Kerala Rennaisance Leader for Kerala PSC: Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu

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Kerala Rennaisance Leader for Kerala PSC: Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu

  • Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu was a bacteriologist and notable Renaissance leader of ezhava community.
  • He was a prominent Indian writer, physician, and philanthropist
  • Dr Palpu was born on November 2, 1863 in Petta, Trivandrum
  • Dr. Palpu was a follower of Sree Narayana Guru.
  • Ramanpilla Asan and M.J, Fernandas are the childhood teachers of Dr Palpu
  • Palpu was posted as the first health officer during the plague outbreak in Bangalore.
  • He also served as Deputy Sanitary Commissioner of Mysore
  • He joined the Vaccine Institute set up by the Mysore Government
  • He retired as Lymph Institute Director in Mysore in 1920.
  • Palpu became the first Vice President of SNDP Yogam when it was registered in 1903
  • His son Nataraja Guru was the direct disciple of Narayana Guru,
  • In 1884, Dr. Palpu was ranked fourth in entrance examinations conducted by the Travancore State Government.
  • But he was denied a seat to study medicine due to his lower caste status.
  • Dr. Palpu later got admission at Madras Medical College.
  • He returned to Travancore, but Government denied him a career in medicine
  • He  went to Mysore for practice
  • Dr. Palpu sought the advice of Swami Vivekananda to unite and work towards the progress of the Ezhava community.
  • Swami Vivekananda advised him to associate some spiritual person with his effort
  • He published the book, ‘Treatment of Thiyas in Travancore’, a compilation of the memorandums that were submitted to the Travancore Government.
  • Dr. Palpu was the third signatory of Malayali Memorial which was submitted in 1891
  • Dr. Palpu formed the Ezhava Maha Sabha or Greater Ezhava Association.
  • More than 300 people attended its first meeting Ezhava Maha Sabha held at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • The meeting decided to submit a mass petition to the government signed by ten thousand Ezhavas demanding the abolition of the discrimination against them.
  • On 1896 September 3, the Ezhava Memorial, signed by 13176 people was submitted to the government
  • Dr. Palpu sent Barrister G.P.Pillai with a letter secured from Sister Niveditha, the disciple of Swami Vivekananda, to England.
  • This was to get some Member of the British Parliament to represent the case of the Ezhavas.
  • Dr. Palpu went to England for higher studies.
  • There he met Dadabhai Navroji, with his help, a memorandum was submitted to the State Secretary for India.
  • Dr. Palpu started the Malabar Economic Union.
  • Dr. Palpu died on January 25, 1950

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