Friday, March 14, 2014

Malayalam encryption and the Malabar Rebellion 1921

Happened to read this interesting post in mathrubhumi today of a new language that evolved out of an encrypted usage of Malayalam by prisoners of the 1921 rebellion. 1921 marked a new era in life, culture, art , education and religious reform in the Malabar. This though adds a whole new dimension. Interesting also to note that traces of the language are found in Kannur, Panur, Malappuram all the way to Kodungallur.

1 comment:

  1. The whole country, by means of the sword of our holy warriors,
    has become like a forest denuded of its thorns by fire.
    The land has been saturated with the water of the sword,
    and the vapors of infidelity have been dispersed.
    The strong men of Hind have been trodden under foot,
    and all are ready to pay tribute.
    Islam is triumphant; idolatry is subdued.
    Had not the law granted exemption from death
    by the payment of poll-tax,
    the very name of Hind, root and branch,
    would have been extinguished.
    From Ghazni to the shore of the ocean
    you see all under the dominion of Islam - Amir Khusrau (1253-1325)