C Sadanandan Master was just 30 when on a fateful night of January 25, 1994, a group of men from the CPI(M) attacked him. They pinned him to the ground and hacked both his legs off.
Why was he attacked? Just because he left the path of communism.
Sadanandan Master was formerly a member of the CPI(M). His entire family followed the communist ideology.
But Master slowly realized that the “cultural nationalism” of the RSS was closer to Kerala’s own ethos rather the Marxist principles.
His name is among those in the first list of BJP’s assembly candidates for the Kerala polls, set to begin on May 16.
Sadanandan Master, an RSS member from Mattanur in Kannur district, will be contesting from the Koothuparamba constituency in the same district.
He has been teaching at Sree Durga Vilasam Higher Secondary School at Peramangalam in Thrissur since 1999.
Kannur is known as a hotbed of the larger political violence that has been staining Kerala’s image for more than three decades. Killings in the name of political ideology is common and so are other brutal acts of mayhem.
In February a young RSS member Sujith was hacked to death before his parents by communist goons.
A few days later, bombs were hurled at the home of a BJP leader and at a centre run by the RSS.
In an interview with The News Minute, Sadanandan Master says that he condemns all forms of political violence but believes it is the CPI(M) that actually triggered the carnage in the first place.
He points out that development in Kerala cannot happen unless there is a conducive political atmosphere.
A change.org campaign with the hashtag #legs4masterji has been started requesting the prime minister to support ‘Master-ji’s’ candidature.