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The Mappila Rebellion

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195658279
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0016
The Mappila Rebellion

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This chapter discusses one of the most violent uprisings in the history of British rule in India, the Mappila Rebellion of 1921, which incited the Indians’ fierce passions. It has also been the topic of numerous debates among historians. The chapter notes that the British were quick to blame the Khilafat organizations and the Congress for this rebellion, who, in turn, blamed Malabar’s district officers. The discussion assesses the various factors that led to the rebellion, which severely affected the non-cooperation movement, as well as Gandhi’s efforts for Hindu–Muslim unity. It first describes the state of Malabar during the start of the twentieth century, and then shows that it was only after the Nagpur Congress that the pace of events in the city gained momentum. The rebellion was initially considered anti-British, but this soon changed when the Hindus and Hindu temples were attacked and ransacked.

Keywords: Mappila Rebellion; Khilafat organizations; Congress; Malabar; Hindu–Muslim unity; Nagpur Congress; anti-British

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