Temple Entry Proclamation

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Temple Entry Proclamation

Post by jancancook on Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:35 am

In 1896 a Ezhava Memorial signed by more than 13,000 representatives of the Hindu Ezhava community of Travancore in Kerala submitted to the government a petition to be recognized the right of the Ezhavas to enter government service jobs, the upper caste Hindus of the state prevailed upon the Maharajah not to concede the petition.

In dejection, many of the Ezhavas embraced Christianity, making the Christian population of Travancore increase from six lakhs in 1901 to 17 lakhs by 1931[citation needed]. When it seemed that the fight for equity had not gone anywhere, the leadership threatened that they would convert en masse, rather than stay as helots of Hindu society. Diwan Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer, realizing the imminent danger, prompted the Maharajah to issue the proclamation.[2]

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