So when Kerala reported the first ever case of covid in the country, the health department in the state was well prepared.
The argument that an individual need not accept the award because the effort was collective smacks of hypocrisy, double standards and a patriarchal mindset, felt a leader.
Left commentator NM Pearson observed that the CPM, while taking the decision, should have kept in mind the prevailing political scenario.
The state Congress leadership has taken a guarded stand on endorsing former health minister K K Shailaja rejecting Magsaysay award after “talks” with the CPM leadership.
Left leaders who spoke on the issue have claimed that Magsaysay was a staunch anti-Communist who oversaw the defeat of Communists in the Philippines in the 1950s.
Ex-health minister consulted party leadership after being selected for award, but they decided against her accepting it
With around 18000 medical students having returned from Ukraine, Dr Devi Shetty said they can be accommodated in Indian medical colleges
When asked earlier if his party would consider 50% representation for women in the party’s state committee, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had replied if the question was aimed at destroying the party.
KK Shailaja is credited for her foresight in preparing the state and her ability to communicate the decisions to the public.