The official inauguration of Chingappoli at Aralam, an intensive campaign to set up reading rooms and public spaces in Kannur district under the leadership of the People’s Mission, saw active participation
V Sivadasan MP had presided over the function, held at Veerpadu Gandhi Gramina Library. Chingappoli is an innovative effort to cultivate knowledge through the creation of empowering public spaces. 1st day of Chingam month, which is celebrated as Farmers’ Day in Kerala is most suitable for this. In this month of Chingam, along with Pookkalam (floral designs) we are celebrating Onam with the creation of public spaces. Empowering public spaces will be the gifts of People’s Mission to the people of Kannur in this year’s Onam celebration, he added.
Malayalam’s iconic literary figure, T Padmanabhan gave the Onam message.He said that he was convinced that Brecht’s words that ‘the weapon of a hungry man is a book’ are true from his life experience. The setting up of libraries in Adiwasi l areas under the leadership of People’s Mission is most exciting. He added that it was that enthusiasm that brought him to Aralam.
Noted Tamil writer and orator, Tamizhachi Thangapandian MP inaugurated the event. As a woman born and brought up in a rural village, she said that libraries have helped her greatly in life. She recalled that Bhagatsingh was holding g Lenin’s book to his bosom even when he went to the gallows. Books have the power to unite people. The renowned writer of Malaylam, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer is greatly admired Tamilians as their own writer. The work done by the People’s Mission under the leadership of V Sivadasan MP to set up libraries is a model that should be emulated by all . The MP ended her speech by quoting Marx and remembering Che Guevara. She pointed out that when Hitler burnt lakhs of books, the democrats tried to build libraries by collecting books.
District Panchayath President PP Divya, TK Govindan Master, PK Vijayan, Mukundam Madathil and M Surjith spoke on the occasion.
Binoy Kurian, District Panchayath Vice President welcomed the guests and KP Rajesh, Aralam Panchayath President expressed the vote of thanks.
A cultural procession that evoked the cultural diversity of Aralam was held and the folk songs rendered by Kannur Thavam Gramavedi added sheen to event .