THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Writer Kovilan who died on Wednesday was a staunch votary of the labour class during his lifetime. His death is an irreparable loss to cultural Kerala, Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan said. Kovilan was always in the forefront in opposing tendencies against democracy, the Chief Minister said, condoling the writer's death at a postCabinet briefing here.
CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, in a condolence message, remembered the soldierturned writer as one of the early leaders of the progressive literary movement. Kovilan was a storyteller who embraced leftist humanism and possessed an impressively high degree of social perspective, Pinarayi said.
Congress Parliamentary Party deputy leader G.Karthikeyan said in his condolence message that Kovilan was a gifted writer who portrayed the intense conflicts of the army life of a bygone era and the lives of downtrodden societies. Kovilan's works had immensely contributed to transforming a community bogged down by conservatism to one that was progressive and socialist in outlook, RSP general secretary T J Chandrachoodan said.