Com. E.K Nayanar

Com. E.K Nayanar

Com. E. K Nayanar started his public life by taking part in the freedom movement at a very young age. He participated in the anti – imperialist struggles and the agitations of peasants and workers in the Malabar region. He became a member of the Communist Party in 1939. Nayanar was an organiser of Balasangham and Students Federation initially. He participated in the Morazha and Kayyur agitations. Nayanar spent 11 years in the underground and 4 years in jails during his glorious life as a People’s leader.

E. K. Nayanar was the Kozhikode District Secretary of Communist Party for 1956 to 1964 and later as CPI (M) district Secretary from 1964 to 1967. Com. Nayanar was one among the 32 comrades who came out of the national council of CPI to form the CPI (M) in 1964. He became CPI (M) Central Committee member in the 7th Party Congress and a member of the Party Polit Bureau in 14th Party Congress in 1992. He was CPI (M) State Secretary from 1972 to 1980 and from 1992 to 1996.

Nayanar was elected to the Lok Sabha from Palakkad in 1967. He was first elected to Assembly in 1974 and for six times subsequently.

Com. Nayanar served as the Chief Minister of Kerala during 1980 – 82, 1987 – 91 and 1996 – 2001, for a period of 11 years, the longest among the Chief Ministers of Kerala. His tenures as Chief Minister saw major gains for the people of Kerala and concerted efforts for the development of the state. Some of the notable  achievements include introduction of old age pension for agricultural workers, starting of ‘Maveli’ fair price shops to provide essential commodities to people, total literacy campaign, decentralisation of powers including People’s Planning etc.

Com. Nayanar has worked as the editor of the party daily Deshabhimani. He has written many books and articles as part of the ideological and political propaganda of the Party