An exhibition showcasing the evolution and growth of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in the country in general and the State in particular got under way at Kadappakada Sports Club Maidan (K.C. PIllai Nagar) here on Wednesday.
The show, organised in connection with the State conference of the CPI being held here from February 7 to 11, was inaugurated by CPI State secretary C.K. Chandrappan.
K.S. Prasannarajan, one of the organisers of the exhibition, says the purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the formation and growth of the CPI, the role of the party in the freedom movement, and the facts behind the split of the CPI in 1964.
The exhibition seeks to show that the CPI was formed at Kanpur on December 26, 1925 at the initiative of a few young patriots inspired by the October Revolution and moved by an urge to free their motherland from colonial rule. It has aspects relating to the launch of the CPI in Kerala during the 1930s, at Parapuram near Pinarayi in today's Kannur district.
Various newspaper cuttings dating backing to the 1930s and 1940s, a brief history of the Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC), the CPI in the news during the freedom struggle and immediately after Independence, and a rare collection of photographs connected with the history of the CPI, both in the State and in the country, are the main attractions of the exhibition.