Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Why I Respect "Leader" K Karunakaran?

Leader K Karunakaran’s official website launched – Click here to go to his web site

Assembly 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

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. I agree. But the recent trucking with the marxists, the unceremonious (disgraceful) exit and the subsequent return to the home league has done much damage for him personally, the Congress in general and also the UDF. Had he not done that, there is no doubt UDF could easily have come to power this time. But as things stand, their chances of getting another term are very bleak. He should have remembered that after all, party has to be more supreme and not his son and daughter.

April 12, 2006 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some points to be remembered.......
He is mostly using politics for his family benifits.
kerala is not bihar, we can accept murali, but we have seen the dirty politics karunakaran has played to get a seat for pathmaja.

there is no industrial development taken place in kerala state. what ever he has done during his tenure , he had a personnel benifit in it. its heard that his binami's are holding all the land around nedumbassery airport.

what we need is political leaders with a very strong political will.
In the era of globalisation, the main issue and focus in any election should be 'the development'.
parties and Leaders who can offer this should be elected.

April 12, 2006 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what ever makes you happy man!! What else to say!!

April 12, 2006 8:38 AM  
Blogger Jiby said...

i agree with u that Mr.K was an able adminstrator but there is one gaping hole in your arguments for him... the Trivandrum Technopark was founded in 1990 when the LDF was in power and the land was leased to the technopark by the univ of kerala for 99 years. my biggest grouse against Mr.K is during the years 1991-95 when every other state marched ahead in IT field we were unable to attract any investment of consequence...perhaps a man of better futuristic vision like OC rather than an astute politician like Mr.K would have done the trick for our state in those crucial years.

well there was a time ppl respected him for his quick decision making but then senility took over...if u look at the congress today, u see how karunakaran sacrificed the careers of karthikeyan, vayalar ravi, ramesh chennithala, and so many other better politicians in his own camp coz of his overt love for murali...infact Mr.K brought abt his own downfall!

looking forward to more from u.

April 12, 2006 12:16 PM  
Blogger flutteringeyes said...

I have met AK Anthony....my dad is like a "Anthony person"....so yeah....I liked him as a politician when I was a kid. But then...I didn't know anything....and I don't konw anything about politics right now either....specially malayalam politics....so I am not going to ramble about something I dont know.

April 13, 2006 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A retirement age is a good idea for politicians too.
Anil

April 13, 2006 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree and disagree.
K has done a lot of good for kerala, and apart from all those you mentioned there is also the JN Stadium at Kochi which was executed under his leadership. All agreed.

But he is no humble social servant. His story of building a temperature-controlled swimming pool in his official residence with the tax payer's money - all bcz some doc somewhere said that his old tired limbs needed some exercise - is famous !

April 13, 2006 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEAR SONI,

REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE UR INTEREST IN VARIED FIELDS LIKE POLITICS, SPORTS AND SCIENCE, WHILE AGREEING WITH MANY OF YOUR COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS, I LIKE MANY WHO OBSERVE KERALA POLITICS LIKE TO DISAGREE WITH HIS EXTRA EAGERNESS TO PROMOTE HIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HIS SON MURALIDHARAN WHO IS NOT LIKED MANY IN KERALA, I MET HIM AT HIS 9, krishna menon Marg, New Delhi and know his leadership abilities....wish him all the best in health and political fortune and wish u the very best....continue ur interest in varied fields even while there in US....vinod...bhopal......

April 14, 2006 9:17 AM  
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April 14, 2006 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO READ THE CRYPTIC COMMENT 9
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Brijesh, follow the steps to read the COMMENT 9.

1) If not already available, download and install the font "ML-TTKarthika".

2) Copy & paste the garbled characters into MS WORD.

3) Change the text FONT to "ML-TTKarthika".

4) Tan-Ta-Tang!! There is comes the hymn in praise of your "GREAT LEADER, Mr. K. K*********N)

April 14, 2006 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prof. Eachara Warrier (father of the emergency victim Rajan) dies at 86. K. Karunakaran the then CM had to resign following some observations of High Court and Supreme court regarding this case. Prof. Eachara warrier later wrote a book on his traumatic experiences, trying to unravel the truth about his son's murder. The pdf version of this book can be found in the following link (http://www.ahrchk.net/pub/mainfile.php/mof/ ).

So much about the background.. K. Karunakaran resigned in 1977. What else could he do, right.. After all is is "just a politician" and a very "respected leader"..

April 15, 2006 6:34 PM  
Blogger Ajmel said...

Karunakaran was a good CM.
Quick decisions. Shrewd politician. Far-sightedness.

All this is fine.

But when he was out of power, he was the biggest curse for kerala. The biggest reason for the failure of Antony govt is Karunakaran. One reason why Oomen Chandy govt is a working govt is because, Karu is out of the way.

So, Karu is a spoil sport when he is out of the power.

The way he marginalised his followers for his kids is very infamous. Otherwise he would have been the current CM. 'I' group was the strongest in Congress. It was his "makkal rashtreeyam" that spoiled his chances and threw him out of the power.

April 15, 2006 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

read your blogs; they are very good and clearly presents your opinion on common issues in society.
i liked the one titled "Is it really necessary?" very much posted on Nov 2005.

I read about the article on the leader Karunakaran. It is nice that you highlighted the developments initiated by him.
It is my opinion that when we talk about big leaders like him, we can refrain from using tough words like
""kalla karunakaran" or " karunkali karunakaran" even to mention that opposite people will like to say like this.
Since politics is bit sensitive topic, and blogs are open to all, you can take little care in statements on controversial topics.

This is a nice platform, you can use this as a platform for addressing many issues that indian govt faces in terms of administration; improvements that can happen at country level in terms of infrastructure development, eliminating corruption, inculcating basic discipline in govt professional life, improving education etc.

Siva

April 16, 2006 6:26 AM  
Anonymous Shaji Nair said...

I don't agree with Brijesh. Whatever Karunakaran has done was not for the upliftment of Kerala in mind. He had done it all for his own mean interests. Even at this age he wants to cling to the power. All his shrewd and cunning aspects are inherited to his son and daughter. If you walk across Kerala, you will come to know what people think about him. He is one of the least respected human being in Kerala politics.
What happened to Rajan in custody during Emergency? His poor father Professor Warrier died recently .Karunakaran has to suffer. God will not spare him.

April 16, 2006 8:16 PM  
Blogger Vinod/Kakka said...

The main grouse that I have against Karunakaran is that he is very obstinate, and when UDF is in power, and he is not in the driving seat, he stoops to any level to stop the administration. He has an obsession about being in the spotlight always.
That said, he would be a perfect central minister from Kerala: There was the brief stint as Industries minister when he tried to bring a VW factory to Kerala.
He is good for his constituents: Ask people in Mala.
Made too many enemies for his own good. And his greed has no limits.
That way, Vakkom Purushottaman had almost the same characteristics. But he also knew when to stop, and when to retire.

April 17, 2006 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr k karunakaran is a leader in any respect.he had his on views and his own opinions about things and never waited for anyones approval.that sometimes made him less popular.but remember he is the best home minister seen ever in the history of kerala.if it was not the makkal rashtriyam k karunakaran would have been the one of the most respected leader in kerala politics

April 18, 2006 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont judge a book by its cover .things maybe different from what they look like

April 23, 2006 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Rajkrish said...

Regarding Techopark, It was started during the tenure of E.K. Nayanar not K.Karunakaran.

I beg to differ with your views on Karunakaran as a leader pro- development. He's the man who had sabotaged the development of Trivandrum International Airport.

April 24, 2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger clash said...

He is a ruthless Murderer, who worship at guruvayoor every month for all the sins he committed!! Shame On you to Glorify a Monster and a double faced prick like him!

April 26, 2006 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awsome article,

i do agree with all the points you made on behalf of karunakaran he has been the best for kerala as far as devolopment is concerned.

i only got angry on him when he split from the congress, otherwise ok.

and then to "clash", what do u think of yourself , ur calling him murderer, which way can u say that, marxist are there who are cruel and murderer, yeah he might have been brutal but on naxalites.now if u had supported it its not my fault.
before seing someones fault see what you have done.the communist have done more mess in kerala that anyone, they ruined our state and made millions unemployed and made the state the least industrailly devoloped and a big gundaism state

June 04, 2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

anon-I agree with u about people like CLASH. They have a mind set that whatever communist do is good and whatever others do is bad. If he can call Karunakaran a murderer what about EMS then. During his regime a pregnant women was shot and killed by police while participating in anti government protest.I am sure he will justify that killing.

June 05, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger SR said...

Obviously mate ! When you get to sit cozy and pose for photographs with the Great Leader, your respects is bound to grow by leaps and bounds.
Brijesh, if this ever was intended to be a serious declaration of unbridled appreciation towards Mr.K, you spoilt your plot with that photograph. Even with a disasterous opener such as that, you could have infused some credibility into this treatise if you could make an honest case based on an objective evaluation of the Leader's works.

Unfortunately, what greets us looks straight out of the Leader's election pamphlets, what with all those piddly little bogus "developement / progress activities". Really, my friend ? An airport and an IT park and some lip service to developement is all that it takes for you to grant him the certificate of an able ruler ?

No doubt then - if our collective expectations from our administration is so lowly that we get orgasmic with these psuedo-developements efforts, we are getting what we deserve. Let the Tamilians and the Kannadigaas take all the investments home. We have that Airport and the IT Park -right ? (Maybe we can go for a stroll in that park)
Or maybe, its not all that bad. The views you have presented seems , thankfully so, strictly your personal opinion. Which, one assumes, has been reasonably influenced by your photo sessions with the gentleman.
Maybe, the rest of the hoi-polloi would remember him for the-good-things he-could-have-but-never-did. Or, even the notorious, dark handed deeds he did. Really, the climate controlled swimming pools and the unapologetic nepotism are small change. We will never ever know how devious this senile man had been.

December 26, 2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

SR,
Let me tell you one thing- I don’t know him at all. I have met him 2 times and that photo was taken when i met him second time. I have met a lot of other politicians also.

I know there are lot of people who hates him to the core. But I feel that he has done more than what other politicians have done (Omman Chandy in 1 year may have been more efficient than him I will say).

Karunakaran is not the only person to be blamed for poor investment climate n the state. Again in the last 2 decade if you ask any malayali what are the major developments that took place in our state then most of them will be telling about technopark and Nedumbassery airport. I was just highlighting that fact in my post.

Again Naxals were taking law into their own hands and he dealt with them firmly. Who knows if he hasn’t done that we might have naxal problem still.

I was just trying to appreciate the good work done by him. No where in my post I mentioned that all he is doing is great. I was just trying to highlight the good part of his services to Kerala.

December 27, 2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger Bnoop said...

What u said is absolutely correct. Mr k karunakaran is a man with an iron hand . He made a lot of money for his own self and did some good things for the state also .

He would have been treated as the most respected politician of India ,had he not played the family poilitics recently. Here the chanakya missed the game .

April 13, 2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

bnoop,
I fully agree with you. If he hasnt played this kind of politics, he could have been the most respected politician in India now- something very similar to the respect Jyothi Basu has now in Indian politics.

April 19, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Neji Nellickan said...

Well, wonderfully placed. I appreciate. Please be careful in your writing language as this is a fantabolus peice of work.
All the bests.

April 29, 2007 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love karunakanran.. though not all of his decsions.... but still i like him.. coz he is the only one who has done soemthing for kerala...now for ppl who say family politics... lemme ask u wat is now arun.. son of achudandan doing????wat about rahul and priyanka, wat about sonia gandhi... wat about sharad pawar children, Eby george.... the list goes on.... have u found anyone critizing any of these persons...

About Murali and Padmaja... i dont really like murali as i like Leader... but who is the best ever KPCC president???how well KTDC have performed under padmaja...

Pepole critize leader...but think once before u do it... correct him.. but not critize anything and everything...as someoen said this is not Bihar...Bihar to now improved..

If u guys care that much about Kerala... the first thing u should do is take away CITU from kerala... thats the biggest shabam for kerala

June 25, 2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous RAKESH said...

To All who against K.KARUNAKARAN

MY DEAR FRIENDS, MOST OF ALL DEVELOPMENTS WHAT WE HAVE IS JUST BECAUSE OF LEADER SHRI.K.KARUNAKARAN, WHY KOCHI IS BECOMING THE MOST SPOTLIGHTS FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS? ITS BECAUSE OF HIM, THE AIR PORT, JN INT STADIUM AND MUCH MORE CONTRIBUTION FROM SHRI K.K. PLEASE MENTION WHAT OTHER LEADERS CONTRIBUTED TO INDUSTRIAL DEV OF KERALA? ITS JUST 0. K.K HAD A GOOD VISION, OOMEN CHANDY, A.K. AND THEIR GROUP PULLED HIM OFF FM CM POST ON THE GROUND OF FABRICATED SPY CASE. LATER THE COURT FOUND THAT THE CASE WAS JUST A FABRICATED ONE. OOMEN CHANDI, AK WERE ONCE SPLITED AND JOINED HANDS WITH MARXISTS, AND WHEN THEY CAME BACK K.K. WELCOMED THEM IN A DECENT MANNER. HOWMANY GOVTS CAME AFTER RAJAN'S INCIDENT ? IF K.K WAS BEHIND THE INCIDENT, WHY THEY COULDNT PROVE IT? WHAT HAPPEND TO PALM OIL CASE? THE SUPREME COURT ITSELF DECLARED THERE WAS NO CORRUPTION IN IT. IF J.NEHRU CAN MAKE HIS DAUGHTER INDIRA HIS SUCCESSER, INDIRA CAN MAKE RAJIV AND SANJAY HER SUCCESSER, MANI CAN MAKE HIS SON, LALU CAN MAKE RABRI, SONIA, NOW RAHUL GANDHI ( THERE IS A LOT TO MENTION) WHY CANT K.K. ? ITS JUST THE JELOUS OF OOMEN CHANDI AND HIS GROUP. IF K.MURALIDHARAN STAY IN PARTY, THERE WILL BE NO VALUE FOR OOMEN AND HIS GROUP. PLEASE KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND BEFORE ACCUSING SHRI.K.K. WHO STOOD BEHIND WITH THE PARTY EVEN IN ITS BAD TIMES IN EMERGENCY.

December 31, 2007 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear, I agree with your view that Karunakaran was a pro-industry leader than any chief minister Kerala had seen. Also he was an able administrator when he was CM of Kerala, many stories like that je used to work more than 18hours a day and files never get accumulated in his office.

Whereas coming to Technopark and IT field as such, politicians had no role. That is the plain truth.
Marxist/LDF was against the introduction of computers and even traffic lights at road junctions citing that computers take away employment. Congress/UDF was not interested in IT and computers during 1980s because it was in nascent stage and not made money as now. Congress used to crib that the money spent on STPI and technopark should have been put on agricultural cash crops like rubber, cashew etc. and not on computers.

Well, then who gets the credit?
Of course , firstly Manmohan singh for his opening up of the country. It is true that Government of India at that time choose to setup Software Technology parks of India(STPI) in late 1980s. Trivandrun was selected as one of few cities along with Bangalore to be included in the list due to availability of technical manpower and other facilities.

None of the political parties ever gave a damn about this new technopark at that time as nobody knew the rela potential of growth of IT firms then.

Please give the credit of growth to engineers, technical persons in Trivandrum and Kerala as such along with other high ranking officers in Central Government at Delhi who had the vision to set up STPI parks at a time when India was nowhere in IT.

April 27, 2008 8:22 AM  

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