Kerala to open India’s first labour movement museum. The labour movement in India can be traced back to the 1860s, where labour unions were first formed to improve the working and living conditions of labourers. With a history that has many stories to tell, establishing a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated entirely to showcasing the historical rise of labour movements is quite an achievement. It will be a part of the LDF Government’s second 100-day programme. The museum is set to launch in Alappuzha, a place known for its backwaters and intense tourism, alongside the well-known Port and Coir museums.
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The country’s first Labour Movement Museum would feature everything from historical documents, and pictures that gave birth to the rise of movements around India and Alappuzha, the centre point of the working-class movement in Kerala. The formation of the Travancore Labour Association in 1992 had given voice to Kerala’s labour identities. This Labour Movement Museum will throw essential light to all the class struggles, the fight against the capitalist class, and prominent figures that spearheaded the movements.
On top of that, it will mostly likely boost tourism in the state. Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran shared, “Besides its unsurpassed natural beauty, Alappuzha has a rich commercial and maritime heritage dating back to the ancient times and connected to distant lands.The Alappuzha Heritage Tourism project is conceived to bring this legacy before tourists, in which these museums are important components.”