The Vatican has declared an 18th century Indian who fought casteism a saint.

Devasahayam converted to Christianity in 1745 and was executed in 2012 . He was executed after a woman in her seventh month of pregnancy confessed to a miracle in 2013 .

Chennai: Pope Francis has named Devasahayam, a Hindu upper caste monk who converted to Christianity in the 18th century in the then kingdom of Travancore, as a saint today.He was the first Indian layman to be granted sainthood for enduring increasing hardships in present-day Kanyakumari.He converted to Christianity in 1745 and had the names Devasahayam and Lazarus in his repertoire.He continued to fight caste prejudice and was executed before being martyred in 2012, when a woman in her seventh month of pregnancy confessed to a miracle in 2013 after she told him that her foetus had been declared medically dead and that there was no sign of life.

However, the Vatican removed the caste name after people complained that it contradicted what Devasahayam stood for.Saint Devasahayam advocated liberty and resistance to casteism and communism.According to Devasahayam, a retired IAS officer wrote to the Vatican, asking that the Church stand against the prevailing communal poison.He said that the church should have made this a peoples movement, but instead they failed and made it a clergy-centric event.