Belonging to the royal family of Nilambur in Malappuram district, TN Bharathan was a RSS pracharak for four years from 1946. Studied his intermediate course at Kozhikkode and Engineering degree in Ceramic technology with distinction from Benares University. He joined his 1st year OTC (Officers Training Course) in 1943, 2nd year at Belgaum in 1944 and did his third year organizational training program at Nagpur the very next year.
He was elected the first State Secretary of the Jan Sangha at the convention held at Palakkad on 31st March, 1957. Bharathan contested two elections as Jana Sangh candidate: the Assembly election in 1967 from Guruvayur and the Kozhikode municipal elections just before the formation of Kerala State.
Bharathettan, as he is known to all, was always seen in the lead role of every agitation, every program whether it was the agitation against the formation of Malappuram district, or for the reconstruction of Thali Mahadeva temple, Attappadi temple issue, Manathala agitation for the right of Hindus to have the temple procession through the regular route, Tanur police firing issue or the agitation of the Hindu labourers to collect river sand at Chamravattam in Malappuram district. As a senior leader of BJS and the Sangh organisations, he was widely respected by all politicians and religious leaders. In 1980, when BJP was formed he came forward to take up the mantle of District President of BJP in Malappuram.
He had a daughter, Haimavathi and two sons, Durgadasan and Sreedhara Kumaran. Durgadas followed his father’s path and became a Sangh pracharak; he was brutally killed by CPM goons while he was serving in Kollam district in 1981. Bharathettan was born on July 26th in 1925 and passed away on 20th January, 2001.