Veteran Communist and journalist Berlin Kunhananthan Nair, 96, who was a repository of data about Marxist historical past of Kerala, died at his ancestral home at Narath right here on Monday night.
Mr. Nair, who held the uncommon distinction of getting attended the primary Communist Occasion of India (CPI) occasion congress, was additionally political secretary to former Chief Minister E.M.S Namboodiripad. He was a correspondent of Indian Communist newspapers in addition to the European correspondent of Blitz in Berlin from 1965 to 1982, therefore his pen title.
A staunch supporter of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as soon as, Mr. Nair, nonetheless, stood with veteran Communist Occasion of India (Marxist) chief V.S. Achuthanandan in the course of the factional tussle between the leaders. He had critiqued Mr. Vijayan after the killing of Revolutionary Marxist Occasion founder chief T.P. Chandrasekharan.
In 2005, Mr. Nair was ousted from the CPI(M) for his public utterances in opposition to the occasion.
The eclipse of Mr. Achuthanandan within the CPI(M) State unit noticed Mr. Nair as soon as once more turning into a celebration member in 2015 and later hailing Mr. Vijayan as the perfect Chief Minister. He had additionally gifted 4 cents of prime land at Mayyil in Kannur and his private library to the party-controlled Patyam Gopalan Research and Analysis Centre.
Born to Okay. Ananthan Nair and Sridevi Amma on November 26, 1926 Mr. Nair, on the age of 12, turned the secretary of Bala Bharat Sangam, which was the primary type of the Balasangam, shaped in 1938 in Kalyasseri.
Whereas finding out at Chirakkal Rajas College, he turned energetic within the nationwide motion and the CPI by the Balasangam. He joined the Communist Occasion in 1939 and was imprisoned in reference to the Morazha incident in September 1940.
In 1943, he turned a delegate to the primary State convention of the CPI. He was the youngest consultant on the first occasion congress held at Bombay. Throughout 1945-46, he clandestinely labored for the occasion there. He was assigned for occasion actions in Calcutta in 1948 and the assigned to the Delhi central committee workplace from 1953 to 1958.
He had additionally labored with one of many founding members of the CPI(M) A.Okay. Gopalan and former Chief Minister E.Okay. Nayanar
When the Communist Occasion break up, he stood with the CPI(M). Mr. Nair, in 1958, went to the USSR and graduated from the Occasion College in Marxism-Leninism and Political Philosophy. In 1959, he attended the congress of the Communist Occasion of the Soviet Union.
He additionally wrote in New Age, Desabhimani, Nava Yugam, Nava Jeevan and Jana Yugam newspapers. His work handled many worldwide subversions makes an attempt by the CIA, the American spy company.
He has acquired many honours and awards, together with the Star of Worldwide Friendship from the then East German authorities. He’s survived by his spouse, Saraswathi Amma, and daughter Usha.