Poykayil Appachan was a revolutionary Dalit leader who was drilled with bitter experiences including social discrimination. He faced extreme subjugation from upper-caste Hindus and Christians which motivated him to stand against institutionalized religions of that time.
He started Pratyksha Raksha Deiva Sabha to shape a collective form for all Dalit sections. Appachan played an indispensable role to democratize society and politics. He could be seen as the prophet of subaltern theory in Kerala. Sahodaran Ayyappan’s Curing Caste can also be traced as a poem discussing some of these themes.
This poem addresses the common issues faced by the poor and downtrodden. He questions the attitude of society towards the first people of Kerala. He uses vigorous language against the Malayalam literature which never created a space for the Dalits. According to him, even literature stands with the privileged groups. He repeats the same idea in the first three stanzas to convince his readers that the history of the marginalized is evicted by the writers of that time.
The author attempts to fill the gap to complete the history of Dalits. He condemns our society by stating that the first people were completely grief-stricken by the progressive steps of Kerala. He mocks the society in which a few still consider the first people as cursed progeny. He predicts that society will continue treating Dalit people as secondary. He questions the religious people that how can it happen because the creator remains the same for all.
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