People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vol. XXX

No. 18

April 30, 2006

Homage Paid To Comrade TK


Prakash Karat, general secretary of the CPI(M) sent the following condolence message on the demise of Comrade T K Ramakrishnan on April 21, 2006.


I AM deeply grieved at the passing away of Comrade T K Ramakrishnan. Comrade TK was one of the front-ranking leaders who made a major contribution to the development of communist movement in Kerala.  As a leader of the peasant movement, as an elected representative and as minister in the Left-led government from 1967, Comrade T K Ramakrishnan rendered distinguished service to the people. All though his life, he firmly upheld communist values.


He was a member of the central committee of the Party for nearly four decades. I pay homage to his memory and convey my heartfelt sympathy to all members of his family.




The All India Kisan Sabha and All India Agricultural Workers Union mourned the demise of Comrade T K Ramakrishnan at Tripunetra in Kerala on April 21, 2006. “His life long service to the cause of the working class and peasantry will always be remembered by those who follow the path he had blazed over six decades of his life”, the organisations stated in a press release.


The AIKS and AIAWU recalled that Comrade TK had joined the Party in 1941 even while he was a student of the Tripunetra Sanskrit College and he was expelled from the college in 1943 for participating in the Quit India movement. He first worked with the Boat Workers Union and afterwards developed the Kisan movement in Kerala. He was the vice president of the All India Kisan Sabha and  was the member of  the CKC  and AIKC  just before the last conference of AIKS.


“An accomplished writer, he wrote a number of plays and novels, like ‘The  Fall of the Village’ and  ‘Sparks in the Stone’. Those he served till the end will find themselves immortalised in his writings”, so stating these organisations sent their heartfelt condolences to his children: Kala, Sindhu, Yamuna Ganga and Yatindran.




A condolence meeting was held at the Party headquarters in New Delhi, A K Gopalan Bhawan, on April 22, 2006, which was attended by those working in the CC office and other mass organisations. Party general secretary Prakash Karat addressed the meeting, which was chaired by central committee member Kanai Banarjee.


Karat recalled the major contribution made by Comrade T K Ramakrishnan to the development of communist movement in Kerala. The meeting also paid homage to Comrade C Kannan, who passed away recently.