VETERAN journalist Praful Bidwai, 66, passed away on June 23 in Amsterdam where he was attending a conference. Praful, a friend of all Left wing causes and one of the most trenchant critics of the Hindutva agenda as also of neo-liberal policies authored several books and wrote a syndicated column carried by several newspapers. His articles which brought a Left wing analysis to critical subjects from foreign policy to political economy and social issues, were most well researched, providing valuable information and analysis to those in struggle.
Comrade Parsa Satyanarayana, veteran trade union leader and freedom fighter passed away on May 22, 2015 at Eluru in Andhra Pradesh. He was 91 and was not keeping well for some time due to age related complications.
AMALENDU Guha who passed away on May 7 in Guwahati, was an outstanding Marxist intellectual of the country. He remained a life-long Communist, though his activist years were from 1943 to 1965. In 1962 when there was large-scale repression against Communists, he was incarcerated in Berhampore jail in Orissa where his co-inmates included Achintya Bhattacharya (one-time state secretary of the CPI(M) in Assam), Biresh Misra (one-time state secretary of the undivided Party in Assam), and Bishnu Prasad Rabha the legendary revolutionary poet of the state.
Comrade Narra Raghava Reddy, veteran Party leader, died on 10th April after prolonged illness, at the age of 92. He was elected as an MLA from Nakirekal constituency in Nalgonda district of present Telangana state for six times. He acted as the deputy leader and leader of the Party in the state assembly and always stood for the rights of people and championed the cause of the poor. He was elected to the state committee of the CPI(M) in 1971 and remained a member till his health permitted. He was imprisoned for four years during 1967 and in 1975.
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.
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.
CPI(M) West Bengal state committee member Comrade Bireswar Lahiri passed away on March 3, late in the night. He was 68. Comrade Lahiri, former secretary of North Dinajpur district committee was suffering from various illnesses and was admitted at a Kolkata hospital.
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.
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.
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.