The first thing Gouri Amma recalls about her first election, back in 1948, is one of shock and reluctance.
As a cub IAS officer, D Babu Paul, had realised two things about Gouri. One, she protected bold honest officers, even when her party's interests were hurt. Two, even her wrath was edged with motherly warmth.
KR Gouri Amma had recently stepped down from the state general secretary post of the Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi (JSS).
The veteran communist opens up about her association with T V Thomas, A K Gopalan and Changampuzha Krishna Pillai and her unpublished autobiography.
Both of them started out as hardcore revolutionaries and became stalwarts of the communist party before finding themselves out of the party and eventually drifting to the rival camp around the same time.
When Travancore was merged with Kochi to form Thiru-Kochi, she was elected to the new state's assembly from Thuravoor in 1951.
K R Gouri Amma was affectionately called 'Kunjamma' in Alappuzha's Aroor area. The revolutionary leader from Alappuzha had a softer side that might have come as a surprise to many people.
Gouri was admitted to a private hospital on April 22 after she developed fever and breathlessness. She had tested negative for COVID-19.
One of the founding members of the Communist movement in Kerala, Gouri has held the post of general secretary since the formation of the party in 1994.
The 102-year-old leader left her Kalathiparambil House at Chathanad, Alappuzha, on Saturday. She will now be staying with her sister’s daughter and former PSC member P C Beenakumari.