People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
Zahedi, member of the state committee of the Bengal unit of the CPI (M) passed
away in New Delhi on the morning of 8 April.
He was 77. Comrade Zahedi
who was an MP and an all-India vice-president of the AIKS has been keeping
indifferent health for some time in the recent past.
The Party flag flew at half-mast throughout Bengal on 9 April.
(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat, Bengal state secretary of the CPI (M),
Biman Basu, and Polit Bureau member of the CPI (M), Jyoti Basu have expressed
their grief at the passing away of Comrade Zahedi who was a veteran leader of
the kisan movement in the country.
those who paid their last respects to Comrade Mahabub Zahedi in Delhi were Sunit
Chopra, Basudeb Acharya, Pushpinder Singh Grewal, and Subhas Roy of the CPI (M),
and Abani Roy of RSP.
others, Biman Basu, veteran CPI (M) leader Samar Mukherjee, Lok Sabha speaker
Somnath Chatterjee, and CPI (M) leaders Nilotpal Basu, Madan Ghosh, Amal Haldar,
Subodh Roy, Raghunath Kushari, and Swadesh Chakraborty placed wreathed on the
last remains of the departed kisan leader at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan.
the placement of flowers, garlands, and wreaths on the last remains of Comrade
Zahedi at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan, Comrade Zahediís body was taken away to
his native Burdwan where the departed Comrade lay in state at the Burdwan
district CPI (M) headquarters. Innumerable
Party workers, as well as supporters and sympathisers of the Party paid their
last respects to Comrade Zahedi.
on Comrade Zahedi, Prakash Karat said that the CPI (M) lost a skilled organiser,
a capable parliamentarian, and leading kisan
organiser. An orator well versed in
Hindi and Urdu, and a leader known for his genteel behaviour, Comrade Zahedi was
engaged in the task of building up the kisan
struggles in the Hindi belt.
Party whole timer from the day he won his Communist Party membership back in
1953, Comrade Mahabub Zahedi was a member of the secretariat of the Burdwan
district unit of the CPI (M) in 1966, and a member of the Bengal state committee
of the CPI (M) in 1981. Between1978
and 1991, he was the Sabhadhipati of the Burdwan Zillah Parishad.
cabinet minister in the Bengal Left Front government between 1991 and 1996,
Comrade Zahedi steered the Animal Resources Development department to fresh
heights especially in terms of making the domesticated animal a principal source
of income for the urban and rural poor.
three times winner from the Katwa Parliamentary constituency in 1996, 1998, and
1999, Comrade Zahedi was known for his intimate depth of knowledge of rural
India, and of the kisan movement of
which he was a product. A Communist
of simple habits, Comrade Mahabub Zahedi possessed a great sense of humour and
his cutting repartees on the floor of the Bengal Assembly very often saw the
aggressive Opposition rendered lustreless in their embarrassment.
leaves behind his two sons. His
wife, Hameeda, had pre-deceased him.
Mahabub Zahediís last remains were given their final resting place at Kasimpur
in Burdwan in the early afternoon of 9 April.