'Namboodiripad was absolute politician, statesman'

Delivering a talk on ‘E M S Namboodiripad’ at his birth centenary celebrations organised by Samudaya Cultural Association at Narayan Guru Sabhabhavan here on Saturday, he said that EMS was a unique personality with a lot of reformation ideas. He was indeed an absolute politician, administrator and statesman. He brought in a lot of changes in Kerala as the outcome of communist movements. He altered the direction of people’s thinking and tried hard to get rid of meaningless social evils practiced by the people for countless years.

He pioneered a new wave in the communist movement of Kerala and also all over India. He was part of the communist revolution with the strong notion that people should be involved within the frontiers of the societal process. Perplexity still unravels over the authenticity and difference between Leninism, Maoism, Marxism and Stalinist ideologies that has hindered the widespread of communism around the globe, Dr Rao added.

Power is one evil that corrupts man, whoever adorns it. An absolute power corrupts absolutely. The evils of power have not even spared the followers of Gandhian ideologies. Namboodiripad is entirely unusual. It is difficult to find transparency in the political set up today. Namboodiripad stood as a contradiction, he said.

Communism had taken longer than the expected time to firmly set up its root in the country. One main reason may be visualised as its delayed tie up with the Congress party during the pre-independence period. Once it happened, it assured the rapid involvement of communist ideologies in the national movement. The reason behind its unfruitful journey in Karnataka is the lack of a strong leadership. Leftist ideologies not only bargain political freedom, rather it demands for social and economic freedom. Only after these two freedoms are secured, we shall envisage the true freedom. We are under the influence of privatisation, consumerism and capitalism, he added.

HoD of Hindi at Bhandarkar’s College Dr G Bhaskar Mayya, Vijaya College Professor Hayavadana Mudasagri, Coordinator Admaru Sripathy Acharya and others were                present.

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