Aug. 29, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Mahatma Ayyankali on his Jayanti.


  • Ayyankali (1863 – 1941) was a social reformer who worked for the advancement of deprived untouchable people in the princely state of Travancore, British India. He belonged to the Pulayar community of untouchable people.

  • Ayyankali founded the Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham (SJPS) (Association for the Protection of the Poor) which campaigned for access to schools and raised funds to set up Pulayar-operated schools in the interim.

  • Ayyankali later became a member of the assembly of Travancore, known as the Sree Moolam Popular Assembly (SMPA) or Praja Sabha.

Source : PIB