: A meeting held at Puthur on Wednesday to felicitate writer Sukumar Azhikode on his 85th birthday described him as a sentinel of social values and human rights.
Addressing the meeting, Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby said Prof. Azhikode was totally impartial in his social criticism. “He is not a member of any particular party. His primary loyalty is to ethics. He criticises erring politicians of all hues,” he added.
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said Malayalis keenly listened to Prof. Azhikode's words because they knew that he upheld
truth and justice. “His words sometimes hurt us. But we do not hate him because they are sincere,” he stated.
Socialist Janata (Democratic) leader M.P. Veerendrakumar said even Prof. Azhikode's fiercest critics could not ignore his courage to respond to issues. “At times, I feel that he stoops to undesirable levels on some issues. But the thought vanishes when I realise his importance as society's conscience-keeper. He constantly reminds society of what should not be forgotten. Oratory and writing are as precious to him as his breath. They are infinitely precious to Kerala society too,” Mr. Veerendrakumar added. He recalled Prof. Azhikode's timely intervention in human rights and environmental issues.
“His voice was heard loud and clear in the Plachimada struggle,” he added.