October 29, 2023

Kerala: V S Achuthanandan turns Hundred

N S Sajith

THE entire political spectrum of Kerala came together to convey their best wishes to the Communist stalwart V S Achuthanandan on his 100th birthday, which fell on October 20. V S Achuthanandan, a symbol of communist struggles and a shining star in the revolution's sky, received greetings from numerous prominent figures in the socio-political arena, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. V S Achuthanandan, one of the 32 leaders who left the National Council of the CPI in 1964 to join the CPI(M), is currently bedridden due to prolonged illness. N Sankarayya, who left the National Council meeting in 1964 alongside V S Achuthanandan, conveyed that his contributions have consistently been a source of inspiration for the communist movement in India and wished him good health and happiness.

Pinarayi Vijayan paid a visit to V S Achuthanandan at his home in Thiruvananthapuram, and people from all walks of life attended celebrations held throughout the state, including the distribution of sweets. Pinarayi noted that the contributions of leaders like V S were unparalleled in the formation of united Kerala. Their fight began even before the state's formation and was against the exploitation of monarchy, feudalism, and colonialism. The significance of V S's roles as chief minister and opposition leader was acknowledged.

Sitaram Yechury extended revolutionary greetings to V S Achuthanandan. He remarked that a century of leading people's struggles for a society free from all forms of exploitation signifies his commitment to socialism.

CPI(M)  state secretary M V Govindan emphasised that V S's eight-decade-long political career has been crucial to the history of Kerala's progress.