MAJOR STRUGGLES AND REVOLTS IN KERALA – MALAYALI MEMORIAL

 

MALAYALI MEMORIAL

 

Malayali Memorial, also spelled Malayalee Memorial, is a memorandum submitted by people of Kerala to Maharaja Sree Moolam Thirunal in 1891. Signed by more than 10,000 people which includes Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, Malayali Memorial agitation requested Sri Moolam Thirunal to secure jobs for the educated Keralite citizens in the Travancore civil service. During the time majority of the jobs were in the hands of Tamil Brahmins. The Malayali Memorial was submitted to the Maharaja on January 1, 1891 against the appointment of Tamil Brahmins in Government Service.

Malayali Memorial was one of the main landmarks in the struggle of the backward classes for gaining legitimate rights in the Government jobs. In 1896, the Ezhava caste groups submitted another memorandum known as Ezhava Memorial. The brain behind the Malayali Memorial was Barrister G.P.Pillai and K.P. Sankara Menon.

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