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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Freedom fighter Subramaniya Shenoy passes away

KERALA: Veteran freedom fighter and long-time communist leader N Subramaniya Shenoy, known for his struggle for the poor and leading a simple life, died at a hospital at Payyannur near here this afternoon.

Ninety three-year old Shenoy is survived by his wife, three sons and five daughters.

Born in 1913 at Payyanur, he was attracted to the national movement from his student days, inspired by works of 'Harijan Seva Kendra' run by social reformer Swami Anandatheertha.

His association with Congress grew closer after organising a meeting attended by Jawaharlal Nehru in Payyannur as part of the freedom struggle. He led a students protest march to condemn the death sentence of Bhagat Singh in 1931.

His close association with veteran communist leader A K Gopalan and other socialist visionaries drew him closer to leftist and socialist movements.

He became a founder member of the communist party when it was formed in 1939 and led many struggles for the uplift of agriculture and beedi workers and economically backward people

He led the Morazha Resistance Movement in September 1940 and absconded for 12 years, striving to strengthen the communist movement in Kerala, including in Kochi. When the party split in 1964, he switched to the Marxist faction.

He was elected to the assembly in 1977 and 1980 from the constituency.

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