Malabar rebellion of 1921 is an uprising of Muslim tenants against British rulers and local Hindu landlords. It commenced on August 20, 1921 and lasted for several months. It is often seen as one of the earliest nationalist uprisings in southern India. In 1971, the Kerala government included the participants of this rebellion in the category of freedom fighters.
Recently, the Indian Council for Historical Research under the Ministry of Education has removed 387 names from the Directory of Martyrs of IndiaÂ’s Freedom Struggle. These include Variamkunnath Kunhamed Haji and Ali Musaliar, who participated in the Malabar Rebellion.