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the Kerala agrarian movement. But my data and analysis uncover hitherto unrecognised leaders and demystifies the old leadership. Thus the critical role played by Ayyankali, the Dalit leader, in the mobilisation of his castemen and the acutely conservative position taken by Ramakrishna Pillai, the high caste revolutionary, are highlighted in my analysis. The reviewer should know that the activity called research is addressed to two- tasks: generating locating new data and/or providing new interpretations to the existing data. There is no point in repeating already well known facts and arguments. But I am appalled that such allegations, as are advanced, come from those who champion the cause of the people and those who mouth the slogan, the "real history is people's history!" The reviewer thinks that had l consulted the communist party documents and talked to the top leadership l would have arrived at the correct picture. I am sorry, he misses the whole point of the study. I did consult the official party documents and talk to some of the top party leaders. But I kept these versions in abeyance, my purpose was to present an alternative perspective.

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