Govinda Pillai CPI (M) Leader Passes away

Published on: 24 Nov, 2012
Published under: Politics News Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram District News

23 Nov 2012
Thiruvanantha puram

Govinda Pillai, popularly known as ‘PG,’ was in many senses a moving encyclopaedia and one who used that knowledge to build the progressive temper of Kerala society with his extensive writings, lectures and study classes besides a long career in journalism. He breathed his last after battling age-related ailments for the past one year. His body was cremated with official honours here on Friday evening.P. Govinda Pillai, widely described as an organic intellectual in the Gramscian mould, died at a private hospital here late on Thursday night. He was 86.

Standing alongside the late Marxist theoretician and statesman E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Mr. Pillai fought many an ideological battle in Kerala and played a major role in taking Marxist thought to the common people. His was a journey from asceticism to revolutionary fervour and he carried with him the critical edge to the very end of his life.

Books were his companions. He would forget the physical world once he entered the firmament of books. Namboodiripad said of him: “If I had read as much as PG did, I would have conquered the world.”


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