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100 Years Of Vaikom Satyagraha

100 Years Of Vaikom Satyagraha:

India’s one of the most supported and widely accepted protests, ‘Vaikom Satyagraha’, is celebrated its 100 years recently.

  • Vaikom Satyagraha is the first anti-caste movement, as the pupil of the depressed class and untouchables were restricted from entering the temple.
  • It was aimed to establish the rights of the oppressed classes to walk on the roads to the Shree Mahadeva Temple in Vaikom in Kottayam district.
  • The issue of temple entry was first raised by Ezhava leader TK Madhavan in a 1917 editorial in his paper Deshabhimani.
  • In AICC (All India Congress Committee) meeting in Kakinada 1923, K Madhavan along with Sardar Panikkar and KP Kesava Menon submitted a petition to the Travancore legislative council.
  • The petition sought to grant the right to temple entry and worship of gods for all sections of the society irrespective of caste, creed and community. The movement was launched on 30th March 1924.
  • The movement in the vicinity of Mahadev temple in Kottayam district of Kerala took place during 1924-1925.