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Marxist ideologue Govinda Pillai dies at 86

Posted on Nov 23, 04:53PM | UNI

Veteran Marxist ideologue P Govinda Pillai died here tonight following old age illnesses.

He was 86.

Parameswaran Pillai Govinda Pillai or 'PG' as he is fondly known, was born on March 25, 1926 in an upper middle class land-owning family in Pulluvazhi village in Perumbavoor in Kerala's Ernakulam district.

He entered politics through the All India Students Federation, the pro-CPI student organiation.

Pillai was elevated to the CPI state council at the age of 25.

In 1954, party sent him to Delhi to work in the party headquarters.

It was E M S Namboothiripad, then a Poliburo member who handpicked Pillai to assist in his work. He also worked with New Age, the party weekly with which began his life in journalism.

It was during this time that he had closely worked with the legendary Communist, A K Gopalan who was Opposition leader in Lok Sabha.

He was elected as a member of Thiru-Kochi Assembly in 1951 and later as a member of the Kerala Assembly from 1967-70.

In the first ever Communist government of the the country formed under Chief Minister E M S Namboodiripad, Pillai played a stellar role in and outside the legislature in many of the path breaking moves of the government.

He also worked as the editor of Desabhimani, the party mouthpiece.

Pillai was the Kerala Press Academy Chairman from 1981-82.

He 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 founder Director of Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT).