|Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar, Kerala. Phila Art|
Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar was a man with a vision and pupose. Besides being a good business man, he was a man of charitable disposition. He made a mark in the educational, economic and socio-cultural spheres of the city of Kollam.
Born into a middle-class family in Kollam on 12 January 1897, his ancestry can be traced back to Malik Bin Deenar, the legendary Islamic missionary who came to India in the 8th Century and in the later period to the generation to Sheikh Ali Hassan Musaliar, who was entombed in the Sheikh Masjid at Karunagapally. He belonged to the 12th generation after him.
Yet another achievement Musaliar made in the area of media was founding of a new Newspaper named Prabhatham' . This newspaper had a good impact on the people of Kerala and brought about some changes in the socio-political scenario of the state. When
the Indian society was facing the scourge of disintegration and communalism. this newspaper was forthright and emphasised the values of communal harmony, fraternity and democracy so that the nation could progress well.
In 1956, Musaliar formed the TKM Educational Trust with a view to catering to the educational needs of the people of Kerala. He. under T K M educational trust, opened several colleges to impart valuable education to the young students.
With little education, how did he achieve enormous success in his chosen area of operation? It is a moot question that can not be answered. Simply speaking, Janab Musaliar was a born genius. Surprisingly, he published a couple of books - 'Practical Advaita - the law of Nature' and 'Communism, Capitalism and Socialism in the Present Context'.
The Postal Department of the Government of India honoured him by releasing a postal stamp for his valuable contribution to the state of Kerala. The year 1997 was thebirth centenary year of Janab Musaliar.