BAREYADA DINACHARIYA MAREYADA PUTAGALU An Autobiography: B. V. Kakkilaya; Navakarnataka Publications Private Ltd., Embassy Centre, Crescent Road, Bangalore-560001. Rs. 200.
B. V. KAKKILAYA IS among the topflight leaders of the Communist Party of India who has made a mark not only as a politician of the Left but also as an effective trade union leader particularly in his home district of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. He is a class by himself, a scholar and ideologue deeply committed to Marxian philosophy and a cut above the general run of firebrand comrades.
This work, his autobiography, makes delightful reading as one traverses through his career spanning nearly six decades. He gives a detailed account of the strides made in organising the struggles for the working forces in the beedi, the cashew, and the tile industries in the coastal district.
He then moved on to broader areas and had a spell as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and also in the Council both of which opened for him windows of the national political life and the broader contours of the functioning of his own party in which he had an opportunity to move with the high and mighty in the Communist hierarchy and the ups and downs through which the CPI passed.
There are touching references to the string of comrades and associates with whom he worked all through and mentions in particular Comrade S.R. Bhat, Editor of Kembavuta (Red Flag).
Photographs marking different facets of his life and career, including the one as a noted literary figure, lend spice to the story.
C. M. RAMACHANDRA
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