'One of the pioneers of Communist and Socialist Movements in the State'
Glowing tributes were paid to late P. Jeevanandham, popularly known as Jeeva, one of the pioneers of the Communist and Socialist Movements in the State, on his 48th death anniversary in the city on Wednesday. Late Jeeva was also a litterateur and a social reformer.
Led by P. Durairaj, deputy secretary of the city unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI), a large number of party cadre, paid floral tributes to the portrait of the late leader at Puthur. M. Selvaraj, State Committee member of the CPI, T. Indiraji, district secretary of the party, K. Suresh, city secretary, also paid their respects to the late leader.
Mr. Selvaraj said that late Jeeva was not only a socio-political leader, but was also a cultural theoretician, an excellent orator, journalist and critic; and more than anything else, a relentless fighter for the deprived. His contributions to the cause of the working class, fishermen and the depressed communities elevated him to the national platform.
Late Jeeva, as MLA from 1952 – 57, vociferously fought for making Tamil as official language in the State and also in the judiciary.
He played a crucial role in bringing about the introduction of Tamil as a medium of instruction in educational institutions.
He was the founder of ‘Janasakthi' weekly (at present daily), the mouthpiece of the CPI and served as its editor for a long time.
Mr. Selvaraj said that Jeeva had a clean record in public life and was held in high esteem by all sections of society. He was a role model for all politicians.
Mr. Suresh said that it was during his editorship, Janasakthi daringly brought out the details of the government employees' strike of 1947 and also the World War II , which was commended by one and all.
Members of the various wings of the party and AITUC and its affiliated unions were present.
Similar floral tributes were paid by the party cadre in 15 centres in the city, including General Bazar, Thennur High Road, Pandamangalam, Salai Road, Kora street, Madurai road, Sembattu etc.
The party had organised programmes to pay tributes to Jeeva throughout the district today.
"Late leader was also a cultural theoretician"