The upper cloth revolt originated in Kerala , where the women and men were prohibited from covering their upper body , it was considered to be shameful covering the upper body. Whereas the men and women from upper class were allowed to drape their clothes however they want. After the intervention of modern missionaries , on October 1859 the government intervened and issued an order permitting the Shanar women to wear a jacket or cover their upper bodies in any manner but unlike that of their upper caste counterparts. CBSE earlier this month issued a circular to relevant school to omit the chapter ‘ Caste conflict and Dress change ‘ from 2017.
That particular chapter deals with the Upper cloth revolt that took place in 19th century in Travancore. The struggle refers to the nadar climber woman in Travancore kingdom , were prohibited from covering their breast, whereas the rule was not applicable for the upper-class women. Moreover it was the Christian missionary that motivated these women’s to revolt against the ill-treatment. The women’s who revolted faced violent consequences , they were hummilated. The act is not just a movement against humiliation ,it was more of a feminism movement. The CBSE board and other state board are following class ix textbook which has published by the National Council for Educational Research and Training. To omit this particular concept would neglect the youngsters knowledge of their own history. What would be the reason behind this motive ? It’s still a unanswered question !