P.GOVINDA PILLAI (PG)
“That the humans are communicating animals is a rider of the assessment that humans are social animals. And society is a communication network. What they communicate is culture. Communication is the vehicle of culture. Culture is the cement, which keeps the bricks of society in their places intact. To change the position and order of the pattern the bricks are placed, the cement has to be broken, and re-mixed, i.e., the culture has to be recast.”
- By P.Govinda Pillai
Taken From the Notes for a Lecture in Hyderabad 8 NOVEMBER 2002.
TOPIC: - CULTURE IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION AND THE NEED AND STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE.
Perumbavoor Pulluvazhy Malikkathazhathu Parameswaran Pillai Govinda Pillai (1926 March 25th) is a leftist scholar, veteran social activist, ardent environmentalist, proficient academician, and recognized literary critic. A cultural icon of Kerala, he is commonly referred to by his initials i.e. PG and as the “Comrade PG”.
In 1940’s PG was very active in the student movement and also a stubborn opponent of communist ideologies. His friendship with P. Krishna Pillai during his college years influenced him and made him an enthusiastic follower of communism after which he turned into a keen observer of the social, cultural and political issues in Kerala. He was a member of Thiru-Kochi Assembly (Travancore-Cochin Legislature) in 1951 and elected as a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 1967-70. He officiated as the Kerala Press Academy Chairman from 1981-82 and served as the Chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation and was also the founder Director of Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT). ‘PG yum lokavum’ where PG gave his opinion on national as well as international events that shape the world was a popular programme in Kairali TV.
PG had a deep curiosity in seeking a greater understanding and justification of social disparities. He travelled widely through India and rest of the world. He also developed an increasing sympathy with peasants, the poor, downtrodden sections of society. He went out of his way to help and serve them through his studies and readings in order to analyse and find out solutions for the social disparities.
So PG along with his coworkers started a faction of simplicity in social, political and cultural movements in the early formation and development of Kerala state. Undeniably that makes PG an inimitable man and a luminary in the cultural history of Kerala.