many-splendoured personality in the modern history
of Kerala in the late 19th and first half of 20th
century, Shri. C.V. Kunjuraman was above all,
a social revolutionary who followed the path lighted
up by Shri Narayana Guru and poet Kumaran Asan.
A writer of vast range and depth, an orator of
repute, a journalist of polemical prowess, a social
historian and a social reformer of avowed commitment,
Shri Kunjuraman dominated the socio-political
and literary fields of Kerala for over fifty years.
belong to a generation which has grown up in the
period of stir in the socio-political arena created
by this captivating works - the biting sarcasm,
moving short stories and thought-provoking articles.
Though I never had an occasion to personally come
into contact with Shri. Kunjuraman, I remember
that when I stood first in the Travancore University
for B.A.Hons. in 1943, it was flashed in the front
pages of 'Kerala Kaumudi', as was also the subject
of a sub-editorial. I recall that years later,
it was again Kerala Kaumudi, founded by him, that
published an article putting forward, for the
first time, my name as a possible candidate for
the Vice President of India.
glad to learn that to mark the 130th birth anniversary
of this legendary figure, a 'Smaranika' is being
published, containing writings on, as well as,
by him. On this occasion, I pay my tribute to
the versatile genius of Shri C.V. Kunjuraman and
wish the 'Smaranika' every success.
the volume help the coming generations to understand
him better and refresh the memory of those who
knew him and have come under his spell.
August 7, 2000