Trivandrum, August 28.
Another big demonstration, second
in three days, was held in Trivandrum today, this time
to support the Kerala Education Bill, now under clause
by clause consideration of the Assembly.
On Tuesday opponents of the Bill demonstrated in the city
demanding the withdrawal of the Bill.
Today’s demonstration was organised by the Trivandrum
District Committee of the Communist Party. Demonstrators
from various parts of the district collected in front
of the Museum in the heart of the city at 5p.m. and marched
a two mile route to converge at a public meeting at Pazhavangadi.
The demonstrators, marching in threes, shouted slogans
like “Pass the Education Bill” “Communist
Party Zindabad” and “Mundassery (Education
Minister) is not alone”.
On their way they placed wreaths at the foot of the Martyrs
Column which was unveiled on the eve of the Independence
Day by President Dr.Rajendra Prasad.
Large crowds had collected on either side of the rout
of the procession which took about half an hour to cross
a particular point.
Police precaution had been taken in the city today also
to prevent any untoward incidents. A strong police force
accompanied the procession. People pickets had been posted
at important junctions on the main road.
Women also participated in the procession.
Workers from factories and State Transport, middle and
low class people, teachers and students were also in the
The public meeting was presided over by Mr.S.Eswara Iyer,
pro-communist independent Member of Parliament.
Leaders, including the general secretary of the State
Communist Party, Mr.M.N.Govindan Nair, T.C. Narayanan
Nambiar, M.L.A., and K.Damodaran also addressed the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Mr.Govindan Nair, declared that
the Education Bill was not against the interests of any
section of the people. The Bill was intended only to safeguard
the interest of teachers. He reminded a large gathering
that changes had been effected in the Bill to allay the
fear of a certain section of the people. He appealed to
all members of the Assembly who belonged to the opposition
Parties to co-operate with the Government to enact the
(The Indian Express dated 29th August 1957.)