Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Tribute to Leader K Karunakaran – the Politician I Respect the Most

Leader & I; Taken in his residence "Kottarathil Sasta" in 2005
Join FaceBook Page of This Blog Leader K Karunakaran is no more. Leader died at the age of 92. I was very lucky that I got numerous chances to meet with him and know him more. 
I have great respect for leader K Karunakaran. Let me tell you all why I respect Leader. I started keenly following politics from mid eighties. I have closely observed five Chief Ministers (Karuanakaran, E K Nayanar, A K Antony, Omman Chandy and V S Achuthananthan) and eight governments (5 UDF and 3 LDF). If you ask any one from Kerala to recollect the major industrial developments that happened in Kerala in the last 30 years or so, I am sure 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 Rao - 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 think 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. (Ommen 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 or like V.S Achuthananthan who is the weakest Chief Minister Kerala has even seen.
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 and Central 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.
Another important aspect of his leadership is his willingness to defend and support the officials who carry out his orders. When ISRO espionage case was at its peak with every newspaper making up stories after another Leader could have easily put the blame on the police officers like Raman Srivastava and took the political heat out of the allegations. Since he as Chief Minister and Home Minister knew that spy case was the creation of the media and no government official was involved he defended the officials till the end. If it was any other Chief Minister I am sure could have sacrificed the officers to wither the political storm.
Leader & I when I met him in 2007
Congress and UDF owe a lot to Leader for their growth in Kerala. In 1969, Congress has 9 members in the Kerala Assembly with Leader as its Parliamentary leader and with in a decade mainly due to the efforts of Leader could become a leading party in the UDF. The role played by Leader Karunakaran in New Delhi to form a stable government after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated will always be remembered.
For his minority of detractors he is “Kalla Karunakaran” and “Karunkali Karunakaran” or “Morachi Karunakaran”. For those majority who loves him he is one and only “Leader”. I am sure history will rate him as one of the finest administrator and politician India has ever seen who has dedicated his life for the people of Kerala and India
Leaderji – You will Live in Our Minds Forever; May Your Soul Rest in Peace
A documentary about Leader K Karunakaran aired in Doordarshan.
Here is another short documentary of the life of Leader K Karunakaran
 Here is one of the latest interview leader gave
 Part 2   Part 3  Part 4 Part 5
Video giving details of Leader's death.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is no doubt a good obituary. Thanks for sharing.

December 24, 2010 11:35 AM  
Blogger jpk said...

Saluting Leader!
Soniaji and PM visits to pay their last rights! A fitting tribute to the great man..

December 25, 2010 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great that you have omitted his dark side. It for sure doesn't go well in any obituary. selfish interests, corruption, rajan murder etc. Was there a more nepotist leader ever in Indian politics? I doubt!

December 25, 2010 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Manojvarkala said...

As Shashi Tharoor Said, Nedumbassery Intl Airport to be renamed to Karunakaran International

December 26, 2010 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Achu said...

Leader ki Jai

December 27, 2010 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burn in hell, Leader.
At last you will pay for your corruption, and the killing of Rajan, and the Thankamani case etc, etc, etc.
Even Guruvayoorappan will not save you now!

December 29, 2010 6:38 PM  
Anonymous raveemenon. said...

Leaving aside the personal preferences , one cannot but agree that he was the most charismatic and able leader and C.M. kerala has ever seen. His shrewd political skill and decision making capabilities helped Congress make some roots in the state.

If you are in power you would be bound by some controcersial decisions. Rajan case was one among them. Many of our national leaders likle Indira gandhi,Karunanidhi etc has such taints. If you need a leader without any blame. Make a puppet C.M. like many we see.

March 31, 2011 5:20 AM  

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