Obituary

Bihar: Comrade J C Basu Martyred

KHAGARIA is one of the districts of Bihar, which is known for intense land struggles. Dozens of leading comrades such as Comrade Anandi Singh, Comrade Uttam Singh, Comrade Jay Jay Ram Singh, Comrade Murli Manohar Mandal have been martyred during the ongoing class battle in the district. Comrade Jagdish Chandra Basu, district secretariat member of the CPI(M) and  district secretary of Kisan Sabha is the latest victim of the class struggle.

Prof. Arjun Dev (1938–2020)

PROF. Arjun Dev, eminent historian and educationist, passed away on March 29, at the age of 82. His academic career spanning several decades at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), was marked by a deep commitment to zealously promoting secular, democratic and progressive values. Prof. Arjun Dev played a key role in initiatives to produce textbooks that enshrined these values.

Condolence to Comrade Bajuban Riyan

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member has issued the following statement on February 22THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) mourns the passing away of Comrade Bajuban Riyan, former Central Committee member and veteran leader of CPI(M) in Tripura, on February 21, 2020 at ILS Hospital, Agartala. He was 80 years old.Bajuban Riyan was elected to the Central Committee of the Party at its 19th Congress in 2008 and was relieved  in 2018 at its 22nd Congress.

WEST BENGAL: Comrade Avik Dutta Passes Away

CPI(M) West Bengal state committee member and former editor of Ganashakti, Comrade Avik Dutta passed away on January 14. He suffered severe brain haemorrhage in December 2018 and was under treatment for the last one year. He was 57.Comrade Avik Dutta joined in the communist movement through the student movement in Howrah district. He was a district secretariat member of the SFI. He was a brilliant student and passed his MA in journalism from Calcutta University, where he stood first. He joined Ganashakti when the Party daily became a morning daily in 1986.

Comrade Meitram Shamu

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on December 9, 2019THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) mourns the passing away of Comrade Meitram Shamu, veteran leader of the CPI(M) and former secretary of the state committee of Manipur, at the age of 92. Comrade Shamu joined the Communist Party in 1948 and participated in the peasants movement during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  He became a member of the state secretariat of the Party in 1967.

Comrade Partho Kar is no more

AGED 70 years, Comrade Partho Kar died on November 22 in NRS Hospital in Kolkatta. Comrade Partho was suffering from cancer, which was detected quite late. He was associated with Party publication and Party papers for a long time.In 1978 Comrade Partho Kar came from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand (then in Bihar) as a whole timer to work in the central office of the kisan sabha. In 1979 the Hindi paper of the Party-Loklehar started publication of which he was assigned managerial responsibilities. He worked till 2001 in Loklehar/People’s Democracy managerial office.

Comrade S Kumar

ON November 9, Comrade S Kumar breathed his last while being taken to a hospital in Raipur. He was 85 years old. On November 7, while walking on a street in Vishrampur, Chattisgarh, he fell down and sustained injuries.Though Comrade Kumar was born in an upper middle class family; his father being a popular physician in Kanpur, he chose to work for the working class movement.

DSMM Condoles PS Krishnan

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, in a statement issued on November 11, has expressed deep sorrow at the death of PS Krishnan (retd) IAS. Shri Krishnan was a tireless fighter in the cause of social justice. His commitment to the struggle against caste oppression was unparalleled. His knowledge of the laws, policies, etc concerning the SC ST and OBC sections was encyclopaedic and he never hesitated to share his knowledge. He was always available with advice and help to activists and organisations involved with all aspects of struggles against caste oppression.

Comrade Zahoor Siddiqui

COMRADE Zahoor Siddiqui, veteran communist and leader of the teachers’ movement in Delhi, passed away in Aligarh on November 3. He was 80 years old. Zahoor Siddiqui was amongst the first batch of members of the CPI(M) in Delhi. He became a member of the regional committee of the CPI(M)  whose area of work included Delhi, Haryana and Western UP. Later when the Delhi state committee of the Party was formed in 1977, he became a member of the secretariat of the state committee.

Comrade Gurudas Dasgupta

Comrade Gurudas Dasgupta, veteran  leader of the CPI and prominent trade union leader , passed away on October 31. He was a former deputy general secretary of the CPI. As the general secretary of the AITUC for a long time, he played an important role in developing the united trade union movement.Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the CPI(M), in a message to CPI, has conveyed his condolences to the family members and comrades of Comrade Gurudas Dasgupta.  

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