Why I Respect "Leader" K Karunakaran?
Leader K Karunakaran’s official website launched – Click here to go to his web siteAssembly elections in Kerala is nearing and I am planning to write a series of blogs about that. Here is the first one.
I thought it could be appropriate to start this series by writing about a person who I respect a lot. I am talking about K Karunakaran, former Chief Minister of Kerala. This photo was taken in his residence "Kottarathil Sasta", when I went to India last time for my marraige. I know most of you hate him and could be happy if I address Leader as “kalla karunakaran” or “ karunkali karunakaran”.
Let me tell you all why I respect Leader. I started keenly following politics from mid eighties. I have closely observed 4 Chief Ministers (Karuanakaran, E K Nayanar, A K Antony and now Omman Chandy) and seven governments (5 UDF and 2 LDF).
If you ask any Malayali to recollect the major industrial developments that happened in Kerala in the last 10 or 20 years, I am sure he will list the following. The order in which he list will be different but the following will surely be in his list- Nedumbassery airport with people’s participation, Kayakulam Thermal Power Plant, Technopark in Trivandrum,Guruvayoor Rail Line to name few. All these developmental activities were initiated when Karunakaran was the Chief Minister.
He had the vision to see that Information Technology was going to be the “buzz” word in the next century (as early in 1991) and he took steps to start Technopark, immediately after Roa - Manmohan Singh opened up the Indian economy. This was much before Chandrababu Naidu, the then CM of Andrapradesh even thought of Hi-Tech City.
Karunakaran envisioned the building of an international airport with money from Non Resident Indians. He showed to the world that NRI’s are ready to invest in Kerala if government comes up with creative projects. For those who thinks that acquiring land is a big problem in Kerala he was able to acquire around 300 acres of land in Trivandrum for Technopark.
He was the Chief Minister who takes a decision, stick to it and implement it. (Omman Chandy to me comes close to Leader in this aspect) It was unlike E K Nayanar who allowed most of the decisions to be made from AKG Center or like A K Antony who thinks just about his image and does nothing good for the state.
I also feel that Malayalis should always be thankful to him for the steps he took to curb the Naxalite menace in Kerala. Remember that parts of Western India still have naxalite problem, which started through out India in the mid 70s. With an “iron hand” Leader who was then the home minister brought it down. Those people who took law in their hand were dealt with firmly and naxalism died forever in Kerala.
I know politicians can survive only by playing politics and Leader plays a lot of it. Even though I don’t agree with few of the politics he played in recent times, I respect him.
YES, I RESPECT “LEADER” FOR BEING AN ABLE ADMINISTRATOR