bq. The CPM leadership had strongly reprimanded Achuthanandan in the sixties for donating blood for Indian soldiers during the India-China war when he was a detainee in the Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail. [via “NewIndPress”:http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20040302004236&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0&]
Achutanandan is the head honcho of the Communist Party of India in Kerala. The official party line was that the war against India was an internal affair of China and it was considered a violation of the party line, if Communists donated blood to the people who guarded the country.