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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters

K. Kelappan

Kannur, Kerala

November 12, 2021 to December 30, 2021

In 1930, a large procession from Kozhikode to Payyannur under the leadership of K. Kelappan, passed through Kalliasseri and Morazha. The speeches at the conference held in Kalliasseri to welcome the demonstrators were on the freedom movement, the conditions of poverty of the Indian people under British rule, and the need to abolish feudal dominance.

Town Kalliasseri and the neighbourhood has been exemplary in its nationalist fervour and political consciousness. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Muthappan temple sheltered nationalists on the run against the British. The textile mill at Pappinesseri undertook strike against the British in 1946 for 100 days. During the same period, people from this village in Kerala worked in sympathy with the Royal Indian Navy's Mutiny in Bombay.

Even though the Peasant Movement in the Malabar region in the 1920’s was a class movement, it strengthened the nationalist movement.