A. K. Gopalan (1904 – 1977)-Crusader of the downtrodden

Ayillyath Kuttiari Gopalan  popularly known as A. K. Gopalan or AKG, was an Indian communist leader.

AKG was born on 1 October 1904 in Peralasseri, Kannur District of Northern Kerala.

He served as the first leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha in 1952.

In 1927 he joined the Indian National Congress and began playing an active role in the Khadi Movement and the upliftment of Harijans.

He was arrested for participating in the salt satyagraha in 1930.

AKG was the Volunteer Captain of Guruvayoor Satyagraha.

He led the hunger march from Malabar region(Kannur) to Madras in 1936 and the Malabar Jatha in support of the movement for responsible government in Travancore.

In 1939, he joined Communist Party of India.

In 1944, he became the Secretary of Kerala Communist Party.

AKG played an important role in the formation of Indian Coffee House, a worker cooperative  initiative.

 First Indian Coffee House in Kerala was started at Thrissur in 1958.

He was a member of Lok Sabha for 5 consecutive terms till his death on 22 March 1977.

Shaji N. Karun, a prominent film director of Kerala, made a biopic on AKG titled AKG - Athijeevanathinte Kanalvazhikal.

His valiant struggles for protecting the interest of the working class inside and outside the Parliament earned him the title the "Crusader of the downtrodden".
( അവശതയനുഭവിക്കുന്ന  ജനതക്കുവേണ്ടി നടത്തിയ പോരാട്ടങ്ങളെ കണക്കിലെടുത്ത് കമ്മ്യൂണിസ്റ്റ് അനുയായികൾ ഇദ്ദേഹത്തെ ബഹുമാനപൂർവ്വം പാവങ്ങളുടെ പടത്തലവൻ എന്നു വിശേഷിപ്പിക്കുന്നു.)

AKG Bhavan, CPI(M)'s national headquarters in Delhi is named after him.

The State Headquarters of CPI(M) in Kerala: A.K.G Center (Thiruvananthapuram).

The Autobiography of A.K.G is 'Ente Jeevitha Katha'.

March 22 is observed as AKG day.

A.K.G Tomb is situated at  Payyambalam Beach (Kannur).

His wife Susheela Gopalan was a former minister of Kerala.

AK Gopalan books 
►കേരളം ഇന്നലെ ഇന്ന്.
►ഞാന്‍ ഒരു പുതിയ ലോകം കണ്ടു.
►കൊടുങ്കാറ്റിന്റെ മാറ്റൊലി.
►എന്റെ പൂര്‍വ്വകാല സ്മരണകള്‍.
►മണ്ണിനു വേണ്ടി.
►എന്റെ ഡയറി.

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