Sree Narayana Guru’s fight against untouchability and inequality resulted in the growth of Communist and Left movements in the State, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has said.
Delivering the V.G. Sukumaran memorial speech, as part of the centenary celebrations of the Sree Visweswara temple founded by the Guru at Yakkara here on Monday, Mr. Ravi said the Guru was the first social reformer who called for the unity and co-existence of the people irrespective of caste and creed.
These ideals brought about revolutionary social changes in the State, he said adding that the social reform movements brought about political changes.
The Guru’s fight against inequality awakened the masses who took up fight forward by joining hands with Left and progressive forces. This helped in the Communist movement emerging in the State as a strong force, Mr. Ravi said.
The teaching of the Guru was more relevant now as certain forces were trying to divide the people on the basis of religion and caste for narrow political gains.
Such activities were against the Guru’s teachings and negated his fight for social justice and equality, he said.
The late V.G. Sukumaran, who was president of the SNDP Yogam and a social reformer, was a close associate of Sree Narayana Guru.
He was also a leader of the farmers who tried to bring modernisation to the agriculture sector in the State, Mr. Ravi said.
In his presidential address M.B. Rajesh, MP, said the Communist and Left movements could not grow in other parts of the country where no social reform movements or social reformers such as the Guru were involved in society.
So, the early Kerala society got transformed because of the fight against inequality led by great reformers, Mr. Rajesh said. V.G. Sukumaran had fought for the rights of farmers and worked for the modernisation of the agriculture sector, he added.
The meeting was addressed by C.M. Mohammed, K. Achuthan, M. Chandran, Shafi Parambil, all MLAs; V.S. Vijayaraghavan, former MP; and District Congress Committee president C.V. Balachandran.
Says Guru was the first social reformer who called for the unity and co-existence of the people irrespective of caste and creed.