Meet Rahul Easwar, the Angry Face of the Sabarimala Temple Protests

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Meet Rahul Easwar, the Angry Face of the Sabarimala Temple Protests

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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t’s difficult to become the face of a protest movement as disjointed and chaotic as the one that has been unfolding in Sabarimala over the last few weeks. But if anyone can accomplish it, it is Rahul Easwar. At this point, we should be asking: What is it that Rahul Easwar is not capable of? And also, who is Rahul Easwar?

He is already a right-wing activist and a spokesperson for assorted Hindutva causes on TV debates in his capacity as the grandson of the head priest of Sabarimala Temple. But much before his newfound fame, he started out as a VJ on the Malayalam channel Kiran TV and later won the Bigg Boss equivalent, Malayali House. All of this led to a fledgling political career: His name reportedly figured in BJP’s candidate shortlist for the 2016 assembly elections.

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