C Divakaran is a politician born on 4th September 1942 in Trivandrum, Kerala. His parents are CK Shivarama Panikkar and Ammukuttyamma. He went to Kamaleshwaram Government School and SMV High School in Trivandrum. He took part in the school parliament in 1957 and was appointed as the first Prime Minister. Right from that time, he developed his interest in politics. He did his graduation from Thiruvananthapuram University College. He was the magazine editor of the University College. Divakaran was the General Secretary of MG College's pre-university association. Divakaran impressed everyone in his college with his unique writing style and that made him the magazine editor. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he did his B.Ed. and then became a teacher. He worked in Ottasekharamangalam. Then he joined K.S. Abraham Memorial Higher Secondary School, located in Thirumala in Trivandrum.
Divakaran belongs to the Communist Party and he is one of the main leaders of the party. He has five decades of political experience. As he developed a great interest in politics, he quit his teaching job. In 1972, he became the district council Assistant Secretary of CPI. He had been the state’s General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress, All India Vice President of All India Trade Union Congress, State Secretariat Member of Communist Party of India, and the National Executive Member of the party. He had been contesting from the Karunagappalli constituency since 2006. He had been the Food and Civil Supplies, Animal Husbandry, Milk Co-operatives, Consumer Protection and Dairy Developments’ Minister during Achudhananthan's period. In 2016, he contested from the Nedumangad constituency and won the election. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he lost to Shashi Tharoor.
Divakaran is an avid writer and had also released some books. Lokathe Njetticha Vediyochakalkku Pinnil, Nirangalude China and Rashtriyam Smarana Prabhashanam are some of his works. Divakaran is the chairman of the Communist Party of India’s publishing house, Prabhath Book House. He is married to TV Hemalatha and has two children. They live in Manacaud in Trivandrum.