A Minister’s novel imprints

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C. Gouridasan Nair

T.M. Thomas Isaac’s third book after becoming Minister will be released today.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It is not often that Ministers find time to read up on subjects of their preference or, better still, bring out books that get lapped up almost as soon as they hit the market.

But Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, who has already done a few things to lift the benchmarks of financial administration in the State, appears to have decided that the office that he holds will not shackle the researcher and writer in him.

Dr. Isaac’s third book after assuming office as Minister will be released by CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in Kochi on Monday.

Titled ‘Bhooparishkkaranam: Ini Enth? (Land Reforms: What Next?), the book is a collection of essays and articles, some of them penned earlier, but a few others written in the near past. The book’s immediate context, referred to in Dr. Isaac’s introduction, is the recent controversy over the argument for a second round of land reforms in Kerala.

The 185-page book, being brought out by Chintha Publishers, is divided into three parts. The first part comprises two articles giving the context of the collection of articles and the third puts forth his perspective on the question ‘What Next?’ The first article is kind of an introduction to agrarian relations in Kerala and the second on the agrarian question and the agricultural workers’ movement in Kerala.

In the second part of the book, Dr. Isaac examines how the neo-liberal economic reforms and the global trade pacts have impacted different sectors of Kerala’s agricultural economy.

The third part comprises three case studies which, Dr. Isaac argues, could be considered potential alternatives to the neo-liberal models.

Dr. Isaac’s first book after becoming Minister, on the ‘Liberation Struggle’ that led to the ouster of the first E.M.S. Namboodiripad Government in 1959, is into its second edition.

His second book on local-level initiatives in Kerala that could become the alternatives of tomorrow, titled ‘Maruppachakal Undaavunnath’, was published just two months ago, but its second edition is due for release on September 27 at Kanjikkuzhy in Alappuzha, where it was released.

Nobody who has had anything to do with the department he heads would accuse him of being profligate, but when it comes to matters of the mind, he seems to have chosen to happily face that charge.




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