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K. M. Seethi

(1899 – 1961) – (Kerala)

Born in 1899, K. M. Seethi Sahib was an Indian politician and community leader from Kerala, often considered as a chief architect of the Kerala Muslim revival after the 1921 Mappila Uprising. Seethi Sahib was a protégé of the reformist leader Wakkom Maulavi (1873—1932) and served as the Speaker of Kerala Assembly during 1960-61.

Seethi Sahib started his political career with the Congress Party after enrolling as an Advocate in Madras High Court in 1927 and practicing in Kerala. He was elected twice to the Cochin Council (1928 and 1931) as a Congress member. During the mid-1930s, when the Muslim League ceased to cooperate with the Congress, Seethi Sahib and his colleagues started organizing the Muslim League in the Malabar District.

Inspired by Wakkom Maulavi, Seethi Sahib was an eminent lawyer, statesman, writer, and gifted orator. He was a founding member of the Chandrika newspaper in 1934 and influenced a wide range of other individuals who struggled for the Mappila community revival. He was also a founding member of the Farook College at Calicut, a landmark institution in the renaissance of Muslims in the Malabar.

Seethi Sahib joined politics as a student, taking part in the Noncooperation Movement (1920-22), organized by Mohandas K. Gandhi to induce the British government to grant self-government to India. In 1928, Seethi Sahib was elected to the Cochin Legislative Assembly and attended the 1930 Lahore Congress representing the “Kerala” state. A year later (1931), he was re-elected to the Cochin Legislative Assembly.

Seethi Sahib passed away in 1961. In August 1992, the Department of Cultural Publications, Government of Kerala published his biography titled “Seethi Sahib,” authored by T. M. Savankutty.