Comrade Anil Sarkar
The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch in a statement issued on February 10, expressed its heartfelt condolences at the passing away of Comrade Anil Sarkar who was a tireless worker in the cause of social justice. Comrade Anil Sarkar strived unrelentingly for the eradication of social oppression and for the upliftment of the downtrodden and marginalised sections of the country. He was the president of Tripura Tapashili Jati Samanway Samiti and a founding member of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch. He was also the vice chairman of the Tripura state planning board. A teacher-turned-politician, Sarkar was a minister in six of the seven Left Front governments since 1978. He was elected to the state assembly a record nine times since Tripura became a full-fledged state in January 1972. He penned 24 books mostly on literature and received many awards from different government and non-government organisations for his literary works. The DSMM conveys its deep condolences to the family members, to the people of Tripura and to the Tripura state Party.