P. Govinda Pillai

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P. Govinda Pillai
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Born(1926-05-23)23 May 1926
Pulluvazhi, Perumbavoor, Kerala, India
Died22 November 2012(2012-11-22) (aged 86)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationPolitician

P. Govinda Pillai (23 May 1926 – 22 November 2012) was a veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and ideologue from Kerala, India, and former Chief Editor of Deshabhimani.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Political party in India

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is a communist political party in India that adheres to Marxist–Leninist theory. It is one of the national parties of India. The party emerged from a split from the Communist Party of India in 1964. The CPI(M) was formed at the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of India held in Calcutta from 31 October to 7 November 1964. As of 2018, CPI(M) is leading the state government in Kerala and has representation in the following Legislative assemblies in the states of Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha and Maharashtra. As of 2018, CPI(M) claimed to have 1 million members. The highest body of the party is the Politburo.

Kerala State in southern India

Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-third largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

India Country in South Asia

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Pillai was born on 23 May 1926 in Pulluvazhi, Perumbavoor, the son of Parameswaran Pillai and Parukuttyamma. He graduated with BA Hons. from St.Xaviers', Mumbai. He was elected as a member of Thiru-Kochi Assembly in 1951 and later as a member of the Kerala Assembly 1967–70. He was the Kerala Press Academy Chairman 1981–82. He died on 22 November 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. [1]

Perumbavoor Neighbourhood in Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Perumbavoor is a Historic Place located at Bank of Periyar(Poorna River) in Ernakulam District in the Indian state of Kerala. It lies in the North Eastern tip of the Greater Cochin area and is also the headquarters of Kunnathunad Taluk. Perumbavoor is famed in the state for wood industries and small-scale industries. Ernakulam lies 30 km southwest of Perumbavoor. The town lies between Angamaly and Muvattupuzha on the Main Central Road (MC), which connects Thiruvananthapuram to Angamaly through the old Travancore part of Kerala. Perumbavoor lies in the banks of rivers Periyar and Muvattupuzha.

Thiruvananthapuram Metropolis in Kerala, India

Thiruvananthapuram, commonly known by its former name Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. It is the most populous city in Kerala with a population of 957,730 as of 2011. The encompassing urban agglomeration population is around 1.68 million. Located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland, Thiruvananthapuram is a major Information Technology hub in Kerala and contributes 55% of the state's software exports as of 2016. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", the city is characterised by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills.

Pillai has written and spoken widely on the subject of fine arts and served as the Chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation and also as the founding Director of the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT). [2]

Kerala State Film Development Corporation, is an organization founded by the Government of Kerala, India for promoting the film market in the state. It was founded in 1975, a period when the production of Malayalam films were centered in Madras. KSFDC was formed with an objective of moving the Malayalam film industry from Madras to Kerala. At the time of its inception, it was the first of its kind organization for film development under public sector in India.

Centre for Development of Imaging Technology

The Centre for Development of Imaging Technology(C-Dit) was established by the government of Kerala in 1988 for the advancement of research, development and training in imaging technology. C-DIT has four groups, each specialising in a core area, viz. Communication Group, Technology Group, Education & Training Group and Operations Group. C-DIT functions as a Total Solutions Provider to the departments and agencies under the government of Kerala in the areas of ICT applications and in supply of holography based security products.

A familiar face on Kairali TV, Pillai commented on national and international events. His unfavorable critical remarks about E.M.S. Namboodiripad on various issues have invited fierce backlash from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo. The party saw it as "grave indiscipline" and "publicly censured" him on the issue. However, in 2010, he received the Janasevana Praveen from the V. Sambasivan Foundation. [3]

Kairali TV

Kairali TV is an Indian television channel broadcasting in Malayalam language. The channel, headquartered at Trivandrum, has studio facilities at Trivandrum as well as Kochi. Malayalam Communications Limited is the holding company which is chaired by Malayalam film actor Mammootty. John Brittas is the Managing Director.

Books by P. Govinda Pillai

Translations by P. Govinda Pillai:

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References

  1. "Kerala CPM leader P Govindapillai passes away". The Times of India . 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. "P. Govinda Pillai passes away". Kerala Kaumudi . 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  3. "Sambasivan award for P. Govinda Pillai". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 8 April 2010.