V. S. Achuthanandan at PonmudiThe Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan definitely needs an image building exercise. But it is doubtful whether a trip to Ponmudi or the Varkala tunnel and a photo session would do that.

His image had been on the downslide ever since the Munnar fiasco.

The transfer of Raju Narayana Swamy after the ditching of K. Suresh Kumar saw to it that hardly anything remained of the felinity of his famous cats or the image of Achuthanandan as the gladiator against all mafia.

I use the word gladiator deliberately. Gladiators are not a warriors but slaves who fight to please their masters. Achuthanandan was not to go beyond what pleases his party. We know what would happen to gladiators who defy their masters.