The Heart of a Youth Leader

V. Muraleedharan, the Former President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Kerala State has always been a strong, committed and untiring national leader with methodical organizing skills. Organizing, training and empowering people have been his forte. In his National assignments spanning two decades, he travelled extensively to every part of Rural and Urban India, redressing a wide range of issues of people engaged in various unorganised sectors of agriculture and village industries. He has the rare recognition as a youth leader as well, for he was engaged in training and mentoring youth and students all along his political career.

V.Muraleedharan was closely associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) right from his school days. His Political activism began during the days of National Emergency that gripped India from June 1975 to March 1977. In 1978 as the Taluk President, he led ABVP in Thalassery. He became the Kannur District Secretary in 1979 and the State Joint Secretary of ABVP in 1980. In October,1980 due to political hostility, Muraleedharan was falsely implicated in a criminal case and kept in judicial custody for two months. In protest, ABVP activists gheraoed the then Kerala Chief Minister E.K Nayanar at Delhi. The case against him had invited wide public attention and was later dismissed by court.

In 1983, at the age of 25, he was appointed as the State Organizing Secretary of ABVP. From 1987 to 1990, he also held the additional responsibility as All India Secretary of ABVP. During his 11 years tenure (1983–1994) as the State Organizing Secretary, the ABVP team at the state and national level had leaders including Shri. Ananth Kumar (Karnataka), Shri. Sushil Modi (Bihar), Shri. Jagat Prakash Nadda, (Himachal Pradesh), Shri. Muraleedhara Rao (Andhara Pradesh) Shri. Om Prakash Kohli (All India President), Professor Late Bal Apte, (All India President), Shri. Vinodh Tawde and Shri. Chandrakant Patil (All India General Secretaries).

Muraleedharan left for Mumbai when he was appointed as the All India General Secretary of ABVP for the term 1994-1996.In his term, he had close interactions with education departments in various state governments, Vice Chancellors of various Universities, University Grand Commission, Association of Indian Universities and educational research Institutions like NIEPA, NCERT, etc. The organisation held seminars on Educational Changes, financing of higher Education, Pros and cons of Apprenticeship in Law Education, foreign university issues and more.

Into training Youth as agents of change:

In 1999, Muraleedharan was assigned the task of empowering Youth. Vajpayee government appointed him as the Vice Chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra, under Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. He also became the chief coordinator of the committee chaired by the Prime minister for celebrating the golden jubilee of Indian Republic in the year 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he served as the Director General of Nehru Yuva Kendra and convener of Youth Employment Generation Task Force under Khadi and Village Industry commission.

As the office bearer of Nehru Yuva Kendra he received National attention for creating National Reconstruction Corps, which later came to be called Rashtria Sadbhawana Yojana. He had been the founder president and currently a director board member of National Yuva Cooperative Society created for encouraging entrepreneurship.

A strong advocate of sustainable development, V. Muraleedharan had participated in the World Youth Peace Summit Asia – Pacific conference representing India at Bangkok in 2004. He had presented several papers on National educational policy, higher education system, creation of employment opportunity, environmental issues and developmental problems at different National and International seminars.

In the Leadership of BJP:

In 2004 Muarleedharan was appointed as the National convener of NGO cell of BJP. Thereafter in 2005, he became the All India convener of BJP training cell. During his tenure as the BJP Kerala Vice president (2006–2010), his major assignments were to provide ideological orientation to the party workers in Kerala as part of training cell activities and impart and oversee training to the local body members of the BJP. He contested Loksabha election from Kozhikode Parliamentary Constituency in 2009. In January 2010 he was appointed as the State President of the Kerala BJP. He was appointed for his second term in the office in January 2013. V Muraleedharan is instrumental in strengthening the party at its grass root level.

Political Time line

  • 1981-1983: Regional Organizing Secretary, ABVP, Kozhikode.
  • 1983-1994: State Organizing Secretary, ABVP.
  • 1987-1990: All India Secretary, ABVP.
  • 1994-1996: All India General Secretary, ABVP.
  • 1999-2002: Vice Chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra.
  • 2002-2004: Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra.
  • Convener, Youth Employment Generation Task Force (Khadi and Village Industry Commission).
  • Founder president and currently a director board member of National Yuva Cooperative Society.
  • 2004: National convener of NGO cell of BJP.
  • 2005: Convener, All India BJP Training Cell.
  • 2006-2010: Vice President, Kerala BJP.
  • 2010-2015: President, Kerala BJP.