Trivandrum: “The Guruvayur Satyagraha was a great movement that boosted the course of social reformation during the freedom struggle,” said Oommen Chandy. The Chief Minister was addressing the 80th anniversary celebration of the Guruvayur Satyagraha conducted by the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs at the Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum.
“The Guruvayur and Vaikkom Satyagrahas played a vital role in Kerala’s renaissance, bringing all classes of people together for a common cause. The slogans raised against the social discriminations triggered the uplifting of the backward classes.
Only people who were ready to sacrifice their lives for the motherland participated in the movement. The freedom we enjoy today is the result of their devotion. If they had not stood up for the nation, we would still have been under British imperialism,” said the Chief Minister in his inaugural speech.
K Madhavan, who was a leading activist of the Guruvayur Satyagraha, was honoured at the event. Responding to K Madhavan’s demand, the Chief Minister assured that an appropriate memorial would be constructed in memory of Sri Kelappaji, after the government decides whether a statue or a monument is apt for honouring the leader of the Satyagraha.
The former Director of Kolkata National University of Judicial Sciences, N R Madhava Menon presided over the function. Dr. P Radhidika Devi’s ‘On the Banks of Tejaswini,’ the English translation of K Madhavan’s autobiography ‘Tejaswiniyude Theerangalil’ was unveiled by the Supreme Court Chief Consul K K Venugopal, the main speaker for the event. PSC Chairman Dr. K S Radhakrishnan, Planning Board Member C P John, Binoy Viswom, Public Governance Secretary K R Jyothilal, Director General of Institute of Parliamentary affairs Dr. T Varghese also attended the function.
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