Kerala’s mementos were always kathakali mask, Aranmula Kannadi and Chundanvallam. Now adding to the list is AXE, which is a mythical representation of the axe of lord Parashurama , who is believed to have carved out the Landmass that is now known as Kerala. According to legend, Parashurama (6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu) threw his axe from Gokarna in Karnataka to Kanyakumari in Tamilnadu across the sea, which has resulted in the formation of Kerala.
The AXE souvenirs are being brought out by Mental Industries Limited in Palakkad. More to the news is that the mental Industries Limited had come out with this innovative memento soon after Jacob Thomas, who has been in the bad books of the Left Government, was reinstated as the Managing Director of the Company. Thomas was in suspension since 2017 and the government had to reinstate him into service after the Central Administrative Tribunal directed the Kerala government to immediately reinstate the senior most police official.
Reports said that the AXE would hit the open market, especially the online market, within a month. It is learned that the Company would be hitting the market with over 100 various ‘AXE’ shapes.
Soon after assuming charge, Jacob is said to have started bringing in innovative ideas apart from the routine machinery works that is being taken up in the company and one such is the AXE memento.
Thomas Jacob, who was very close to the Pinarayi Vijayan Government, had to face the ire of the same government after Jacob initiated a vigilance probe against then Industries minister E P Jayarajan, who had to resign from the Cabinet. He was suspended from service over his remarks on Ockhi related issues. Again the official came out with his autobiography, which was published without seeking prior permission.