(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Prithvi Singh Remembered
THOUSANDS of people gathered in Hisar on October 8, 2008 and remembered
Comrade Prithvi Singh, late CPI(M) leader of Haryana with emotional
attachment and fond memories. Amidst resounding slogans of “Lal Salam
to Comrade Prithvi”, streams of people poured into the venue to pay
tributes to their beloved leader. Comrade Prithvi Singh's personality,
thought and ideology was all pervasive. He was remembered by
people here with the best of their words, ideas, speeches,
resolutions and announcements. A remarkable feature of the
condolence meeting was the attendance of women in large numbers.
A large contingent of young boys and girls volunteers helped in the
orderly conduct of the meeting. The quotations from the diary of
Comrade Prithvi Singh were extensively displayed on banners and posters.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat speaking in the meeting paid
rich tributes to Comrade Prithvi Singh describing him as the initial
source of inspiration and strength of the Left movement in Haryana.
Comrade Prithvi always believed in himself and in the strength of the
people. He was a true communist and had the qualities of being
amongst the people in all their struggles. He likened Prithvi Singh to
the late communist stalwart A K Gopalan who was a movement in himself
and moved the masses with his personal qualities, commitment and
courage. Prakash Karat spoke about his personal memories with
Comrade Prithvi Singh. He hoped that memories of Prithvi Singh
and his indomitable legacy would help in building a strong movement in
Haryana. As Comrade Prithvi Singh passed away at such a time when
the Left movement and CPI(M) are waging a crucial struggle against
imperialism, divisive forces and for a radical change in Indian
political composition, his absence will be acutely felt.
However Comrade Prithvi's inspirational life will stay with us and
always boost our morale, said Karat.
CPI(M) Haryana state secretary Inderjit Singh who presided over the
condolence meeting spoke at length on the work and life of Comrade
Prithvi Singh and described him as an extraordinary person and leader
of masses. A host of other speakers described Comrade Prithvi Singh as
an extraordinary leader of masses with the deepest sympathies for
weaker sections. He inspired may young men and women and drew
them into struggles. He accomplished the arduous task of
organising students into Haryana Student Union. The speakers included
Harnam Singh ex-MLA (CPI), Samapat Singh ex-minister Haryana, Ran Singh
Maan ex-MLA, Jagmati Sangwan and Suneet Chopra, central
committee member of CPI(M). The family of Comrade Prithvi Singh,
including his 90-year old mother, Godha Devi, his wife Murti
Devi, his son Sunil and daughter Manisha were present in
the meeting. All of them expressed resolute determination to carry
forward the ideas of Comrade Prithvi Singh.
The CPI(M) state committee resolution paying tributes to Comrade
Prithvi Singh was read out in the meeting by Surender Singh.
Comrade Prithvi's massive contribution in the building of Party in
Haryana was recognised with full respect. He had unique qualities of
impressing the masses and organising them, stated the resolution.
He was described as a best symbol of how to organise the movement in
Haryana. It was stated that he had the unusual capacity of
absorbing personal shocks and losses while always feeling others pain
and deprivations. He was a moving spirit behind young cadre of
the Party. The state committee placed on record the unique services
rendered by Comrade Prithvi Singh for the Party and resolved to carry
forward his dreams with full strength.
Scores of social organisations, trade unions and employees unions
passed condolence resolutions in memory of Comrade Prithvi Singh.
Students Federation of India, Haryana Kisan Sabha, Haryana CITU, AIDWA
AIAWU, DYFI and others also passed special condolence resolutions. The
meeting ended with a memorial song by young volunteers.
CONDOLENCE MEET IN NATIVE VILLAGE
A massive district-level condolence meeting in memory of Comrade
Prithvi Singh was held in his native village Gorakhpur in Fatehabad
district on October 12, 2008. Thousands of people gathered to pay
tributes to their dear leader.
Leaders from various parties attended the meeting and paid their
respects to the departed leader. Among them were the state finance
minister Virender Singh, Pratap Chautala of HJC party, MLA Kulbir
Beniwal, ex-MLA Maniram Keherwal and others.
It was announced in the meeting that the local panchayat has passed a
resolution naming the local primary health centre after Comrade Prithvi
Singh. The state finance minister also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh
contribution for launching a memorial to Comrade Prithvi Singh.
CPI(M) state secretariat member Surender Singh, leaders Jagmati, Kishan
Swaroop and district secretary Ram Swaroop were also present. Ram
Swaroop presided over the meeting.