Veteran chef KR Gouri Amma dies at 101, tributes for
Veteran Communist leader KR Gouri Amma would have turned 102 in a few weeks. On Tuesday, she died in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala due to an age-related illness.
She was the only surviving minister of Kerala’s first Communist government in the late 1950s. At the time, she was Minister of Revenue. She has held several key portfolios – finance, industries, among others – during her rich eight-decade political career on Kerala’s political fronts.
An efficient, strong-willed woman with a spirit of her own is what many leaders describe her as.
KR Gouri Amma spearheaded the landmark Anti-Feudal Land Reform Bill, which eventually became law and paved the way for landless farmers to own land.
As a strong leader, she never hesitated to take a stand against the party majority. His strong will, some say, was crucial to his rise and ultimately became the reason for his expulsion from the party.
Senior leaders from all parties including Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala paid rich tributes today ahead of final rites in his hometown of Alappuzha. native.
Honorable Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan said: Smt. KR Gouri Amma’s efforts to ensure social justice and his contribution to land reform and industrial growth in Kerala will always be remembered. May his soul reach Mukti “: PRO, KeralaRajBhavan (T2 / 2)#GouriAmmapic.twitter.com/GlL4G2PXYC
– Governor of Kerala (@KeralaGovernor) May 11, 2021
“We are talking about the 1940s. Even today, it is extremely difficult to see women move up to the top ranks of a party. But KR Gouri Amma did it thanks to his courage and determination. She has become one of the greatest leaders in the world. the party in Alappuzha, at a time when there was no shortage of male leaders. She came from a well-to-do Ezhava family, and her father was a landlord, influential and names well known regularly with them. But she joined the Communists, inspired by her older brother, and fought for the people, ”MG Radhakrishnan, senior journalist and editor of Asianet News, told NDTV.
After the communist split in the 1960s, Gouri Amma joined the CPI (M), her husband TV Thomas, another great Communist leader, joined the CPI.
It was in 1994 that Gouri Amma was expelled from the CPI (M) for disciplinary reasons.
She later formed the Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi (JSS) and briefly joined the UDF, serving as Minister during AK Antony’s tenure, Oommen Chandy. She and the JSS then left the UDF to return to the LDF fold.
“KR Gouri Amma’s rise to power in the party coincided with the time when women were fighting for positions of influence in Kerala. She was also a practicing lawyer. The party that had ousted her on alleged disciplinary grounds years later also coincided with the times. as the patriarchy raised its fangs again in Kerala. Its popularity in the base can be understood from a slogan: “In the land of coconuts, Gouri Amma will rule (translated from Malayalam)”. But the leaders never allowed that to happen, ”BRP Bhaskar, a political commentator, told NDTV.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan remembers her as a “courageous fighter”. “Com. KR Gauri was a courageous fighter, who dedicated her life to ending exploitation, to building an egalitarian society. She made fundamental contributions to building the communist movement and as an administrator. showing respect, by committing to build a more progressive society. Rouge Salut, ”he said.
KR Gouri Amma “is one of those who laid the foundations for modern Kerala,” Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said. “I have known her since the days when I was not even an MP. She defended human rights, she defended what was right,” he explained.
“KR Gouri Amma is among the top leaders in Kerala. She has been at the forefront of several social reforms, which Kerala will never forget,” opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala told NDTV.