Staff Reporter

Prakash Karat to inaugurate public meeting

KOTTAYAM: The year-long centenary celebrations being organised in connection with the 100th birth anniversary of P. Krishna Pillai, one of the founders of Communist movement in Kerala, will get under way at his ancestral village, Vaikom, on August 19.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat will inaugurate the public meeting at 4 p.m. at the Vaikom boat jetty grounds. CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will preside and Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan will deliver the keynote address.

The inaugural ceremony also marks the launching of a nation-wide agitation declared by the CPI(M) against the `anti-people policies' of the UPA Government.

Left Democratic Front (LDF) Liaison Committee convener Vaikom Viswan will speak on the occasion. The inaugural function will be preceded by a cultural pageantry.

The party will organise a function at Vaikom to honour veteran Communists on August 16.

Minister for Forests Benoy Viswom will inaugurate the seminar on `Traditional Industries and Kerala's Development.' MLA V.N. Vasavan will preside. Sukumar Azhikode, critic, will inaugurate an exhibition, `Sakhaavinte Lokam, 'on P. Krishna Pillai in the evening.