Kerala Rennaisance Leader for Kerala PSC: Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu July 1, 2022
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