Comrade Kumar Shiralkar

COMRADE Kumar Shiralkar, former member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and national joint secretary, AIAWU breathed his last on Sunday, October 2 at Nashik. He was undergoing treatment for cancer for the last three years.

Kumar Shiralkar began his life of revolutionary struggle during the seventies when he left his cushy job as an engineer to be one with the tribals of North Maharashtra, who were facing inhuman treatment at the hands of rich farmers.

An Invaluable Leader, A Brother

IT’S unthinkable that Comrade Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has departed from our midst. It causes deep pain.  He wasn’t just like a brother, there was real brotherhood between us. We both chose to tread the same path.

His concern for the Party was above everything else even under acute illness. He thought about how to handle the attacks against the Party till his last days. He insisted on his decision to voluntarily step down from the Party secretaryship when he felt he was unable to discharge its full time responsibilities.

An Elder Brother and A Committed Comrade

COMRADE Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was much more than a colleague to me. Senior to me by two years, he was as close to me as a brother in a relationship spanning over five decades. It dates back to 1972-73 when we worked together as colleagues and office bearers of the SFI at the state level. His end has come now, as we were working together simultaneously at the state and national levels.

Abhijit Sen

PROFESSOR Abhijit Sen, renowned economist, expert on agriculture, rural economy and planning passed away after a brief illness on August 29. We extend condolences to his family and friends.

Prof. Abhijit Sen had a long academic career spanning over four decades. He had joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1985 and taught in Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) till recently.

Comrade Rajeev Jha is no more

RAJEEV Jha, a senior colleague in the editorial team of Loklahar, died of a sudden cardiac arrest on the intervening night of August 10-11. He suffered a massive heart attack suddenly and without any pre-symptoms and did not even get a chance to reach the nearest hospital. He was over 70 years old.

Rich Tributes Paid to Comrade Sivaji Patnaik

RICH tributes were paid at  Bhubaneswar in respect to the memory of Comrade Sivaji Patnaik, veteran leader of  CPI(M) and toiling people of Odisha. Comrade Patnaik breathed his last at the age of 92 after a brief illness in a hospital in Bhubaneswar on  May 23.

 In a state-level condolence meeting held in Institution of Engineers Hall of  Bhubaneswar on June 10, Sitaram Yechury, general secretary CPI(M), Surjyakanta Mishra, Member of Polit Bureau with hundreds of Party workers joined the condolence meeting.

Sivaji Patnaik

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on May 24

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses deep grief at the death of a veteran leader of the Party, Sivaji Patnaik. Patnaik was a former member of the Central Committee of the Party and also a former secretary of its Odisha state committee. He died on May 23, 2022. He was 92 years old.


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