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Political Struggles

Political Struggles

P.T. Thomas came to the field of politics in the state through a number of struggles. He was very much part of the agitation very early in his life. In fact, he was attending higher secondary classes in a reputed school when he participated in a huge people movement. At that point in time, the

P.T. Thomas came to the field of politics in the state through a number of struggles. He was very much part of the agitation very early in his life. In fact, he was attending higher secondary classes in a reputed school when he participated in a huge people movement. At that point in time, the people were organizing themselves in favor of the formation of the Idukki district. He was with the people on this matter. In connection with this agitation, he went along with others to picket the Village Office at Konnathady in the present day Idukki district of Kerala. He was picked up and arrested by the police along with others who had participated in the picketing. Later, he was released from the jail, but not before torturing in the jail.

On another occasion, P.T. Thomas emerged as the front-runner or the organizer of an agitation to press for the construction of a tomb and monument for a tribal Patriarch Kolumban. In this occasion, he was with the people of the tribal region and organized mass meetings at various places to educate the public in general about the service rendered by this revered tribal Patriarch. The tribal Patriarch Kolumban was personally involved in guiding the geologists of the state government to explore different landscapes in the district in its later years. After a period of search, he helped the people concerned to find the exact location for the construction of the Idukki Arch Dam. The government of the day had to finally relent to consistent pressure from the people and agree to the proposal put forward by him.

Due to his participation in various political movements, P.T. Thomas became one among the people in the region. He was able to build the rapport with them and count on them. This was how he laid down the groundwork for his career in politics after joining the Indian National Congress. Since his approach was cause-based, he could win friends across the parties in the state. Because of this, the senior leaders in the state unit of the Congress party to offer a place for him in its setup.

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