THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday inaugurated the new headquarters of Deshabhimani, the CPI(M) organ, in the presence of a galaxy of luminaries from different walks of life.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Karat said it was heartening to note that Deshabhimani had become a major newspaper in Malayalam and the voice of the working people of Kerala.
The paper had passed through harsh times to reach its present stature. Under the British Rule, the paper was subjected to repression, but every attempt to ban it had only enabled the Communists raise more fund to revive and sustain it, he pointed out.
Mr. Karat said the paper's strength was its roots among the people and its role in the anti-imperialist and working class struggles besides its efforts to express the aspirations of the people of Kerala.
Switching on the new printing machine installed on the new premises, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the paper had scaled great heights after being launched as a weekly way back in 1942.
Chairing the meeting, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said Deshabhimani was the voice of the oppressed and the underprivileged and a frontline campaigner for the toiling masses.
Offering felicitations, actor Mohanlal said the way Deshabhimani articulated issues had special significance in Kerala society.
Others present on the occasion and offered felicitations included CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan, poet O.N.V. Kurup, Revolutionary Socialist Party general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan, Devaswom Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally, LDF convener Vaikom Viswan, actor Mukesh, Malayala Manorama editorial director Thomas Jacob, Kerala Kaumudi chief editor M.S. Mony, Madhyamom editor O. Abdurahiman, State Planning Board vice-chairman Prabhat Patnaik, Ministers M.A. Baby, P.K. Sreemathy, M. Vijayakumar and G. Sudhakaran, Indian Union Muslim League leader K.N.A. Khader and Bharatiya Janata Party leader B.K. Sekhar. Deshabhimani general manager and CPI(M) Central committee member E.P. Jayarajan welcomed the gathering. Deshabhimani chief editor V.V. Dakshinamoorthy released a special supplement.