Dr. Rajith Kumar
Rajith in 2016
Rajith Kumar R.
|Other names||Dr. Rajith Kumar|
|Years active||1996 – present (Lecturing)|
Rajith Kumar R. is an Indian public speaker, lecturer, educational counselor, writer, educator and philanthropist from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He works as a lecturer in the Botany department of Sree Sankara College, Kochi. He has authored more than ten books, related to self-improvement and religious texts. Some of his views expressed in students' awareness speeches has often been the subject of criticism. Rajith is an active humanitarian worker, he founded the "Dr. Rajith Charitable Services" and is a life-member of Indian Red Cross Society. Rajith has gained a huge fan following in Kerala post his participation in season 2 of Bigg Boss Malayalam.
Rajith holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in microbiology and Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in cytogenetics. He has received several awards and honours, including the Samoohya Saksharatha Prathibha award from Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority, Government of Kerala. Since 4 January 2020, Rajith is contesting in the second season of Malayalam reality TV show Bigg Boss.
Rajith Kumar hails from Kizhuvilam, Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. His father died before he was born, his mother was a last grade government employee in the health department. He had his schooling from Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Attingal. Rajith was adjudged Best Student while at Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram, from where he graduated with a bachelor's degree (B.Sc) in botany and had his master's degree (M.Sc) from N. S. S. College, Pandalam with first rank. He then took a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in cytogenetics and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in microbiology (passed with gold medal). He also went on to take a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in natural science, a bachelor's degree in library and information science (BLIS), a master's degree (M.S) in psychotherapy, and a diploma in Vedanta. He has also passed the UGC NET examination.
In 1996, he joined as a lecturer in Botany department at Sree Sankara College, Kalady and continued there until 2003. Since his mother refused to leave his hometown Attingal to stay with him, he took a transfer to Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Attingal (where he studied) to a lower position as a teacher even after receiving a doctorate. But later he was transferred back to Sree Sankara College and visited mother at weekends. In 2009, the Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat nominated and selected him as a member of its Working Group. In September 2009, the Chirayinkeezhu panchayat and Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority honoured him with Samoohya Saksharatha Prathibha award. He convened "Keralagramam", an Indian Science Congress Association programme held in Thiruvananthapuram in 2010.
Rajith is an active humanitarian worker, he founded the Dr. Rajith Charitable Services and is a life-member of Indian Red Cross Society. From 2000s, he has been offering free coaching classes, counselling sessions, uniforms, textbooks, medicine, food among other things to economically backward students, funded from his own salary. By 2009, number of such students he gave assistance surpassed 25,000. Rajith has taken part in training programmes conducted by NCERT and SCERT in adolescent education. He is also known for his public awareness speeches. He has authored more than ten books in Malayalam, related to religion and personal motivation.
He appeared in the children's feature film Manalchithrangal (2015). In 2018, he appeared in the short film Daivathinte Naadu, and in a music video, Amma, in the following year. In 2020, he entered the Bigg Boss house as a contestant in the reality television show Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 2) on Asianet.
In 2013, while speaking at Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram at the "moral education" campaign organised by the Department of General and Higher Education, he criticised women's current dressing style. It received media attention after a student protested by booing and boycotting the speech. Shobhana George complained against his statement in the Kerala State Human Rights Commission which asked the Collegiate Education Department to enquire into the matter. Deputy Director Girija Devi who conducted the enquiry reported that Kumar's speech was "a piece of art and the opposition by a graduate student to the speech was an immature response".
In 2018, in a counselling session held in Kasaragod he reportedly stated that women who wear jeans can give birth to transgender children and the children born to rebel men and women is found to be autistic, claiming to have scientific backing. He received rebuke, a section of public called it ill-informed and offensive. Kumar said that there are efforts to put him in bad light, only a certain statement from his 4-hour long speech was taken without context and is used to create misunderstanding among people. He defended his statements in the show Njangalkum Parayanund in Mathrubhumi News. Following that, health minister K. K. Shailaja released a press note barring Kumar from speaking in government programmes, citing that he spreads superstition and social discord. His statements has polarised response among public, with both criticism and support.
After he began contesting in the house of Bigg Boss, Rejith has gained tremendous amount of public support. His fans' groups and followers are often known by the name "Dr. Rajith Kumar Army".
- Thiricharivu: The Power of Discrimination
- Enne Vismayipicha Quran Sookthangal
- Srimad Bhagavad Gita Sandhesham
- Ennil Karunaniracha Bible
- Unaru Unaru
- Jeevitha Vijayathileku 22 Padikal: Steps to Success
- Gita Mahathvam: Bhagavat Gitayile Shasthra Sathyangal
- Enne Njaniyakkunna Bhagavat Gita
- Shri Mahabhagavata Rahasyam
- Mahabharatacharitham: Ithihasa Rahasyangal
|2014||Ente Daivam||Interviewee||ACV interview by Rahul Easwar|
|2018||Njangalkum Parayanund||Guest and subject||Episode 252, Mathrubhumi News talk show|
|2018||Daivathinte Naadu||Actor||Short film|
|2019||Janakeiya Kodathi||Interviewee||Episode 13, Twentyfour News interview by Arun Kumar|
|2020||Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 2)||Contestant||Reality TV show on Asianet, 46 episodes|
- 2009: Samoohya Saksharatha Prathibha from Chirayinkeezhu panchayat and Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority.
- 2010: Rashtra Sevana Prathibha Puraskar from Global Confederation of Pravasee Malayalees
- 2017: Dr. Ambedkar Excellency Service National Award from Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi
- 2017: Samoohya Sevana Rathnam from Kerala Urban Development Council
- 2018: Gem of Kerala (Keralaratnam) from Global Confederation of Pravasee Malayalees
- 2018: Gurushreshta Puraskaram from Vanitha Congress (M)
- 2019: Shri. Vedavyasa Puraskaram from Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi
- "Bigg Boss Malayalam 2 Contestants List". RDDU ENTERTAINMENT. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- Pradeep, K. (5 November 2009). "Teaching from the heart". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- Prakash, Asha (8 December 2009). "The power of one". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- Web desk (5 January 2020). "അതെ ഇത് രജിത് കുമാര് തന്നെ! ബിഗ് ബോസിലേക്ക് എത്തുന്നത് വന് മേക്കോവറില്". Asianet News (in Malayalam). Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- "Dr.Rajith Kumar in Janakeiya Kodathi | Dr.രജിത് കുമാർ ജനകീയ കോടതിയില് | Ep# 13" (in Malayalam). 24 News. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
- "Bigg Boss Malayalam 2 contestant Dr Rajith Kumar: Everything you need to know about the controversial public speaker". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- "Now, Rajith Kumar's misogyny becomes 'art'". The Times of India. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- Varier, Megha (3 April 2013). "'Wearing jeans leads to birth of trans kids': Kerala Prof slammed for offensive remarks". The News Minute. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- "Women who dress like men, wear jeans give birth to transgenders: Kerala professor". Deccan Chronicle. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- Special correspondent (2 April 2018). "State to initiate action against counsellor". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- Raja, Vidya (6 April 2018). "'Women in Jeans' Give Birth to Trans Kids. Really? and You Claim to Be a Botany Lecturer". The Better India. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- "Thiricharivu: The Power of Discrimination". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Enne Vismayipicha Quran Sookthangal". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Ennil Karunaniracha Bible". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Unaru Unaru". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Jeevitha Vijayathileku 22 Padikal: Steps to Success". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Gita Mahathvam: Bhagavat Gitayile Shasthra Sathyangal". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Ramayanam". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Enne Njaniyakkunna Bhagavat Gita". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Shri Mahabhagavata Rahasyam". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Mahabharatacharitham: Ithihasa Rahasyangal". Dr. Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- Kumar, Rajith. "Manalchithrangal". Facebook. Dr.Rajith Kumar. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
- "Controversial Comment On Autism: Who Will Bell The Cat? Njangalkum Parayanund, Ep:252". YouTube (in Malayalam). Mathrubhumi News. 25 March 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
- "Rastra Sevana Prathibha Puraskar". 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Dr. Ambedkar Excellency National Award for Dr. Rajith Kumar". 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Samoohya Sevana Puraskaram". 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Keralarathnam Puraskaram for Dr. Rajith Kumar". 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Gurushreshta Puraskaram". 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Shri Vedavyasa Puraskaram". 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.