Former Kerala Minister Shailaja Denies Magsaysay Award: Why CPM Rejected Former Philippines President India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Former Kerala Health Minister KK Shailja is rejected Ramon Magsaysay The award, reportedly on reservation within his party CPM.
The Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation wanted to honor him with the award for his initiative in fighting the Nipah and Kovid outbreaks in Kerala.
Several reasons have been put forward for the party’s denial and lack of support.
Shailaja said that the health initiative is a collective effort for which she cannot claim a personal loan.
Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, however, said that former Philippines President Magsaysay, in whose honor the award has been instituted, was known for his alleged brutality against communists.
Where is the root cause of CPM’s disapproval of Ramon Magsaysay? The answer lies in the post-World War II political history of the Philippines.
Magsaysay’s campaign against communist guerrillas
Magsaysay, as Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines, in 1950 formulated a plan to fight the left-leaning Huqbalahap (Huks) guerrillas—a group initially created to fight the Japanese occupiers, but turned rogue was. They conducted raids, captures, robberies, ambushes, murders, rapes, massacres of small villages, kidnappings and intimidation. His gruesome murder of Philippines Red Cross president Aurora Quezon turned public opinion against him, and triggered a government reaction.
Magsaysay, with American assistance, led the campaign against the Hux since 1950. He urged the then President Elpidio Quirino to suspend the writ of habeas corpus for the duration of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Magsaysay assumed the presidency of the Philippines in 1953.
By 1954, the Hawks had become significantly weaker; His movement was all but dead by the next year.

proximity to america
Ramon Magsaysay was considered close to the United States—a perpetual ideological curse for communists, including those in India (recall the return of the Left to Manmohan Singh’s UPA government in the wake of the Indo-US nuclear deal).
He was an outspoken spokesperson against communism during the Cold War, and his administration took a similar approach.
Magsaysay was one of the brains behind the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, formed in 1954 to prevent the spread of Communism/Marxism in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the South-West Pacific.