04 December, 2020

'A Harijan Brahmin'

Narayanan has sacrificed nothing for his people, says his nephew

'A Harijan Brahmin'

UZHAVOOR is a verdant pocket 30 km off the rubber town of Kottayam. Where on a roadside hillock, stands a small tiled house, president-elect K.R. Narayanan's home for the past 30 years.

His sister Gowri stays there along with Narayanan's younger brother Bhaskaran. Whenever Narayanan pays a visit, PWD and electricity officials descend in droves to spruce up the place. Gowri is amused at the flurry of activity that precedes her brother's rare visits. "They come with lights and fans for the house which they dismantle and take away the moment he leaves," she chuckles. The original ancestral house where Narayanan grew up is in ruins not far from his present home.

Gowri is a homoeopath. She is single. So is Bhaskaran, a former salesman with the department store Selfridges of London. Narayanan, Bhaskaran and Gowri, along with two other sisters Bhargavi and Bharati, complete the portrait. Their father Kocheril Raman Vaidyar was an Ayurvedic physician from the Parava subcaste of the Harijan community. Being born at the lower end of the social spectrum did not bring...



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