Achutha Menon gave society a direction, says Jayakumar

Pages of histroy:K. Jayakumar, Vice Chancellor, Thunchathu Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, views an exhibition of photographs on former Chief Minister C. Achutha Menon at Town Hall in Kozhikode on Thursday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

Former Chief Minister C. Achutha Menon was a leader who was aware that his actions will be questioned by posterity, Thunchathu Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Vice Chancellor K. Jayakumar has said.

He was inaugurating the C. Achutha Menon Memorial lecture and an exhibition of photographs on the leader here on Thursday.

“He knew that he had become part of history and that every decision of his in a position of power will come under scrutiny by the future generations. He believed that his opportunity as a public servant was to give society a direction,” Mr. Jayakumar said, adding that this was the first of the three factors that distinguished Achutha Menon from other leaders.

Paying tributes to the academic brilliance and vision of Achutha Menon, he said a leader could be assessed by the institutions he gave to society.

“If you try to cheat, you will not even get a mention in the footnote of history,” Mr. Jayakumar said.

The second factor, he pointed out, was Achutha Menon spoke what he thought and did what he spoke. “The essential criterion of a good leader is that there is no clash between your thoughts, words, and actions. He met this criteria, he spoke from his heart and this moved the masses to believe him,” Mr. Jayakumar said.

The third, Mr. Jayakumar said was that the leader was well-versed in every subject — a trait found in good leaders.