Commentary on
William Logan’s ‘Malabar Manual’
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Mappilla outrages against the Nayars and Ambalavasis, and the Hindus (Brahmins)

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Even though the Mappilla outrages which commenced from around 1836 has been variously mentioned by stupid and shallow academic historians of India and elsewhere as a revolt against the ‘British rule’, it was not anything of that kind. It was purely an attack by the newly converted-into-Islam lower-castes, on the Hindus (Brahmins and Ambalavasis) and the Nayars, and their loyal lower-caste slave-servants.


I can understand the terrible frustration that the English officials felt as they started getting to hear of the terrible attacks on unwary and seemingly innocent Hindus and Nayars. They made various kinds of enquiries on what was creating this terrible homicidal mood for massacre. The fact is that all their conclusions and assertions were wrong and quite distant from the real cause.


The lower castes, on converting into Hindus, suddenly find that they have no one above them. Till that time, they were part of an insidious hierarchy, in which they bore the verbal hammering, of such words as Inhi ഇഞ്ഞ്/Ijj ഇജ്ജ്/Nee നീ, Oan ഓൻ/Avan അവൻ, Olu ഓള്/Avalu അവള്, Eda എടാ, Edi എടി, Vaada വാടാ, Vaadi വാടീ, Vaane വാനേ, Vaale വാളേ, Avattakal അവറ്റകൾ/Ittingal ഐറ്റിങ്ങൾ / Athungal അത്ങ്ങൾ etc. [All lowest indicant code words for You, He/him, She/her, They/ Them &c.]


Getting out of this terrible suppression is like eating the biblical fruit of knowledge (forbidden fruit). Suddenly the individual will get an awareness that till then he, his wife and children had been kept artificially on a very degraded platform. Once a person comes out this social shackle, each time he perceives that he has been degraded by a population group, including the children, he would go into a very brooding mood of fury and vengeance. {The stupid sciences of psychology and psychiatry might not know anything about all this}


There is actually no solution for this, other than acclimatising them to the same levels of degradation from another perspective by means of formal education. In fact, modern Indian formal education is actually aimed at encoding tolerance to a similar kind of degradation into human beings. The teacher degrade the students and the students are trained to bask in this degradation.


This is one of the reasons why feudal-language speaking teachers should never be allowed to teach native-English children. A non-tangible core human-value erasement will set in, if this is allowed, in native-English children.


The Hindus and the Nayars were also getting to feel the same verbal attacks on them from the lower-caste convert Mappilla side. The words ‘lower-caste converts’ has to be stressed. In this book, Malabar, William Logan has mentioned the Muslims of pure Arabian stock to be quite a refined population with cultural and social interaction standards quite near to that of the native-English.


He has also given a very good opinion of the big-time Mappilla merchants on the coastal areas.


The Hindus and the Nayars would find it quite irksome to bear the verbal assault of the lower-caste convert Mappillas. The verbal assaults would not be any profanity or expletives. It would simply be the use of lower indicant words, such as Nee/Inhi &c. That is enough for the Hindus and the Nayars to go into a terrible mood of fury.


The English officialdom was quite naive and gullible. The terrific verbal assaults were something innate to the social system.


Until the entry of the English administration there was not much of a problem on this count. For, it was not easy to convert to Islam. But with the establishment of the English supremacy, it was found that every man had his rights to do what he wanted with regard to his affiliation and spiritual loyalties.


At the same time, it is also noticeable that there was indeed a historical undercurrent of distaste to the Mappillas on account of them being outside the hierarchical system on which the Hindus (Brahmins) were on top. The lower castes would find them acting too superior to them, and the higher castes and the Hindus would find them too over-bearing.


Pazhassiraja killing or impaling the Mappillas in his own locality is based on this undercurrent of hatred. The fact is that people who are not part of the subordinated groups would fail to exhibit the necessary ‘respect’ and subservience in words, posture, body-language etc., which the subordinated individual would concede.