Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai - Kerala PSC Notes

  • K. Ramakrishna Pillai (1878–1916) was a nationalist writer, journalist, editor, and political activist. 
  • Born in Athiyanoor ( Neyyattinkara Taluk of Travancore) on 25 May 1878.
  • Father: Narasimhan Potti
  • Mother: Chakkiamma
  • RamaKrishna Pillai took over as the editor of the Swadeshabhimani journal in January 1906 which was started by Vakkom Moulavi.
  • Swadeshabhimani newspaper  became a potent weapon against the rule of the British and the erstwhile princely state of Travancore,
  • His criticism of the Diwan of Travancore, P. Rajagopalachari and the Maharajah led to the eventual confiscation of the newspaper. 
  • Ramakrishna Pillai was arrested and exiled from Travancore in 1910. 
  • Vrithantha Pathra Pravarthanam (1912) and Karl Marx (1912) are among his most noted works in Malayalam.
  • Vrithantha Pathra pravarthanam is the first book on journalism in Malayalam 
  • Karl Marx, the first ever biography of Karl Marx in any Indian language
  • Ramakrisha Pillai also started a woman's magazine called Sharadha, a student's magazine called Vidhyarthi and another magazine named Keralan.
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