Harivansh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, delivering the inaugural address | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Mathrubhumi paid tribute to the great architects who helped to bring together one of the greatest publishing houses in Kerala. The commemoration of the first meeting of the Board of Directors of Mathrubhumi and remembrance of M P Veerendra Kumar was held at Uday Palace Convention Centre, Kowdiar in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
The first-ever meeting of the directors was held exactly 100 years back, on May 28. It was in this meeting that was presided over by K P Kesava Menon that the first Managing Director K Madhavan Nair was appointed and the first shares of the company were transferred to publisher Kuroor Neelakandan Namboothiripaad.
M P Veerendra Kumar, who was the chairman and managing director of Mathrubhumi, passed away on May 28, 2020.
The function was inaugurated by Harivansh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Harivansh, who was a friend of M P Veerendra Kumar, said that Mathrubhumi is the ray of hope for true journalism as it paces forward, imbibing the values of Gandhi’s words. Malayalam poet V Madhusoodanan Nair who delivered the commemorative speech on M P Veerendra Kumar recalled his greatness as an individual. He referred to him as a complete human who loved other people, living beings and nature selflessly.
The presidential address was delivered by the Chairman and Managing Editor of Mathrubhumi P V Chandran. He said that it is deeply saddening that M P Veerendra Kumar is no more. He said that Mathrubhumi, a company that has always upheld its values and preserved democracy, will continue to move forward paving a path for the society to follow.
K N Balagopal spoke on ‘Developmental issues of Kerala and Environment’, Dr Vandana Shiva on ‘Development and Environment’ and M V Shreyams Kumar on ‘Mathrubhumi and Environment’.
The welcome speech was delivered by Mayura M S, Director of Digital Business and Devika M S delivered the Vote of Thanks.