July 13, 2014

Red Salute to Comrade P K Chandranandan

THE All India Kisan Sabha dips its red flag in honour of the legendary revolutionary Comrade P K Chandranandan who passed away on July 2, 2014 at Alappuzha, Kerala. He passed away after a heart attack following a brief illness. We express our grief and heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and all his fellow comrades. Comrade P K Chandranandan started his political life by organising the Coir workers while he was working in a Coir Factory in Alappuzha. Known affectionately as Comrade PKC, he later became an active worker of the Communist Party and played a leading role in the Punnapra-Vayalar struggle and led the attack on the Punnapra Police Camp. This attack would prove to be the death-blow for the authoritarian Dewan’s rule in Travancore region of Kerala. It also had a tremendous impact on the movement for emancipation of the workers and peasantry from exploitation. After the attack, PKC had to go underground for more than 12 years to be able to organise the Left Movement while avoiding arrest by the police. He continued to actively organise workers in various sectors during this period also. He was also jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act during the entire period of Emergency. Comrade PKC became the Alappuzha district secretariat member of the undivided Communist Party and after the formation of the CPI(M) in 1964, he played a leading role in organising the Party in the State. In 1970 Comrade PKC became secretary of the CPI (M) Alappuzha district committee and continued in that position till 1980. He again held this position during 1992-95 as well as from 2006-09. He was also for some time a member of the state secretariat of the CPI(M). Comrade PKC was elected as a member of the legislative assembly from Ambalappuzha constituency in 1980. During 1988-92 he held the responsibility of unit manager of Deshabhimani daily in Thiruvananthapuram. Although he was nearing ninety he was actively involved in the Party activities even till a few days before his death and was discharging his duties as a member of the CPI(M) Kerala state committee. Comrade PKC lived a spartan life and will remain an inspiration for generations to come. He was a fearless fighter for the rights of the toiling masses and oppressed people and was one with them in their struggles for a just and equitable society, free of oppression. The All India Kisan Sabha will strive to carry forward his ideals and continue the struggle for which he dedicated his entire life.