“Goodbye Gouri Amma. It is the misfortune of Kerala that you did not become chief minister of the state.” It’s not surprising that this tribute came from the far end of Kerala’s left-wing spectrum, rather than the mainstream CPI(M). From Civic Chandran to be precise—poet and publisher-editor of Paathabhedam, a monthly devoted to Dalits and Adivasis. Associated with the pro-Naxalite streams of Kerala’s cultural politics in the ’70s-’80s, Civic Chandran has never been one to pull his punches on the sanctimonious, big brotherly attitude of the big Left party. Behind its calibrated public rhetoric, there’s a less-illuminated zone of strategic silences and erasures that he’s fairly familiar with.
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