If the Satyagrahis have the sympathy of the local Hindus, they must get locally all the money they need. Even Gandhi came to Vaikom. The two men were sitting in an open courtyard under a mango tree. It seems that when , a leader and member of caste, had to travel through this road, he was asked to get down from his bullock cart, and walk through the circuitous route and his bullock cart without him was allowed to pass through the road. When the was at its peak, on 27 September 1924, the Guru visited the venue. Ramasamy came with his wife and a group of followers and offered Satyagraha on 14 April.
He immediately proceeded to Vaikom where he violated the order not to address public meetings and was imprisoned for one month. Theirs is the shame and theirs must be the glory when they have purged themselves of the black sin. In February 1924, the Committee held a public meeting in Vaikom, where it was decided that the rule barring the temple roads to low castes would be defied by a group of satyagrahis. Gandhi asked that if indeed this was an ancient custom, why was it not practiced elsewhere in India? Meanwhile, hundreds of letters were sent to Gandhiji to suspend the agitation. Beginning with about 500 people at Vaikom, the number increased to approximately 5000 when the procession reached Thiruvananthapuram in the month of November 1924.
As part of her installation durbar, she released all the prisoners. Is not the use of the road the thin end of the wedge, is it not a step towards the abolition of caste altogether? How are the volunteers pierce through a row of policemen except by using force?. Kelappan, with many satyagrahis being manhandled and arrested. He urged his followers to adopt a nonviolent approach. Take blows without giving them Let the government be informed of what you intend to do Let there be no violence or show of force Why did Gandhiji miss or ignore these words and interpret the guru's suggestion as an exhortation to violence and made blatant statements that the spiritual leader of the is reported to have disapproved of the present methods of Satyagraha at Vaikom? Thus viewed, the proposed Sikh free kitchen I can only regard as a menace to the frightened Hindus of Vaikom.
His second imprisonment was more severe, six months in the Central Jail Trivandrum. Let a humble question be raised. He visited the strikers on 8th March 1925 and met Sethulakshmi Bhai on 13th. The news of the decision reached far and wide. He had visited the satyagrahis's camp a month earlier, made a handsome donation, and apparently offered to be a satyagrahi himself.
If they had followed what the Guru has suggested, tried to cross the fence, probably they would have received more blows, but would have arrested early, for defying orders. The High Court then considered it expedient to draw a distinction between Raja Veedhis King's Highways and grama veedhis village roads. Ramasamy threw himself into the struggle, being arrested twice. Before journeying to Vaikom he had written in Young India 19 Feb 1925 : 'The Vykom satyagrahis are fighting a battle of no less consequence than that of Swaraj'. He was haunted by the community and he fled from places to place to save his life. The University of California: Gandhi Peace Foundation, 2007.
Thousands were waiting at the jetty to receive him. Madhavan tried with all his might to convince the members of the need to eradicate untouchability. An Avarna had to walk through a circuitous route, two to three miles longer to avoid the road beside the temple. So, they are more energy efficient. Arrests of local leaders and frequent exhaustion of funds tested morale, but did not break it.
Gandhiji: Is there any difference of opinion for Swamiji about the Satyagraha started at Vaikom? The compromise to open the streets in the temple areas was the outcome of the negotiations between Gandhi and the two Ranis. We carry untouchability a little further. Does Swamiji think of adding or altering anything to the Movement? They were thrown into neck deep waters. Its members voted by the narrowest of margins 22 to 21 against the entry of lower castes to the temple road. Gandhi became more and more troubled as the Satyagraha took a turn of communal riot because of conversions to Islam taking place.
The former are impudent, the latter are childish. Because of the gates, which remained closed the members of the Devaswam Board and the inmates of the temple who used the eastern road as thoroughfare were denied the opportunity. . Unfortunately, before the letter could reach him, Mr. Sadly, no immediate action came from the 609-day long Vaikom Satyagraha, though it left a long-lasting impact in history as one of the most non-violent struggles against caste oppression and discrimination.
Madhavan met Gandhiji about the issue. The first target of the Anti-Untouchability Committee formed in 1924 was a famous Siva shrine in the town of Vaikom, where worship was restricted to upper-castes alone. The Universities of and conferred D. Some came from Malabar, the Malayalam-speaking district of the Madras Presidency. According to a report by News 18, Kerala was to present a tableau on the renaissance theme of Vaikom Satyagraha and the Temple Entry Proclamation. The famous agitation took place there in 1924, known as Vaikom Satyagraha is the first organised movement against untouchability in India. The Savarna Processeion In the meanwhile, Mahatmaji felt that the support of the was essential for the success of the Vaikom Movement.
During this period non caste Hindus were not permitted to walk around the Vaikom temple. Down the centuries, they were treated as less-than-equal in everyday social life, and as less-than-equal under the law as well. He stood in meditation for a few minutes while the whole crowd waited. Give publicity to all these in the papers. After a series of unsuccesful discussions with forward Hindus, the rebellion resumed on 7th April. However the police would remain at the spot until all the terms of the agreement were implemented. Back in the 1920s, Dalits were also treated as less-than-equal in the eyes of god.