Today is a day that is being celebrated by Malayalis worldwide as “Vajra Keralam” – refering to the diamond jubilee celebrations marking sixty years since the formation of the state of Kerala.
Addressing the state assembly on the importance of Kerala Piravi day, which marks the 60th year of the formation of the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijay stated, while emphasising on ”aikya Keralam’,’ which means ”united Kerala.”
Here are 5 things Kerala Chief Minister said on this day:
1. There are divisive forces that are trying to divide Kerala on the basis of caste and religion – we have to stand united and protect what the state stands for – ‘aikya Keralam.’
2. Language is the basis of a society, a community and a state. It is not enough to merely glorify our language in words – the evidence of this has to been implemented in daily life and for all practical purposes.
3. Till now, have we been able to implement the use of Malayalam language in all important functions or activities? Is Malayalam used as a court language or as a state language?
4. Kerala is the only state where you can get a degree without having to study Malayalam – which is our mother tongue. This does not happen in any other state in the country.
5. This aversion to studying and using Malayalam must change. The change begins with us. I propose that Malayalam should be made compulsory in all schools.
Justice P Sathasivam, Kerala Governor, also extended his “heartiest wishes” to the people of the state on celebrating the diamond jubilee of the formation of the state.