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HISTORY
AN ABRIDGED HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE OF QUILON



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The Diocese of Quilon comprises the major part of the civil district of Kollam, the taluk of Karthikapally, portions of the taluks of Mavelikara and Chengannur which lie the south of the river Pamba in the civil district of Alappuzha.

According to tradition, St. Thomas the Apostle established seven churches along the west coast of India, and Quilon is the second in the list of the above seven churches. Quilon was the See of one of the two Bishops consecrated by St. Thomas and soon rose to be a flourishing Christian center. From fourth century, Quilon became a favoured center of settlement by Christians from Persia who migrated to India to set up business as well as to escape the persecution prevalent in Persia . This is substantiated by the writings of the early centuries. �Cosmos Indicaplustus' the Byzantine monk who visited Kerala in 520-525 writes of a Christian community and a Persian Bishop in Quilon, in his book Christian Topography .

The glorious epoch of Christianity in Quilon and perhaps of this country was in the first half of the ninth century when the Christians of Quilon enjoyed royal privileges and had the monopoly of trade in �Venad�. The Christian community under the command of �Sabarisho' a trader secured patrician privileges from �Ayyanadikal Kurakoni' the King (AD 849) of Kollam. The copper plate bestowing trading rights and authorization for rebuilding the city of Kollam as well as restructuring its administration, to the Christian community under �Thareesa Pally� (as the church of Kollam was known), is the most ancient official document of Christianity in India. Earlier in 829, Mar Sapor and Mar Prot, the two bishops from Persia ministered the �Christians in Quilon'. John Monte Corvino, a member of the Societas Peregrinantium Pro Christo on his way to China , landed in Quilon in 1291 and ministered the Christian community. The Venetian traveller Marco Polo who visited India in 1292 testified to the presence of a Christian community in Quilon.

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Erection of the Ancient Diocese of Quilon and its First Bishop

Since the latter half of the 12 th century, Quilon became the chief centre of missionary expeditions. Franciscan and Dominican Missionaries in the 13 th and 14 th centuries visited Quilon and their letters confirm the existence of a vibrant Christian community in Quilon. In 1329 Pope John XXII (in captivity in Avignon ) erected Quilon as the first Diocese in the whole of Indies as suffragan to the Archdiocese of Sultany in Persia through the decree �Romanus Pontifix� dated 9 th August 1329 . By a separate Bull �Venerabili Fratri Jordano�, the same Pope, on August 21, 1329 appointed the French Dominican friar Jordanus Catalani de Severac as the first Bishop of Quilon. ( Copies of the Orders and the related letters issued by His Holiness Pope John XXII to Bishop Jordanus Catalani and to the diocese of Quilon are documented and preserved in the diocesan archives).

 Jordanus Catalani arrived in Surat in 1320. After his ministry in Gujarat he reached Quilon in 1323. He not only revived Christianity but also brought thousands to the Christian fold. He came again to Quilon as the bishop in 1330. He is believed to have built at Quilon, known as St. George's Church . His book � Mirabilia Descripta � is a rare work on plants, animals and the people of India and of other countries in Asia and this is an authoritative work on India dating 800 years back. This book is considered to be a landmark chronicle of its time written around 1324.

The first Bishop of Quilon was received with great jubilation by the faithful of Quilon. He brought a message of good wishes from the Holy Father to the local rulers. As the first bishop in India , he was also entrusted with the duty of spiritual nourishment of the Christian community in Calicut , Mangalore, Thane and �Broach' (north of Thane). He was martyred by Muslims in Bombay in 1336. In the year 1348 John De Marignoli, the Papal Legate to China on his way back to Rome sojourned here for 14 months. With the martyrdom of the first Bishop, the See of Quilon remained vacant. There was a �historic gap' with regard to ecclesiastical administration in India till the Portuguese landed here.

It follows from the Friar Jordanus tradition that Catholicism � not just Christianity � is deep rooted in Quilon. It is widely believed that the Portuguese brought Catholicism to Kerala. The above facts lead us to believe otherwise. It is now evident that while Bishop Jordanus introduced Catholicism, the Portuguese popularized it. The fact that Quilon is the founding seat of the Catholic Church in India is often found obscured in the mist of history.

The most important part of the apostolic bull which concerns the dioceses is the apostolic erection of the diocese of «Columbum». The Pope said that he decided the erection of the diocese after a long conscientious discussions and self reflections. By the erection of this diocese, he aimed at spreading the orthodox faith and augment of the cult of the Divine name in the Greater India .

�Super hiis atenta meditatione intra nos ipsos ac etiam cum fratribus nostris diligenti tractatu prehabitus et matura deliberatione secuta, de ipsorum fratrum nostrorum consilio et apostolice plenitudine potestatis ad excellentiae supernae laudem et gloriam, honorem ecclesie sanctae suae, dilatationem fidei orthodoxae, cultum divini nominis ampliandum animarumque profectum praesentem et posterum per admirandam Altissimi clementiam successurum et ex aliis etiam certis causis salubribus, que ad id nostrum animum in favorem eiusdem fidei pie ac rationabiliter induxerunt, locum insignem, aptum et congruum Columbum nuncupatum in eodem Regno constitutum in civitatem erigimus et civitatis vocabulo insignimus, eumque civitatem Columbensem volumus perpetuis futuris temporibus nuncupari�. Romanus Pontifex, � p. 10.

�With careful meditation on these things within ourselves, also having discussed diligently with our brothers, and following a mature deliberation, at the suggestion of the same brothers and with the fullness of Apostolic power, to the praise and glory of the heavenly excellence, to the honour of His Holy Church to the spreading of the orthodox faith, in order to augment the cult of the Divine Name and for the profit of souls, both now and in the future that will come by the admirable mercy of the most high, and by other beneficent reasons which have lead piously and rationally our mind to this, We constitute a city the important fitting and Proper place called Columbus located in that same kingdom, and We decorate it with the name of the city of Columbus to be so called for all centuries to come�.

 
John De' Marignolli, Missionary kept up the Jordanus tradition (1346-1347 AD)

John De Marignolli was born into the family of Marignolli of St. Lorenzo in Florence . He joined the Franciscan order and was consecrated bishop in 1338 AD. He was chosen as legate to China by Pope Benedict XII (1334-1342). He preached in China and on his way back from China , he landed at Quilon and lived there for over a year, preaching in St. George's Church , which was founded by Jordanus.

In 1338 during the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XII (1334-1342) the great Khan of Peking in China sent a great delegation of ambassadors to the Pope at Avignon and were given a royal reception by the Pope. They requested the Pope to send a legate who would be wise, capable and virtuous to care for their souls. Responding to their request the Pope chose John De Marignolli as his legate to China and he accompanied the ambassadors of Great Khan on their homeward journey. Marignolli departed with a great number of friars and precious gifts for Khan, princes and sovereigns. They departed in March 1339 and after a long and perilous journey reached their destination, Khanbalique in 1342 and were received by the Great Khan, who was the last of the Mongol dynasty in China .

After three years of mission Marignolli decided to return to Europe . On his departure on 26 December 1345 he set out for Quilon where he arrived on 23 March 1346 . The St. Thomas Christians of Quilon warmly welcomed him. The Christians of Quilon were very rich and their chiefs were called modilial, which means mudaliar or headmen who owned great pepper plantations. He lived there for over a year, and preached in St. George's Church , founded by Jordanus. He received for his offices, from the Christians of Quilon a tithe of 100 gold fanams per mensem and bonus of 1,000 fanams on his leaving the place. The Jews, Muslims and even some of the Christians considered the Latin Christians as the worst idolaters, because they used the statues and images in their Churches.

He concentrated himself in the Latin Church of St. George founded by Bishop Jordanus. He preached in this Church and adorned the Church with paintings. He could not do much of missionary activity here since he became sick with dysentery during his stay at Quilon. When he recovered he visited Cape Comorin the extremity of Indian Peninsula where he erected a marble pillar mounted by a cross in full view of Ceylon . It seems that he was an ambitious man and was desirous that the good people of Quilon should never forget him and that was the intention of the erection of the marble pillar. The column, which was to endure till the world's end soon crumbled under the corroding influence of the elements and the inscriptions, were destroyed. Very soon a tradition developed, attributing this column to St. Thomas , the founder of Christianity in Malabar. Marignolli set for Sumatra and Ceylon in July 1347. In September 1348 he came back to Mylapore where he remained for four days in the Church built by St. Thomas . After spending sixteen months in India around 1349-1350 AD he left India . After his departure the Latin Church in India and in the east as a whole began to diminish. �After that what had begun with such enthusiasm and zeal slowly subsided and except for an occasional chronologist, even the memory of what had been attempted faded into oblivion. It was however not only in India that the Latin interlude came to an end, but in the whole of the East as well

St. Francis Xavier�Christ's Messenger to Quilon during the Portuguese Era
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The Portuguese missionaries made Quilon one of their most important centers of evangelization. St. Francis Xavier laboured here for several years. He is likely to have been based at Quilon � Tangasseri- during his sojourn in the 1580's. He established a Seminary in Quilon and his letters to Rome give testimony of a dynamic Christian community in Quilon. It is worth noting that Quilon is the only city where both the Apostle St. Thomas and the great missionary of the East St. Francis Xavier spread the Gospel of Christ.

G. Schurhammer testifies that Francis Xavier sailed from Goa through the coast of Malabar and arrived at Quilon. He saw the remnants of a flourishing Christian community at Quilon. G. Schurhammer narrates the Church of Quilon at the arrival of Francis Xavier .

�After a short stay at Cochin , the ship continued on its way, with the flat coast (...) Portuguese Quilon, the southern centre of the pepper trade, some twenty leagues from Cochin had been reached. East of Quilon was a long, white beach dotted with coconut palms. On this strand, a half hour away, was upper Quilon, the native city, inhabited by Moors, Jews and Thomas Christians. (...). The palm-leaf-covered parish church near the fortress stood on the site of the former church of St. Thomas that had belonged to the Syrian Christians. According to their traditions it had been built by St. Thomas himself or by one of his servants or by Sts. Sapor and Aprot, who had been buried there some seven hundred years before. (�). The Syrian pepper merchants in turn transferred their church to upper Quilon. On the beach near the fortress could still be seen a badly weathered, white, stone pillar. According to the tradition this was the place where the two brothers Sapor and Aprot had been accustomed to pray�.

G. Schurhammer , Francis Xavier, his life, his times, India, (1541-1545), vol. II

The history of Quilon Diocese from 16 th century to 20 th century was linked to the battle of European empires for the control of Malabar Coast . The Portuguese who arrived in Quilon in 1503 revived and strengthened the Christian community. They built several churches and monasteries and established new centers of Christianity. It was indeed a glorious period. Mar Abuna Jacob who wielded authority as the Bishop of Malabar wrote to the Portuguese emperor in 1523 that his faithful were known as the �Kollam Christians'. Quilon remained a territory under the Franciscans until 1533 when the Diocese of Goa was established and Quilon became part of the new Diocese with the control of Mar Abuna Jacob, till he died in 1550. However 1557, when Cochin was erected as a suffragan Diocese of Goa, Quilon became part of Cochin .

The Portuguese tenure in Quilon has contributed much to its growth and development. Their primary concern was the abolition of the caste system. They made education available to all communities. They started presses, which were a set up that made available books in cheaper cost, and thus people began to read and acquire knowledge. It is a little known fact that one of the oldest presses in India was established at Tangasseri. The press was attached to the San Salvador Seminary of the diocese established by a Jesuit Priest, Fr. Jao de Faria. The first book in Kerala � Doctrina Christa' was published from Quilon on October 20, 1578 . The Harvard University library possesses a surviving copy of this book. It was printed in the neo-Tamil script of the time in Kerala. The one printed at Quilon, Doctrina Christs en Lingua Malabar Tamil is a translation of St. Francis Xavier's work in Portuguse, translated by Fr. Henrique and Father Manual de San Pedro. The second page of the bok mentions that it was printed on 20 th October 1578 at the press of the �Saviour'. Till today that that place of the press is known in Tangasseri (near the Bishop's House) as �Achukuddom Parambu' ( Press Place ).

In 1661 the Portuguese who tasted defeat from the Dutch, left Quilon. The Dutch who took control over Quilon, destroyed catholic churches and persecuted Catholics. The Christians of Quilon went through a dark period till 1741. The Dutch, defeated by Marthandavarma, the King of Travancore, had to leave Quilon. Yet another dark period for the Church in Quilon was in 1808 when Velu Thampi Dalava unleashed a fierce persecution on Christians.

The Concordat on a shift from �Padroado' to �Propaganda Mission '
Prior to the year 1887, the year of the Concordat, the Catholics belonged partly to the propaganda Mission and partly to Padrado (Portuguse) Mission . The Pro-Cathedral belonging to the former and the Holy Cross Church and the Church at Olicarai (present Bishop's Chapel), which was the residence of the Ecclesiastical Governor of the Goa Mission were under the Padroado. On the passing of the Concordat between the Holy See and the King of Portugal, the Padroado churches and the Parishioners thereunder were transferred to the Propaganda Mission.
Apostolic Vicariate of Quilon (1845-1886 AD) and t he Period of Carmelite Missionaries

The Christian community of Quilon after remaining a long period without bishops became a part of the diocese of Goa in 1534, when Goa was made an Episcopal see, suffragan to Funchal in the Madeiras . When Goa was raised to an archbishopric on 4 February 1557 , Cochin was made suffragan diocese to the Arch-diocese of Goa and Quilon became part of the Cochin diocese. Pope Gregory XVI created the Vicariate of Malabar by his bull Multa Praeclare of 24 April 1838 and suppressed the diocese of Cochin and attached that territory along with Quilon to the Vicariate of Malabar (Verapoly). Later the Vicariate of Malabar was divided into three vicariates, Verapoly, Mangalore and Quilon by the Holy See on 12 May 1845 . The apostolic vicariate of Quilon was extended from Arabian Sea to the �Sahyan' Mountains and from Cape Comorin to Pamba River , which was provisionally entrusted to the Belgian discalced Carmelite missionaries

The separation of Quilon, as a new Vicariate Apostolic, suffragan to Verapoly was decreed and was provisionally executed on May 12, 1845 , entrusting it to the Belgian Carmelite Missionaries, and finally confirmed as a separate Vicariate Apostolic on March 15, 1853 .

The Period of Carmelite Missionaries
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On April 24, 1838 the Holy See established the Vicariate of Malabar with headquarters at Verapoly and Quilon became part of the new vicariate. The separation of Quilon, as a new Vicariate Apostolic, suffragan to Verapoly was decreed and was provisionally executed on May 12, 1845 , entrusting it to the Belgian Carmelite Missionaries, and finally confirmed as a separate Vicariate Apostolic on March 15, 1853 . With the establishment of the Hierarchy in India , Quilon again became a Diocese on September 1, 1886 with jurisdiction over the territory from Cape Comerin to Pampa River , in the north.
Bifurcations of Quilon Diocese themselves ascertain its antiquity
On May 26, 1930 , the southern most part of the Diocese was cut off and erected as a separate diocese - the Diocese of Kottar. Later, by another decree of the Holy See dated July 1, 1937 , the Diocese was again divided and the Diocese of Trivandrum was created and entrusted to the Carmelite Fathers while the remaining portion, the most ancient part of the Diocese of Quilon, was entrusted to the diocesan clergy. Most Rev. Jerome M. Fernandez was appointed the first indigenous Bishop of Quilon. The diocese was again divided in 1986 and the eastern portion of the Diocese was separated and erected as the Diocese of Punalur. In 1996 when the Diocese of Trivandrum was divided to erect the Diocese of Neyattinkara, Quilon attained the rare privilege of being the �mother �of three Dioceses and the �grandmother' of one Diocese.
Remarkable features of early Christian faith in Quilon

The unflinching loyalty of the Christians of Quilon to the true Faith is remarkable. Faced with constant contact with the Churches of Persia, erroneous doctrines especially Nestorian heresies became part of the catechesis of the churches in Kerala. According to the history, Friar Jordanus was sent by the Pope in the year 1324 to convert the Nestorian Christians (Nazrene Christians) who lived in and around Quilon. He succeeded in bringing a considerable number to the Catholic Church. As mentioned above, His Holiness John XXII, the Avignon Pope sent him back to India in 1330 as Bishop of Quilon. In 1599 with the authority of His Holiness Clement IX, Archbishop Menezes convened the Diampur Synod to condemn the heresies prevalent in Kerala. It is to be noted that Quilon was spared from any censures by the Portuguese Bishop and Rome during this period of catharsis. In 1653 when a sizeable chunk of Christians in Kerala led by heretical doctrines marked by the event of Coonan Cross Oath decided to disregard the authority of Rome , the Christians of Quilon who were in constant contact with the heretics did not heed to their call to form a church outside the authority of Rome . This unstinted loyalty to the true Faith and to the chair of St. Peter survived despite the repeated upheavals of history. It is worth noting that the Jacobite churches which sprang up all over Kerala after this secession are very few in Quilon.

With the advent of the British in India , Protestant missionaries exerted great influence in the country and led many missionary expeditions to India including Kerala. The Diocese of Quilon at this period organized a parallel missionary expedition. Archbishop Aloysius Maria Benziger of revered memory (1905-1930) whose primary concern was the propagation of faith sent zealous missionaries to the interior villages of Southern Kerala . Thousands from backward communities (Nadar, Ezhavas) and from lower castes presently called Dalits were converted to Christianity through these missionary expeditions. The seeds of Christianity in the present dioceses of Punalur and Neyattinkara were sown almost entirely by the Diocese of Quilon.

The Diocese of Quilon has a unique distinction of leading many a struggle to protect the legitimate rights of Christians in the State and in the Nation. On several occasions when successive state governments enacted legislation to undermine the rights of Christians in the educational sphere, it was left to this Diocese to challenge such inroads into the fundamental rights of Christians as a minority community in this country and assert the right of Christians to establish and manage educational institutions and thus spread the message of the Gospel to the society at large.

The pope had specially decreed that being a predominantly Catholic village of Tangasseri , it did have the right to take out an annual Solemn Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, which is still continued, annually in the second or third Sunday of January. The primary reason behind the decree was the fact that Quilon especially Tangasseri had a strong catholic population.

The Quilon Diocese � the Birth Place of Syro- Malankara Church in Kerala and the Great History of Re-union Event

The Re-union Event' � An Outstanding Contribution of the Diocese of Quilon to the Universal Church and Kerala in Particular

The great Re-union movement of Jacobite Christians to the Catholic fold was a significant contribution of Quilon to the Universal Church . It was Archbishop Aloysius Maria Benziger OCD of venerable memory who arranged the formal acceptance of Archbishop Mar Ivanios along with his Clergy and Laity to the Catholic Church in 1930 paving way for the emergence of Syro-Malankara Rite. This historic event of re-union took place on September 20, 1930 in the Episcopal Chapel of Quilon in the honourable presence of Mar Alexander Choolaparambil, Bishop of Kottayam, Mar James Kalassery, Bishop of Changanacherry and Bishop Lawrence Pereira, Bishop of Kottar. Followed by the re-union, the very first holy Mass in the Catholic Syro-Antiochian Rite was officiated by the Archbishop Mar Ivanios on 21 st September 1930 in the Bishop's Chapel of Quilon. A detailed plaque is placed in the Episcopal Chapel of Quilon by Bishop Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon in commemoration of this historic event.

Together with the Carmelite missionaries the diocesan clergy of Quilon were pioneers in evangelizing the rural areas extending from Shencottah in the Eastern Ghats to Cape Comerin in the south, which presently comes in the diocese of Kottar (1930), in the beginning of the last century until bifurcations started in 1930s. The diocesan clergy spent their lives for the spiritual and material welfare of the farmers, tea estate labourers, inland fishermen, fishermen on the backwaters and sea and carried out conversion among the socially and economically backward masses of the low caste Hindus who were considered out caste, untouchables and socially alienated by their original caste. They have also contributed much to the reunion of the faithful to the Catholic Church from the Orthodox Malankara Syrians.

A Brief Sketch of Spiritual Life in the Diocese
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The Diocese of Quilon presently comprises the major part of the civil district of Kollam (Kollam, Karunagappally and part of Kunnathur Taluks), the taluk of Karthikappally, portions of Mavelikkara and Chengannur, which lie south of the river Pampa in the civil district of Alappuzha. A very small portion of Pathanamthitta district (Parumala) also falls within the Diocese of Quilon.

With the erection of a new Province in the Latin Hierarchy of Kerala, Quilon as a suffragan diocese comes under the Archdiocese of Trivandrum.

 As provided in the code of Canon Law, there are the entire essential and other functional bodies for the pastoral and temporal administration of the diocese like College of Consultors , Presbyteral Council, Pastoral Council etc.

At present the percentage of practising Catholics is about 90. The faithful frequently receive sacraments and there is an ever-increasing fervour towards spiritual renewal. Almost all the parishes have one or more spiritual retreats in a year. Diocesan level Bible Conventions attract thousands of people. It can be affirmed that in spite of challenges to faith, the faithful by and large are zealous in their Christian practice characterized by devotion to Eucharist, frequency to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and devotion to Blessed Virgin Mary. Most of the people are God-fearing, deeply religious and law-abiding. Almost 90% of the Catholic population attend the Sunday Mass and go for annual Confession and Holy Communion. With the Grace of God, the diocese is blessed with a vibrant Catholic Community.

The formation and growth of Basic Christian Communities have made decisive changes in the Christian life of the faithful. Besides eliciting the participation of laity in ministries, Basic Christian Communities have aroused greater enthusiasm in the laity to take up new roles in the Parishes and Dioceses. The Parish community is divided into several BCC units, each unit strengthening the members in prayer, Bible study and fellowship. The emergence of lay leadership has strengthened the ministries and new options are open to the Church for Christian witness.

The diocese of Quilon from the very inception has not lacked in vocations to priesthood and religious life. God still blesses us with a number of vocations. St. Teresa's Major Seminary was the first and the only Major Seminary of Kerala started for the then extensive diocese of Quilon. It started in 1863 and functioned up to 1948 imparting priestly formation for all the priests including of the neigbouring dioceses. Bishop Msgr. Ferdinand Ossi OCD founded the St. Raphael's Petit Seminary in 1902 for the extensive diocese of Quilon. The Minor seminary continued to serve the Seminarians of Kottar and Trivandrum for more than 20 years even after their bifurcations. Even today the Seminarians of Punalur diocese are part of it.

In spite of the current anti-conversion bout of Hindu fundamentalists in the country, many non Christians are willingly and knowingly flocking to the Catholic church to get baptized in deep faith and the diocese is very much motivated with the right concept of evangelical conversion and has administered around fifty adult baptisms in various mission stations of the diocese, last year.

The following is a current statement of the Bishop of Quilon Most Rev. Stanley Roman about the diocese ;

 � We are, however, now concerned with re-evangelization rather than evangelization and our parishes are growing in faith life due to the presence of active basic Christian communities. The parishes under their parish priests and lay leaders are carrying out their Gospel�witness with the help of various ministries as envisaged in the functioning of the basic Christian communities. It is our hope that the communities will grow to a better faith experience as years go by. There is no stagnancy in our responsibilities to the People of God ... The Christian community of the diocese is a vibrant community as it was in the past with genuine concern for the other, the best example being the great assistance we extended to the tsunami affected people irrespective of caste and creed�.

Socio-Political and Cultural background of the Diocese in brief

Quilon has a unique place in the political stage of Kerala by way of its rich contribution, both to the freedom movement and in building up of the nation. There were eminent freedom fighters and leaders from the Catholic Community of Quilon, whose impact over the pre-independence history of Kerala is evergreen and commendable. The Catholic community in Quilon, ever since the independence of the nation, was always keen in presenting a minister to every ministry in the State Assembly by which guaranteed its strong representation and influence in the active political course in Kerala. Quilon is also the birthplace of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) in Kerala, which is a strong political party in Kerala. It stood mainly for the welfare and to safeguard the rights of labourers. It is a matter of pride for Quilon Catholic Community that its chief proponent was a Latin Catholic eminent leader Shri Baby John, who hails from Neendakara Parish, Quilon. The renowned political leaders from Quilon named Late J. Rodriguez, Mr. Henry Austin, who prominently served a term as Indian ambassador to Portugal, Mr. B. Wellington, the former Health Minister of Kerala also have made their �mark felt' in the State Assembly and Parliament as well. Shri Alexander IAS is a clean and efficient well-accepted political leader from Quilon who represents in the Assembly of Karnataka State. The people in Quilon are politically conscious and people's representatives are articulate in voicing the concerns of the people and influencing the decision making of the government.

Quilon is industrially progressing and development important in the map of Kerala. Kollam (Quilon) is one of the major port cities of Kerala. As an ancient port city, Quilon has been a nerve center of trade and commerce in the State. Recently Kollam town has been raised to the status of Corporation, which is one of the five Corporations in the State. The ancient Port of Quilon that became unfashionable has been revived now as a full-fledged Commercial Port. It is also the biggest fishing-landing center with a harbour in Kerala with maximum export of fish products. Quilon is known as the Cashew capital of India , with more than 325 cashew processing units and maximum Cashew export in India is from Quilon. The coastal belt of Quilon is also known for the biggest concentration of mineral deposits.

Quilon (Kollam) has a pre-eminent place in the State of Kerala due to the Malayalam calendar, which originated here in Quilon to mark the establishment of the town of Kollam in the year 825 AD (Kolla-Varsham as it is widely known in Kerala) and many Keralites follow this calendar for many of their festivals and visits to famous Hindu shrines. Kollam Puram like Trissur Puram is another known cultural extravaganza occurs once in a year. Many tourists are attracted by the event to Quilon.

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