Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac's stint at Maharaja's College was an eventful one. He was a brilliant student and an activist of the students' movement. The bygone days were an age of innocence, he said at a reception held at the college. He recalled the commitment of fellow activists and said they were ready to die for one another.

M.K. Sanu, litterateur and former Professor of the college, recalled that Mr. Isaac had faced police action. The Professor had a word of praise for M.M. Monayi, MLA, a former student of the college, who was also honoured on the occasion. Mr. Monayi had refused to entertain his party workers' demand to field the namesake of his main rival, P.P. Thankachan, a practice adopted by many a contestant in elections.