With out STRUGGLE there is no FREEDOM
risalah19 from United Arab Emirates
7 February 2006
One of the Epic in Malayalam movie history, tells the struggle between
British and Indian Muslims and Hindus in Kerala. Historically every
scenes stands out to to be majestic and realistic. For those who wants
to study about Mappila revolt, this film is of a great help.
The movie start with Malabar during the mid-1920s after the fall of
Ottoman Empire and Khilafat in Turkey. In 1921, the Malabar Muslims,
known as Moplahs, started a rebellion against the British raj that they
treated as enemies of Islam. The British suppressed the agitation of
Moplah Muslims in connivance with the Hindu landlords and deported some
leaders of the rebellion to Andaman Islands.
In mid of August 1921, agrarian riots broke out in Nilambur. The Moplah
peasants revolted against the Hindu landlord's oppressive policies,
which are in alliance with the British. The Hindu landlords
redistributed their lands and the Moplahs, who had been suffering, rose
in revolt. A pitched battle between the British regiment and the
Moplahs killed several Europeans. Four thousand Moplahs were killed in
action and tens of thousands were injured.
Then there was the notorious Moplah Train Tragedy. Around a hundred
prisoners, confined in a closed and almost airtight goods van, were
transported by rail. When the door was opened, 66 Moplahs were found
suffocated to death and the remaining 34 were on the verge of collapse.
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