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Kumbalanghi worthy of emulation: Antony

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Dominic Presentation, Fisheries Minister; A.K. Antony, former Chief Minister; John Thattungal, Kochi Bishop and K.V. Thomas, former Fisheries Minister, arriving for a function organised to release the book `Ente Kumbalanghi'written by Prof. Thomas, in the city on Wednesday. Photo: Vipinchandran

KOCHI, NOV. 17. "Kumbalanghi has changed a lot from the time I first visited the island for the election campaign of Alexander Parambithara, former Kerala Speaker," remembered A.K. Antony, former Chief Minister.

In the words of Mr. Antony, the old village returned, which was connected to the mainland by country boats alone. The memories of the village days of Kumbalanghi, which has now become a tourist destination, unfolded at a ceremony organised to release the book Ente Kumbalanghi, written by K.V. Thomas, former Fisheries Minister.

"During those days, I left the village in country boats late in the night after campaigning for Mr. Parambithara. Again, I came to the island for campaigning for former Minister A.L. Jacob," remembered Mr. Antony, releasing the book.

Mr. Jacob used to sing aloud when the country boat moved silently across the backwaters making those journeys enjoyable, he said.

Specialities

Mr. Antony was also quick to point out some of the specialities of the village - no police stations and even police check-posts. Neither are there any communal clashes and major crimes and celebrations of one community naturally become celebration time for the whole village.

There are a number of such virtues, which other villages can also emulate. In its stride to progress and to become part of the city, may the village not lose its cultural identity, hoped Mr. Antony.

In his emotionally charged welcome speech, Prof. Thomas remembered the day as important as the day in which he was born in the village, baptised at the local church and entered the school in the island.

"The villagers stood by me through thick and thin. They received me wholeheartedly when I emerged victorious and consoled me when I lost some of the battles in life," he remembered.

Literary critic M.K. Sanoo received the first copy of the book. Dominic Presentation, Fisheries Minster; K.B. Muhamadkutty, Ernakulam district panchayatpresident; Sebastian Paul, Ernakulam MP; Kocheri Antony, Palluruthy Block Panchayat president; M.P. Sivadathan, Kumbalanghi panchayath president; senior journalists V.P. Ramachandran, K.M. Roy and N.N. Sathyavrithan attended.

John Thattungal, Kochi Bishop, presided over the function. K. Suresh Kumar proposed a vote of thanks.

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