Ayurveda and Kalari – Our rich contribution to Kerala’s heritage.
The Vaidyars, Chekavars and Panickers who held high positions in the society as Chief Medical Consultants (Kottaram Vaidyans) and Chief Commanders of Armies (Padathalavans) of Kerala.
It is highly necessary that our present and coming generation know about our Medical and Martial Arts heritage – “Ayurveda and Kalaripayattu”.
Otherwise when people try to steal our heritage and distort our history labelling us just as a community of “Kallu Chethukaar” or Toddy tappers, our youth will keep quiet and bear the brunt of their ignorance. We should not let it happen anymore!
Our movies and media are big culprits in the deliberate distortion of our history and suppression of every single historical moment and achievements of Ezhavas.
See what happened to “Arattupuzha Velayudha Panicker”. There is not a single mention of this Great Revolutionary and Social Reformer from our community, in any of the text books or major Kerala history books (i.e. especially ones written by Savarnas).
If anybody comes to know about Arattupuzha Velayudha Panicker’s history, they would be thrilled/spell-bound by his physical and mental strength even in those adverse conditions.
How he single-handedly tried to fight and regain respect for our men and women!
Our ancestors did not have an easy life. But just see our ability to recover from adversity; our strength of mind to fight back and regain our rightful position in the society, this in itself is a source of inspiration!
We have so many Doctors, Brigadiers, Colonels, Chief Justices, IAS, IFS and IPS Officers, Scientists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Lawyers, Journalists and so on hailing from the Ezhava community.
If we take the effort to know more about our community, there is nothing more one need to be proud about than our history and heritage, the resilience of sprit and strength of our ancestors and the brilliance of the past and present generation.
We as a community should reclaim our history and past and, excel in the field of Medicine as Doctors and in Army/Navy/Air Force as brave Commanders, along with Excelling in Every Other Field. This is in the hands of our present and coming generations!