Shri.E.K.Nayanar was a wonderful genius politician,One of the leaders of Communist Party of India(Marxist)CPI(M), and the longest serving Chief Minister Of Kerala for a span of eleven years in three
tenures.He was in Office for a total of 4009 days and was Chief Minister from 1980-81, 1987-91 and
Comrade E.K.Nayanar was a humanitarian loved by all people irrespective of political views.He was perhaps the only
politician who had virtually no enemies at all.Political opponents were also having no personal hatred towards
him but they were also his admirers.He was a person having several unparalleled qualities and was unpretentious,unselfish,sanguine who had practical ideologies and one who committed his life for uplifting
the common man and the oppressed sectors.Even though born in a wealthy family he dedicated himself for the
welfare of the downtrodden sectors in the society and earned love and respect of all People of Kerala in
Erambala Krishnan Nayanar was born as the son of Govindan Nambiar in Kalliassery of Kannur District
on 9 Dec 1919.His father believed in the feudal system but Nayanar was interested in populism and socialist
activities.He was highly impressed when a Dalit girl was admitted in the local school with the activities of uncle
K.P.R.Gopalan and others. Nayanar wore the Gandhi cap and entered into National movements as a Student
volunteer without caring the objection from his father.He worked in 'Balasangham'.E.K.Nayanar could start
a library at the native place and named it as Shri.Harshan Library in memorial to Harshan who was tortured to death in Kannur Central Jail for participating in National movements.Nayanar was dropped out of school for
indulging in political activities.He joined the socialist path led by P.Krishna Pillai.
Nayanar joined CPI in 1939.As a youth leader he led the 46 days Aaron Mill Strike by the workers for dismissing thirty workers by the management.He was put in jail for six months for that incident.On September 15 1940 Nayanar was one of the organizers of the Morazha Rally in protest against rising prices.Two police men were killed in the rally and Nayanar went in to hiding for 6 years without knowing that he was not in the accused list.During that period he could work in 'Kerala Kaumudi' Newspaper as a proof reader.
He also organized the Kayyur strike of the peasants and an incident happened that a policeman was stoned and he jumped in the river and drowned.Even though not involved directly he went in to hiding in the forest area of Eleri.
When the Communist party got split Nayanar stood with the CPI(M).
He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1967 and was elected to Kerala Assembly six times.His constituencies
include Malampuzha,Irikkur,Thalasseri etc.
Nayanar was a simple man always and led a simple life.He married School teacher Sarada and they have
two sons and two daughters.Nayanar was an atheist but he allowed freedom to his family to choose their
interests in such matters.The most appealing factor of Nayanar was his ability to speak humorously.During his stirring
speeches also he included witty comments that produced roaring laughter from the audience.He could fill
gusto in to the minds of the workers and give them positive attitude and confidence through his words.
Occasionally some of his comments about certain happenings seemed irritating to some sectors but
everybody knew that he was irreproachable at heart and so ultimately they also used to laugh only.
In 1996 elections he was not a candidate but the Projected Chief Minister candidate V.S.Achuthanandan
failed at Mararikkulam and Nayanar was selected as the Chief Minister.He won in by-election from Thalassery.
Nayanar authored several books including his autobiography in the name 'My Struggle' which he himself
translated into Malayalam as 'Samaratheechoolayil'.Some other works are 'Marxism-Oru Mukhavura' and
Nehru-Gandhi Oru Padhanam etc.
Nayanar was admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) New Delhi, for the advanced treatment
of diabetes after a brief stay at Trivandrum Medical College in 2004 May.His condition became
worse on May 6 because of Kidney and heart failure and was put on life support systems.He succumbed
to death on May 19, 2004.He was 85 years old.
There was uninterrupted flow of people from all sectors of the society at the AKG Centre, and Secretariat
Durbar Hall for having a glimpse of the great leader.There were tremendous crowds in all places up to Kannur when the funeral procession proceeded from Trivandrum.People waited for hours to pay homage
to him in the monsoon rain.It was raining all over Kerala as if the nature was also weeping along with the
people in agony.His funeral was conducted on Payyaram Beach on the night of 21 May 2004 in the
presence of thousands of people by his elder son.He will be ever remembered by all.