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   Expert Review - Velappan Easwarapillai

P.Sudarsanan and Dr. N. Sarikadevi
Pages - 242,
Price - Rs.140/-
Printing and publishing
Mythri Books.



This book written by Sri. P.Sudarsanan and Dr.N. Sarika Devi is a treatise on the historical anecdots, which were not brought out before. It gives a cross sectional view of the customs, practices, believes and life styles that were prevailing among the various caste Hindus in the Travancore-Cochin and Malabar areas during the eight eenth and nineteenth centuries.


It was an era when the Caste system was at its peak. Avocations of various natures were assigned to the castes in the lower strata, by the dominant castes who wielded power in the society. The order of the day was to accept it and obey them explicitly which otherwise would   deprive   them   of their livelihood and life even. Those at the upper echelons snatched away the lions share of their efforts, leaving behind those toiled and moiled with little or no facilities for  their   alround   development. They were even deprived of their rightto education and knowledge. It is worth mentioning that the topics of traditional history were the   conquests,aggressions,   and reforms of rulers and courtiers. It was of colourful nature intended to cater  to   the   interests   of the dominant sections of the society. The contributions made by the people  of the  lower  sections were left out without making any mention.


The   book   discussed here qualifies to be included in the   Post-Modern   historical branch;    as different from the traditional history. It can also be included   in   People's   history which has its base on research, exploration and inquiry over the contributions   made   by   lesser known   sects   about   whom nothing has been mentioned in the traditional books. The Chakkala Nair comm unity, otherwise   called   Vattakkattu Nair,   is   a  sub   sect  of Nair community, which include in it about 70 subsects.They had been traditionally   engaged   in   the avocation of oil crushing, which was mostly supplied to palaces and   temples   for  illumination purposes; especially in the olden days   where   there   was   no electricity.  Several  members  of this   community   used   to   run miniature schools attached to their houses. This practice earned to them   the   name   Ezhuthassan otherwise   called   Ezhuthachan. Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, the Father of Malayalam language was a member of this community. In   several   regions they   merged   with   Nairs. Remaining people continues to be known   in  the   old   name.


The authors   try      to   analyse   the backwardness of the community from various angles. The language of the book is fluent and readable. The authors have taken strains to study the works of eminent persons such as S/S Sheik Sainudeen, Logan, Nagam Ayya, T.K.Velupillai, Mannathu Padman abhan,UUoor,   C.Radhakrishnan and  so  on for the  purpose  of collecting materials for the book. It is fervently hoped that this book will be relished by both common readers and students in history alike.




- 2010 release.