9 October 1924|
|Died||11 September 1957
Mudukulathur, South Tamil Nadu
|Other names||Vellu, Sekaran, Devendranar|
|Organization||Tamil Nadu Youth Congress|
Immanuvel Devendrar (9 October 1924-11 September 1957) was a freedom fighter, Dalit activist and worker for the Indian National Congress in Tamil Nadu, India, who was murdered by a group of people from another caste.
Immanuvel Devendrar was born in Sellur, Mudukulathur, Tamil Nadu on 9 October 1924. He took part in the Quit India movement from the age of 18 and was imprisoned for three months because of it. In 1945, he enlisted in the British Indian Army and, upon his discharge, he returned to his native Ramanathapuram district to work for the Indian National Congress party (INC). His time in the army had caused him to question the historic oppression of Dalits in his district, which was particularly severe.
Devendrar worked to improve the education, rights and representation of the Dalit Pallar caste, of which he was a member. He tried to mobilise them to demand equality. The INC saw him as a useful opposition to Pasumpon Mutharamalingam Thevar, who had defected from the party to join the Forward Bloc. The party thought that he might be a worthy future member of the Legislative Assembly and groomed him for that end. It was for this reason that he converted to the Hindu religion and took the name Immanuel Sekaran.
The Pallars were often in dispute with the higher-status Thevar caste and the relationship between the communities became fraught following a by-election in 1957. A peace meeting was called, at which Devendrar refused to stand up when Thevar arrived.
Devendrar was ambushed and murdered by a group of Thevars on 11 September 1957. There were accusations that Thevar himself had some responsibility for the death. Thevar was in fact arrested but later released without charge.
None of the audio/visual content is hosted on this site. All media is embedded from other sites such as GoogleVideo, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. Therefore, this site has no control over the copyright issues of the streaming media.
All issues concerning copyright violations should be aimed at the sites hosting the material. This site does not host any of the streaming media and the owner has not uploaded any of the material to the video hosting servers. Anyone can find the same content on Google Video or YouTube by themselves.
The owner of this site cannot know which documentaries are in public domain, which has been uploaded to e.g. YouTube by the owner and which has been uploaded without permission. The copyright owner must contact the source if he wants his material off the Internet completely.