Kunhimangalam has a powerful background of political activities. All most all political parties have their own representation and identity in this tiny village. Population of Kunhimangalam is politically very much self conscious. The majority of the inhabitants belong to either the CPI(M) led LDF or Congress(I) led UDF.

The undivided Communist Party, which was founded in 1920, had a strong influence over the people of Kunhimangalam. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), The CPI(M), is one of the strongest political parties in Kunhimangalam since its inception at the Seventh Congress held in Calcutta in 1964. Over the years, the CPI(M) has grown steadily and increased the popular votes polled in the elections to the Lok Sabha as well as to the Legislative Assembly. The Payyannur constituency in which Kunhimangalam belongs to achieved hat tricks in sending the CPI(M) led candidates to the State Assembly continuously since the formation of the constituency. The present Local Secretary of CPIM is Mr.M.Kunhiraman.

This Party has sought to work out the strategy and tactics for a people's democratic revolution. The CPI(M) combines the fine heritage of the anti-imperialist struggle and the revolutionary legacy of the undivided Communist Party. Also the Party is engaged in bringing about basic transformation to end imperialism, big bourgeois and landlord exploitation. As the leading Left party, the CPI(M) is committed to build a left and democratic front which can present a real alternative to the existing bourgeois-landlord policies. The Party has been able to effectively withstand the imperialist propaganda offensive in the aftermath of the setback and reverses to socialism.
The CPI(M) has maintained the ideology of the working class and political unity. One cannot deny the fact that these developments should lead to a reassessment and fresh look at the experience and history of the Communist movement. It marks the beginning of the reappraisal of past experience, learn from it, and renew the Marxist outlook to meet contemporary challenges.

It is worth mentioning that the strength of the political parties, irrespective of the groups, needs to be measured not only in terms of number of years they represent the constituency in the legislature but also by the share of excluded. Also the success of governance will have to be measured by the extent of participation of the excluded group in decision-making and administration. It is imperative to develop policies, economic, social and representation in a manner such that they are inclusive of all groups in the society.

The CPI(M) has recognized the problem of exThe CPI(M) has recognized the problem of exclusion but they have not made their party politics, the executive namely the State, decision making bodies, administration and above all their policies sufficiently inclusive enough so as to address the problem of poverty and deprivation and of participation and representation of excluded groups like SCs, STs and religious minorities that is linked with the societal process of exclusion in multiple spheres. It has to be recognized that the problem of SCs, STs and religious minorities is exclusion and isolation in multiple spheres. It is therefore essential that the CPI(M) politics, government as executive, governance, and developmental policies need to be socially inclusive in character.

The oldest Indian political party, the Indian National Congress which was formed in 1885 is one of the most powerful parties in Kunhimangalam. The people of Kunhimangalam have their own contribution in the making or fall of Congress governments at the State as well as in the Centre. The suspension of democratic institutions during emergency earned many critics and also led to the birth of many anti-Congress factions. Even though the Party boasts up of what can be said the first political party of the country, the Congress popularity nose-dived mainly due to the involvement of its leaders in the corruption charges. It is true that the Congress fought for and won India’s freedom. The congress party is trying to consolidate all forces subscribing to the fundamental values of the Constitution. The Congress and its various allies are united in their determination to defeat the CPI(M). It is also boasted that the Congress’s goal is to defeat the forces of obscurantism and racism who contributed nothing to the Freedom Movement or the making of the Constitution and whose sole objective is to subvert the millennial heritage and composite nationhood. Many times the congress launched extensive anti poverty and rural development programmes to alleviate the distress of the most disadvantaged and deprived sections of the society and thereby trying to dent on rural poverty. Congress policies have always been anchored in a vision of an economically prosperous, socially just, politically united and culturally harmonious. The Congress party makes a solemn commitment to the population of this village to restore peace among all, to strengthen the secular order through emphasis on social harmony, cultural pluralism and respect for the rule of law, and to ensure a bright and secure economic future for every family in the village.

Assembly Period Name of the MLA Constituency Party Margin
1st Session 1957 – 60 Mr.K.P.R.Gopalan Madayi CPI 12221
2nd Session 1960 – 65 Mr.P.Gopalan (Prahaladan) Madayi INC 261
Mr.K.P.R.Gopalan Madayi CPI (M) 11750
3rd Session 1967 – 70 Mr.Mathayi Manjooran Madayi
KSP (Sapthakakshi Munnani)
1970 Mr.John Manjooran Madayi
KSP (Sapthakakshi Munnani)
4th Session 1970 – 77 Mr.M.V.Raghavan Madayi CPI (M) (Sapthakakshi Munnani) 7781
5th Session 1977 – 79 Mr.N.Subramania Shenoy Payyanur CPI (M) (Sapthakakshi Munnani) 5047
6th Session 1980 – 82 Mr.N.Subramania Shenoy Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 19412
7th Session 1982 – 87 Mr. M.V. Raghavan Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 15960
8th Session 1987 – 91 Mr. C.P. Narayanan Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 7840
9th Session 1991 – 96 Mr. C.P. Narayanan Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 18165
10th Session 1996 – 01 Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 28078
11th Session 2001 – 06 Mrs. P.K. Sreemathi Teacher Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 22738
12th Session 2006- 11 Mrs. P.K. Sreemathi Teacher Payyanur CPI (M) – LDF 36126

Like any other places of our country, Kunhimangalam also has several distinguished personalities who gave vigorous and immense contributions in leading and invigorating the people in the political movement. Sri. V.R. Nayanar, K.A. Keraleeyan, Vishnu Bharateeyan, K.C. Nambiar, E.K. Kunhiraman Nambiar, P.K. Narayana Panicker, M.E. Parameshwaran Namboothiri, etc… are a few among them.

India's struggle for freedom is characterized by many unique and historic efforts. The Indian Independence Movement was a series of revolutions empowered by the people of India put forth to battle the British Empire for complete political independence. When several insurrections took place related to Independence Movement all over the country, people of Kunhimangalam also took active part in the movement. Political spectrum of Kunhimangalam was broadened by the visits and articulating discourses of several emerging national leaders like Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Sankar Rao Dev, Jayaprakash Narayan, Kamaraj Nadar, A.K.G., E.M.S., etc… They have infused the political awareness, manifestation of Indian public opinion and necessity of promising leadership at provincial level. The flames of the spirit of freedom were ignited by political wizards who expressed the reason for common Indians to feel proud of themselves, demand political and social freedom and seek happiness. They were the teachers who sparked the passion of learning and achievement for thousand of people in Kunhimangalam and expressing the inner fires of the freedom fighter’s soul. They were able to bring uniform cultural and intellectual regeneration.

In the year 1931, Gandhiji’s most famous campaigning, The Dandi March or the Salt Satyagraha was launched and the greaolden dayst national leaders of Kunhimangalam along with other natives implicitly supported and participated in the satyagraha by marching to the western side river here, making their own salt from the sea water. There are some people still alive who remembers the anguish of those olden days.

Sri K.C. Nambiar, P.K. Gopalakrishnan Nambiar were among them who have direct relation with the Quit India Movement, the final call and the definitive organized movement of civil disobedience for immediate independence of India from British rule. On August 8, 1942 the Quit India resolution was passed at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and on the same day night itself several national leaders including Gandhiji were arrested. Sri K.C. Nambiar, the then K.P.C.C. secretary, attended this session of AICC as a representative of Malabar. After returning back to Payyannur, Mr. Nambiar explained the resolution of Quit India, the most controversial and specifically designed to obtain the exit of the British from the Indian shore. Even though the leaflets about the Quit India decision were circulated secretly, the police get a whiff of the activities and arrested the leader, Sri K.C. Nambiar. Frustration, anger and other tumultuous emotions arose among the people and they arranged meetings and processions against the imprisonment of Sri K. C. Nambiar.

Sri. K.M. Soman brought three dynamites from K.B. Menon of Kozhikkode and kept secretly in the house of Sri E.K. Kunhiraman Nambiar where Sri K.C. Nambiar was also staying. Out of these three dynamites, one was detonated on the Olavara bridge at Trikaripur and rail traffic was disrupted.

Another notable political personality was Sri K.A. Keraleeyan (the real name Kadayaprath Kunhappa Nambiar). Keraleeyan’s area of work was spread all along the whole of Malabar, he was very much active and led the campaign of Farmers and National movements of Kunhimangalam. He was the heart and sole of the Farmers Organization of Kerala. Another great leader who kept genuine relationship within the enclosure of Kunhimangalam was Sri Vishnu Bharateeyan. Uplift of Harijans, Temple admittance for the lower class, campaign against untouchability were the main field of his action. There is no doubt that the spirit and sacrifice of our predecessors who gave up their lives for the betterment of their successors will be a strong inspiration and encouragement for the young generation and certainly they should have the obligation to pass on the same spirit and enthusiasm to the coming generation also. One important thing we have always to keep in mind is that all the inhabitants must have the courage and courtesy to work together for the entire progress of this tiny village, irrespective of arguments, if any. We should pray and hope that the coming dawns will light the lamp of solidarity and cooperation for a brighter future of this village.

The AIYF was formed in 1959 but Democratic Youth Sangh was already in existence in Thekkumbad since the year 1952. Mr. C.V. Damodaran was the Secretary and Mr. M. Balan was the President for the same. Under the leadership of Mr. M.V. Krishnan, the Balasangham started working here. Several political strikes took place in this place. Among the political leaders, few of the celebrities are C.K.P. Padmanabhan (CPI-M State Committee Member & MLA), U.Kunhiraman, Thamban Vaidyar, C.V. Damodaran (Ex-Payyanur Block Panchayath President), K.G. Mallar, P. Bharathan, C. Kannan, M.P. Murali (Youth Congress Leader), P.V. Narayanan, Kattoor Krishnan, P.V. Sreedharan, C.P. Narayanan Nambiar, Mambatta Balan, T.P. Abdul Khader, M.K. Sreedharan, Kunhimangalam Azeez, P.P. Krishnan, V.V. Gopalan, Advt. Kunhimangalam Damu, M.P. Damodaran, M.V. Krishnan, P.K. Narayana Panickar, Kunhimangalam Vijayan Master (Manorama Balajana Sakhyam), T.V. Narayanan Nambiar, P.C. Appunni Nambiar, Krishnan Mundayat, P.K. Gopalakrishnan Nambiar, M.P. Krishnan Nair, P.V.Sreedharan, A.V.Chathu, Mathyari Kunhappu, P.V.Kannan, Padoli Kannan, Thottinakkara Krishnan, P.V.Narayanan and C.P.Narayanan Nambiar. Some of these persons are no more with us. Quite a lot of times A.K.G. came here to give directions for several political campaigns.