Reliving the EMS legacy

The state of Kerala came into existence a decade after the country became independent. Before that, the state remained three separate political entities. 

Published: 14th August 2017 02:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 07:41 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

The state of Kerala came into existence a decade after the country became independent. Before that, the state remained three separate political entities.Freedom and democracy had not taken roots in society then. 

All the regions were fertile breeding grounds for religious and casteist thinking and engendered barbaric rituals and customs. From the evils of feudalism, Kerala has come a long way and is celebrating its diamond jubilee.

Unified Kerala was the result of several agitations in various sectors. Protests spearheaded by Renaissance leaders, progressive movements and Communist parties have been etched in history. Unified Kerala whipped up a socio-cultural cultural among Malayalees. When Communist parties assumed power in 1957, forming the first elected government, it opened new possibilities for the state’s progress.

The party’s grassroots connect with the people during the two decades helped it to come to power. The foremost priority of the EMS Government, which assumed office on April 5, 1957, was addressing social issues. The government took a slew of administrative and legal steps in this regard.
On the sixth day, the new government brought an ordinance banning eviction of tenants by feudal lords. Kerala Education Act was also enacted. Several legislations for the betterment of people’s lives were enacted during the tenure of E M S Namboodiripad.Many laws enacted by the government put Kerala on the growth trajectory.

Land reforms and quality education ensured inclusive growth. The successive Congress governments diluted the spirit of the Land Reforms Act and the Education Act. For example,  the abolishing of Section 11 of the Education Act resulted in bribery in appointments to educational institutions.
It is amusing to think of the changes Kerala would have undergone if the EMS Government was allowed to complete its term.

Administrative Reforms Commission chairperson

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.