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Forged in the crucibles of tempestuous times

As calm as the summer sea, yet  iron-willed and unrelenting in his viewpoints, that’s how Kummanam Rajasekharan stands tall among other social activists. Kummanam Rajasekharan, popularly known as ‘Kummanam’ has been the front man of Hindu movements in Kerala for the past many decades.

 

Kummanam currently serves as the State Secretary to Hindu Aikya Vedi, General Secretary to Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samaj and also as the Chairman of the Janmabhumi Daily. Kummanam rose to prominence among Keralites after the roles he played in the Nilakkal agitation and the Paliyam Proclamation.

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Kummanam, a former FCI employee, resigned his job in 1987 to become a full timer  of the RSS. He took charge of the Balasadans and also looked after the  matters of the Vishwa Hindu parishad and the Kshetra Samrakshana Samithi, all of which made him a very popular figure among the leaders of Kerala.

Early life

Born in Kummanam, once a sleepy village 4 KM away from Kottayam town in central Kerala, Rajasekharan completed his primary education in the local UP school. He took his Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from CMS College, Kottayam before pursuing his PG Diploma in Journalism. Rajasekharan has worked with many major news papers in Kerala.

Rajasekharan remains a bachelor, as is the case of any disciplined full time Swayam Sevak and Pracharak of the Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh.

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Professional life

Rajasekharan began his journalistic career with Deepika daily in 1974. He then joined Rashtra Vartha, a daily owned by Janasankham.He was sub-editor to many dailies like Keraladesham (Thiruvananthapuram), Keralabhooshanam(Kottayam), Keraladhwani (Kottayam) etc. He joined the public sector undertaking the Food Corporation of India in 1976 and resigned from it in 1987 and took up his responsibilities as a Pracharak of the RSS.

Public Life and Viewpoints

It was during his School days that he got acquainted with the RSS ideologies. He became the district secretary to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in 1979, following which he was in close contact with many Hindu organizations.

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He became the State joint secretary to the VHP in 1981 and in 1983 he became the General Convener for Nilaykkal Action Council. This was a joint platform of all the Hindu organizations in Kerala. He then was appointed as the General Secretary to the Hindu Munnai and in 1987 he became the Pracharak of the RSS. In the same year, he contested the assembly elections from Thiruvananthapuram constituency as a Hindu Munnani candidate and came in the second place. 1988 saw Kummanam Rajaseharan as the General Secretary to Guruvayoor Temple Action Council and led the agitation to remove Jacob Thampi from the Guruvayoor Temple Managing Committee. He also led agitations against the pagan traditions of Elavoor Thookkam and Palazhi untouchability..

 

Kummanam is well known among Hindu ideologists for his selfless services while in  posts of the Editor of Janmabhoomi (Kochi) in 1989. Organizing Secretary of the VHP in 1996 etc. He played the pivotal role in the agitation against the removal of Swami Prakashananda as the President of the Sivagiri Mutt in Varkala in 1998. In 2003 he led the crusading against the brutal killing of Hindus in Marad.

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in 2007 he became the Managing Director of the Janmabhoomi daily and in 2009 he was elected as the General Secretary of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Sangh. In 2011 he be came the Chairman of the Janmabhoomi Daily. He also worked as the chief patron of the Aranmula heritage village Action Council.

The Nilaykkal Agitation

Controversy began on the 24th of March 1983 when a Christian priest claimed that two of his parishioners found a 57CE stone cross erected by St. Thomas near the Nilaykkal Mahadeva Temple. This area comprises of the 18 hills of Lord Ayyappa which the Hindus consider as the deity’s sacred garden. The claim of the Christian priest and the subsequent arrangements to build a church in the sacred area snowballed a huge controversy. Kummanam was one of the  leaders of the agitation against the Christian encroachment. Nilaykkal agitation was one of the most important victories of any Hindu organization in Kerala.

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Agitation against the Marad Killings.

Marad beach saw one of the most gruesome communal riots in Kerala in 2002. A silly skirmish between two groups of fishermen led to a massive Hindu-Muslim communal clash which is known as the First Marad Killings. Five fishermen were killed in this clash. The region again so yet another blood bath in 2003 which claimed nine lives and injured many. Hindu Aikya Vedi, under the leadership of Kummanam took up the issue and campaigned against the communal elements in the area. He was monumental in bringing back peace and harmony to Marad.

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