19th December 2020 is the 19th death anniversary of Com. Suseela Gopalan, former M.P. and CPI(M) leader, who was very close to the P and T trade union movement. She was life partner of Com.A.K.Gopalan, PBM CPI(M) and mass leader.
Com. Suseela Gopalan, even before she married legendary CPI(M)leader Com. A.K.Gopalan, was in the party. She was a real companion to Com. AKG both as his wife and in the Party. She was the Founder President of All India Democratic Womens’ Association (AIDWA), which now has grown in to a strong mass movement of women. She has been elected to the Kerala Assembly and was a Minister in the LDF government. She was in the Parliament and took up the issues of the workers and the people effectively.
While she was at Delhi as Member of Parliament, I had the occasion to meet her several times to take up cases of central Government employees and specially of the P and T workers. She took these cases sincerely and effectively. She was Chairperson of the Kerala Circle P and T Co-ordinating Committee for some time and gave guidance and direction to the workers.
She inaugurated a dharna in front of Sanchar Bhawan in restricted area despite threat of arrest. Just like Com.AKG, she dared the police to arrest her. She left only after the dharna was over to ensure that we are not arrested after she leaves. She was available to the workers at any time of crisis. Whenever visited her official M.P. quarters at 20, Janpath, Delhi she never allowed to leave without offering a cup of tea. She was always a source of strength to all of us.
During my stay at Calicut in Kerala, many times when Coms.AKG and Suseela came to the city, I used to go to the Railway Station to receive them and take them to the residence of Advocate P.K.Poduval, where they stayed. They addressed many of the P and T union meetings and conferences.
On her 19th death anniversary, I respectfully pay homage to Com. Suseela Gopalan and remember the great service she had done to the common people and specially to the P and T workers.
A bunch of Red Roses to the inspiring memory of Com. Suseela Gopalan !