Kelappan was born in the small village of Muchukunnu in Calicut, Kerala.

He studied in Calicut and Madras and graduated from the University of Madras before starting his career as a teacher at St. Berchmans High School, Changanassery. Kelappan was the founding President of the Nair Service Society and later became the principal of a school run by the society.


He fought for social reforms on one hand and the British on the other. He fought relentlessly against untouchability and caste-based discrimination. Along with K. Kumar, he became the earliest in Kerala to remove the suffix to his name that implied caste-status. He was called Kerala Gandhi.

After independence he left the Congress Party and joined the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party and was elected to Parliament from the Ponnani Lok Sabha seat in 1952. At the end of his term, he left active politics and became a Sarvodaya worker and was actively associated with Bhoodan Movement in Kerala.

Kelappan helped in starting Mathrubhoomi and was its editor for a number of years. He worked for unification of Kerala into a new linguistic state.



  1. Who is known as “Kerala Gandhi”?

Answer : K.Kelappan


2. The first president of Nair Service Society (NSS)?

Answer : K.Kelappan


3.  The leader of Kerala Salt Satyagraha from Calicut to Payyannur?

Answer : K.Kelappan


4. The leader of the Guruvayur Satyagraha?

Answer : K.Kelappan


5. The Secretary of Guruvayur Satyagraha Committee?

Answer : K.Kelappan


6. The first Satyagrahi from kerala to participate in the individual Satyagraha Movement launched by Gandhiji?

Answer : K.Kelappan


7. Name of the person who was the KPCC President at the time of Indian Independence?

Answer : K.Kelappan


8. K.Kelappan was joined which Party after Independence?

Answer : Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party


9. K.Kelappan was elected to Lok Sabha from?

Answer : Ponnani (1952)


10. The leader of Satyagraha in Angadippuram Thali Temple?

Answer : K.Kelappan

11. The year which Indian Postal Department published postage stamp in the memory of K.Kelappan ?

Answer : 24 August 1990


12. Kerala Gandhi Kelappan Museum and Research center is located in?

Answer : Pakkanar Puram (Kozhikode)


13. Chairman of Indian Council of Gandhian Studies and Gandhi Media Center?

Answer : Prof.N.Radhakrishnan

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