most outstanding event of the year concerning the struggle of Depressed Classes was the satyagraha or the passive resistance sponsored by Ramasamy Naicker, a non – Brahmin leader, at Vaikom in the Travancore State for vindicating the rights of the Untouchables to use a certain road to which they were forbidden entry. Its moral pressure and the spirit of righteous assertion has a tremendous effect, and the orthodox Hindus, for a while, regained their civic sense and sanity, and the road was thrown open to the Untouchables.
Ambedkar was watching these developments very carefully. He referred the Vaikom struggle, a few months later, very touchingly in one of his editorials, on the eve of the Mahad satyagaraha. These were notable events. Coming events cast their shadows before