Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan born in a poor  toddy tapper’s family in Kannur on 21st March 1944, to Mundayil Koran and  Kalyani. He had to undergo a lot of poverty striken childhood. After passing out of school, he worked asa hand loom weaver for one year before joining for Pre – University course in the Government Brennen College, Thalassery. Later he completed degree cource from there.

Vijayan became an active worker of students movements and participated in various struggles. He also worked as the State President and Secretary of Kerala Students Fedaration (KSF) and State President of Kerala Socialist Youth Federation (KSYF). He played a key role in protecting the organisation from the clutches of Naxalities ideology. Became a member of CPI (M) Kannur District Committee at the age of 24, and District Secretariat at the age of 28. He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly four times, in 1970,1977,1991 and 1996.

Pinarayi Vijayan became the Minister for Electricity and Co-operation in the E. K. Nayanar Ministry in 1996. Earning a name as an efficient administrator, the state witnessed a giant leap in the electricity generation and distribution capacities due to the productive measures taken by him. His positive interventions in the co-operative sector were also path breaking. Following the death of State Secretary Chadayan Govindan, Pinarayi submitted resignation as Minister to become the State Secretary of CPI (M) in 1998. He was elected to the Central Committee and Polit Bureau of CPI (M) in the 16th Party Congress held in Kolkatha.

Com. Pinarayi had to endure severe physical torture during his Party life. Vijayan, who became an MLA in 1970 at the age of 26, was taken into illegal custody by the police during the Emergency. He was tortured by the Policemen who took turns in beating him. No amount of violence could break his spirit and will to resist. After his release, he came to the Assembly and made an impassionate speech holding up the blood – stained shirt he wore during the assault against him in the police lock- up. His speech attacking the Home Minister K. Karunakaran is a glorious chapter in the legislative papers.

When Pinarayi was deputed to become the CPI (M) Secretary in Thalassery in 1967, at the age of 23, the whole region was under the constant attack of armed criminals of the Jansangh and RSS. The goondas brought in by the private beedi mill owners in Mangalore unleashed a region of terror in Thalassery, against the Dinesh Beedi co – operative society and the people. Com. Pinarayi was in the forefront of the resistance of the people against the criminals.

The Political opponents of Pinarayi have tried to murder him several times. When the Central Government offered him high class security due to the high degree of threat against his life, he politely refused to accept it. His political adversaries who engaged hired hoodlums to shoot him during the train journey from Chandigrah to Kerala could not succeed due to a last minute change in his travel plans, which led to another fellow comrade; (E. P. Jayarajan) being attacked in the train mistakenly.

Com. Pinarayi Vijayan gave leadership to the two political campaigns which earned reputation as watershed events in Kerala’s recent political history. The first was the Kerala March of 2006 which mobilised the people against the misrule of Congress- led UDF Government. The second was the Nava Kerala March which was held from 2 – 25 February 2009 which saw an unprecedented participation of people in all its meetings and has become a pointer to the future growth of the Communist Movement in the. Pinarayi successfully headed the Party as State Secretary from 1998 to 2015.