Mumbai Press Club condoles the sad demise of B M Kutty (88), a veteran peace and rights activist from Pakistan, who died on Sunday morning in his home in Karachi. Mumbai Press Club had a very special relationship with one of the founder members of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).
Born on July 15, 1931 in Tirur near Calicut in Kerala, he migrated to Pakistan in 1949. He made Karachi his home. His brother, sisters and other relatives live in India. He was an active member of Kerala Students Federation during his college days.
Kutty was in Kerala when the first delegation of Mumbai Press Club was about to fly to Karachi in October 2012. He flew down to Mumbai and accompanied the delegation to Karachi. The first delegation stayed in the Pakistan Institute for Labour Education and Research (PILER) hostel.
He was also a versatile writer. He drafted manifestos and party programmes of various progressive and communist parties of Pakistan. His autobiography is titled Sixty Years in Self Exile: No Regrets. The name of the book was suggested by late Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande. He was leader of Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) and fought for the restoration of democracy. He was also jailed few times for his left ideology and activism. In all sense, he was a true Malyalee. His office room always had Malyalee calendar, Coffee from Kerala, Potato papad and some Malyalee books.
He was politically active. He worked as political secretary to Mir Ghaus Baksh Bizenjo in early ‘70s when Bizenjo was Governor of Baluchistan. He was a thorough gentleman and lived simple life.
Mumbai Press Club’s senior member, Jatin Desai, who is part of PIPFPD and was instrumental in making the Pakistan tours possible, said, “We travelled together at various places including Jalgaon, Amravati, Nagpur, Pune, Delhi etc. I last met him in January 2019 when I visited his house in Karachi. He was desperate to come to India and meet friends, but his illness did not allow him. In his death, India and Pakistan has lost a true peace activist.”
We share the grief of late Kutty’s family. We salute his services to India and Pakistan.
(Statement issued on behalf of the Office-bearers and Management committee Mumbai Press Club)