The gripping story of the 18th century warrior prince of Malabar, who built a grass root resistance to the tyranny of the mighty British rule.
His Kingdom was not large, resources were limited. Peasants and tribals were his soldiers, yet he fought the British almost to their defeat.
This was 50 years before the sepoy mutiny. Unfortunately, history has not recorded Pazhassi’s role in Qne of the earliest independence struggles of India.
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja was a ruler of Malabar (North Kerala). Very little is told of this man in the history books of this country. Little do people know that the real ‘first war of Indian Independence’ was fought by him. India did not rise 50 years hence in 1857 as our text books teach us but in the first decade of the 19th century itself in a war Pazhassi fought with the British from the forests of Wayanad with the help of the adivasis there. But then the British, probably because they did not want the rest of country to know and’ be inspired by this one-off revolt, buried all information about Pazbassi and his war and belittled it terming it- just a minor revolt.
But the legends are legends, and history is never complete unless they are given the right place.