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K. Madhavan

(1915 – 2016) – (Kerala)

K. Madhavan (Aged 101) was an Indian independence activist and Communist leader hailing from Kerala, India. He was born on August 26, 1915, in Kanhangad, North Kerala to A.C Raman Nair and Kozhungal Unnanga Amma. While studying in school, he joined the Salt Satyagraha (Salt March) and became the youngest volunteer under the leadership of K. Kelappan.

On August 20, 1930, he was arrested and sentenced to six months’ rigorous imprisonment, which marked the beginning of his active involvement in politics. When Travancore, Kochi, and the Malabar region of Congress were merged to form the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee [KPCC] in 1921, he served as the secretary. Later, along with several members of the radical socialist group of the Congress party, he resigned from the parent organization and joined the Communist Party of India.

He passed away on September 25, 2016. His autobiography, “Payaswiniyude Theerangalil” (On the Banks of the River Payaswini), is regarded as a valuable document of a transformative era in modern Kerala’s history.