Kerala: CPM makes Covid hero Shailaja reject Magsaysay award

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation had picked former Kerala health minister KK Shailaja for the 64th Magsaysay award a few weeks ago, but the CPM’s central committee member turned it down following the party’s diktat. The CPM said Ramon Magsaysay was a “known oppressor” of Communists and that the fight against Covid in Kerala was collective.