Government have received reports to the effect that an
anti-Education Bill Demonstration is being organized in
Trivandrum on the 26th of this month and that batches
have already started from some places. The demonstrators
are expected to number a few thousands.
The Government understands that there is a certain amount
of anxiety as to what such a demonstration may lead to.
It is feared, on the one hand, that this demonstration
itself may go beyond peaceful limits and thus lead to
undesirable incidents. On the other hand, it is feared
that this anti-Education Bill demonstration may be countered
by a pro-Education Bill demonstration, thus leading to
clashes between the supporters and the opponents of the
Bill. The Government hopes that both the supporters and
the opponents of the Bill will do their utmost to allay
The Government wants to make it clear that it will be
their endeavour to fully safeguard the legitimate rights
of the opponents of the Bill for conducting a peaceful
demonstration. They would, at the same time, point out
to the organizers of the demonstration that it is extremely
necessary to take all precautions that it remains within
The Government wants to make it further clear that, while
there is no desire on their part to put any obstacle in
the way of the demonstration marching through the streets
of Trivandrum, the Government cannot allow the demonstrators
to enter the Secretariat Compound and obstruct the work
of the Legislative Assembly and of the Secretariat. If
the demonstrators want to make any representation either
to the Government or to the Legislature, there are well-known
ways of making these representations without hundreds
of people marching into the Secretariat compound and paralyzing
the day’s work of the Government and the Legislature.
The Government hopes that the leaders and organizers of
the demonstration will contact the Chief Minister if they
desire to avail of these opportunities.
The Government hopes that the organizers of the demonstration
will adhere to the above procedure and help in the preservation
of a peaceful atmosphere and thus help the democratic
process of discussion and decision by the Legislature.
(Press release issued on
the 22nd August 1957)