Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: An exhibition organised by the Public Relations Department at Fort Maidan, Palakkad, shows that the major achievements made by the State in the socio-economic and cultural fields as well as uplift of the backward sections of society during the past 50 years were the fulfilment of some of Mahatma Gandhi's dreams.

The portrait of K.R. Narayanan, the first citizen of the country from the most backward section of society, has been put up prominently at the exhibition.

Now Justice K.G. Balakrishnan who has become the Chief Justice of Supreme Court from a backward community brings laurels to Kerala. The achievements of Kerala in the uplift of the Dalits were the dreams of Gandhiji.

The exhibition also highlights the achievements of Malayalis like Vijay Nambiar, the Chief of Staff, United Nations, and Sashi Tharoor, United Nation Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. Also pictures of sportspersons like I.M. Vijayan, P.T. Usha, Anju Bobby George, M.D. Valsamma, K.M. Beena Mol as well as noted writers, literary figures, film personalities figure in the exhibition.

It also showcases a portrait of Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan of Palakkad, who entered the Guinness Book of World Records by playing the mridamgam for 101 hours at a stretch.


The pictures of prominent writers who won the Jnanpeeth and Ezhuthachan awards like Thakazhi Shivasankara Pillai, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, among others, have been displayed at the exhibition.

The pictures of the first Chief Minister of Kerala from Palakkad, E.M.S. Namboodiripad, two others Chief Ministers from the district, E.K. Nayanar and V.S. Achuthanandan, are the other highlights of the picture exhibition.

The show also has on display the picture of M.N. Govindan Nair, the architect of `Laksham Veedu' housing scheme in Kerala.

He had been the secretary of the Communist Party when it came to power through ballot for the first time in the world.

The pictures of K.R. Gouri, who brought the land reforms Bill and Prof. Joseph Mundassery, who brought out a revolution in the education sector in Kerala, have been put up.

Pictures and details of the latest achievements of the PSLV launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its chairman Madhavan Nair also find a prominent place in the exhibition.