Sreenivasan persists on his marathon of life, unrelenting
Kovalam: Sreenivasan's name isn't there on the great books of sports records but his marathon runs have brought home many a message on peace and social wellbeing several times before. Today, this 57-year old marathon runner who ran for the social good has past 54 days of his one-man protest, sitting in front of the Ayyankali Memorial Govt Model Residential School, Vellayani where he seeks his rightful job.
K Sreenivasan of the Thunduvila House at Panangod, Venganur is familiar to at least some of us as the man who ran the length and breadth of Kerala for social messages. His run for Cancer patients seeking free treatment for the debilitating disease passed through every single panchayat in Kerala. When the Marad massacre happened, he ran from Venganur to Marad with a peace message. His marathon message extended from the Secretariat to the Mullaiperiyar dam to carry the message on the controversial dam.
He also clinched a silver in the National Meet held at Lucknow in 2009 and thereafter a first in the marathon from Alappuzha to Kottayam in 2010. Even though the Limca book has given him the permission to undertake a run from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, he hasn’t been able to live his dream since the finances as well as administrative permissions are yet to be sorted out.
It was after a lot of effort and pleas that Sreenivasan got a job at the Ayyankali Memorial Govt. Model Residential Sports School situated inside the Vellayani Agricultural College. Despite his sporting credentials he was employed as a help in the kitchen, a job that stayed for just six months.
With his temporary employment coming to an end, he was evicted from that post too. Even though the senior office-bearers at the school have the authority to re-employ him it hasn’t been done yet. The temporary posts are being filled with newer persons or the older persons are continue as Sreenivasan is unrelenting in his fight for the job he deserves.
Sreenivasan does not own a piece of land or house and lives with his wife and three daughters at his dilapidated ancestral house. A distinguished sports achiever and a man of social causes Sreenivasan wishes to mould his daughters into sports stars.