Published: 19th September 2018
Kerala's slain SFI leader Abhimanyu's memories linger as alumni come together
Sunil P Ilayidom spoke of Abhimanyu and the message left behind and how the communalists are worming their way into campuse
Abhimanyu's words and waves he caused lingered in Ernakulam's Maharaja College campus as the alumni met to offer their respects to his memories. The lines he wrote on the college wall which ultimately led to the events resulting in his death were on the lips of everyone who turned up 'communalism shall be destroyed'. Poems narrating Abhimanyu's life echoed across the campus as the journey down the memory lane began.
"I have met Abhimanyu only once when he came to my house to invite me for a function in the college. He seemed to be a great kid. What happened to him was unfortunate and a result of communalism that found its way into campuses. Politics in campuses is an integral part in shaping up the leaders of tomorrow. Many examples are before us. There should be no violence involved in the political scenario in campuses. It should be healthy. The communal elements will have to be drawn out and it will happen with concentrated efforts from the students' part peacefully rather than from outside forces," said MK Sanu.
He also recalled the incident when Professor TJ Joseph's hand was chopped off by communal forces. He emphasised on the importance of remembering these incidents and guide the society the other way.
Balachandran Chullikad, began his speech referring to the victory celebrations of the left panel after winning JNU elections."They were wearing Abhimanyu's picture on their chest. Abhimanyu's loss is an eternal loss for his parents which can never be soothed. However, this act of the students show that Abhimanyu has become an icon and he will forever live in the minds of people who believe in secular India," he said.
Sunil P Ilayidom spoke of Abhimanyu and the message left behind and how the communalists are worming their way into campuses. Krishnakumar, Principal Maharaja's college was present at the event along with CICC Jayachandran OSA.