Committee Records Evidence: Obstructionist Tactics by
The Select Committee on the Kerala
Education Bill met in the Alwaye palace at 12.30 p.m.
on the 1st August 1957 and recorded evidence from representative
organisations and individuals. When the Committee started
recording evidence, there was a regular flow of people,
about 400 in number, all demanding immediate interview
with the Committee for their evidence being taken. Many
of them indulged in demonstrations shouting slogans. Some
persons entered the office of the Committee Secretariat
hindering the staff on duty in their work. On account
of the disturbances, the Committee found it difficult
to carry on their deliberations in a calm atmosphere.
The Committee, therefore, considered the matter and came
to the decision that a list of all persons who had applied
for interview would be immediately notified in the Committee
Office and that another list of persons whom the Committee
would like to interview on the 2nd and 3rd August would
be put up in the Office at 5.30 p.m. It was also decided
that priority would be given to organisations and individuals
of a representative character and that any other person
intending to give evidence might offer written statements
to the office which would be treated as evidence.
The Committee then interviewed the persons who had by
this time assembled on the verandah in front of the hall
where the Committee held its sitting and informed them
of the above decision. After some time they dispersed.
The Committee then continued recording of evidence and
adjourned at 5.30 P.M.
(Official Press release dated the 2nd August 1957).