“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties” – Milton.
Vadakkut Viswanatha Menon, or V Viswanatha Menon as he was known, the multifaceted stalwart politician, is no more. Menon was a revolutionary student leader, an activist of the Communist party and the Trade Union, an exemplary Parliamentarian, a good administrator and more.
As he departs at the age of 92 after a decade away from public life, he needs to be remembered and cherished for his many valorous acts. As a high school student, Viswanatha Menon courted arrest for protesting the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru by the British. Later, he was among the 11 daredevils who attacked Edappally Police station in 1950 to free their fellow Comrades.