THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Communist leader and ideologue P Govinda Pillai released a book on the life of Devaki Warrier in connection with the celebration of her birth anniversary at a function held at the Students’ Centre, PMG Junction on Sunday.
The book, titled, ‘Idaratha Ichashakthi’, is a compilation of memoirs written by those who have known and have worked with Devaki Warrier, the founder president of Kerala Working Women’s Association.
A pioneer in women’s empowerment activities, Warrier also carved a her niche in politics as the leader of the CPM-backed All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) in the latter half of the last century.
The book, which throws light on Warrier’s life as an activist and an endearing person, was handed over to her contemporary Lalitha Sadasivan. B Rajalakshmy has edited the compilation.
The Devaki Warrier Memorial, which functions in Chalakuzhi Road, runs a host of charity services based on the message the dedicated leader left behind through her selfless service, said K K Shailaja, State Secretary, AIDWA.
Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Mayor K Chandrika released a souvenir, ‘Devaki Warrier Ormakalilude’, on the occasion. She pointed out that Warrier commanded an amazing strength of personality to have ventured into women’s emancipation movement from an orthodox background.
Kumarapuram Santha, who took the plunge into political activism inspired by Devaki Warrier, and who accompanied her all through her life, accepted the first copy of the souvenir. Secretary M P Lalitha Bai introduced the book to the audience.
The Devaki Warrier Memorial Award, instituted this year for the best script penned by college students, was handed over to Poorna G S and K Usha. Devaki Warrier passed away in 2001. The Memorial, in honour of her memory, runs a well-stocked library at its building in Chalakuzhy, apart from providing free food and accommodation to the patients of RCC and Sree Chitra Medical centre.