Kerala government to revitalise renaissance forum formed during Sabarimala row

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Navodhana Samrakshana Samithi meeting held at Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram: Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left front after a break looks to revitalise the renaissance plank that was invoked to counter Sabarimala row in 2018-19.

The Navodhana Samrakshana Samithi (Renaissance Protection Forum), which was then conceived for countering protests led by Congress and BJP over Supreme Court order allowing entry of women, met again on Thursday and decided to reconstitute the committee.

It has been dormant for quite some time now.

The meeting in Thiruvananthapuram suggested a restart of pushing progressive, secular and humanitarian values of the renaissance period in Kerala and also the constitutional morals.

During the meeting attended by CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Punnala Sreekumar officially indicated his plan to step down as the convenor of the Forum. It is learnt that Sreekumar's KPMS has objections to the regime’s stand in some matters. However, he will continue to be on the committee.

Organising secretary P Ramabhadhran will now be the acting convenor until it elects a new person. A new chairman, convenor, president, working president and vice president will be elected in the near future.

The plan is to strengthen the activities of the forum in district, constituency and local body levels. The Forum has decided to commemorate Independence day and Republic day with fervour. At present, most entities associated with the forum are Hindu social organisations. More entities are expected to collaborate with the Forum.

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