Kummanam Rajasekharan is the State President of Bharathiya Janatha Party. He was born in a village Kummanam. He played the most important and pivotal role in the historical ‘movement against Nilakkal temple land encroachment’ and ‘Paliyam Declaration’ pronounced by prominent Hindu religious scholars regarding the right to do Poojas. In 1987, he resigned from the government and became a full-time pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, while instrumental in spearheading Kerala’s Vishva Hindu Parishad,Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti, Balasadanams, and Ekal Vidyalayas. He was instrumental in bringing together several spiritual organizations and encouraging them to work for the improvement of the Hindus. As of 2013 he holds the responsibilities of Hindu Aikya Vedi organization secretary, Sabarimala Ayyappa Sewa Samajam general secretary and Janmabhumi daily chairman. He is known for his disarming simplicity and extraordinary oration.

Early life and Career

Born on December 23, 1952 at Kummanam village of Aymanam in Kottayam district, Rajasekharan after his schooling at his birthplace, continued his studies at C.M.S college, Kottayam and graduated from there. Then he has completed his post graduate diploma in journalism and joined in various periodicals to acquire training in journalism. He is unmarried and dedicated his life for serving society.

Professional career

Rajasekharan started his journalism career by joining to Deepika daily, Kottayam in 1974. Later he played different roles in many dailies in Kerala. He was the sub editor of Rastravartha daily, Kochi, He also took the role of sub editor in Keraladesam daily Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Bhooshanam daily Kottayam and Kerala dwani daily Kottayam. In 1976, he took a short break from his journalism career and joined the Food Corporation of India, Kochi. In 1987, he resigned from this government job and became a pracharak (Full-time worker) of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or the RSS. Like all other RSS pracharaks, he stays single and leads a life away from his immediate family. In 2012, he took another monumental struggle on his shoulder, Agitation against KGS Aranmula International Airport. Now he is the Chief Patron of Aranmula Heritage Village Action Council which protests against the said Airport.

Ayyappa Seva Samajam -Sabari saranasramam

He came into contact with the world’s largest [citation needed] voluntary organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during his student days. In 1979, he became the district secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and later was associated with many Hindu organizations in Kerala in various capacities.

  • In 1981, became State joint secretary of Viswa Hindu Parishad.
  • In 1983, was appointed as General convener of Nilakkal Action Council, a joint committee of all Hindu organisations in kerala.
  • In 1985, became general secretary of Hindu Munnani ( Hindu Front ).
  • In 1987, gave up his job from FCI to became pracharak (Ascetic Volunteer) of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.
  • In 1987, he contested from Thiruvananthapuram constituency as Hindu Munnani candidate and he has reached to second position in the election.
  • In 1988, was appointed as General Secretary of Guruvayoor Temple Action Council and led agitation to take out Jacob Thampi from managing committee of Guruvayoor Temple.
  • In 1988 led agitations against Elavoor Thookkam and Palazhi untouchability.
  • In 1989, was appointed as editor of Janmabhumi daily, Kochi.
  • In 1992, was designated as General Convenor of Hindu Aikya Vedi.
  • In 1996,was appointed as organising secretary of Viswa Hindu Parishad
  • In 1998, was appointed as General convener of Sivagiri Samara Sahaya Samithi to assist the agitations led by Swami Prakashananda against the removal from presidency of Sivagiri Madom.
  • In 2003, lead a mass agitation against the marad Hindu massarc.
  • In 2007, was designated as Managing director of Janmabhumi daily.
  • In 2009 was selected as General Secretary of Sabarimala Ayyappa Sewa Samajam.
  • In 2011 was appointed as chairman, Janamabhumi daily.
  • In 2012, was appointed as Chief Patron (Mukhya Rakshadhikari)of Aranmula Heritage Village Action Council that leads a mass agitation against KGS Aranmula International Airport project
  • In 2015, was appointed as the State President of Bharathiya Janatha Party, Kerala.
Nilakkal Movement

On 24 March 1983, a church priest proclaimed that two members of his parish had unearthed a stone cross established by Jesus’ apostle Saint Thomas in 57 AD from near the Mahadeva temple at Nilakkal, near Sabarimala. While the priest staked his claim, proposing to build a Christian church on the site, Hindus mounted a protest that lasted for six months and finally resulted in the relocation of the proposed church. These agitations against the temple land encroachment gave impetus to the Hindu uprisings in Kerala in the 1980s and 1990s. Kummanam Rajasekharan played a pivotal role in the agitation with the support of his organization.

Marad massacre and Hindu Protest

On the evening of 2 May 2003, a group of fishermen, some of whom had been accused of involvement in an earlier communal attack in the area, were sitting on the beach near a temple when suddenly, they were attacked by a mob of armed with swords. After a chaotic ten minutes, nine people were massacred. Many were seriously wounded. The killers escaped into the local Juma Masjid, the Marad enquiry commission’s (Justice Thomas P Joseph) report notes the submission of then Kozhikode Police Commissioner T. K. Vinod Kumar that hundreds of local Muslim women converged into the mosque to prevent the police from entering it. After the mass protest carried out by various Hindu organizations under the banner of the Hindu Aikya Vedi, Kerala government decided to announce compensation for victims’ families and a judicial inquiry to the incident. As the general secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi, RSS, Kummanam Rajasekharan played a tremendous role in this movement.