Award given to K. Raman Pillai for his role in social and political movements
KOCHI: Several social workers and political leaders remembered the services of the late M.P. Manmadhan, well known orator, Sarvodaya leader and educationist.
The occasion was the giving away of the award instituted in memory of the late leader.
The award was conferred on K. Raman Pillai, associated with several social and political movements.
Former Union Minister O. Rajagopal, who delivered the M.P. Manmadhan memorial speech, recalled that M.P. Manmadhan had worked above political considerations and had been entrusted with the task of coordinating with various groups for organising movements in support of the concept of ‘total revolution’ initiated by socialist leader the late Jayaprakash Narayanan.
P. Gopinathan Nair, vice-chairman of Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, who gave away the award, stressed on the need for recognising the virtue of others. He remembered the work undertaken by the late leader for prohibition and the one-man struggle against Emergency.
Kalady Sanskrit University Vice-Cchancellor K.S. Radhakrishnan said it was the involvement of M.P. Manmadhan that warded off a communal clash at Nilackal a few years ago. He recalled that the late leader took up public service as a means to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
K.V. Sadananda Prabhu, patron of the M.P. Manmadhan Memorial Trust, M.D. Jose, president of the trust, K.K. Gopalan, secretary of the trust, T.P.M. Ibrahim Khan, president of Kerala CBSE Schools Management Association, were among those who spoke.