E.P. Gopalan is dead

PALAKKAD, NOV. 1. The veteran freedom fighter and Communist leader, Mr. E.P. Gopalan, (90), died at a private hospital at Pattambi here today afternoon.

Mr. Gopalan, a fire-brand Communist leader, was born in 1912 at Mannayankode of Pattambi in the Perinthalmanna taluk. He came to politics as a follower of the late M.P. Govinda Menon, a Congress leader. He was arrested in 1930 for picketing Kallayi toddy shop. He was the Vallauvanad taluk secretary of the Congress. He was beaten up and arrested on January 26, 1930 for hoisting black flag at Palakkad Fort Maidan.

In 1935, he became the secretary of the South Malabar Congress Committee. He was arrested for his anti-war speeches and jailed at Bellary in 1941 till 1945.

During the Calcutta thesis of the Communist Party of India, he went underground only to come into open in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the Malabar District Board from Pattambi. In 1957 and 1977 he was elected to the Kerala Assembly from Pattambi. In 1960, he was elected to the Assembly from Perinthalmanna.

After the split in the Communist Party of India, he remained with the CPI. In 1969, he was chairman of the Kerala State Agro Industries Corporation.

His body is kept at the E.P. Shadabdi Building at Pattambi and the cremation will take place on Friday at his house compound. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Padmavathy, two sons and two daughters.


The CPI general secretary, Mr. A.B. Bardhan, and the party State secretary, Mr. Veliyam Bhargavan, condoled the death of Mr. Gopalan.

In a condolence message in Thiruvananthapuram, the CPI general secretary described Mr. Gopalan as an efficient organiser and revolutionary and said Mr. Gopalan's contributions would be remembered for ever.

The CPI State secretary said Mr. Gopalan, one of the founder- leaders of the communist party, had fought for the nation's freedom and the liberation of the working class. Mr. Gopalan had played a prominent role in organising farmers in Malabar and led several struggles against feudal oppression in North Kerala.

Mr. Bhargavan said Mr. Gopalan would be a model for the generations to come and said his death was a loss not just for the communist movement, but to the entire State.

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