For the Dalit cause

Mythily Sivaraman in Keezhvenmani village (Nagai district, Tamil Nadu), in early January 1969.

The picture was taken when Mythily visited Keezhvenmani village shortly after an infamous massacre in December 1968 in which 44 dalit labourers were burnt alive in a locked hut by local landlords after a long agitation for higher wages. Mythily was the earliest to visit Keezhvenmani and write about it in the national media. In the picture with her is Krishnammal Jagannathan, Gandhian social activist. The Keezhvenmani massacre strengthened Mythily’s resolve to ignore all job offers and work with the Left movement in India.

Photo submitted by K.Kalpana (daughter of subject)

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