People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 09, 2006
PAYING HOMAGE: The entire gathering observing two-minute silence in memory of Comrade Anil Biswas
PACKED Netaji Indoor Stadium – even the floor space was covered in full –
listened to the CPI(M) leadership reminisce on the communist leader that was
Comrade Anil Biswas.
condolence resolution reflected a very realistic and sober evaluation of the
life of the departed CPI(M) leader, an evaluation that appropriately stressed
his deep-rooted and highly developed political persona.
Karat, general secretary of the CPI(M) was the principal speaker in a meeting
that Biman Basu, the newly elected state secretary of the Bengal unit of the
CPI(M), presided over.
the time the meeting commenced with strains of Rabindrasangeet
in the air, the whole area off the B B D Bagh-High Court was packed with people
who came in their thousands to pay their homage to the late Comrade Anilda.
adjoining and large indoor arena of the Khshudiram Anushilan Kendra was filled
with people eager to catch a glimpse of the proceedings on the large-screen
video format being run from close-circuit cameras.
vast and circuitous length of the passages skirting the two stadia
plus the indoor stadium compound and campus were teeming with people a full hour
before the meeting would commence.
CPI(M) leadership placed wreaths at the portrait of Comrade Anil Biswas on the
dais, which had as backdrop a large close–up photo of the departed leader set
against the background of a crowded rally.
Karat spoke in Hindi and emphasised the importance that vichaardhara
(ideology) had in the political outlook of Comrade Anil Biswas.
Prakash Karat who had had a thirty-year-long comradeship with the
departed CPI(M) leader said that he witnessed as Comrade Anil Biswas developed
into a ‘responsible and exemplary leader.’
“Of late, after being elected general secretary, I found myself
conferring with Comrade Anil Biswas on various Party matters, almost every
best among the second generation of communist leadership in India, noted Prakash
Karat, Comrade Anil Biswas had an additional advantage because he grew up and
was nurtured in what the speaker described as the most powerful ekai
or unit of the CPI(M), i.e., the Bengal unit, and Bengal herself possessed a
rich communist heritage that the late CPI(M) leader drew sustenance from.
leader, expedient political visionary steeped in the tenets of Marxism-Leninism,
and ever engaged in the strengthening of the Party and of the mass fronts,
Comrade Anil Biswas was valuable addition to the communist movement and the Left
movement, said the CPI(M) general secretary.
to the politics and ideology of the CPI(M) and immersed in mass contact, Comrade
Anil Biswas, the speaker noted, strengthened the mass base of the Party while
enriching the practice of Marxism-Leninism in the concrete reality of the
Comrade Anil Biswas, whose principal assignment was Bengal, remained deeply
committed to the development of the Party and the mass organisations in the
state, his outreach benefited the CPI(M) as such on a larger canvas.
examples, Prakash Karat said that Comrade Anil Biswas, who was inducted into the
commission for the updating of the Party Programme while still a member of the
central committee and not the Polit Bureau, contributed in a major way to the
process of updating.
Karat also pointed to the rigorous political-ideological scrutiny that Comrade
Anil Biswas had done, probing and analysing the debacle of the Soviet Union,
basing the exercise on the classics of Marxism-Leninism. Karat drew the
attention of the meeting to the conclusion of Comrade Anil Biswas that the
Soviet instance was a deviation and that Marxism-Leninism would never ever die.
This was subsequently underlined by the continuing resurgence of
communism across the globe.
Bengal, Comrade Anil Biswas gave full attention to the strengthening of the Left
Front and the Left Front government. Comrade
Anil Biswas stressed on the need to further deepen and widen mass contact and to
augment Left unity, said the CPI(M) general secretary.
depth of knowledge and information that Comrade Anil Biswas possessed was
exemplified by the head of a foreign delegation that visited Bengal with full
doubts about the apparent difficulty in maintaining the revolutionary character
of the Party and running a provincial government.
The concerned leader later reported to Prakash Karat and said that an
hour-long conversation with Comrade Anil Biswas had convinced him that there was
no contradiction between the twin realities.
Anil Biswas’s passing away has raised a challenge before the CPI(M) and the
Left and a fitting tribute to Comrade Anil Biswas’s memory would be to ensure
that the seventh Left Front government was set up in Bengal with a massive
majority. Comrade Anil Biswas,
concluded Prakash Karat, “has shown us the way to take the Party further
Basu, the state secretary of the CPI(M) raised the condolence resolution and was
in a deeply reminiscent mood. He
recalled his first introduction to Comrade Anil Biswas and he noted how
subsequently they had worked shoulder-to-shoulder in the CPI(M) and how they had
closely cooperated in orchestrating their addresses at meetings and rallies,
dividing portions of the subjects within themselves.
Basu dwelled on the solid information base that the late CPI(M) leader had
possessed. Comrade Anil Biswas
would hunt down important books and articles, here and abroad, and surf the
internet for new information.
on the three emergent phase in the campaign movement of the CPI(M) and the Left
Front, Biman Basu said that Comrade Anil Biswas was concerned deeply with the
campaign movement prior to the Brigade Rally on January 8, he was involved in
the organisation of the election campaign for the assembly polls, and then he
was engaged in the task of facing the new challenges that the upcoming election
had thrown up.
choked with emotion, Biman Basu said that Comrade Anil Biswas had passed away in
the most untimely way: “his was not the age to die in.”
Bureau member of the CPI(M) and Bengal chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
recalled his college and university days when both he and Comrade Anil Biswas
were deeply involved in the students’ movement.
Comrade Anil Biswas’s skill, said Buddhadeb, lay in his ability to
grasp Marxism-Leninism, to apply the tenets learned, and evaluate the evolving
Anil Biswas was also a skilful and able editor, as seen in the manner he could
bring about changes in the Bengal CPI(M)’s official organ, daily Ganashakti. He was also
known for his organisational ability.
Anil Biswas, continued the speaker, was also involved in the rectification
campaign and he would not tolerate deviations.
He would uphold the ideology and take it to the masses.
Anil Biswas would tackle complex problems with patience and consummate ease.
He was also capable of undertaking tough decisions and then sticking to
the decisions thus taken. “Comrade Anil and I would be able to undertake
criticism and self-criticism freely and fiercely in each other’s presence,
with little rancour involved.”
too stressed that the best tribute to Comrade Anil Biswas would be to make sure
that the seventh Left Front government was set up in Bengal.
last, veteran communist leader Jyoti Basu stressed the importance that Comrade
Anil Biswas had attached to Marxist study.
The CPI(M) has gown larger and the Party members include a large
percentage of the youth. They must
be taught to get themselves steeped in the classics of Marxism-Leninism as in
the ideology of the CPI(M). “Comrade
Anil and I shared this view.”
Basu enumerated the achievements of the Left Front government over the years and
said that the most fitting tribute to Comrade Anil Biswas would be to ensure a
big win in the assembly elections towards the setting up of the seventh Left
other who spoke at the meeting that was attended by the entire leadership of the
Bengal unit of the CPI(M) and of the Left Front constituents, were Ashok Ghosh
of the Forward Bloc, Kshiti Goswami of the RSP, and Manjukumar Majumdar of the
The meeting concluded with a mass rendering of the Internatioanle.