Dr. Azad

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Dr Azad R P
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Thenhipalam, Kerala, India
Alma mater
  • University of Calicut
  • University of Madras
  • University of Kerala
  • Academician
  • Literary Critic
  • Author

Azad R P (born in 1963 in Tenhipalam), who is known in the circles as Dr. Azad or with his pen name 'Azad Malayattil' is an academician by profession and has authored a number of books. He is a cultural activist, critique, rights activist and a noted intellectual in Kerala. He has been on the forefront with M. N. Vijayan|Prof. M N Vijayan in fighting the religious and market fundamentalism that encroach upon the socio-cultural and economic spheres of Kerala.[1]. Azad is noted in Kerala for his writings which criticise the ideological shifts that are happening to the Communist Party of India (Marxist)|CPI(M) from its core Marxism|Marxian principles[2][3].

Personal Life and Education

Azad was born to C K Madhavan master and R P Padmini amma in Tenhipalam|Thenhippalam vilage in Malappuram district|Malappuram district of Kerala. He completed his Masters degree in Malayalam from the University of Calicut and subsequently completed M.Phil from University of Madras. He earned his Ph.D from University of Kerala for his thesis titled 'Malayalam Novels from 1950 to 1970: A Structuralist Approach'[4].

He worked as a faculty of N.S.S College, Manjeri|N.S.S College Manjeri retiring in 2019 and held several posts including that of the Principal[5] of the said college[6][7].

Political Activism

Azad was an active member of Students' Federation of India|SFI in his youth. He started his career as a member of the editorial board in Deshabhimani|Deshabhimani daily and Deshabhimani|Deshabhimani weekly, both organs of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)|CPI(M)[8]. He was in the State Executive Committee of Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham|Purogamana Kala Sahithya Sangham[8], served as the Executive Board member of the Kerala Book Marketing Society[9] and also was part of the Academic Council of University of Calicut.

Post 1990s, after the liberalisation of Indian economy, CPI(M) started showing tendencies that are noted as the ideological derailment happening within the party lines[3]. After a long internal battle to correct the party, Azad left the organisation in 2006. He, under the leadership of M. N. Vijayan|Prof. M N Vijayan, and other activists started to workout a parallel stream of political activism against globalisation and market imperialism[10][11]. He served as the founding general secretary of Adhinivesha Prathirodha Samithi (Council for Resisting Imperialist Globalisation)[12] and also held the posts of Secretary and President of the Idathupaksha Ekopana Samithi (Left Coordination Committee)[13]. He is the convenor of Alan-Thaha Human Rights Committee[14][15].

Dr. Azad contested in the 15th Lok Sabha|15th Lok Sabha Elections from Ponnani (Lok Sabha constituency)|Ponnani Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate[16]

List of Published Works

Awards and Recognition

Thayattu Award for Literary Criticism, 1993, for his book Prathibodhathinte Paadangal.[18]


  1. "Comrades at each other's neck - Vicious infighting over lucrative businesses bleeds Kerala CPM". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  2. "DEBATING ON THE FUTURE". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kerala: Intra-Party Differences". Economic and Political Weekly: 7–8. 2015-06-05.
  4. "Author". Azad Online (in മലയാളം). 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  5. "Outrage after Kerala college magazine 'insults' Mahabharata's Kunti". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  6. Jun 16, TNN /; 2017; Ist, 10:40. "After 'Pellet', NSS College magazine sparks a row | Kozhikode News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. "College in Kerala draws ire for poem on Kunti". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Biodata of R. P. Azad". keralaassembly.org. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  9. "Kerala Book Marketing Society - Government of Kerala, India". kerala.gov.in. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  10. "M.N. Vijayan : The Scholar Who Knew Too Much - Mainstream". www.mainstreamweekly.net. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  11. "Capitalism, CPI(M) style- Business News". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  12. "Poet Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri and Jnanpith laureate Maha Swetha Devi greets each other in... | The Hindu Images". thehinduimages.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  13. "National party can't be formed solely on anti-CPM sentiments, says Azad". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  14. Fatima, Nikhat (2020-05-06). "Fresh NIA raids, interrogations in Maoist case in Kerala has left families, activists concerned". TwoCircles.net. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  15. "Alan And Thaha's Parents Hail Court Order: 'Felt Crushed When CPI(M) Turned Against Us'". HuffPost. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  16. "Dr. Azad - Indian Lok Sabha and Assembly Election Results | ElectionAdmin.in". www.electionadmin.in. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  17. കുമാർ, എൻ കെ നിഷിത് (2019). "ചരിത്രവും കവിതയും സച്ചിദാനന്ദന്റെ കവിതകളെ മുൻനിർത്തിയുള്ള പഠനം". ഇറയം റിസർച്ച് ജേർണൽ. 2 (2): 126–148.
  18. "Thayattu Award for literary criticism". www.keralaculture.org. Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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