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GandhiPan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.001.0001

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The Mappila Rebellion

The Mappila Rebellion

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(p.311) Chapter 16 The Mappila Rebellion
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Gandhi
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0016

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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