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    Govinda Pillai, veteran Marxist scholar passed away.

    A veteran scholar, orator, writer and publisher P. Govinda Pillai, generally known as PG, passed away yesterday night at Thiruvananthapuram. He was never tired of reading, even in his sick bed he was reading, as he could. The number of collections of books in his house is beyond anybody can imagine. He could authoritatively speak on any topic mainly in the fields of politics, literature and art.

    Though a Marxist and a member of Communist party, he was keeping strong relationships with people of all walks of life. He was even referred as a 'walking Encyclopaedia'. Everybody, irrespective of political connections kept open their ears to hear his words on any serious issues. He was in essence the window of world politics. People of Kerala looked at him to hear about the happenings in other countries.

    He was the editor of Deshabhimani, the mouth piece of CPI(M), from 1964 to 1983. He has published about twenty books, all worth reading and studying. He edited the hundred volumes of EMS's complete works.
    PG was born and brought up at Pulluvazhi, near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. He studied at Pulluvazhi school, Aluva UC College and St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. PG's wife M.J. Rajamma, a retired Professor, is the niece of late M.N.Govindan Nair (Ex-Minister and State Secretary of CPI). His only sister Lakshmikuttyamma is the wife of Late P.K. Vasudevan Nair (Ex-chief Minister of Kerala). PG had been elected to the State Assembly three times.
  • #6329
    yes ,
    it is a great loss to the Indian Marxist family .He is a true legend.A walking Encyclopaedia. P.Govinda Pillaia the true Marxist,never die from our heart.He is not only a member of Communist party but also he is lives in wisdom .

    The G.P the true legend is not die from the heart of Kerala...

    sirash kahn

  • #6334
    I have been amazed by his thirst of knowledge and could only wish that I could read such voraciously. I honestly envy this man for he has read so much! I have always wanted to read far too many books but busy schedules have been my restrictions. When I imagine of his collection of books I am psychedic for I too am a bibliophile who crave for more and more books. I guess I can only be jealous of him and never reach to his magnitude of knowledge. He has been an idol for me whenever reading was the matter and now has become a memory who will last for eternity.

  • #6335
    I heard in a T V program today that once E M S Namboothirippad told about P G:
    " I would have conquered this world if I have read half of what P G read"
    That much great he is in the world of knowledge.

  • #6337
    Govinda Pillai was the former Chief Editor of Deshabhimani. I watched lot of Govinda Pillai programs on Kairali TV. He wrote around 16 books and translated to books to malayalam. He got Janasevana Praveen award from the V. Sambasivan Foundation on 2010. He was a good politician. Also, he was the founding Director of the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT).

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