He was the founder - head master of a high school in Mayyanad. C.V. Kunhuraman was the "last word" of Ezhava Community and became the general secretary of SNDP Union twice in 1928 and 1931.

The first published work came out in 1901: Valmiki Ramayanam. Hailed as the first Malayalam prose translation of Ramayanam it catapulted C.V. as an eminent literary figure. Vyasabharatham published in 1929 and serialised in Malayalarajyam was an instant hit! Scores of editions were printed. It was the prescribed text book in the schools of Travancore. Panchavadi, Ente Sreecovil, Ragaparinamam and other works were published later.

Karthikodayam was enough to reveal the poetic face of his personality.

At his stint as school head master, CV appeared for criminal test (equivalent to law degree) and came out successfully. Later, he joined Paravoor magistrate court as a criminal lawyer.

C.V. Kunhuraman was instrumental for the historic Temple Entry Proclamation of 1936. He was a nominated member of Sreemoolam Prajasabha (former version of Legislative Assembly).


The meeting held in Rastriya Hotel, Trivandrum, in 1937, presided by C.V.Kunhuraman, led to the formation of Travancore State Congress. In 1936, he made that provocative speech at the Maramon Convention appealing all Ezhavas to embrace Christianity, and published the now-famous 'yellow book' with arguments.

C.V.Kunhuraman was a many splendoured bunches of contradictions. He defied all definitions. He edited Kerala Kaumudi defending the Abstention Movement, led by C. Kesavan. Simulataneously, he also edited Malayalarajyam, a mouthpiece of Sir C.P, attacking the same Abstention Movement, led by the same C. Kesavan! He was an arch-rival of Diwan Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer and on the other side remained his loyal friend! He translated the English classic of Sir CP, World Religions, into Malayalam as Loka Mathangal.

C.V. was the founder editor of Yukthivadi, a rationalist weekly against God worship and was an ardent believer of God at the same time! When asked, he quipped: "I am giving the God his due!"

He passed away at the age of 78 in 1949.


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