THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A true Communist always stays ahead of the curve, keeping abreast of the latest know-how to up his battle to transform the world for the better. At 93, veteran Communist apparatchik V S Achuthanandan is a living legend.The oldest living Indian Communist leader, Achuthanandan has now taken to learning Hindi.
A decade ago, VS had familiarised himself with the online world. Even amidst his packed itinerary as chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission, VS actually finds time to take regular Hindi classes at the Kowdiar House, his official residence. A college teacher drops in on evenings to impart the lessons for an hour, on days he is free.
Achuthanandan started learning Hindi in his free time almost two years ago; it has been only one year since the regular classes started. The nonagenarian leader is reportedly a keen student. Learning Hindi would definitely be an added advantage for him to communicate with party colleagues and well-wishers from across the country, especially during his Delhi visits.
However, sources close to VS say there are no political reasons behind the veteran leader’s newfound love for the national language. “If he comes across anything new and useful that helps him keep updated, VS tries a hand. Being a national leader, he must have felt the need to have a better grip over the language to facilitate easier communication with leaders from across the country,” said a source.