Indians around the globe pay their respects to the longest-serving legislator K M Mani popularly known as ‘Mani Sir’. The Indian community joined in as Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC) Kottayam District committee at the OICC office yesterday in Bahrain. The chief guest for the memorial meeting was former Indian School Bahrain (ISB) chairman Abraham John.

K M Mani has many credits under his belt as he was an MLA for 54 years by winning 13 consecutive elections and presenting Kerala budget for 13 times representing the Pala constituency.

Members fondly remembered and paid tribute to the veteran politician who always gave importance to family despite his hectic schedule and was recognized as a man who has proved his mettle in several instances.

“Amongst the many renowned personalities that the Kerala government has seen in the past, notably P T Chacko and K.Karunakaran, the last name to be marked along with these great leaders will be K M Mani and that is without a hint of a doubt. The present and the future generations will remember Mani Sir for his contribution and the life he led.  Today, we share the sorrow with the family, may he rest in peace” said  OICC Kottayam district chairman Shibu Abraham.

When K M Mani sir had visited Bahrain in the past, he was known for taking initiates to help expatriates in many areas.

“In 2002, we had gone to Kerala to invite him for the World Malayalee Council event in Bahrain. I arrived late and was in fear of how he would respond. But the kindness in which he received us is forever etched in my memory.  All he wanted to know about the event was if he came to Bahrain what his responsibilities were. ‘ I do not wish to come there and be a mere spectator’ he said... He enquired about the people that would be present. He carefully understands the details and what is expected of him and then only will he even accept an invitation” said Abraham John.

In Kerala, hundreds of people gathered at the main towns en route to Kottayam, through which the body was taken in a state-owned bus, and paid their last respects to the departed leader.

“If you have noticed, in his car he always kept a bag that consisted of at least 10 pairs of clothes.  He was meticulous in his appearance and always looked his best adorned with a smile on his face. In the history of Kerala, the political record that he has held proves to be unbeatable I believe. We do have Oommen Chandy sir who has served now for over 49 years now that certainly proves that only two people have stood this far. Mani Sir was a politician who never realized or saw failure and his demise is truly a loss to the Kerala community” fondly remembered OICC global secretary.

“For over 54 years, K M Mani sir has been a part of Kerala politics and has seen it evolve. As an expatriate hailing from Kottayam, his demise is truly a loss for Kerala” said OICC National general secretary Boby Parayil.