitude of their bosses who do not allow them to sit during a 10-hour shift. No trade unions or political parties have taken up their cause. The Labour department officials stage farcical inspections by informing shop-owners of their visit. Owners then block access, which is meekly obeyed by the officials. Not a single police complaint is filed for preventing a government servant from discharging public duty.
Some women’s faces were not revealed , probably because of fear of losing jobs.

Because of the BLINDERS, in the fashion of the West, we  also celebrate Mothers Day etc. For the West it is only a tokenism, like the public show of candle-light vigil. They pretend to  exude values always, but it is all a one-day show.  Amongst the Nurses and Textile sales women, there will be mothers, grand-mothers, pregnant wives etc.

This slavery is not limited to health & textile field , but exists in IT. In  pre-modern days, during distress or emergency, when he cannot fend for them, the land-lord is forced to  transfer his farm-hands to others who may require them, for which they would have got some consideration. The same thing is happening in modern day  industry. Employees in IT companies ‘fish’ out  resume(bio-data) of potential candidates, which they pass on to the HR Department.  If hiring is done based on these forwarded bio-data, the employee gets a generous reward(bonous) in cash. At least in olden days such practices were out of dire necessity. But today it is for PROFIT, which results in so much insecurity at the workplace.


Based on the Bible, “Do women have a Soul” controversy doggedly pursues the Western Christian Civilization. NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that God gave women a soul! While the Bible teaches that God created man, and gave him an immortal soul, nowhere in the Bible does it mention God giving dogs, pigs, sheep, donkeys, OR WOMEN souls! Therefore, without souls, they will ALL burn in Hell. There is a hilarious part to this story.  Adam was given a complete soul. Then God tore out one of his ribs, and created woman. Given this FACT, would it have been possible that a 'part' of Adam's soul was in that rib which made Eve? And if so, wouldn't women have a small part of a soul? There are 350 bones in the human body when we are born. Eve was created with 1 rib. Therefore, would it be safe to say there is a SLIM possibility that a women may have 1/350 th of a soul. Though would having 1/350 th of a soul be enough to save them?”  This  kind of serious hair-splitting debates going on in Christian circles. 

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After all, women were inferior creations from the start. Women are fond of self-indulgence (Isaiah 32:9-11). They are silly and easily led into error (2 Timothy 3:6). They are subtle and deceitful (Proverbs 7:10; Ecclesiastes 7:26). They are zealous in promoting superstition and idolatry (Jeremiah 7:18; Ezekiel 13:17, 23). And they are active in instigating to iniquity (Numbers 31:15-16; 1 Kings 21:25; Nehemiah 13:26). It was the inherent weakness of women that led them to be deceived by Satan (Genesis 3:1-6; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14). Consequently, women were cursed from the start (Genesis 3:16). There is simply no room in heaven for such flawed and inadequate beings.

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Manusmrithi,  gives us certain broad guidelines in the treatment of women . 
Chapter 3, Verse 55 – If they desire an abundance of good fortune, fathers, brothers, husbands, and brothers in-law should revere their women  and provide them with adornments.  

Verse 56- Where women are revered, there the gods rejoice; but where they are not, no rite bears any fruit. 

Verse 57-Where female relatives grieve, that family comes to ruin; but where they do not grieve, it always prospers.  

Verse 58 -When female relatives, not receiving due reverence, curse any house, it comes to total ruin, as if struck down by witchcraft. 

Verse 59- If men want to become prosperous, therefore , they should always honor the women on joyful occasions and festive days with gifts of adornments, clothes, and food. 

Verse 60- Good fortune smiles incessantly on a family where the husband always finds delight in his wife, and the wife in her husband.


How we imagine ourselves as a nation  matters !!!!

Through our History text-books taught in schools and colleges, we were made to believe that there was constant and bloody conflict between Saivites & Vaishnavites in India. Little did we realize that it was European History, grafted to Indian soil with modifications to suit the Indian imagination. In Europe bloody fights had erupted between Catholics & Protestants, though both believed in The Bible. Even now such war like situation exists in Northern Ireland. They, Europeans and their Indian compradors  wanted us to believe that we were equally or more violent, than European’s themselves, justifying their rule of this country. The wanted us to believe, they only brought forth order and peace in this country.

The following is an account by a Missionary, commissioned by the
 East India Company. (They had paid him.). He was eyeing India and its people critically, and could not help wondering about the tolerance of its people. He found it highly surprising a Saivaite wife
living with a Vaishnavite husband. From his experience of Europe, he found it unbelievable that such things could happen here.

The greatest tragedy is that our own  people believe that Saivaites  and Vaishnavaites, were at each other’s throat in the past,  and based on such misconception even artistic works are created which then creep into the popular imagination, and gets rooted as a historic fact. . Eg. The first song visuals in Kamal’s Dashavatharam movie.

 Even Saint Ramanuja’s hagiography suggests bad-blood between Saivaite King vs Vaishnavite Saint. The rift between the saint and the King, if ever it had happened would  not had been a carry-over of the Saivaite vs Vaishnavite  quarrel.

Read the following MISSIONARY ACCOUNT which throws clear light on the purported bloody conflict . It also provides information about the social situation existing then (1792-1823), and showing the absence of any CASTE DISCRIMINATION :-

“By the diksha the new member acquires a perpetual right to all the priveleges of the sect into which he has been admitted. Persons of all castes can become Vishnavites and after their admission can wear the namam or distinctive mark on their foreheads. Neither Pariahs or even Chucklers are excluded; and it has been noticed that the lower castes are particularly numerous in this sect.

I do not think there would be any greater difficulty in becoming a member of the Siva sect, but as on initiation the members undertake to entirely give up eating meat and drinking any intoxicating liquor, the lower castes, who do both unhesitatingly, find the conditions too hard. Consequently, only high-class Sudras and scarcely any Pariahs belong to this sect. It is no uncommon thing for people to change from one sect to the other, according as it suits there interest, or even out of spite or caprice. Either sect will take a convert from the other without asking any questions or making any difficulty. Sometimes one comes across missionaries scouring the country with written professions of faith in their hands, and using various means for gaining proselytes to their respective sects. In some parts a remarkable peculiarity is to be observed in reference to these two sects. Sometimes the husband is a Vishnavite and bears the namam on his forehead, while the wife is a follower of Siva and wears the lingam. The former eats meat, but the latter may not touch it.  This divergence of religious opinion, however , in no way destroys the peace of the household.  Each observes the practices of his or her own particular creed, and worships his or her god in the way that seems best, without any interference  from the other. At the same time, each sect tries its best to magnify its own particular deity and to belittle that of its rivals. The devotees of Vishnu declare that the preservation of the universe is entirely due to him, and that to him Siva owes both his birth  and existence, since Vishnu saved him several times under such circumstances that
without his aid Siva must infalliably have perished. Therefore Vishnu is immeasurably above Siva in every respect, and to him alone should homage be offered.
The devotees of Siva, on their side, maintain obstinately that Vishnu is of no account, and has never committed any but the basest actions, which only disgrace him and make him hateful in the eyes of men. As proofs of their assertions they point to several facts in the life of this deity, which their adversaries cannot deny, and which certainly do not redound to his credit. Siva, according to them, is sovereign lord of all, and therefore the proper object of all worship.

According to the Vaishnavaites it is the height of all abomination to wear the lingam. According to their antagonists, whoever is decorated with the namam will be tormented  in hell by a sort of fork similar in form to this emblem. These mutual recriminations often end in violent altercations and riots. The numerous bands of religious  mendicants of both sects  are specially apt to provoke strife. One may sometimes see these fanatics collected together in crowds to support their opinion of the super excellence of their respective doctrines. They will overwhelm  each other with torrents of abuse and obscene insults, and pour forth blasphemies and imprecations, on one side against Siva, on the other against Vishnu: and finally they will come to blows. Fortunately blood is seldom shed on these battle-fields. They content themselves with dealing each other buffets with their fists, knocking off each other’s turbans, and much tearing of garments. Having thus given  vent to their feelings, the combatants separate by mutual consent.

That these religious dissensions do not set the whole country ablaze, or occasion those crimes of all kinds which were for centuries the result of religious fanaticism in Europe and elsewhere, is due no doubt to the naturally mild and timid character of the Hindus, and especially to the fact that the greater number compound with their consciences and pay equal honour to Vishnu and Siva.  Being thus free from any bias towards either party, the latter serve as arbitrators  in these religious  combats, and often check incipient quarrels.

There is no doubt, however, that these controversies were wont to excite general ferment in several provinces at no very remote date.
(See the speculation here by the Missionary. Such doubts expressed will later become  events in History. The paragraphs ahead contradicts his own gussess) The agitation  excited in the first instance by fanatical devotees, was further fomented by the Rajahs and other princes, who became Vaishnavites or Saivaites according as it suited their political interests.

Those  who are acquainted  with the character and disposition of the Bairagis  and Goshais of the north, and of the Dasari, Andis, Jangamas, and Pandarams in the south, are fully persuaded that it would still be quite easy for two ambitious and hostile princes to arm those fanatics and persuade them to come to blows if they raised the standard of Basava (the bull) on one side, and of Hanumanta (the monkey) on the other.

In these religious squabbles, which still take place occasionally, the Vishnavites appear to be the more fanatical and fervent, and they are almost always the aggressors. The reason is, that this sect draws most of its members from the very dregs of society, and so takes a delight in creating  troubles or disturbances. The followers of Siva, on the other hand, who belong to the upper classes of the Sudras, are much more peaceable and tolerant. (Kamalahassan’s Dasavatharam thus gives wrong ideas to the people. In the movie the Saivite King is the tormentor)

The majority of the Hindus, and particularly the Brahmins, take no part whatever in these religious squabbles. The latter act on the principle of paying equal honour to the two chief deities of the country, and though, as a rule, they appear to have a preference for Vishnu, they never let a day pass without offering in their own houses  a sacrifice to the lingam, which is Siva’s emblem.”

(Pages 118 to 121, Chapter IX – The different Hindu Sects-, Book – Hindu Manners Customs and Ceremonies  by Abbe.J.A.Dubois. Dubois, a Christian  Missionary, who labored for THIRTY-ONE YEARS in India.He was in India from 1792 to 1823.)

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The Canard
"The Channar Lahala (ചാന്നാർ ലഹള) or Channar revolt refers to incidents surrounding the rebellion by Nadar climber women asserting their right to wear upper-body clothes against the caste restrictions sanctioned by the Travancore kingdom, a part of present day Kerala, India."     ref

This is how the Channar Lahala or "Breast-Cloth Controversy" as named by Protestant Church Circles, and repeated in History textbooks and Reformist & Progressive literature, is presented to the world. The new generation of Hindus are the worst affected, psychologically, by such malicious propaganda, as they are induced to view their past in most unfavorable light. They are made to hang their heads in shame, when someone refers to such uncouth behaviour of their fathers and grandfathers, who were the natural leaders of this land (Kerala). This further generates disrespect towards ones ancestry, which inturn creates a mental block from accepting and imbibing, wisdom, knowledge, and VALUES from ones's ancestors. The abandonment and disrespect shown towards the ancestral religion, was a direct consequence of this situation. This situation  made the job easy for the Missionaries in exerting their hegemony on all areas of public life in Travancore. Later, the process set in motion by the  Missionaries, were taken over by the Left parties, and it led to the growth and consolidation of the Left parties in Kerala. But were our ancestors morally lacking and considered lascivious behaviour & sexual exploitation as their favorite pastime !!!??? Let us find out.

The Real Facts
India became a great crime scene, of various crimes committed by
the Protestant British. The partners in crime, under various categories, were the East India Company employees, MISSIONARIES, and later the Imperial Government. They were assisted in many crimes by Indian compradors.  But any criminal will leave certain clues, which will finally implicate the criminal and prove him guilty. Let us examine one such clue, left by a British Protestant Missionary, The Rev. (?) Samuel Mateer , Of the London Missionary Society. The following passages are quotes from his books, The Land of Charity & Native Life in Travancore.

The Channar Revolt is NOT about FORCED  NUDITY of the upper-part of the female body. It was about the ‘Randam-Mundu”, worn by the elders and people of status/position/respectability in the society. When a person of lower rank happens to be in the presence of that of a man of higher rank, he has to show respect by removing his  “randam-mundu”, as a mark of respect to the higher rank/position.

All these years, the Public in Kerala and the world, have been misled into believing that Nair men had prevented Shanar/Nadar women from covering the upper part of their body, and these women were forced to move about baring their uncovered breasts. This canard was spread Internationally  by the British Protestant Christian Missionaries, by naming it “BREAST-CLOTH CONTROVERSY”. Those who benefitted from this vicious propaganda were, the Church and its Missionaries, Marxists, Ambedkarites, Modern Reformers, Dalit Organisations in Kerala & Dravida Parties in Tamil Nadu. And many sub-versions of this story are doing the rounds in society,  just to generate and fuel animosity between groups.

Travancore was a place where cotton was not cultivated, and from ancient times people were sparing in the use of cloth. What little cloth produced was of best quality compared to the English Mill cloth, and therefore expensive. And all could not afford purchase of cloth other than for  basic necessity. Those who  used the ‘randam-mundu’  were men of respectability  in society. Removing one’s own ‘randam-mundu’ is a way of showing respect. This fact had been conveniently overlooked while speaking about ‘Upper-caste Oppression” leading to Channar Revolt.

Excerpts from Samuel Mateers books, given below now dispels all doubts . The illustrations are from his books, and pictures are worth
Woman going to The Well
a thousand words.

Quote “The specific  and ostensible subject of dispute, however, was the wearing  of certain articles of dress by the Christian  women. To maintain the laws of caste, it had been found necessary to enforce  several arbitrary and indecent restrictions respecting dress, as well as distance and deportment ; other-wise, a person of low caste, dressing and wearing ornaments like those of the high castes, might approach them nearer than was permitted, or even pass, in the courts, markets, and other places of public resort, as of the higher castes. It had therefore always been forbidden to Shanars, and others of inferior caste, to cover the bosom  or to wear any clothing whatever above the waist.

But the truer and better instincts of humanity had been aroused by Christianity, and the Christian females were accustomed and taught to wear a kind of plain loose jacket with short sleeves, devised by one of the missionary ladies. This of itself was displeasing to the Sudra aristocracy. And in addition to the jacket (which is not worn by the Sudra females) some of the Christian women, without the consent of the missionaries, and even in several instances in opposition to their advice, had taken the liberty of wearing an additional cloth or scarf laid over the shoulder, called the “upper cloth,” as worn by the Sudra women, and this the latter interpreted as an infringement  of their peculiar and exclusive privilege.

On the whole, then, it was determined that by some means, or by any means, a stop must be put to the progress of Christianity and to the spread of the reforms and innovations already in progress and impending.

The persecution commenced about the middle of 1827, and continued till 1830. The storm rages chiefly in the Western  division of the mission, although a part of its fury extended to the Eastern division. The opposition  to the truth  commenced in threatening  language, and afterwards proceeded to overt acts of personal assault, annoyance, and public outrage.  Threats were uttered that the missionaries would be assassinated, and their  chapels,  schoolrooms, and houses set on fire;  the erection of the Neyoor mission-house, then in process of building, was forcibly hindered. It became  necessary to guard the mission buildings night after night. Several chapels and school-houses were actually burnt down to the ground by incendiaries, and the erection of new ones prevented by the threats and violence of the Sudras. A native gentleman of high caste, Raman Tambi, who had proved himself friendly  to the missionaries, and had ventured to sell them the ground on which they were erecting the mission-house at Neyoor, was seized and imprisoned on false charges, and was not released for seven years. The native converts were falsely accused, thrown into prison, and sometimes moved from place to place for months, so as to conceal the place of their confinement.  Heathen Shanars and Pariahs were sent, under the guise of inquirers, to act as spies and carry their report to the persecuting party. Some of the schools were interrupted, and the books torn and cast into the street. Menaces were used to deter the native Christians from attending public worship; men were seized on the Sabbath, and compelled to work on that day; women were insulted and beaten in the bazaars; and alarm and terror spread amongst the timid people  in every direction.

Among the Christians seized at one place were the school-master and the principal man of the village, who had recently embraced Christianity; the house of the schoolmaster they first plundered and then burnt. The house of another respectable native, whom, with others, they had falsely charged with murder, they broke open, robbed, and, he himself being absent, seized his three sons. At length  their outrages became so alarming and intolerable as to render it absolutely  necessary  to apply for military aid, which was at once afforded, and was the means of checking for the time the further violence of the assailants.

One poor man was tied to the hind leg  of an elephant, and ill-treated for refusing to do forced labour without pay. Mr.Ashton had to accompany several women, who had been shamefully beaten, and whose clothing had been publicly torn off, to the Dewan, Venkata Row, who had been sent to investigate into these disturbances. They went, wrote Mr.Ashton , to a large building in the fort at Palpanabhapuram, where the Dewan held his court. The Sudra Sepoys  would not allow the women to pass the gateway covered, so they had to remove their , cloths and re-clothe themselves after entering.  They found the Dewan surrounded by a large guard in full uniform, together with the Government officials (all of high caste) and the head men of the Sudra villages, all filled with rage at the unfortunate Christians, and awaiting their arrival. The tumult was great, but the missionary was kindly  received  by the Dewan, who recommended the Christian women to place their clothes across the bosom instead of over the shoulders. After a few inquiries, he advised all to live at peace together and maintain the ancient customs without change, promising that a proclamation with regard to the use of the upper cloth should soon be issued.

This proclamation appeared on 29th February, 1829, but afforded no relief to the Christians, nor any extension  of liberty  as to the use of decent and convenient clothing.  In it the Christians were blamed for desiring to wear the upper cloth “contrary to orders and ancient customs”, and were charged with refusing to perform the Govt. service. The use of the upper cloth was absolutely  prohibited, the jacket  only being allowed.  Exemption  from Sunday labour and from employment in idolatrous  service was granted. An appeal was made to the precepts of Christianity, as “inculcating humility and obedience to superiors;” totally ignoring the fact that the whole genius of the Christian religion leads to advancement in civilization and decency, and destroys the possibility of slavery and tyranny. The regulation as to obtaining the permission of Government for the erection of chapels, & c., was repeated, and strong hints given against the interference of the missionaries, who had sought to aid their people by constitutional means in bringing their grievances before the notice of the Govt.  Promises were made of redress in the courts of justice; but these were presided over at that time, almost without exception, by corrupt and partial Brahmans and Sudras, so that the poor had no access to them on just or equal terms. (pages 277-281, Chapter XX. Establishment  and Early History of the London Mission in Travancore, From the book “The Land of Charity: A Descriptive Account of Travancore and its People, with special reference to Missionary Labour, By the Rev. Samuel Mateer F.L.S of the London Missionary Society, First Published :London, 1870)


“As already stated, low caste females in Travancore were forbidden to wear any clothing whatever above the waist. This restriction has recently been removed by law, but a lengthened period must elapse before the poorer classes, excepting those who enjoy the protection and support of the Christian community, dare to avail themselves largely of this privilege, on account of the jealousy of the higher castes. Nor, indeed, do all the low castes, as individuals, care greatly for the use of the privilege, except on special occasions, as it involves some trifling additional expense and trouble. However, it is now left by the native Government, as it ought to be, to the free choice and right feeling of the parties, themselves. On his first arrival in the country a European must be greatly shocked by seeing so large a proportion of the people going about in a state thus nearly approaching to nudity, and it requires a long time to become familiar with such a state of things. The dark complexion of the natives, perhaps, makes this custom seem less unnatural than it would be amongst Europeans. Christian  and Mohammedan women wear a neat jacket of white or coloured cotton.

The Sudra and other middle-class females place a light cotton cloth 
Vijaykant in a movie weaing 'Randam-Mundu'
loosely across the breast and over one shoulder. This is called the “upper cloth”. But in the presence of the Royal Family or persons of high rank, or when saluting such persons passing by, ancient usage actually required  the removal of this cloth.
  Since 1865, however, by the good feeling and enlightened action of the maharajah and his Minister, this degrading custom was discountenanced and completely  abolished by a Proclamation of which the following is a translation :-

“Whereas  Sudra women, when in the presence of persons in high office, and when serving in the Temple or Palace,  lower their upper
garment as a mark of respect
, this appears to His Highness (the sacred mind) exceedingly immodest. We have informed the aforesaid persons that this offensive custom is henceforth unnecessary. It is our will that all the native people wear garments in accordance with propriety, and this we now make known, when women in temples, in the Palace, and other places, shall cover the upper parts with the cloth, in accordance with this circular, we hereby order that the officials do not oppose their doing so.”

The Brahman women are, as might be expected, much superior to others in regard to the properties of dress. While imposing barbarous and often inhuman restrictions upon others, the Brahmans have taken good care that they themselves shall not suffer any diminution of comfort or honour.  The upper part of the dress of a Brahman lady consists of a smart coloured jacket, fastening in front, and covering the bosom,  and over this in addition the upper cloth is also worn. The principal garment of all classes of females is a piece of cloth several yards in length,(saree ?) usually of white calico-sometimes coloured or checked-occasionally of silken materials. This is tightly wound around the waist and turned in at one end in a  variety of forms, with neat folds, making a kind of petticoat. The other extremity is used as an “upper cloth,” or shawl, by being thrown  over the shoulder so as to cover the shoulders and bosom. Considerable ingenuity and taste are displayed in the mode of enveloping the person in this cloth, and the whole forms a very graceful and appropriate female dress.” ( ibid. Pages 61, 62)

About male clothing which is sparse :-

Namburi Brahmins
“The mark of Brahmanical dignity is a cord composed of three treble threads of cotton, worn across the breast, running over the left shoulder and under the right arm. This cord, however, or “punul,” is worn  also by goldsmiths and several other castes, and by males of the Royal family. It is renewed from time to time as it wears out. The upper part of the body and the lower part of the legs are usually bare. Over one shoulder, or around the neck, a light scarf-like cloth is often thrown. The principal garment worn by men is the cloth fastened around the waist and covering the lower part of the body and the loins. This is a single piece of cotton cloth, not sewed or pinned, but merely fastened by having the extremity tucked in at one side”

Female dress in Travancore does not vary like the ever changing fashions of European countries. For perhaps two or three thousand years it has remained unaltered.  The Hindu woman has long, black, luxuriant hair, which she ties up in a knot at the back, or, in the case of some castes, at the right side of the head. When fully dressed, rich golden ornaments and a few handsome  flowers are used to decorate the hair. Might it not be worthy  the consideration of fashionable ladies at home whether it would not be a hitherto unthought-of novelty, amidst the  innumerable fashions of “chignons” at present, to try the effect of wearing them, not at the back, or upper part of the head, but at the side, in imitation of this ancient, yet novel, Malabar fashion ? Strange that none of the leaders of fashion in Europe have thought of this ! (pages 57, 58,59)

The ordinary  costume  of the people of Travancore is remarkably
simple and primitive.
While hard at work, many men, such as fishers, tree climbers, and others, wear but the scantiest shred of clothing demanded by common decency. A miserable covering of green leaves serves to hide the nakedness of some of the wildest of the mountaineers.  Even the better classes ordinarily wear very light clothing. “This , you know, is our uniform,” said a noble of high rank whom I visited once, and who received me dressed in a single  piece of cotton cloth fastened round the loins. A  Tamil man from the East is recognized in Travancore by the comparative abundance of cloths in which he is enveloped. On important occasions and in public, wealthy natives don a long coat or jacket of white or printed calico, with trousers somewhat in the European style. This is the usual dress of the Mohammedans and Christian teachers, and of the native police and Government messengers , or “peons”. The latter wear also an embroidered belt with a brass or silver badge, having inscribed on it the department of state in which they are employed. The materials ordinarily used are common calico, or checked and striped coloured cloths, manufactured in the country. The better classes occasionally use fine silks, dyed or printed with brilliant colours.

Village Panchayat shown in a movie  with the main character wearing "Randam-Mundu"
A turban of white or coloured muslin, tightly and neatly folded in a great variety of fashions, is the usual head-dress of the Travancorean. This is very often, simplified into a plain piece of white cloth, which may either be thrown over the shoulders or twisted round the head. The turban forms an admirable protection for the head from the burning heat of the sun.  another head-dress is a light cap of cloth fitting closely to the head, but somewhat conical at the top, and coming down low over the ears and back of the head. Slaves and other poor people wear rude caps, composed of the thick, leather-like leaf-sheath of the areca palm tree. ( ibid. page 55)

With regard to his personal comfort and deportment, the only dress of the degraded Pulayan is a piece of coarse cloth fastened round the loins, and a small piece tied around the head as a head-dress. To women, as well as to men, it was forbidden, until 1865 (when , through the benevolent interposition of the British Government, the restriction was removed) to wear any clothing whatever above the waist. Their ornaments  must  not be no more valuable than brass or beads, umbrellas must not be used to shelter the body from the scorching heat of the sun, nor shoes to protect the feet from the thorns and sharp stones of the jungle paths. (page 45)

To mark their degradation, their women  were forbidden  to wear any clothing whatever above the waist. (ibid. P.41)

“Men are (Sudra/Nair men) are not accustomed to cover the body above the waist; so also females when in the house, but when  going out they cover the bosom with a piece of light white cloth, which is sometimes a costly  article, having a border of gold thread.” Page 112, Chapter XII,  Malayalam Sudras,  Book : Native Life in Travancore, By The Rev. Samuel Mateer, F.L.S, Of the London Missionary Society, First Published : London , 1883)

For an exact account of the 'Disturbance' read also 


A modern narrative of the "Breast-cloth" event, indoctrination of Kerala Dalits to hate the Nairs and other upper-castes.