People's Democracy

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


Vol. XXXVII

No. 43

October 27, 2013

 

 

                                                 

KERALA NEWSLETTER

 

LDF to Siege CMs Residence from Dec 9

 

N S Sajith

 

THE state committee of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) decided on October 21, 2013 to launch an indefinite massive siege before Cliff House, the official residence of chief minister from December 9, demanding resignation of the solar scam tainted Oommen Chandy. The roadmap of grand siege will be finalised in another meeting of the LDF, to be held on November 18.

 

The information came from Vaikom Vishwan, the LDF convener, at a press conference at Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital.

 

The siege was decided upon as the chief minister has reneged on his promise of instituting an investigation in the solar panel case. One recalls that the chief minister had given the promise to get the scam probed by a sitting judge of the High Court, when a grand siege was organised around the State Secretariat in August. Oommen Chandy now claims that no sitting judge of the High Court is available for conducting a probe.

 

The meeting, presided over by opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, also decided to organise two campaign jathas as a harbinger of the Cliff House siege. Both the jathas will begin on November 1 and conclude on November 13. The northern jatha, led by deputy leader of opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, will start from Uppala in Kasargode district. CPI state secretary Pannian Raveendran will inaugurate the northern jatha which will cover Kasargode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Palakkad districts and will culminate at Thrissur.

 

The southern jatha, led by CPI legislative party leader C Divakaran, will be inaugurated by opposition leader V S Achuthanandan at Eranakulam. The jathas will cover Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Kollam districts and culminate at Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Vaikom Vishwan also added that the picketing and mass contact programmes would continue.

 

CPI(M) TO HOLD STATE

PLENUM AT PALAKKAD

THE Kerala unit of the CPI(M) is going to organise its state plenum November at Palakkad on November 27, 28 and 29. 

The plenum will be held as an extended state committee meeting. A massive rally will also be held at Palakkad on the last day. All-India leaders will attend the plenum.

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR

K RAGHAVAN NO MORE

VETERAN musician and legendary film music director K Raghavan Master, who gave a new identity to Malayalam music, passed away at a private hospital at Thiruvananthapuram on October 19 morning. He was 99. He was admitted to the Thalassery Cooperative Hospital on October 18 due to difficulties in breathing. The end came at 4.30 a m.

 

Raghavan set a new trend in Malayalam film music with the release of the 1954 movie Neelakuyil. In a career spanning over four decades, he scored music for more than 60 Malayalam films, and many of his compositions remain ever green classics of Malayalam. He always kept a good rapport with the Left and progressive forces in Kerala.

 

Born at Thalassery in Kannur district, to M Krishnan and Narayani in 1913, his first movie was Pullimaan in 1951. Raghavan infused the folk element into Malayalam film music and his rustic melodies replaced the then prevailing trend of imitation of popular Hindi tunes of the day.

 

In 1997 he bagged the J C Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award from the government of Kerala and was also honoured with Padmashri in 2010.

 

Raghavan Master entered the Guinness book of records as the oldest music composer ever to have worked in films after the new Mammootty movie Balyakalasakhi. His song for the movie Thamarapoonkkavil Thamasikkunnole was rendered by K J Yesudas.