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Nine-and-a-half decades after hosting an epic struggle for social equality, the backwater town of Vaikom in Kottayam is lastly set to open a museum that chronicles the important events and personalities related to the Vaikom Sathyagraha

Kadannapally Ramachandran, Minister for Museums, Archaeology and Archives, will inaugurate the facility on Tuesday. Vaikom MLA C.K. Asha will administer. Thomas Chazhikadan, MP, will provide the keynote address.

The 1.8-crore project is being implemented by the State Archives Department with financial help from the Gandhi Heritage Sites Objective under the Union federal government. The job has been implemented through Kerala Museum, the government-appointed nodal company for all museums in the State.

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” The museum has actually placed on display a number of hundreds of documents associating with the satyagraha, and likewise hosts an unique gallery to tell Gandhiji’s function in the historical motion,” said J. Reji Kumar, Director, State Archives Department.

The facility also makes up image and art galleries, besides a research study centre and an interactive theatre room to screen documentaries on the topic.

A few of the essential documents on display consist of the entire script of the three-hour discussion between Gandhiji and Idanthuruthil Devan Neelakandan Namboothiri, leader of the caste Hindu camp, interventions of Sree Narayana Expert, Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, to name a few.

R. Chandran Pillai, Executive Director, Kerala Museum, called the task as an effort to reanalyse the movement that led the way for social renaissance in Kerala, which has been largely forgotten other than for periodic recommendations in texts or speeches on history.

” The attempt is to retell the story through archival records, illustrations, texts and interactive panels and kiosks so as to make sure the participation of visitors,” he said. The project, coming up at a home near the Vaikom boat jetty, was first proposed in 1975 with a stone-laying event attended by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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