Nugget of information on Malabar rebellion

An exhibition of historical documents organised by the State Archives Department at the Moidu Moulavi Museum is a one-stop destination for information on the Malabar rebellion of the early 20{+t}{+h}century.

The exhibition features copies of documents in the form of correspondence between British officers about major events that are considered part of the rebellion. The exhibition has documents on the murder of the then Collector of Malabar Lord Connolly in 1856, another citing the role of Syed Fazal Pookkoya Thangal in the murder, a list of people exiled to Arabia in connection with the murder, a letter confirming the Thangal's presence in Arabia and another directing a representative of the British government in Arabia to ensure that Thangal did not leave Arabia. A list of the names of people who accompanied Thangal to Arabia is also exhibited.

Other documents include a proposal to levy a fine Rs.15,000 from Kilimuri Amsam (region) on account of the Mappila outbreak, the Act of 1854 prohibiting Mappila Rebellion, the Malabar War-Knives Act 1852 and the Khazi's request to the Collector to excuse him from the law, a correspondence on the Mappilas of Eranad who were killed fighting the British. There is a photo showing areas affected by the rebellion in 1896 and a statement showing the Amsoms and Desoms from which the rebels joined the outbreak. There is a report on the arrest of Varikkunnath Kunhahammed Haji and other rebels in 1915 and another map showing the areas affected by the rebellion in 1921. A notification regarding forfeiture of the properties of the Mappilas who were convicted during the outbreak in 1921 is also displayed. A document shows a summary of the important events of the 1921 rebellion and another on the role of M.P. Narayana Menon.

Finally, there is the judgment relating to the 1921 rebellion that states that a large number of Muslims rose in open rebellion against the British Government in different places of Malabar under the leadership of Ali Musliyar, a prominent member of the Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement. There are also documents on the Khilafat movement in general and the trial of Kattingal Attakkoya Thangal, a popular Khilafat leader in 1922. The exhibition also showcases some papers on the Wagon tragedy of 1921 and a shocking statement of Parakkal Ismail of Walluvanand Taluk, the only person who survived the tragedy.

Other than documents on the Mappila rebellion, the exhibition also features documents on the fall of Pazhassi Raja and various social reformations of the time.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayats M.K.Muneer on June 8 to commemorate the death anniversary of E. Moidu Moulavi. The show, jointly organised by the Department of Culture and the Department of Information and Public Relations, concluded on Sunday.

Aabha Anoop
News @ The Hindu

1 comment:

  1. bold attempt to keep and update information about malabar rebellion..try best to collect maximum articles and rare images can have rare documents etc from veteran historians ..nice initiative..congrts


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