Kerala: CPM student activists assault former diplomat T P Sreenivasan

Sreenivasan was manhandled at the venue of the global education summit.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthpuram | Updated: January 30, 2016 3:16 am
MINISTER23 T P Sreenivasan was attacked by a group of SFI activists here Friday morning.

Leaving Kerala’s Opposition Left Democratic Front red-faced, former diplomat and vice-chairman of the state’s higher education council T P Sreenivasan was today assaulted by SFI activists during a protest.

As a group of policemen watched, Sreenivasan was targeted at the venue of the Global Education Summit, which the CPI(M)’s students wing had threatened to disrupt, claiming that it would “accelerate the commercialisation of higher education”. The SFI has been staging a sit-in in front of a hotel at Kovalam where the two-day summit is being held.

On Friday, a group of SFI activists manhandled Sreenivasan as he came out of the hotel to receive guests. The 71-year-old fell down after SFI district joint secretary Sarath hit him on the face in the presence of policemen.

“(The) attack on me which many witnessed on TV was to get Global Education Meet cancelled at any cost. I was not badly hurt and meet is going well,” Sreenivasan said later in a tweet.

While Sreenivasan blamed police for failing to act, CPI(M) district secretary Kadakampally Surendran apologised for the incident and promised that action would be taken against those guilty. Surendran, however, alleged that there was a “conspiracy behind the police inaction”.

CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, however, said the party did not consider Sreenivasan as an academic expert and alleged that the Congress-led UDF government had appointed him to “commercialise the education sector”.

While several political and cultural leaders deplored the attack, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the incident was “an insult to the state”.

“The SFI should not have spoiled an international education event attended by several academicians. It is a disservice to the younger generation,” he said.

Sreenivasan, a 37-year foreign service veteran, was India’s ambassador to Austria and Slovenia, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Vienna). Earlier, he had served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Washington, High Commissioner to Kenya, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (New York), and Ambassador to Fiji and south Pacific Island countries.

A speaker of Japanese and Russian, Sreenivasan also served as a member of the National Security Advisory Board.


(With ENS/Delhi)

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  1. B
    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    1. H
      Jan 29, 2016 at 10:32 am
      tooo bad...............Now it is almost clear that during the next kerala legislative embly election BJP will open account
      1. S
        Sivaraman Iyer
        Jan 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm
        Excellent job SFI.
        1. T
          Jan 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm
          Seenivasan is a member of a secret agency that is systematically working to implement Chanakyan and manu's law as law of land. Even the KERALITE Mafia in the IB have been made to work for the brahminions who also w(h)oreked for the Italian BCH.
          1. F
            Jan 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm
            Sreenivasan is a , Commie, Naxalite, Anti-national, traitor for FAILING TO IMPLEMENT BRAHMINS AGENDA.
            1. O
              Jan 29, 2016 at 10:55 am
              Not Good.LDF Not win kerala legislative embly election .BJP will win......
              1. R
                Jan 30, 2016 at 1:30 am
                Any awards being returned for this intolerance?
                1. T
                  Jan 29, 2016 at 7:28 am
                  Police should thrash the SFI activists blue and black so that in future they don't indulge in rowdyism
                  1. G
                    guest Joy
                    Jan 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                    It is the reflection of the present CPIM leadership who are not in step with the present generation. They feel violence and intimidation is the only way to stay in the forefront.But they are only hurting their chance to win in the next election. Average malayalee is looking for something better.
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                      Aishwariya Sagar
                      Jan 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                      An absolute insult to the 'literate state'. Forget all the designations and ranks of people, to slap a person who might be elder than one's own parent, makes me think for a while, whether I am reading this news from Kerala or not. It's high time the the politically affliated students' organisations be revamped, for the common good (forget the proper utilisation of demographic dividend); this often makes one wonder what good, these blatant displays of hooliganism is bringing to the student community as a w.
                      1. A
                        Jan 29, 2016 at 11:15 am
                        my god . Thats sick . i am sure that person who slapped must be doing the same with his father and mother daily . how can that useless fool hit someone double his age . you have to give respect no matter what he has done .
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                          anish kumar
                          Jan 31, 2016 at 7:45 pm
                          Right sir..anish kumar Mylapra
                          1. R
                            Jan 29, 2016 at 11:16 am
                            Hope that SFI thug is arrested and remanded to judicial custody immediately.
                            1. B
                              Bhavadasan Veemboor Kadalayil
                              Jan 30, 2016 at 8:51 am
                              Don't expect anything better from a Party of Uncultured, Uncivilised Brutes.
                              1. B
                                Jan 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                                Whenever I think Kerala has touched rock bottom I am proved wrong!
                                1. K
                                  Jan 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm
                                  The current central Government is an utter failure. The economy is in terrible shape. This is despite the fact that the crude oil price dropping by 75%. Inflation is terrible. Instead of his fixing his Government's probelms, the dokhlabhai wants to inflame the pions of the community against the Nehru-hi family. What the poor people need is jobs, affordable food and services. But the dokhlabhai's focus is on the Nehru-hi family. Who to blame? The dokhlabhai's lack of education? His lack of confidence? Or just the love for caste and cow politics?
                                  1. K
                                    KVR Pillai
                                    Jan 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                                    Such incidents, again justifying the same by his leader is condemnable and punishable. Needs severe action against the culprits. Ashamed of to say that I a from this state where anarchy is the order of the day. Pity...
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                                      Chandrakant Mohan
                                      Jan 29, 2016 at 10:31 pm
                                      What else to expect from CPI (M) boys? Both the present party secretary Balakrishnan (former SFI all India secretary) and the former secretary Vijayan (both Party PB members and fomer Kerala Ministers) were the main accused in two different murder cases.The case against Vijayan was that he armed with an axe, along 6 others had murdered one Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, an RSS leader on 28.4.1969, for the simple reason he had left the CPI(M) and joined the RSS .The case against Balakrishnan was that, he along with many other party men had murdered one Sathisan, another RSS leader.Both were immediately promoted by the party as MLAs after their involvement in those murder cases. Balakrishnan's father-in-law Rajagopalan, MLA of CPI(M) was convicted for the murder of one Ravindran, another RSS leader.Very curious is another fact- When Balakrishnan was involved in the murder of the RSS leader, Rajagopalan was very,very pleased with him so that he presented his daughter Vinodini to him as a reward - of course as a wife. Though all the above leaders were/are so called fiery communist revolutionaries, they had been proved as cowards by not having the courage to attack their victims single handedly.
                                      1. K
                                        Jan 30, 2016 at 12:51 am
                                        When you are educated then India is a lawless country run by groups of thugs, the Indian police is top to down corrupt, for them their avenues of income from dishonesty is more important than applying the law of the land. The video clearly shows how Sreenivasan was manhandled in the presence of the police on duty. Fire the IPS officer and all his crew immeditely. Do not depend on the solar scam Chandy.
                                        1. A
                                          Jan 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                                          As a sign of protest I surrender my cl 12th mark sheet .
                                          1. c
                                            Jan 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                                            s, no respect on senior citizen.
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