Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Poems-4


THE STORY OF
SIDHARTHA RETOLD


Then sidhartha
Entered the apartment of yashodhara
Eyed the sleeping wife and son
And mounted on kantaka
Leaving no lotus behind.

On each gallop he heard
The sulphurous sigh of a mother.
On and on he heard sal tree
Crying like an infant
But sidhartha resisted temptation.

Then sidhartha
Passed through magadha to reach uruvela,
Where beneath a pipal tree
He fought against mara
To win the realm of enlightenment.

neither temptation nor enlightenment
Provoked Devadatta-his cousin;
But the pangs of a destitute mother-
The ceaseless cry of a fatherless baby
So he was consumed by flames.

But the spirit dies never
And the spirit of Devadatta lives for ever-
It took the form of a mushroom
To become the last supper
Served to the octogenarian.

Here no parallels are allowed
By the judiciary of deathless spirits
So Christ was crucified
Socrates poisoned
So also Budha died.



C.T. William
REFERENCE 
*Line no.2-Sidhartha’s wife.

*Line no.4-Sidhartha’s horse.

*Line no.5-Budhist mythology says that where Budha the child, touched, there will spring a lotus.

*Line no.14-According to Budhist mythology, Devadatta, the rival of Budha was consumed by flames.

*Line no.23-It is said that Budha died of food poison. He was food-poisoned by mushroom.
*Line no.25-Budha died at his eightieth year.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

സരിത വായിച്ചറിയുവാന്‍ എഴുതുന്നതെന്തെന്നാല്‍ .......


പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട സരിതെ ,

നമ്മള്‍ പരസ്പരം ഭൌതികമായി കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല . ശബ്ധം പരസ്പരം വാമൊഴിയായി സ്വീകരിച്ചിട്ടുമില്ല . സൈബര്‍ മാദ്ധ്യമവുമായി വാക്കും നോക്കും കൈമാറിയിട്ടുമില്ല . ഇത്രയും മുഖവുരയായി എഴുതുന്നത്‌ നമ്മുടെ ജോര്‍ജ്ജിന്റെ ഉറക്കം കെടാതിരിക്കാനും ഭരണ – പ്രതിപക്ഷങ്ങളുടെ ഉന്നം പിഴക്കാതിരിക്കാനുമാണ് . എല്ലാവരേയും കാരുണ്യ നിധികളായ ദൈവങ്ങള്‍ രക്ഷിക്കട്ടെ .

ആദ്യമായി , നമ്മുടെ കൊച്ചുകേരളത്തെ അത്യുന്നതങ്ങളിലെ സൂര്യഭഗവാന്റെ കൃപാകടാക്ഷങ്ങളാല്‍ ഊര്‍ജ്ജിതമാക്കാന്‍ നീ കൈകൊണ്ട സല്‍ക്കര്‍മ്മങ്ങളെ സ്നേഹപൂര്‍വ്വം സ്മരിക്കുകയും അതിന് ആത്മാര്‍ഥമായി നന്ദിയും പറയട്ടെ . പിന്നെ ഏത് നല്ല കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ ചെയ്യുമ്പോഴും പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് കേരളത്തില്‍ തടസ്സങ്ങളും വിവാദങ്ങളും ഉണ്ടാവുക സ്വാഭാവികമാണല്ലോ . തടസ്സങ്ങളും വിവാദങ്ങളും തീരട്ടെ .ദൈവം നിന്നെ അനുഗ്രഹിക്കട്ടെ .

ഇനി കാര്യത്തിലേക്ക് കടക്കാം . സരിത ഇപ്പോള്‍ കൂടുതലും ജയിലിലും കോ ടതികളിലും പോലീസ് വാഹനങ്ങളിലുമൊക്കെയാണ് സമയം കഴിച്ചു കൂട്ടു ന്നതെന്നറിയാം . അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ ഞാന്‍ എഴുതാന്‍ പോകുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ മനസ്സിലായിക്കോളണമെന്നില്ല . എന്നിരുന്നാലും സരിതയ്ക്ക് ഈ വിഷയങ്ങളുമായി എന്തെങ്കിലുമൊക്കെ ചെയ്യാന്‍ കഴിയുമെന്ന് വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നു .

സരിതെ , ഞാന്‍ പ്രധാനമായും പറയാന്‍ ഉദ്യേശിക്കുന്നത് കേരളത്തിലെ റോഡുകളെ കുറിച്ചാണ് . നമ്മുടെ റോഡുകളെല്ലാം തോടുകളും കൊക്കരണികളുമായി മാറിയിട്ട് സരിതയുടെ റിമാണ്ട് കാലത്തോളമായി . പാചക വാതകത്തി ന്റെയും പെട്രോളിന്റെയും നിത്യോപയോഗ സാധന സാമഗ്രികളുടെയും വില കുതിച്ചുകയറിയിരിക്കുകയാണ് . സരിത ഇതൊക്കെ അറിയുന്നുണ്ടോ ആവോ . കാരണം സരിതയുടെ സാധാരണ ജീവിതം നിലച്ചിട്ട് കുറച്ചു കാലമായില്ലേ . ഓരോരോ വിധികള്‍ . അല്ലാതെന്തുപറയാന്‍ . എല്ലാം കലങ്ങി തെളിഞ്ഞ് സമാധാനവും സന്തോഷവും നിനക്ക് തിരിച്ചു കിട്ടട്ടെ എന്ന് ഞങ്ങളില്‍ ചിലരെങ്കിലും ദൈവത്തോട് പ്രാര്‍ഥിക്കുന്നുണ്ട് .
സരിതെ , ഞാന്‍ സരിതയെക്കുറിച്ച് വായിച്ചും കേട്ടും കണ്ടും മനസ്സിലാക്കി യതിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് ഈ കത്തെഴുതുന്നത് . സരിതയ്ക്ക് കേരള ത്തിലെ ഭരണപക്ഷത്തെയും പ്രതിപക്ഷത്തെയും നേതാക്കന്മാരെയും മാധ്യമങ്ങളെയുമെല്ലാം നല്ലപോലെ അറിയാമെന്നാണ് ഞാന്‍ മാധ്യമങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്ന് മനസ്സിലാക്കിയത് . അതില്‍ ശരിയും സത്യവുമുണ്ടെന്ന് ഞാന്‍ വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നു . അതുകൊണ്ട് സരിത ഞങ്ങള്‍ക്കുവേണ്ടി ഒരു ഉത്തരവാദിത്ത്വം കൂടി ഏറ്റെടുക്കണം .കേരള ജനതക്ക് അതൊരു വലിയ ഉപകാരം കൂടിയായിരിക്കും . കേരളത്തിലെ പൊട്ടി പ്പൊളിഞ്ഞ റോഡുകള്‍ നന്നാക്കിയെടുക്കുന്നതിനും പാചകവാതകത്തിന്‍റെയും പെട്രോളിന്‍റെയും മറ്റ് നിത്യോപയോഗ സാധന സാമഗ്രികളുടെയും വില നിയന്ത്രിക്കുന്നതിനും കേരളത്തിലെ ഭരണപക്ഷത്തെയും പ്രതിപക്ഷത്തെയും നേതാക്കന്മാരോടും മാധ്യമങ്ങളോടും ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്യണം . കഴിഞ്ഞ ഒരുപാട് നാളുകളായി ഞങ്ങളൊക്കെ മുറവിളി കൂട്ടിയിട്ടൊന്നും ഒരു ഫലവുമുണ്ടായില്ല . സരിത പറഞ്ഞാല്‍ അവര്‍ കേള്‍ക്കും . സരിത പറഞ്ഞാല്‍ മാത്രമെ ഇനി അവര്‍ കേള്‍ക്കൂ. ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിക്കുകയാണെന്ന് തോന്നരുത് . വേറെ ഒരു വഴിയുമില്ലാത്തതുകൊണ്ടാണ് ഞങ്ങള്‍ സരിതയോട് ഇങ്ങനെ അപേക്ഷിക്കു ന്നത് . ഞങ്ങളുടെ അപേക്ഷ തള്ളരുത് .

നീ ഇതുവരെ ഞങ്ങള്‍ക്കുവേണ്ടി ചെയ്തതൊന്നും ഞങ്ങള്‍ മറക്കില്ല . അറിഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ട് നീ ഒരു തെറ്റും ചെയ്തിട്ടില്ലെന്ന് ഞങ്ങള്‍ വിസ്വിക്കുന്നു . നിന്റെ കൂടെ യുള്ളവര്‍ നിന്നെ ചതിച്ചു . അതുകൊണ്ടാണ് നിനക്ക് ഈ അവസ്ഥ വന്നത് . നിന്നെ സഹായിക്കാനോ നിന്നിലെ സ്ത്രീപക്ഷ അവകാശങ്ങള്‍ സംരക്ഷിക്കാനോ, മനുഷ്യാവകാശപ്രവര്‍ത്തകാരോ സ്ത്രീപക്ഷപ്രവര്‍ത്തകരോ ഇല്ലാതെ പോയതില്‍ ഞങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ദുഖമുണ്ട് . എല്ലാം കാണുന്ന ജഗദീശ്വരന്‍ നിന്നെ രക്ഷിക്കട്ടെ . അനുഗ്രഹിക്കട്ടെ .

സ്നേഹപൂര്‍വ്വം

 ഒരു സാധാരണ കേരളീയന്‍   

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My Poems-3


AFTER  ALL  IT  WAS  A  SUICIDE


After all it was a suicide
Of unprecedented type.
Here the hero is a coward
Of predicted type-
A prejudiced rebel.

He was frustrated- dejected
For he said, “you will cry and weep,
But the world will be glad”
After all it was a suicide
For he said, “Put your sword back in its place.”

He was silent before Pilate
And Pilate washed his hands in silence.
Then the crowd shouted like a roaring sea;
“Kill him; set Barabas free for us.”
It was a suicide for he did feign impotent.

He who converted water, wine
He who fed five thousand, said;
“I am thirsty” , Thirst?
After all it was a suicide
Of a thirsty man without thirst.


They divided his clothes
They gambled for his robes
Then he was wrapped and buried-
it was a suicide for he left the tomb
Leaving the shroud-the wretched remnant of the world.

After all it was a suicide
Of a coward! A prejudiced rebel!
For he did appeared first
Before Marry Magdalene
Even after resurrection.



REFERENCE
*Line no.4-It is predicted that Christ would be crucified.
*Line no.7-John 16-20.
*Line no.10-John 18-11.
*Line no.14-Luke 23-18.
*Line no.18-John 19-28.
*Line no.25-When Christ resurrected He left his shroud in the empty tomb.
*Line no.28-John 20-15.
C.T.William

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Poems-2


IF MARCUS ANTONIUS COME AGAIN




Friends, Indians, countrymen, lend me your ears
I come to bury her, not to praise her
The evil that men do live after them
The good is oft interred with their bones
So let it be her.

The noble Beant singh hath told you
She was dictatorial! Ambitious! Undemocratic!
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
and grievously hath she answered it.
and Beant singh is an honourable man.

I saw not, her refusing the crown ever
but crown was often thrust upon her.
she never wept with the poor
For she was in tears bankrupt
Did this prove her unsympathetic or undemocratic?

Now it is winter
snow falls and balls for nothing
news ends in news
Zero ends in zero
Endless ends in endless.

Oh! Patriots! be not excited!
Oh! friends! be quiet! be self-controlled!
look......here......this one! .......this!...
Are the mortal depths dug by beant singh
If you have tears, shed them now.

She would have consoled Mahatma in time 
For he only received three
She but thirty nearly
A brute tribute of her beloved nation.Oh! friends!

Indians! countrymen! lend me your ears
I come to bury her, not to praise her.
Oh! God! My lord! What do I see?
Sword!....Pistol!....Stun gun!......Riffle!......
Please friends! .....Patriots!.....Don’t kill me
Oh!...horrible.....what cracks!.......penetrates........






REFERENCE
*The great orator, Mark Anthony’s speech.(julius Caesar-William Shakespeare)
*Mrs.Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 1984.
*The suspected Assassin.
C.T.William

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Poems-1




C.T.William 

CHANGE



Now ,
Everything has changed.
So Adam and Eve,
Heaven and Hell,
God and Devil,
Tree of knowledge,
Tree of life,
And fruits of temptations.
Now,
Hell to them the first couple is Heaven.
Devil to them the worst of all
Is God.
The whole Eden of senses,
To them now an oasis!
The tree of knowledge
The tree of life
And fruits of temptations
stood motionless ghostlike
To colour the firey Eden.
Now, Nothing is forbidden
Nothing!
Even a twig
A dried up hug
A dead leaf
A frozen bed
All worn out skeleton-like
For cells kills own tissues.
Here no fruits ripened
For all plucked prematurely.
Now,
No serpent appeared
Them to insinuate
For now they breed serpent within
To poison the self and the posterity.
All they devoured
All to them are edible.
Tree of knowledge!
Tree of life!
And the fruits of temptations!
Now,
There is no God
To make them feel nude
For now they in nude indulged.
Now,
There is no Voice nor Commandment
To drive them afar,
For now they are wandering afar
With untitled dragonic viruses.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

P.C. THE LIVING LEGEND

Prof. P.C.Thomas, the God of Entrance Examinations in Thrissur, Kerala shares the secrets of his strategic "Thanthai Therapy" (Father Therapy) and the eventful victorious journey of excellence with ethrissur.com.  

Interview by Mr.C.T. William


William  What is the secret behind your legendary victorious journey of excellence in the entrance examinations?

P.C. It's very simple. Hard work of the student and the spirit of dedication and service of this institution.

William  Some parents often complains that you are imposing hard work on students and it affect them adversely. do you agree to this statement?

P.C.
Certainly not. It's a universal truth that hard work pays and rewards always. You know, entrance examination is a task or a mission. For the success of such a task or mission, right targeting of aim and hard work are essential factors. I motivate them to undertake the task or mission and it always ended up in success. Then how can it be an imposition.

William  How do you motivate them? Is there any specific strategy?

P.C. You know, simply feeding information to students is not teaching. Before starting feeding of any information, one has to do some preparatory works to make them receivers of information. I call this process as formation and transformation process.

William  How far is this possible?

P.C.
I have successfully proved it possible. For the last so many years I am reaping the fruitful results of these possibilities. But I can not materially present or record any modus operandi. Because the process is spiritual. My ultimate aim is to awaken the students spiritually and to make them realize their aim and also to make them bold enough to achieve the target.

William  Amidst the time constraints and voluminous crowd of students, how can you manage this kind of spiritual operation?

P.C.
I am managing this with the help of networked Public Address System. I used to give them spiritual talks daily and the formation-transformation process is thus done.

William  Is there any creative role for the parents?

P.C.
Definitely yes. My own "Thanthai Therapy" (Father Therapy) starts here. Please do not misunderstand the terminology. I am applying the word "Thanthai" with a little bit of divine reverence. I believe that parents especially father has a remarkable role in educating and training the children. I insist all fathers to sit together with their children during their study time. There is no meaning in leaving the children to their own world of studies and keeping away from the parental responsibilities. There is also no meaning in scolding the children when their performance level is coming down due to the lack of parental responsibilities. There should be a mutual sharing of pains and sacrifices in between the parents and the children. I mean a spiritual togetherness.

William  I heard that you are against co-education system i.e.: mixing up of girls and boys. Is this a right approach?

P.C. According to me, it is the right approach. My experience taught me that co-education has some negative impact. I blame the TV channels and internet in this context for such media are instrumental for the unscientific sexual explosion and exploitation.

William  Can you explain a little more?

P.C.
Yes. What I mean is this. Nowadays parents are more concern about the food they are giving to the children. Our modern food system is mainly supported and supplemented by the high-calorie tinned food. This will definitely generate and stimulate sexual urge in children and accordingly their concentration in studies will be adversely affected.

William  So do you have any recommendation on the diet system of the students?

P.C.
yes. Don't give too much attention to the food. Always avoid high-calorie food. Feed the mind and enable the mind a peaceful and powerful environment of concentration.

William  What is your message to the students who came out of flying colours and those waiting for the coming entrance examination?

P.C.
I simply remind them the truth that only hard work and peace of mind will pay and reward. I congratulate my students who followed this truth.

The statements of a Realistic Vice Chancellor

 
Dr.K.V.Peter, the Realistic Vice Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University is trying to place himself comfortably somewhere between a teacher, scientist, economist, farmer and a Vice Chancellor. The soft spoken visionary of Kerala Agricultural University speaks to ethrissur.com


Interview by Mr. C.T. William


W.J. "There is a criticism that Kerala Agricultural University has terribly failed in contributing any constructive output to the farmers of the state for the last 25 years of its existence" How do you react to this?


V.C. This is due to the high expectation of the people behind this criticism. it is so unfortunate that people of India especially we Keralaites are expecting every provisions from the government or the related organizations. As far as kerala Agricultural University is concerned we are not providers but creators or generators of developments in the areas we are expected to work. I hope that a general public disillusion of realities and level of performances are needed here.


W.J.Can you explain some of its contributions to state's farming community?


V.C.You know Kerala Agricultural University is one of the best of its kind.We have got excellent teachers, scientists and research scholars. Kerala Agricultural University is imparting its qualitative as well as meritorious contributions to the areas of education, extension, research and farm management. We have contributed the best planting materials and effective methodologies to the farming community. We have developed the first hybrid coconut from our Coconut Research Station at Pilicode. We have developed the best hybrid Panniyur Pepper from our Pepper Research Station at Panniyur and enhanced the quality of the internationally demanded "Black Gold". We have introduced the best management methods to control the weed menace in the back waters of Kuttanad. It was our scientists who formulated the effective bio agent,Weevil to control the Salvinia (Affrican Payal) that blocked the entire back waters of Kerala. We have created the best species of rice from our Rice Research Station at Pattambi. Our simple but great device "Coconut Dehusker" has become a revolution in the households of Kerala. Now even a child can dehusk a coconut easily.


W.J.But these contributions are confined to the four walls of the research laboratories. Is there any vital steps taken by Kerala Agricultural University to promote these outputs to the grass root level of the farmers?


V.C.Again I am reminding you the fact that Kerala Agricultural University is not a provider of any facilities. We are the creators or generators of ideas or what we call research outputs/findings. We are not marketing people. Marketing of our ideas and findings have to be operated by the Agricultural Department of the government. The present confusion with Kerala Agricultural University is that sometimes it is treated as governmental and in some other times it is treated as autonomous. In brief the identity of Kerala Agricultural University is yet to be clarified.


W.J.What is your opinion about the role of state government in promoting the research outputs of Kerala Agricultural University?


V.C.State government is doing its level best. But the social commitment of the people is more important. government is nothing but a catalyst. One thing you remember always that we can not replace hard work. We have to make our own conducive environment for a better transformation. Nobody will plough the land for you and nobody will bring you mellowed tomato or potato into your farm.


W.J.But in the recent coconut mite holocaust, the government however performed its level best,  no coconut palm has survived the holocaust. Why? Who is responsible for this?


V.C.Regarding the coconut mite holocaust, I would like to say that it is the wrong delivery of the mite control measures that aggravated the problem. You may please understand the fact that Kerala Agricultural University can not provide you with climbers, sprayers and other infra structures for this venture. We can only orient people within our limitations.


W.J.The government have mobilized and provided the farmers with climbers, sprayers and all other required infrastructures. Even then the venture has failed. Why?


V.C.This is because of our lack of sincere interest or what I call a social commitment with the issue. In the case of coconut mite, what happened is this; farmers comfortably left the issue with the government or Kerala Agricultural University. Actually there lacked the  mobilization of real farmer interest.


W.J.But in a country where the prices of farm produces are precariously slashing; Can you recommend the mobilization of farmer interest to these areas?


V.C.It is a matter of economics and competence of market. Now the market is vibrant. There are qualitative choices before the people. In such a situation, it is no wonder that the fittest and competent will survive. There has been a tremendous increase in the purchasing power of the consumer.


W.J.I think it is a matter of Globalization. There are offenders and defenders of Globalization. But what actually is the effect of Globalization upon agriculture? Adverse or favourable?


V.C.Again it is a matter of pure economics. Now people have the power of purchasing. No wonder they are after selections, varieties and qualities. The truth here is to find out the line that separate the producer and consumer. There should be an acceptable and viable correlation in between the producer and consumer.


W.J.We have discontinued many of our subsidies to the farmers as a part of our new economic policy. Do you encourage or discourage this policy?


V.C.No comment. This is a sensitive question to answer.


W.J.There prevails a controversy in filling up of the kole land (Paddy fields) and in the right of its utilization. Do you agree to the statement that the farmers have the right to utilize their land for any productive purposes they prefer to?


V.C.I don't find any controversy in it. If there is no profit in a business, naturally people will keep away from it. The main problem with the paddy cultivation is the acute shortage of a committed farm labour force. Paddy cultivation will never survive unless and until we get sufficient committed farm labour force.


W.J.But a documentary film produced by one of your scientists has claimed that paddy cultivation is highly profitable. How this happen?


V.C.I don't think so. If paddy cultivation is  profitable more people would have entered the paddy fields.


W.J.What is the role of Kerala Agricultural University in the promotion as well as implementation of the state agriculture policies?


V.C.We are no policy formulators. We educate, research and conduct extension activities. What we need is good model farms. We are developing such model farms for the farmers. 


W.J.Politics have become the final force in our society. How far this is applicable to the areas of academics and education?


V.C.Politics is a science. In  its wider dimension it develops people and nation. When it become narrower, it decelerate the total development of people and nation. Because of  its wrong direction and interpretation, simple issues are often made complex and unsolvable. 

W.J.Media comments that  Kerala Agricultural University is undergoing a very critical financial crisis. What actually is the main reason for this?


V.C.Financial crisis is a national reality. The government itself is under the grip of financial crisis. Kerala Agricultural University is a part of the government. So evidently there should be the crisis. I don't believe that the crisis is exclusively for Kerala Agricultural University.


W.J.Do you agree to the criticism that the UGC pay scale implementation and the voluminous ICAR funds blockade are the main reasons for this crisis?
 

V.C.We can not relate the financial crisis of Kerala Agricultural University with the UGC pay scale implementation of its teachers. As far as the teachers of Kerala Agricultural University is concerned, UGC pay scale and its benefits are their right. It is neither a luxury nor anybody's mercy . You may also note the fact that Kerala Agricultural University is the last institution that implemented UGC benefits when compared to others. 


W.J.Kerala; the God's own country is known for its agrarian frame work. What will be the future of this frame work? Stable or shaky?


V.C.I hope that Kerala will go brighter. But we should give more importance to the rural Kerala. That is the real heart of agrarian Kerala.


W.J.In order to integrate an Agricultural Kerala, what specific policies are to be implemented?


V.C.There is no meaning in drafting policies. What we need is group dynamism. We people are all individually excellent. But we are very bad in groups. This disrupts our integration.


W.J.Being a renowned scientist and visionary, definitely you will have some vision about a healthy Agricultural State. Can you explain your vision?


V.C.I have a dream of hope. A dream of Ramarajya where Mahabali is permanently enthroned without the threats of Vamanas.


W.J.Thank you sir. Let your dream come true.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Spirit of the Leader begs for the mercy of KAU !



THE RELEVANCE OF K. KARUNAKARAN HERITAGE MUSEUM
An appeal to the Honourable Vice Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University for establishing a Heritage Museum preserving the legendary Thattil Estate and the Rubber Factory at Kerala Agricultural University.

When K.Karunakaran, the staunch politician died at the age of 92 at Ananthapuri Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on 23 December 2010, a sense of nothingness prevailed all over the State, as never before.  An epitome of allegiance he lived a life worthy emulating to the genre next, wading through amazing events that had stamped indelible political and cultural signature.


It is quite impossible to record the history of Kerala politics without a K.Karunakaran, because he was the one and the only ‘Leader’ and a dignified giant in the political kaleidoscope of Kerala, for his friends and foes coming from the embarrassing multiplicity of political parties in the State.  


Keralite adored him as the ‘Bheeshmacharya’ of the Congress party and ‘Chanakya’ of the Indian Politics who had played a vital pivotal role, dedicating his blood and life for the architecture of a concrete Congress Party and democracy.


Heralding the fights for rights of the labourers, he created a strong parallel thoroughfare of trade unionism, when the thunderbolts of the spring- send tremors in the social and political arena of the State are vigorously active. And when got into the power he could turn out the thunders into hymns for peace and equality via a crash-landing by making use of the bureaucracy at the ‘best’.


Karunakaran entered the political arena of Trichur with a palette and brush in his hand, but soon jumped into activism when the anti-colonial ferment swept the country. He then grew as a trade unionist in the Thattil Estate at Vellanikkara; now under Kerala Agricultural University and inflamed a sense of self-esteem among the laborers. It was indeed praiseworthy to note that Shri. K. Karunakaran had sold the ornaments of his wife Smt. Kalyanikutty Amma for paying wages to the labourers of the Thattil Estate during the strike.


 It was the time when Maoism was sprouting across the nation from the down trodden labyrinths of the State. Though the aim and strategy were the same, both were poles strategically apart. Cold-blooded murders staged along both sides and a lot were locked behind the bars along with Karunakaran. The historic Thattil Estate Murder case which stormed the political Kerala was the event that engineered the invincible leadership within Karunakaran. In this remarkable case known as Thattil Estate John murder case, K. Karunakaran was the ninth accused and Mr. Panicker, State general secretary INTUC and his close associate was the ninth accused.


The first non-communist labour setup was formed at Sitaram Mill Trichur under the unquestionable leadership of Karunakaran, thereafter.  His way of handling the mobs and combats often reminded some of the ‘seemingly illogical’ fights illustrated in Indian classics. Some of his friends who still live at Punkunnam, Trichur still remember his use of ‘guerilla model’ attacks against his enemies after switching off the lights. 


A great visionary and a stubborn herald of developments, K.Karunakaran is fondly remembered by the people of Kerala. If such a quick-witted leader fighter was not here, Kerala would never have a Nedumbassery Airport with sophisticated amenities. When he put forward the idea of an airport with NRI back up, as for anything new, the intellectuals protested the project calling it a ‘rich man’s luxury’. Now we see the average Keralite, the earning member of many family boards and land here, this ‘luxurious terminal’ in search of their daily bread and sustenance.


Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute of Medical Science, Trivandrum also keeps a beloved record of gratefulness towards K.Karunakaran for his countless guidance, services and support on its developmental gallops to the top of the tops among the Medical institutions in the State.


The word ‘development’ first echoed and realized inside the thick forest of Sabarimala for the first time when Karunakaran started his projects installing a KSRTC depot at Pampa and making some of the forest land as the parking space for the mammoth gatherings of the pilgrims. He had an idea of making out a helipad over there but dropped it owing to the opposition from certain Hindu sectors. The Guruvayur Railway line, Punkunnam over bridge, Kayamkulam Power project, a special identity to Kasargodu as the 14th District etc. stand true testimonials of his love and legendary remembrance.


Though a Kannur-born, Karunakaran grew up as the son of Trichur. The City of Sakthan thamburan once again witnessed how a powerful leader would be like. It was here, he acquired the title ‘Leader’ even before he became a prominent figure in politics. 


In 1945 he was elected to Trichur Municipal Council and that was the birth of a political star from the South. Trichur gradually grew with Karunakaran, thenceforth. Mala was a subjugated village in Trichur District until Karunakaran took it as his star domain for contesting in the Assembly elections. Karunakaran was elected to the State Assembly seven times consecutively from Mala. In return, Karunakaran uplifted and face-lifted the Mala Panchayath in all walks of life. He gifted Mala with every modern facility available to stand on its own feet; a KSRTC depot with 24 hr service, Model Poly Technique Institution, Kerala Feeds, Government ITI, Women’s College, Meladur Mill Controls etc are a few of his blessed boons to Mala.


Karunakaran loved Trichur far more than any place, mainly as the abode of his beloved Lord Sree Krishna. After his marriage with his cousin Kalyanikutty Amma, he lived here in the heart of the city, Punkunnam in his small house Murali Mandiram. Murali Mandiram was not only his residence but the party office for his supporters and activists to come and go at any time whether he is in power or not. Kalyanikutty Amma served food for every party worker regardless of their cast or creed, but never credited it to any of her further remembrance. But even years after the demise of that noble woman, the party workers in Trichur fondly remember her motherly affection and care. The mortal remains of Kalyanikutty Amma and Shri. K.Karunakaran was made to immortalize in the yard at Murali Mandiram.


Shri. K.Karunakaran has his renowned title as ‘King-Pin’ but the title was transformed later as the ‘King-Maker’ when he installed Narasimha Rao at the Centre. But paradoxically the same Narasimha Rao had demanded him to quit the Chief Ministers chair, when the protests echoed irresistibly at the centre. But the strange destiny opted the same date i.e. December 23rd for both to leave for heavenly abode.


Considering the historical relevance and political charisma bestowed upon Shri. K. Karunakaran with his cordial involvement in the Thattil Estate and Kerala Agricultural University, it would be a real homage to the leader if a Heritage Museum is constructed in order to perpetuate his legendary memories. The Government of Kerala has already initiated the venture some eight years back. But not realized yet.


The primary action initiated for the construction of the Heritage Museum was taken eight years back by Dr. K.V.Peter, former Honourable Vice Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University.  He had communicated from the office of the Vice Chancellor to the Minister of cultural affairs Shri. A.P. Anilkumar during the year 2005 and demanded an approximate amount of Rs. 10 Lakhs for the execution of the project. In response to the same, the Government of Kerala had informed that the Government was unable to grant funds for the same at that time due the scarcity of funds under the head of accounts allocated for the purpose. 


Accordingly Dr. K.V.Peter, former Honourable Vice Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University had directed the Estate Officer of that period to prepare a detailed proposal for the same and also issued orders to meet the expenditure from the University funds. But nobody had seen taken action in the matter till date. 


Now, considering the favourable political and media climate and the serious involvement of Shri. K. Muraleedharan, MLA and son of the Late Leader Shri. K. Karunakaran, Kerala Agricultural University may take appropriate policy decisions in the matter to pursue further with the government for the speedier execution of the project. Doing so, I hope that the Kerala Agricultural University will be benefitted for its future development and also honoured by the people of Kerala for paying homage to the great leader K. Karunakaran, the political legend of Kerala.
 

Dr. C.T. William