Vellapally Natesan

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Vellappally Natesan
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Personal details
Political partyBharath Dharma Jana Sena
Spouse(s)Preethi Natesan
Children3 (including Thushar Vellapally)
FatherKoran Chatthu Bhaskaran
ProfessionHindu Ezhava Leader

Vellappally Kesavan Natesan popularly known as Vellappally Natesan is the General Secretary of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, a social and Ezhava community organisation in Kerala. He also holds the same position with the Sree Narayana Trust, based in Kollam, he played a major role in socially empowering the Ezhava community in the southern and central parts of Kerala state, and remains as the voice of the community.[1][2][3]


The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam spearheaded the social reform movement in Kerala state, India in the first half of the 20th Century under the saintly leadership of Sree Narayana Guru, it mainly fought against casteist oppressions in the Hindu religious order and simultaneously engaged in social welfare activities. Communist parties in Kerala took inspiration from the SNDP Yogam's social justice pushes. SNDP Yogam runs a string of educational institutions including several colleges and health care centres under the aegis of the SN Trust. Natesan floated a political outfit called Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) in 2015, which is now led by his son Thushar Vellapally, it is a constituent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Kerala state.

Natesan hails from an affluent Ezhava family in Cherthala, Alappuzha district, and runs contracting firms, hotels and other business establishments, he also heads the Sree Narayana Trust, which caters mainly to the Ezhava community, which forms a quarter of the state's population. Ezhavas were socially and economically backward community and are upwardly mobile through education and enterprise -- paths recommended for human emancipation by the Guru. Ezhavas have largely specialised in Ayurveda and other native forms of health care, through the Vaidyan system. Ezhavas have leadership roles in traditional cashew, coconut-copra, and coir industries as also in the handloom weaving sector. A small section of the community specialised in native vocations like toddy trade and the community is largely into farming activities. Natesan's base is in Kanichukulangara, near Cherthala town, and his wife is Preethi Natesan, who is a director of the SNDP Yogam and son Thushar Vellappally who is also vice president of the Yogam.

Natesan started the highly successful Micro Finance Scheme, through the SNDP Yogam taluk-level Unions, to help ordinary people get small-term loans at reasonable rates; the money was organised through the state backward classes corporation and through banks, and the scheme is running well, but for some complaints of financial mismanagement at the Union levels. The cases are ongoing.

Natesan made his money substantially from railway contracts; as is testified in his biography, he prominently participated in the Konkan Railway project that connected Kerala with Mumbai directly through the western coast via Mangalore. His family owns Vellappally group of hotels and resorts.


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  3. ^ "Vellappally Natesan's journey: Bar owner to rising force of Kerala politics". The Indian Express. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

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