Literary world mourns MP Veerendra Kumar’s demise

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MT Vasudevan Nair with MP Veerendra Kumar. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives

Mathrubhumi Managing Director M. P. Veerendra Kumar MP passed away on Thursday night at a private hospital in Kozhikode following a cardiac arrest. The demise of the socialist leader, writer and Rajya Sabha MP has not only left a void in the world of politics but also in the literary world. The sudden demise of the prolific writer and journalist of repute was mourned by many eminent personalities including MT Vasudevan Nair, Balachandran Chullikkadu and MK Sanu.

A personal loss, says MT

MT Vasudevan Nair said that the death of Veerendra Kumar was a personal loss for him.

“I have known him for years and was a close friend. His death is an irreplaceable loss in my personal life. More than that I worked at Mathrubhumi, we were connected by books. We have exchanged numerous books. Whenever, he goes to a new place, he brings books from there and speaks highly of the writers there. My library still has many books signed by him. Due to some physical ailments, we couldn’t meet anytime recently. However, he had expressed his desire to meet again to speak of books just like old days,” MT recollected.

A deep thinker and enthusiast, remembers Balachandran Chullikkadu

“More than a political leader, I have known him as a person who has huge interest in literature and science. He had deep knowledge in fields of world heritage and literature. My personal interactions with him helped me to know a man with great vision and understanding,” poet Balachandran Chullikkadu remembered.

We have lost a deep personality, says MK Sanu

The death of Veerendra Kumar is a loss personally and for Kerala, opined MK Sanu.

“The friendship I shared with him is unparalleled. Our days in the Assembly, later developed into such a strong bond. Though a politician, he was more of a man of cultural values. It shows his deep personality. He had believed in the heritage of all countries in the world. This can be seen from his travelogues,” he said.

A unique cultural activist, calls KP Ramanunni

Noted writer KP Ramanunni said that Veerendra Kumar was a pure soul who sincerely joined in the happiness of others. He was a visionary in all fields including environment, language, globalisation and fascism. I have never read such a detailed article on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. There had been none like him, he added.

A towering personality who will be sorely missed, says Satchidanandan

“MP Veerendra Kumara was a towering personality in the Kerala cultural circle. He was a model politician who believed in equality and freedom. His travelogues are a treasure that incorporated Indian history, legacy and personal experiences. His deep vision and unmovable stance can be viewed in his writings including those on financial sector and globalization,” Satchidanandan remembered.

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