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Ayyankali (1863 - 1914) was a leader of the Indian lower caste Dalits known as the Untouchables. He pioneered many reforms to improve the lifes of the Dalits. In 1937 he was praised by Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Venganoor, Ayyankali's home town. In November 1980, Indira Gandhi unveiled sculptor Ezra David's commorative statue of Ayyankali at Kawdiyar square, in Trivandrum.