Sukumar Azhikode (26 May 1926 – 24 January 2012) was an Indian writer, critic and orator, acknowledged for his contributions to Malayalam language and insights on Indian philosophy. He was a scholar in Sanskrit, Malayalam, and English languages.
Azhikode was a bachelor and lived in Eravimangalam near Thrissur, Kerala state. He died on 24 January 2012 at the age of 85 at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, in Thrissur due to cancer.
Azhikode’s most famous work is Tatvamasi (1984, Malayalam), a book on Indian Philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads. Thathvamasi won twelve awards, including the Kendra Sahitya Academi Award, Kerala Sahithya Academi Award, Vayalar Award and the Rajaji Award.
Azhikode headed the Malayalam department of Calicut University and later retired as its pro-vice chancellor.
A recipient of literary honours including the Kendra Sahitya Academy award. In January 2007, Azhikode refused to accept the Padma Shri conferred on him stating that Such honours are against the Constitution.
“The Constitution says everyone should be treated as equal. Giving such honours at different levels, the State discriminates between people. I see the Padma Shri conferred on me as an opportunity to expose this discrimination.”
He also won the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam Sahithya Puraskaram lifetime achievement award.
Azhikode died on 24 January 2012, at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences in Thrissur. He was suffering from cancer and had been hospitalized since 7 December 2011. He was 85 years old.