Platinum jubilee fete of Travancore State Congress begins

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the State-level celebrations of the year-long platinum jubilee of the Travancore State Congress (TSC) here on Monday. He said that the new generation had a lot to learn on public life, social work from the few freedom fighters who were still alive, imbibing the spirit of sacrifice from them.

Mr. Chandy said public life and social work now were more about power, opportunity and one’s own rights while in the days of the TSC, it was about loss. “It was about the loss of education, of family life and of one’s future. It was also about sacrifice,” he said. The few freedom fighters alive now were the biggest source of confidence and inspiration for the Congress and that the same should be passed on to the new generation.

Pointing out that the TSC had fought simultaneously for the independence of Travancore and against the ‘atrocities’ of the Dewan regime, Mr. Chandy said the suppression of those days was unimaginable. Former minister and Communist Party of India (CPI) leader C. Divakaran said the CPI had always cooperated with the Congress in the interests of the State.