#ManuMustFall: Thirumavalavan, MacWan Among Others Demand Manu Statue Removal

The oppressive and casteist Hindu social orders are understood to derive its legitimacy from the Manusmriti that Manu had prescribed.


The inhumane act of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officer has triggered spontaneous resistance across the US. As the #BlackLivesMatter gathered momentum and took the form of an Anti-Racism Movement in the USA and spread elsewhere, the activists took down to the statues of prominent leaders. This was done to denounce the racist and oppressive histories and lives that they stood as a symbol of. In the US, while Confederate Monuments were struck down, many busts of the well-known leaders were busted across the world. This included the ones of MK Gandhi, Christopher Colombus, Winston Churchill amongst others. With this, there is a growing demand in India to remove the Manu statue from Rajasthan High Court.


On 1st July, Dalit leader, activist, and MP from Tamil Nadu, Thol. Thirumavalavan tweeted in support for #ManuMustFall. He has mentioned in his tweet that the Statue of Manu, who wrote Manusmriti stands in the Rajasthan High Court. The MP from Tamil Nadu has also mentioned that the Laws of Manu are the basis for the birth-based caste hierarchy and that the Indian Constitution was totally antithetical to the Manusmriti. He has also added that the statue was an insult to the constitution and must be removed.

It must be noted that this is not the first time that there has been a call to remove the statue. On October 8th, 2018, anti-caste activist and district president of ‘RPI-Kharat’ Kantibai Ahire along with Sheela Pawar had smeared the statue with black paint.

Ambedkarites across the world celebrate Manusmriti Dahan Divas on 25th December each year to commemorate the historical Mahad Struggle led by Dr. BR Ambedkar. Under Ambedkar’s guidance on that day, the untouchables not just refused to lift the dead cattle belonging to the Hindu’s but also questioned the fundamental understanding of Hindu social order which based itself upon caste hierarchies. The oppressive and casteist Hindu social orders are understood to derive its legitimacy from the Manusmriti that Manu had prescribed.

Not just Thol. Thirumavalavan, but many other activists and leaders have joined in the call for bringing down the Manu statue. Martin Macwan, a noted Dalit Human Rights Activist from Gujarat has addressed a letter with at least 850 signatories demanding the removal of Manu statue from the Rajasthan High Court premises. At least 20 lakh people had written for the same cause in an earlier attempt as well.

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Martin Macwan and his group have launched a MISSED CALL campaign to ensure that this movement becomes widespread and reaches many more especially the rural communities.  A missed call on 9823157779 will help us to see how many people support the campaign.


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