Nation Current Affairs 23 Mar 2016 We committed excesse ...

We committed excesses: Sethu

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | AMIYA MEETHAL
Published Mar 23, 2016, 6:09 am IST
Updated Mar 23, 2016, 6:09 am IST
Sethu, now living in Malaparambu, says that the public trial had got mass support in Kerala.
Sethu, the Vedi activist, who led the public trial of doctors. (Photo: DC)
 Sethu, the Vedi activist, who led the public trial of doctors. (Photo: DC)

KOZHIKODE: Sethu, the octogenarian, has not spoken to the media about his Naxal  past and cultural activities. Though many  former Naxalites have written autobiographies, he kept himself aloof.  Sethu was entrusted with the task of leading the Janakeeya Samskarika Vedi team in conducting the public trial  of the corrupt MCH doctors here on March 23, 1981 along with A. Soman. 

Though  Soman, who later became a college professor, too was in the lead; Grow Vasu says that Soman was included in the team to ensure that he was part of the trial. “He had already made some communication with the doctors and was of the opinion that the trial may be held back.” he said.

 

Sethu, now living in Malaparambu,  says that the public trial  had got  mass support in Kerala. “In retrospect, I find that  we had committed some  excesses during the incident. Among the doctors we identified, Dr S.K. Ramachandran, the neurosurgeon,  could have been avoided. Though he accepted bribe, he was a rare, brilliant doctor    in those times. And he implored us that he was forced to take bribe as with the meagre  salary then, he could not buy journals and books of a developing branch of medical science,” Sethu said.

 

Another danger of such programmes is that  an organized section can target anybody by means of force. “Though the trial was  party-approved, it doesn’t come as an exact party programme as such because it didn’t support class war. The party was disturbed over the huge mass support we got,” he recalled.

According to Sethu, the Vedi members, including himself, B. Rajeevan, Kaviyur Balan and  K. Rajeevan, left the organization as a fallout of the ‘differences of opinion’ with the party leadership after the public trial. “We were scoffed as philanthropists in the party,” he smiles.

 

The murder of Madathil Mathayi in Wayanad by the party further widened the rift between the Vedi and the party. Looking back, Sethu feels that Marxism is a failed political application and that it could be taken as a conceptual tool only.

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Location: India, Kerala




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