THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: N E Balaram was the perfect model for the true Communist. Throughout an eventful life, Balaram nurtured ideas and beliefs that served the progress of society rather than cling to age-old dogmas of caste and religion, M P Achuthan MP said on Friday.
Achuthan was delivering the N E Balaram Commemoration Lecture organised by the N E Balaram Institute of Social Sciences here.
Balaram was a multi-faceted personality who possessed deep scholarship in the Marxist-Leninist ideology as well as Indian philosophy. In his articles and literary works, Balaram had prescribed remedies for very many social ills that plague the society today. He toiled tirelessly for the uplift of the downtrodden, Achuthan said.
A successful polyglot, Balaram tried to learn a particular language so that he could imbibe the essence of that particular culture which the language represented. For instance, he learned Bengali to understand in depth and in its true meanings, the works of Tagore. During his prison days, he taught his fellow prisoner Sanskrit and the latter, in return, offered Bengali.
Speaking on the theme ‘Decentralisation in Kerala’, CPI state executive member Prakash Babu said that the decentralisation process had played a key role in the social development of the state. It ensured increased participation of the public in administration. Decentralisation also saw Kerala emerging as a model for other states, he said.
Thiruvananthapuram Corporation health standing committee chairman G R Anil and Varkala block panchayat president K M Laji were also present.