Nangeli, who lived in Cherthala in Alappuzha over 200 years ago, gained her place in history as the woman who cut off her breasts to protest against the inhuman mulakkaram (breast tax) that was imposed in the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. [Read more…] This fight against oppression that Nangeli gave her life for went on for close to a decade before mulakkaram was finally abolished in 1812.
We’ve come a long way since then…or have we? Volumes have been written, documentaries made, artworks created, appeals for memorial made, Nangeli’s neighborhood named in her memory (and silently renamed)… we’ve seen it all… yet Nangeli and the cause she fought for is all but a fading memory in civilization’s journals today.
Nangeli.com is an attempt to not just create a space for Nangeli to live in the webspace but also space to know and meet more Nangelis of today. Mulakkaram may have seen its death…but the oppression lives on…in ever new and ever evolving avatars.