Anandan was not just a prominent figure in the political arena, but also a beloved state president of CITU, a special invitee of the CPM state committee, and a former member of the state secretariat.
In a sad turn of events, the esteemed Senior CPM leader, Ananthalavattam Anandan, has left us at the age of 86. While undergoing treatment at the renowned Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, he peacefully passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.
Anandan was not just a prominent figure in the political arena, but also a beloved state president of CITU, a special invitee of the CPM state committee, and a former member of the state secretariat. His dedication and commitment to public service were evident throughout his illustrious career.
His journey into politics and social work began in 1954, during the coir workers’ strike. This pivotal moment marked his first step into the realm of activism, as he fearlessly stood alongside the Travancore Coir Workers Union, which had been established in 1950, with its focus on the Varkala crop area. Anandan’s unwavering support for the workers led him to resign from his job as a ticket examiner in the railways, fully dedicating himself to the cause.
Anandan’s involvement in the trade union movement started with the organization of rope workers, a testament to his commitment to uplifting the working class. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and in 1956, he joined the Communist Party, aligning himself with a movement that resonated deeply with his values.
Throughout his career, Anandan held various significant positions within the CPM, including District Committee Member, General Secretary of the Travancore Coir Workers Union, and Joint Secretary of the Kerala Coir Workers Center. His dedication and leadership skills were recognized, and in 1972, he became the secretary of the Kerala Coir Workers’ Center, further solidifying his influence within the party.
Anandan’s impact extended beyond the political sphere, as he successfully contested and won elections from the Attingal Assembly Constituency in 1987, 1996, and 2001. His ability to connect with the people and address their concerns made him a beloved representative of the community.