Thengamam Balakrishnan passes away

Published: 04th July 2013 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2013 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

Veteran CPI leader and former MLA Thengamam Balakrishnan died here on Wednesday. He was 86.  He suffered a cardiac arrest in his house at Kadappakkada on Wednesday and though he was rushed to a city hospital he was pronounced brought dead.

 A Communist to the core, Thengamam was former chief editor of Janayugam, the party mouthpiece then published from Kollam.

 Even in his old age, Thengamam, as he is fondly known, was an active presence in the social and cultural spheres in the district. Though he had kept away from mainstream politics, he was an active member and patron of various cultural and charitable organisations. He has also gained recognition as a profound orator and columnist.

 He was born as the eldest son of Madhavan and Naniamma of Thengamam on April 1, 1927. Influenced by the freedom movement and national leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Thengamam began his public life through erstwhile Students Federation. Even during the student life, he was arrested and suffered police brutality for his public activism.  This April, on the occasion of his 86th birthday, Thengamam chose a destitute home in the district to celebrate the event.

 He had served as member of Kerala Public  Service Commission, vice-president of Kerala Grandhasala Sangam and editor of Grandalokam.  He is survived by wife Nirmala, son Sony B Thengamam (State Information Commissioner),  daughters Kareena (Press Information Bureau) and Kavitha (HLL).

Cremation Today

The body will be kept in the Kadappakkada Sports Club at 12 noon and at the MN Smarakam (CPI district headquarters) at 2 pm on Thursday for the public to pay homage. The cremation will be held at Polayathode crematorium on Thursday at 4pm.


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.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp