A peep into State's long journey

PAYING TRIBUTE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan laying a wreath at the Martyrs' Column in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday to mark the beginning of the golden jubilee celebrations of the EMS Government. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar  

It offers a peep into the beginning of Kerala's long journey on the path of democratic governance and the innovative initiatives take by the first E.M.S. Namboodiripad Government at strengthening democracy and ensuring social equality.

"NavaKerala Nirmithiyude Sancharapathangilekke Oru Ethinottom," the archival exhibition organised in connection with golden jubilee of Kerala's first Government projects the contributions to the State's polity and society.

Organised by the Department of Archives on the premises of the historic old Assembly building on the Secretariat premises, the exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Thursday.

From various bills, letters written by the late E.M.S. Namboodiripad as Chief Minister, gazette notifications, photographs to proclamation of the President on March 23, 1957, to orders ending the functioning of Rajapramukh from November 1, 1956, are on display.

Another notification exhibited is the invitation to swearing in of the Governor, Chief Justice and Judges of the High Court in the Durbar Hall on November 1, 1956. The full text of the speech made by EMS on May 7, 1956 to the motion of address by Governor attracts lot of attention.

The letter from the Chief Engineer to the Secretary PWD (Electricity) on June 13 regarding the formation of KSEB and Decentralisation work order of the Election department figure among the exhibits.

The photographs on display include EMS being sworn in as Chief Minister by the Governor, Ramakrishna Rao, EMS greeting the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on arrival in the capital and EMS with Indira Gandhi.

The portfolios of the council of ministers led by EMS from April 5, 1959 to July 31, 1959, list of the legislators in the first assembly along with the assembly constituencies, the party-wise break up of legislators and details about the sessions and sittings of the Assembly are on display.

Among the various acts displayed in the exhibition, the Kerala Agriculture Relations Act and Kerala Education Act stands out. The letter written by EMS to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission on November 2, 1957 on the Land bill and the first statuettes of the University of Kerala approved on April 30, 1959 are on display.

The photograph of EMS saying goodbye to the Secretariat staff on July 31, 1959 after his Government was dismissed and those of the old Assembly and the new Assembly are among the exhibits.

The front pages of leading Malayalam dailies during this period and photographs of all Chief Ministers are on display.

Those who stepped in to see the exhibition were seen eagerly going through the provisions of the two Acts. Many were seen glancing through the photos of the council of ministers led by EMS and legislators in the first to fifth Assemblies. The exhibition is open till April 10.