Kozhikode: Rich tributes were paid to the late P.J. Joseph Kynadi, one of the first farmers to settle in Malabar and former Kerala Congress(M) general secretary, at a function organised to mark his first death anniversary here on Wednesday.
The memorial meeting was organised by the P.J. Joseph Kynadi Anusmarana Samiti.
In his inaugural address, Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani said the luminous personality of Kynadi still glowed in the hearts of everyone. The demise of Kynadi was also a personal loss to him, he said.
None paralleled him in the party to take up issues concerning the agriculture sector. His candid remarks often brought respects from various quarters rather than making enemies, Mr. Mani said.
Mr. Mani also inaugurated a charitable trust, P.J. Joseph Kynadi Memorial Trust, aimed at the growth of the agriculture sector in the region. The trust has already acquired a 50-cent land here for starting a training institute and research activities in collaboration with Central agencies.
Presiding over the meeting, Guvuvayur Devaswom Board chairman and former Kozhikode Mayor Thottathil Raveendran spoke of the prominent planter who had developed a friendship with people from all walks of life. More than a politician Kynadi was an agriculturist. He was never tired of speaking on the subject and he spoke like a scientist on which crop to cultivate, at what time of the year and what yield each received.
His knowledge of agriculture won him friends even from rival political groups. The late Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader C.P. Balan Vaidyar, also an ardent farmer at heart, used to interact with Kynadi frequently, Mr. Raveendran said.
The former Mayor said he had associated with him for three decades.
“That friendship made him even solicit votes for me, a Left Democratic Front nominee, though he was with the Congress-led United Democratic Front camp,” Mr. Raveendran said.
Indian Union Muslim League leader M.K. Muneer said the style of functioning of Kynadi had amazed him. He led from the front during election campaigns. It was his simplicity that cemented the bond among his friends, he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party national council member P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, Congress leader P. Sankaran, script writer T. Damodaran and Kerala Congress (M) State secretariat member P.A. Jayaprakash spoke.