Kasaragod, Kerala, India
|Residence||Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Relatives||Dr. Pallathadka Keshava Bhat (Paternal Uncle)|
He hails from Pallathadka, a hamlet in Kasaragod district of the State of Kerala in India. He is a Havyaka Brahmin and belongs to the Pallathadka Family of educators. He is the eldest son of late Pallathadka Shankaranarayana Bhat and Shyamala. He is the elder brother of author Arun Kumar Pallathadka. The famous ethnobotanist and naturalist Dr. Pallathadka Keshava Bhat is his paternal uncle.
He has authored a book called "Political Ethics of Chanakya" (ISBN-978-81-910977-0-2) and he is also a biography writer at Winterbloom Publications, Bangalore. He is presently an International Educational and Business Consultant.
He is Manager (Hon) of AUP School Pallathadka (Aided Upper Primary School, Pallathadka): A bilingual, co-educational upper primary School established by his grand father in 1927 which is aided and recognized by Government of Kerala. He is also one of the National General Secretaries of India Against Corruption from September 2013.
His series of RTI applications on Indian Income Tax system has highlighted the fact that barely 3% of Indians pay income taxes as of 2006. This issue has widely been discussed in the media and forums.
His RTI applications on security of Electronic Voting Machines has forced Election Commission of India to divulge details regarding the EVM's and to publicly release the copy of the expert Committee report  on security of EVM's headed by Prof. PV Indiresan.
His RTI applications on pending cases and under trail prisoners revealed that a more than 30 million cases are pending before various courts in India (as of 2006) and about a quarter million under-trials are languishing in the jails across India (as of 2006). Soon the Government of India announced that it has been considering a proposal to recruit nearly 7,000 judges to help clear the backlog of pending cases in various courts. In April 2013, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted that the pending cases ratio with respect to number of judges is uneven and he asked the States to appoint more judges.
In January 2008, the Government of India was forced to update and properly maintain the official website of the RTI following the order of the CIC acting upon the complaint of Harikumar. The CIC has also commended the efforts of Harikumar in its order and asked the department to implement and to introduce various public friendly initiatives for the effective implementations of the RTI Act, 2005.
Through his persistent efforts he had highlighted the matter of frequent accidents of Sea Harrier fighter jets with the Indian Navy through media. After that even the media has continued raising the questions of safety of security of older Sea Harrier fighter jests with the Indian Navy. Finally in August 2009, after another crash, The Indian Navy has grounded the entire Sea Harrier fighter jet fleet for probe.
He had also successfully raised the matter of classical languages with a series of applications and complaint. Ultimately on 1 November 2008, the Government of India declared Kannada and Telugu as Classical Languages.
His series of RTI applications on Indian Prisoners of War has shed light on the grave inconsistence with the official figures between various departments of Government of India and this has led to various measures being taken by the Government of India in the matter of Indian Prisoners of War.
Due to his constant efforts he managed to see that 25 pesticides are banned for manufacture, import and use in India which involved a health hazard to human beings, animals and damage to the environment. Whereas others faced partial curbs by the Government of India .
He is presumed to be the person to have made highest RTI applications under the RTI Act in India which included 2 applications each in all the districts of India which is related elections and election reforms and also 2 applications each with various Government of India authorities for public disclosure of mandatory information. He is known to have used RTI Act as a tool for social welfare and he is also known for his fight against the fake and unaccredited institutions in India.
He has conducted research on the death of former Prime Minister of India, Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri and India's Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He has also attempted to highlight the problem faced by students due to the existence of more than "200 fake educational institutions" that prey on students in India. He has tried to shed light on various socially relevant subjects including Indians believed to be detained in Pakistani jails.
He has fought many cases against several private Universities across various Indian States for the implementation of RTI and Public disclosure in the Private Universities including the states of Punjab, Nagaland, Meghalaya.
Book on him
Dr Harikumar Pallathadka with the Maldivian Education Minister Dr Asim Ahmed in Feb 2013.
Dr Harikumar Pallathadka with Cap (Retd.) Jai Narain Prasad Nishad in June 2013.
- Noronha, Frederick (21 May 2007). "This man keeps digging out official information". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "This man keeps digging out official information.". Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 21 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- India has only 31.5 million taxpayers - Hindustan Times
- Punjab Kesari NewsDetails
- Expert Committee Report on EVM
- How secure is the EVM?Poll panel answers - Hindustan Times
- "How secure is the EVM? Poll panel has the answer.". Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 1 June 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- Nearly 30 million cases pending in courts - Hindustan Times
- "Nearly 30 million cases pending in courts.". Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 23 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- '7,000 judges to be appointed soon' - Hindustan Times
- More judges needed, states should take initiative, Manmohan Singh says - The Times of India
- Central Information Commission
- The Indian Navy’s deadly aircraft - Home - livemint.com
- Half of Sea Harrier fleet gone in 20 years - Hindustan Times
- Navy grounds Sea Harrier fleet after crash off Goa - Economy and Politics - livemint.com
- "HOVER AND OUT ; Over half of the Navy's fleet of Sea Harriers has crashed leaving a void in its air defence capability. With the aircraft going out of production there is little scope of future procurement also.". india Today – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 7 January 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Press Information Bureau English Releases
- The Hindu : Front Page : Centre grants classical language status to Telugu, Kannada
- India alone has a dozen border disputes! - Hindustan Times
- "Nearly a dozen border disputes within India alone.". Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 16 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- RTI reply reveals no consistency in govt's figures on PoWs | news.outlookindia.com
- India doesn’t know how many PoWs are in Pakistan prisons - Economy and Politics - livemint.com
- "Centre hazy on PoW numbers.". Bharath Chronicle (Hyderabad, India) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 26 October 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- 25 pesticides banned in India, others face partial curbs - dnaindia.com/mobile
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