Mr. Mukundan C Menon, Secretary General of Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (CHRO) and Resident Editor of Thejas News Daily, died on 12 Dec, 2005 at 8.45 A.M at KIMS hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. He was 57.
He was a relentless advocate for securing the freedom of those struggling for their dignity and basic human rights. Hundreds of people including many human rights activists and social leaders from all communities came to pay condolences to the bereaved family. Mr. Mukundan C Menon would be best remembered for the role he played as a free media journalist. Menon who wrote against hindutva fascism have been accused of being terrorist sympathizer by sangh parivar dominated media. Menon was a leading human rights activist for over 35 years and helped to found a number of India's national non-governmental human rights organizations. He was jailed during the infamous emergency period. As a human rights activist, Menon presented the cases of numerous political prisoners and sought justice in many high-profile cases including of Mr. Abdul Nasar Maudani. He vigorously condemned the responsibility of the security forces in human rights violations and the high level of impunity which benefits those responsible for human rights violations.
Mr. Menon’s bravery was not only confined to criticizing the acts of hindutva fascism. He was one of the few who spoke out openly for fair media practices in order to defend human rights violation. National Development Front leader, Prof. P. Koya today expressed his organization's condolences to the family of Menon. NDF collaborates closely with CHRO, and had strong personal ties to Mukundan C Menon. “ Menon was a human rights activist without peer in our country. His optimism, energy, and creativity are legendary, and the sophistication and integrity he brought to the work of monitoring will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in our country. Menon’s death is a loss to the human rights movement everywhere, especially to human rights activists and victims of abuses in India, where his work brought hope and life to thousands of people. His ability to translate information about human rights violations into concrete political change was extraordinarily motivating, and set a standard for all to follow. He will remain a legend in the minds and hearts of the people of India who fought for truth and justice. He was an activist very much in touch with the ordinary people, thus gaining their support. Menon's life will remain an inspiration to the human rights movement in our country. ” Prof. Koya said.
Staff of Thejas daily expressed their personal appreciation for Menon’s inspiration, and their deepest condolences to his wife, and his many friends. Menon led a quite but defiant struggle under very difficult circumstances. Even in weak health and with threats to his life, he personally took part in various training sessions of the soon launching Thejas Daily. Meon was a brilliant organiser and leader. He leaves behind a legacy of activism in the most difficult of circumstances and an active movement of people to continue the monumental tasks he initiated. " In this sad moment, we cannot do better than to pledge to continue the struggle initiated by Menon until complete and real justice is attained for the cause for which he fought" , a senior journalist of Thejas daily said.