A confidant of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, a dedicated ideologue and a outstanding determine within the CPI(M)’s Kannur foyer, M V Govindan “Master” was chosen on Sunday to head the get together’s Kerala state unit.
The 69-year-old Govindan, a three-time MLA, is the second-in-command within the Vijayan authorities and handles the departments of native self-government and excise. He succeeds Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who voluntarily stepped down due to poor well being.
By selecting Govindan, the CPI(M) has caught to the three-decade-old custom of selecting its state secretary from Kannur. Since 1992, all CPI(M) state secretaries have been from the get together citadel. The appointment signifies that the CPI(M) bypassed Politburo members M A Baby and A Vijayaraghavan.
Govindan is known as “Master” as a result of he was as soon as a bodily schooling trainer. In Kannur, Govindan headed a “red volunteer” drive for a number of years earlier than he give up the playground to embrace full-time politics. He, nonetheless, stays a trainer for the CPI(M) cadre and teaches Marxism in get together lecture rooms. At current, he is answerable for the EMS Academy, a research and analysis centre in Thiruvananthapuram that the CPI(M) state committee established for its cadre in 2001.
Last 12 months, Govindan’s interpretation of the Marxist idea of dialectical materialism triggered a debate. The CPI(M) chief mentioned dialectical materialism was not sensible in India because the mindset of a majority of individuals was nonetheless feudalistic and society was not even prepared to just accept materialism.
Govindan is recognized for his disaster administration abilities. In 2012, he was tasked with heading the CPI(M) Ernakulam district committee when it received embroiled in factionalism and scandals.
Rise up the ranks
The new Kerala state secretary was born within the village of Morazha in Kannur, which has been a web site of the agrarian motion in north Kerala and the battle in opposition to British imperialism within the Nineteen Forties.
Govindan joined the Communist motion by way of Balasangam, the get together wing for youngsters, and have become a district chief of the Kerala State Youth Federation, which was rebranded in 1980 on the nationwide stage because the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the CPI(M)’s youth wing. He was one of many members of the preparatory committee of the DYFI and later grew to become the primary state president of that youth outfit.
Govindan rose up the CPI(M)’s ranks, working in numerous roles in get together lecture rooms, Media, and the peasant motion. In 1982, he grew to become the CPI(M)’s taluk secretary in Kasaragod, which was then a part of Kannur district. In 2002, he grew to become the get together’s district secretary, a submit he held for six years. Govindan, who has additionally served because the chief editor of the get together’s mouthpiece Deshabhimani, grew to become a member of the CPI(M) central committee in 2018.
Govindan has additionally been actively concerned in organising farm employees and combating for his or her rights. At current, he serves because the state president of the get together’s farm employees union, the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union.