Kerala Students Union

The Kerala Students Union (abbreviated KSU) is a students organization in Kerala, India. It functions as the student wing of the Indian National Congress in the state.

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FounderVayalar Ravi
Founded atKerala
TypePolitical organization
Official language
Malayalam and English

KSU was founded in 1957, with Vayalar Ravi as its main organiser and founding general secretary.[1][2][3][4] It functioned as the student wing of the Pradesh Youth Congress.[1] Under Ravi's leadership KSU took a leading role in the opposition campaign against the communist state government.[5][6] KSU sought to challenge the near-monopoly of the communist-led All India Students Federation over campus politics at the time.[7] KSU played a key role in the movement that toppled the communist state government.[1]

KSU emerged as the largest political force at high schools and colleges in the state by the early 1960s.[1] KSU became the main force in establishing the National Students Union of India, the new students wing of the Indian National Congress.[2][8]


  1. ^ a b c d Francine R. Frankel (2005). India's Political Economy, 1947-2004: The Gradual Revolution. Oxford University Press. p. 448. ISBN 978-0-19-565839-2.
  2. ^ a b Education World: The Human Development Magazine. D. Thakore. 2005. p. 40.
  3. ^ Outlook. Vayalar Ravi's Rise Due to Organizational Skill
  4. ^ Niyama Sabha. Vayalar Ravi
  5. ^ Kerala Journal of Social Science. Department of Political Science, University of Kerala. 2000. p. 154.
  6. ^ The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. Frank Cass. 1986. p. 178.
  7. ^ International Congress on Kerala Studies, 27-29 August 1994, Thiruvananthapuram. The Centre. 1994. p. 9.
  8. ^ Socialist India. Indian National Congress. All India Congress Committee. 1974. p. 14.