The New Review  March 1949
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The New Review March 1949




The reference to the Gramams of Chovvur and Panniyur cotained in the Manigramam Syrian Christian grant of the 8th century and its absence in the Jewish have suggested to antiquarians some time between the 7th and 8th ceturies as the probable period. [...] The writings of Ptolmey and the Periplus furnish evidence of Brahman settlements on the Malabar coast as early as the first century and it is probable that the immigrant Brahman families began to pour in with the ascendency of the Western Chalukya kings M the 4th Century and became gradually welded with the prs-existing Nambutiris. [...] All those Nambutiris were giouped under two great sections (a) the Vaishnavites or the Panniyur Gramakkar that is those that came with the patronage of the Vaishnavites of the Chalukya dynasty with the boar as their royal emblem and (b) the Saivites or ChovvuGramakkar who readily accepted the Saivile teachings of the Chera Chola and Pandya kings who followed the Chalukyans. [...] In course of time this fact was unfortunately taken by the religious conscience of the people to lower the Brahmans who were deputed under the scheme of Parasurama for special funtions in the service of the nation in the scale of Nambutiri society and to mean a formal prohibition as of men uworthy to be engaged in Vedic Society.. [...] But the sining of the 'Repulse' and 'Prince of Wales' on that fateful day of December the 8th 1941 brought her close to the horrors of war and 1942 saw the formation of an Eastern Group Supply Council for purchase of war mate.rials from India to be diverted to the various theatres of war partcularly the middle and far east.

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