Remembering Comrade P K Ganguly

IN Comrade P K Ganguly a trade union leader was born out of three currents of the movement – against ideological revisionism and trade union reformism; against drug multinationals and for country’s self-reliance in medicines and for trade union rights of the medical and sales representatives – entwined in a common movement in early 1970s. P K Ganguly was moulded in the fire of struggle and sacrifice under the guidance of Comrade B T Ranadive.

KERALA: Professor Ninan Koshy Passes Away

EMINENT international political analyst, Christian theologist and Left sympathizer Prof Ninan Koshy passed away on March 4, at Thiruvananthapuram. He was the LDF candidate from Mavelikkara Lok Sabha constituency in the 1999 elections.

Born on February 1, 1934 at Thiruvalla, Ninan Koshy completed his education from St Beckman’s College Changanasseri and St John’s University, Agra. He worked as English Professor in CMS College, Kottayam, Marthoma College, Thiruvalla and retired from the post of vice principal at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara.

Comrade S K Vyas

COMRADE S K Vyas, veteran leader of the Central Government Employees and Pensioners, is no more. He passed away on February 13, 2015 at Jaipur Metro Hospital, where he was admitted after a massive heart attack a few days back. When I, along with leaders of the central government employee’s organisations, Giriraj Singh, Vrighu Bhattacharya, Gita Bhattacharya and AK Mehta went to Jaipur on February 7 instant and visited Comrade Vyas at the hospital ICU, he seemed better. The family members told that Vyasji was recovering. But by the night of 13th, Com Vyas was no more.

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.

Long Live Comrade Anil Sarkar

CPI(M) state secretariat member, vice president of State Planning Board, a crusader in the struggle for emancipation of dalit community and a great poet Comrade Anil Sarkar breathed his last at AIIMS, New Delhi at 7.40 in the evening on February 9. He was 76. He had been suffering from multiple ailments and was under medical care for last several months. He is survived by only son Abhijit, daughter-in-law and a grandson. He was founder president of the Scheduled Caste Coordination Committee and Cultural Coordination Committee of the state and continued in that position till his death.

Homage to R. K. Laxman

When he was talking of building, construction, plans and so on I thought it was some housing project. And I didn’t realise it was all about Mandir.

WE deeply condone the death of Shri R. K. Laxman who not only entertained Indian people through his penetrative cartoons over the decades but was, in essence, the chronicler of the Indian political developments through most of our post-Independence decades.

We have had the pleasure to use many of his cartoons, as the one above, in the CPI(M) publications over many years, particularly in the campaign against communalism during the decade of 1990s.

We convey our deepest condolences to members of his family and to the media fraternity. 

Comrade P R Menon A Tribute to My Comrade of Five Decades

IN July 1960, a couple of days after the unsuccessful nationwide strike of railwaymen, I was waiting for an audience with the Divisional Superintendent who had summoned me. I never imagined that the wait on that verandah would bring me in contact with a man who would become my closest comrade, companion and soul mate for over five decades. When my turn arrived, I went in and came out holding my suspension order – the consequence of participating actively in the strike.


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