On January 22, 2015, the International Department of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) sent the following message to the National Workers Party of Pakistan, for the January 25 meeting in Karachi to condole the recent demise of veteran communist leader, Comrade Sobho Gianchandani.
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.
IN a condolence meeting organised in Srinagar on December 21, the state committee of CPI(M) remembered one of its senior leaders and social activist, Abdul Gani Hafiz. The speakers highlighted the personal qualities, contribution and the principled behaviour of late Hafiz. His journalistic abilities, intellectual potential and strong desire for exploitation free and just society were mentioned in detail with an assertion that his life will inspire the young revolutionaries and guide them to the path of politics which is based on ideology and the collective good of humanity.
RICH tributes were paid to Comrade Ananda Pathak and Comrade Arati Dasguta, frontline leaders of working class movement and CPI(M), in a condolence meeting on December 29 at Kolkata. Both of them breathed their last on November 28.
The meeting, presided over by Biman Basu particularly remembered their contribution to the development of working class movement in the state. Dipak Dasgupta, CITU state secretary and Ashok Bhattacharya, state committee member of the Party outlined the lifelong struggle of these veteran leaders.
VETERAN leader of the railway workers of India, former general secretary and president of the National Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU), former vice president of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), one of the senior most members of the CPI(M) Maharashtra state committee and chairman of the Comrade B T Ranadive Memorial Trust, Comrade P R Menon passed away in Mumbai at the age of 81 on December 5, 2014.
Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on December 4, 2014
I AM deeply saddened at the passing away of Justice VR Krishna Iyer. Krishna Iyer was a visionary jurist, statesman and champion of human rights. Elected as an independent, he became the law minister in the first Communist ministry in Kerala in 1957. As a Supreme Court judge, he gave several landmark judgements which interpreted the rights of citizens under the constitution favouring the common man.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on September 15:
THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its deep grief at the passing away of Comrade Benoy Konar, a senior leader of the Party and the peasant movement. He died on September 14 at the age of 84.
BIPAN Chandra, one of India’s leading historians and an uncompromising defender of secularism and the scientific spirit, passed away in the early hours of August 30, 2014. His death was widely reported both in the newspapers and the electronic media, where there were also a spate of obituaries and commemorative commentaries. This is how, indeed, it should have been because Bipan Chandra’s death has been a great loss not only to the academic community but to the thinking part of our nation.