V. P. Appukutta Poduval
Born (1923-10-09) 9 October 1923 (age 100)
NationalityIndian
EducationMaster of Arts in Political philosophy
OccupationIndependence activist
Notable workGandhian Darsanathile Adhyatmikata, Bhagavat Gita: Atmavikasathinte Sasthram

V. P. Appukutta Poduval (born 9 October 1923)[1][2] is an Indian independence activist[3][4][5] and Gandhian social activist from Kerala, India.[6][7] He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India[8][9] in 2023.[10][11]

Early life

After completing his schooling at Payyanur Sanskrit Padhanasala and the Basel Mission School, Payyanur, V. P. Appukutta Poduval joined the University of Lucknow and later the University of Mysore.

Career

A meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1934[12]—during Gandhiji's visit to Payyanur—changed Appukutta Poduval's life for ever. Gandhiji's visit to Payyanur[13] was as per the invitation of Swami Ananda Theertha, a strong voice against untouchability. Poduval was influenced by Swami Ananda Theertha, Raghavji—who was among the 78 who participated in the Salt March with Gandhiji,[14] freedom fighter and poet A. V. Sreekanda Poduval and Appukutta Poduval's uncle V. P. Sreekanda Poduval—a prominent figure in the Salt March at Payyanur.[15] During the Quit India Movement in 1942, Poduval was arrested by the British for delivering lectures in student meetings in Kozhikode and Kannur—for which he was imprisoned for two weeks at the Central Prison, Kannur.[16] Personally and professionally, he dedicated his life to Khadi and Gandhism. In 1944, he joined the Kerala branch of Charkha Sangh.[17] He also dabbled at art—the picture of Bharat Mata that he drew was featured on the cover of Mathrubhumi Azhchappathippu in 1946.[18] In 1947, he became the in-charge the Oorijita Khadi Kendra in Payyanur,[19] under the then Madras Government. He participated in the Bhoodan movement along with Vinoba Bhave and Jayaprakash Narayan. During the early '50s, he worked for Deccan Herald as a journalist—during which he covered Jayaprakash Narayan's speech in Payyanur. In 1957, he took care of the office of the ninth Sarvodaya Sammelan, held at Kalady.[20][21] In 1962, Poduval became an employee of the Khadi Gramodyog Commission.[22] He has served as Program Executive Officer of Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Secretary of Bharatiya Sanskrita Prachara Sabha, Principal of Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Payyanur and the President of Payyanur Sarvodaya Mandal.[23]

Awards

References

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  3. ^ "Clipping of Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing - Kannur". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ "A green tribute to the Mahatma in Kerala". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "SOLIDARITY PAYYANNUR ANTI-TERROR DAY". kanhirodenews.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
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  8. ^ a b "Padma Shri for Malayali Gandhian VP Appukutta Poduval". OnManorama. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Padma awards 2023: Gandhian VP Appukutta Poduval honoured with Padma Shri". English.Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
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  11. ^ Imgur. "imgur.com". Imgur. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  12. ^ "India: 70 years of independence". The National. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Gandhi Maavu Payyanur – www.payyanurnext.com". www.payyanurnext.com. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  14. ^ "House Donated by Freedom Fighter Left in Lurch". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  15. ^ "IDEOLOGUES OF SOCIALISM" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Kannur epaper dated Sun, 2 Oct 16". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Kannur epaper dated Sun, 2 Oct 16". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Mathrubhumi Weekly | Cover | March 10, 1946". Imgur. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Kannur epaper dated Sun, 2 Oct 16". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  20. ^ "dated April 19, 1957: Vinoba Bhave in Kerala". The Hindu. 19 April 2007. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  21. ^ Narayanasamy, S. (1 January 2003). The Sarvodaya Movement: Gandhian Approach to Peace and Non-violence. Mittal Publications. ISBN 9788170998778.
  22. ^ "Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Kannur epaper dated Sun, 2 Oct 16". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  23. ^ "Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Kannur epaper dated Sun, 2 Oct 16". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Award for V.P. Appukuttan". The Hindu. 22 August 2013. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 October 2016.