Friday, May 21, 2010

Kerala to get Veluthampi\'s sword for a year

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Museum has accepted Keralas long-pending demand to get for one year the sword of 19th century patriot Veluthampi Dalava, who laid down his life resisting the British hegemony in the princely state of Travancore in the early 19th century. State Education and Culture Minister M A Baby said he had recently received a formal communication in this regard from Prime Ministers Principal Secretary T K A Nair.

A detailed plan on exhibiting the sword in various places across the state would be worked out soon, a spokesperson for the minister told PTI. Veluthampi(1756-1809) rose from lower ranks of administration to become the Dalava (Chief Minister) of the royal state in 1801.Right from the start, he had fearlessly fought corruption in high places and was known for his pro-people position.

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