Commentary on
William Logan’s ‘Malabar Manual’
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Exertions of the converted Christian Church

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However, beyond all the above groups there was another totally encompassing and overwhelming group which would have stood behind some veil and more or less promoted the connecting of Marumakkathaya Thiyyas to Ezhavas, to happen. This group who stood behind without showing its face or connection to this event would be the Christian Church of the converted to Christian populations in Travancore.


I have not read anything about them in this regard or about certain other claims I am going to make about this entity. This entity was not an evil one. Instead it was a most altruistic one. However, it represented the interests of a huge number of people who were its members.


The total of my impressionistic perspectives on why the Christian Church of the converted to Christians from Travancore supported the Ezhava entry into North Malabar will be mentioned later. However, it may be stated here itself that they were also from Travancore and more or less connected to the Ezhava populations.


I will have to make some quite daring statements with regard to Travancore. However it has to wait.


So the entry of the Ezhava leadership to hoodwink the Marumakkathaya Thiyya population was supported by one section of the Marumakkathaya Thiyya population, who had their own vested interests.


Second welcome support came from the Nayars who must have watched the proceeding with sly and drooling delight.


The third support must have come from the Christian Church of the converted to Christians from Travancore.


As to the ordinary Marumakkathaya Thiyyas, most would be quite lowly in social stature that they would be in a mood of showing total subservience to the newly emerged Thiyya - Tahsildars, Deputy Tahsildars, Deputy Collectors, Vakils, Sub magistrates, Gumasthans, Compounders, Butlers, Masters, Gurukkals, Bhagavathars, Mesthiris, Adhikaris, Royal Indian Air Force officers and all others who had somehow scrambled high on the social ladder in the newly emerging scenario.


The unmentioned issue is that all these wise guys would attach the above-mentioned professional titles behind their names. These professional titles become some sort of a social title like that of the Nayars, Nambhoodhiris etc. However, the lowly-positioned Thiyyas would be mere name and Inhi and Oan and Oal and Thiyyan and Thiyyathi to their clever Thiyya brethrens who had jumped to the higher platform. These higher-class Thiyyas’ main aim would be to see that the lower-positioned Thiyya remained struck there in their lowly positions.


If a historical examination of the persons who sponsored the Sree Narayana Guru and team entry into North Malabar is done, it would be seen that it was not the Thiyyas who were under the caste suppression who did it. Instead it was the higher social class Thiyyas who did this. Actually these people who sponsored this entry were not suffering from any kind of social suppression, during the English rule. If temple entry was what they wanted, the traditional Muthappan temples were their own places of worship. It is quite interesting to note they who had such temples and shrines were not happy with what they had. They wanted only the Brahmanical temple. It is quite curious.


The whole verbal-code scenario of the subcontinent is one of sly cunning using the feudal language codes. A slight addition or removal of an information or title is enough to change the total social stature of an individual. These are things that the gullible and naive native-English never got to understand. As to the cunning folks of the subcontinent, they are too cunning to reveal it. They simply would not even promote a discussion on these things.


In fact, when a Writ petition was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the compulsory imposition of a feudal language (Malayalam) in the schools, there was a very concerted effort on the part of the ‘cultural leaders’ to see that this event was not discussed in the news media. When I personally tried to get it posted in the Wikinews through the efforts of one person, a very funny reply came. It said something to the effect that the evidence produced (copy of the High Courts’ order) had the looks of some nondescript old document.