Book chapter / Kerala Renaissance and Spiritual and Political Struggles of Poykayil Appachan

Sekher, Ajay S. ‘The Politics of Spirituality: Dissident Spiritual Practice of Poykayil Appachan and the Shared Legacy of Kerala Renaissance.’ In Practical Spirituality and Human Development: Creative Experiments for Alternative Future, edited by Ananta Kumar Giri, 277-82. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Abstract (edited): This chapter explores the unique spiritual and political struggles and journeys of Poykayil Kumara Guru or Poykayil Appachan, a Dalit reformer of the early 20th century Kerala.

He was using the benefits and openings of modernity in the colonial context and created his own sect called Pratyaksha Raksha Daiva Sabha or PRDS in the early 20th century for the mobility of the Dalits in Kerala.

His unique songs and spirituals proclaim the liberation of the excluded and are greater attempts to textualise the memories of the marginalised. He is contextualised in the greater terrain of Kerala renaissance.

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