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Kerala's legendary Communist leader KR Gouri Amma passes away

KR Gouri, who was the revenue minister in EMS Namboodiripad ministry, is credited with playing a key role in bringing the revolutionary Agrarian Relations Bill

May 11, 2021 / 01:36 PM IST
Considered to be among the most powerful women leaders in Kerala, Gouri Amma, as she was fondly called, was the lone surviving member of the first Kerala legislative assembly

Considered to be among the most powerful women leaders in Kerala, Gouri Amma, as she was fondly called, was the lone surviving member of the first Kerala legislative assembly

Kerala’s veteran politician and member of the first Communist government headed by EMS Namboodiripad in 1957, KR Gouri Amma died in Thiruvananthapuram on May 11. She was 102 and had been admitted to a private hospital due to age-related ailments.

She breathed her last at 7 am on the day while undergoing treatment in the ICU, hospital sources said.

Considered to be among the most powerful women leaders in Kerala, Gouri Amma, as she was fondly called, was the lone surviving member of the first Kerala legislative assembly.

After being expelled from the CPI(M) in 1994, Gouri floated a new political outfit — Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithi (JSS) — which became a constituent of the Congress-led UDF in the state. She was married to the late TV Thomas, who was also her cabinet colleague.

Gouri, who was the revenue minister in EMS Namboodiripad ministry, is credited with playing a key role in bringing the revolutionary Agrarian Relations Bill, which set the ceiling on the amount of land a family could own, paving the way for the landless farmers to claim excess land.

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After the split in the Communist Party in 1964, Gouri joined the CPI (Marxist), while her husband remained with the CPI.

Born on July 14, 1919, in the sleepy Pattanakkad village of coastal Alappuzha to KA Ramanan and Parvathy Amma, Gouri was attracted to politics at a young age. She was jailed in 1948, the year she joined the Communist Party, and defied adversities to build the organisation.

Gouri, the tallest woman politician of the state who never minced words to put her thoughts across, was elected to the Travancore-Cochin legislative assembly in 1952 and 1954. After her successful foray to the state legislature in 1957 from Cherthala in Alappuzha, there was no looking back.
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first published: May 11, 2021 10:56 am

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