Com. Azhikodan Raghavan popularly known as Com. Azhikodan was born on July 1, 1919 at South Bazar, a not very developed part of Kannur District. His father was Kuruvan, a document writer and his mother Prickachi. When he was two and half years old his father died. His only sister also died three years after her marriage. It was his uncle who brought him up.

Beedi and cigar rolling was the means of livelihood of a vast number of people in those days. Beedi and cigar workers had a union. Chenoli Koran was the secretary of the Union. Raghavan had by that time become Com.Azhikodan Raghavan and he became an active member of the union. He was made the office secretary of the union office. Comrades like P. Krishna Pillai, A.K.Gopalan, K.P.Gopalan and C.H. Kanaran frequented the union office and organized the beedi workers of Kannur district. Com.P.Krishna Pillai who by that time had become the darling leader of the labour class became his role model. Under Com.P.Krishna Pilla's loving tutelage Azhikodan Raghavan grew up into a real communist.


" Workers of the world unite ; you have nothing to lose but your chains "

Karl Marx