THRISSUR: Writer and social activist Sukumar Azhikode has asked the Culture Minister not to shirk his responsibility towards solving the labour issue in which actor Thilakan was involved.
Prof. Azhikode who was addressing a meet-the-press programme at the Thrissur Press Club on Wednesday demanded an investigation into the functioning of film trade bodies and the recent controversies in which they were caught. �The leadership of these organisations should change. Do organisations such as the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes intervene in socio-political issues? What is their real contribution to art and culture? Did they utter a word on artist M.F. Husains nationality issue? The film industry has degenerated into a morass of unsavoury and exploitative practices.�
He was critical of the decision of the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit to confer honorary D.Litt degree on actor Mohanlal. He wanted such honours to be given to actors of stature like Kalamandalam Gopi. He wanted the Governor to intervene and revoke the decision.
On his part, he would refrain from delivering a lecture in connection with the birth centenary of writer and freedom fighter, O.M.C. Narayanan Namboodiripad, at the University on March 10 in protest against its decision