Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishnapillai Remembered
City holds various functions to mark the 100th anniversary of the exile of Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai | By Yentha
On Sep 27, 2010


Trivandrum: “If God makes a mistake, I will report it,” said Ramakrishna Pillai. And, it was with these words that he wrote against the wrongs in the system, leading to his exile from the erstwhile Travancore.

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Swadeshabhimani Memorial Statue

On Sept. 26, 2010, Trivandrum, the evolved Travancore, rekindled its memories of an iconic editor.


At a function at the Swadeshabhimani Park in Neyyattinkara, the National Service Scheme, along with the students of New Higher Secondary School, Nellimood, marked the 100th anniversary of the exile. The park is near the birthplace of Swadeshabhimani, the “Mullapalli House”.

Historian advocate Thalayil Kesavan Nair, who has performed about 3000 stages telling the story of Ramakrishnan Pillai in the form Villu Pattu,  spoke about the legend of Ramakrishna Pillai.


Sabin Iqbal, editor of and grandson of Vakkom Moulavi, who was the owner of Swadeshabhimani newspaper, was a guest at the function.

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Sabin Iqbal, grandson of Vakkom Moulavi, speaks at the function

The friendship between Vakkom Moulavi and Ramakrishna Pillai was the subject of many speeches at the venue. Sabin Iqbal spoke about the ‘myth’ of media freedom in today’s newsrooms. He also said that very few media organisations report objectively.

The function also marked the end of the journey taken by the students of the New HSS--along the route on which Ramakrishna Pillai was taken to Aralvaimozhi to be sent on exiled. Ramakrishna Pillai, who was arrested by the then police, was walked from Travancore, through his birthplace Neyyatinkara, and further 100 kilometres. Gandhiyan Gopinathan lit the lamp at the Swadeshabhimani Memorial to inaugurate the function.

The students had gone on a cycle trip along the route to rediscover the histories behind the man and his exile. A handful of soil from all the stops along the route was also gathered to be kept at their school. A documentary named ‘Kaalpadukal’, revealing their findings, was also exhibited at the park.  

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Swadeshabhimani Smaraka Samithi organises a function at Palayam to commemorate the 100  years of exile

Earlier in the day, the Swadeshabhimani Smaraka Samithi organised a function at Palayam to commemorate the 100  years of exile. The works and writings of Ramakrishna Pillai should be spread through the globe, said deputy opposition leader G Karthikeyan, after inaugurating the function.


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