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Political History of Modern Kerala

Political History of Modern Kerala


Item Code: NAD139

by A. Sreedhara Menon

Paperback (Edition: 2008)

D C Books
ISBN 9788126421565

Size: 8.4 inch X 5.4 inch
Pages: 96
Weight of the Book: 112 gms
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About the Author

This book deals with a significant period in the Political History of Kerala. Besides the National freedom movements, there are several popular movements, with their focus on issues of local importance. Such movements in Travancore, Cochin and Malabar regions of Kerala is thoroughly discussed in the Political History of Modern Kerala.

- A. Sreedhara Menon

Born on December 18, 1925 at Ernakulam. Completed his M.A. Degree in History as a private candidate from the University of Madras with first rank in 1948. Went to Harvard University on a Fulbright Travel Grant and a Smith-Mundt Scholarship and secured masters degree in Political Science from there with specialisation in International Relations. Worked in various capacities such as professor of History, State Editor of the Kerala Gazetteers, Registrar of the University of Kerala and UGC visiting Professor in the University of Calicut. Held many other positions during his eventful career. Apart from compiling eight District Gazetteers of Kerala he was written more than 25 books in English and Malayalam.


In my A Survey of Kerala History published in 1967 the political movements in modern Kerala have been given only cursory treatment. It was felt that the subject should receive a little more attention in view of its topical interest. This monograph is the outcome of my efforts in this direction. As the inclusion of the revised material in A Survey of Kerala History would have disturbed the symmetry of the original text, it was decided to publish the same separately as a kind of supplement to the earlier book. I hope that the general reader and the student would find this book useful. - A . Sreedhara Menon

1The Backdrop9
Introduction-Early Popular Agitations:
2. Political Movements in Travancore 14
The Era of Memorials—Swadesabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai— Militant
Nationalism—A Revolutionary—Reform of the Legislature-—Agitation for Civic
Rights—Debut of the Indian National Congress—Vaikom and other Temple Satyagrahas-
Nivarthana Movement— Rise of the Travancore State Congress (1938)- Agitation
for Responsible Government— Rise of the Communist Party—Punnapra—Vayalar
Outbreak (1946)—Accession of Travancore to the Indian Union—Introduction of
Responsible Government-Ministerial Instability—Socialist Parties—Travancore
Tamil Nadu Congress.
3. Political Development of Cochin 48
Introduction—Establishment of the Cochin Legislature—Beginnings
of Congress Activity Working Class Movements —“Electricity
Agitation” in Trichur—Introduction of Dyarchy—Working of
Dyarchy—Rise of the Cochin State Praja Mandal-Agitation for
Responsible Government—Praja Mandal in Office—Responsible
Government in Cochin—Paliyam Satyagraha—Travancore—Cochin Integration.
4. Political Upheavals in Malabar 62
Genesis of the National Movement—The Constitutional Phase— Manjeri Political Conference (1920)
--Non-Co-operation and Khilaphat Move ment—Malabar Rebellion (1921)
— Politics after the Rebellion—Payyannur Political Conference (1928)
—Salt Satyagraha - Guruvayur Satyagraha — Civil Disobedience Movement — Right—
Left Polarisation in the Congress—Congress Ministry
—Beginnings of the Communist Movement—Anti—Imperialist
StrugglecQuit India’ Movement—Political Developments after independence—The Muslim League.
5. Aikya Kerala Movement 87
Background—Congress and Linguistic States—Demand for Aikya Kerala—Formatjon of Kerala State (1956).
Select Bibliography 93
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