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Chandrachoodan third Keralite to lead RSP

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T.J. Chandrachoodan
T.J. Chandrachoodan

C. Gouridasan Nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: T.J. Chandrachoodan, who was elected general secretary of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) at the party’s national conference in Delhi on Sunday, is the third Keralite to rise to that position from the State during the 68 years of the party’s existence. The others to hold the position were the late Baby John and the former Minister K. Pankajakshan.

His elevation should be doubly sweet for Prof. Chandrachoodan as he was defeated in the election to the post of RSP State secretary last month and in the Assembly election in May 2006, both of which his supporters see as the fallout of his outspokenness and his uncompromising stand on diverse issues.

Prof. Chandrachoodan, born on April 20, 1940, just a month after the establishment of the RSP, proved his academic brilliance securing first rank in both his BA and MA examinations. An active worker of the RSP’s student movement, he joined Kaumudi, the weekly journal that used to be edited and published by the legendary K. Balakrishnan, who was known for his oratorical skills as also his firebrand journalistic style.

He took up employment as a college lecturer in 1969 and continued in the teaching profession till 1987. He became a member of the RSP State secretariat in 1975 and the Central secretariat of the party in 1990. Prof. Chandrachoodan was elected State secretary of the party in 1999 when the veteran RSP leader K. Pankajakshan vacated the post to become national general secretary. He had contested in the Assembly elections three times, but was unsuccessful.

He is the author of four books, the latest on the contemporary relevance of Marxism. Prof. Chandrachoodan had played a key role in the UPA-Left Coordination Committee on the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal and was the first to come up with a detailed note bringing out the implications of the deal.

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