(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 22, 2009
Comrade Manjulika Basu Is No More
A stalwart woman leader of the democratic movement of the state, former member of the CPI(M) Tripura state committee and vice president of AIDWA, Comrade Manjulika Basu passed away at G B Pant Hospital in Agartala at 1.45 pm on February 9, 2009. For the last six months, she had been under treatment in the G B Pant Hospital with kidney and other ailments. She was 79 and a bachelor.
The news of her passing away instantly spread a pal of grief among the Party workers and sympathizers, particularly those who had an opportunity to work with Comrade Basu who had a motherly affection towards them. Immediately after the sad news poured in, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar, Central Committee member Rama Das, state secretariat members Tapan Chakraborty, Gautam Das, state committee members Samar Adhya, Krishna Rakshit and hundreds of Party and AIDWA workers, rushed to the Hospital to have a last glimpse of their beloved leader. They all paid floral tributes to the departed leader.
To fulfill the desire of some of her relatives who had to air-dash from Guwahati and Kolkata the next day, the funeral was held on February 10, 2009. Her last journey started the next day at noon. Seventy nine women volunteers dressed in a uniform of red saris and AIDWA flags bowed down in their hands, led the funeral march with the mortal remains of Comrade Basu. Prominent leaders of Party and womenís organisations were in front of the huge funeral march which sang international all along the path. The procession passed through AIDWA state committee office at Hospital Road Extension, the office of the state social welfare board at Akhaura Road, the CITU state committee office at Office Lane and reached CPI(M) state committee office at Melarmath. Here, apart from the leaders and workers of the state committee office and Desher Katha, daily newspaper paying homage to her, Party senior leader and former state secretary, Baidyanath Majumder draped red flag over the body of Comrade Basu and paid floral tributes to her. Then the funeral march proceeded to the Womenís Commission office to the TECC(HB Road) central committee office to the TGTA(HB Road) office and lastly at the CPI(M), Sadar divisional committee office where the mortal remains of Comrade Basu were kept till the evening for the last glimpses of the leader. In the evening, the funeral proceeded again to the Ramnagar-Krishnanagar LC Office of the Party and then to her residence at Durga Chowmohani. Everywhere the office bearers of the respective offices paid homage to the departed leader with floral tributes. At about 7.00 in the evening, according to her last will, her body was donated to the authorities of the Agartala Government Medical College for academic purpose. The principal of the college received her body in presence of Party Central Committee member Badal Chowdhury, state committee member Krishna Rakshit and her relatives.
In a condolence message issued by the CPI(M) Tripura state secretariat, the Party deeply grieved the passing away of Comrade Manjulika Basu and expressed sympathies to the bereaved family. The statement respectfully remembered the invaluable contribution of Comrade Manjulika Basu to the innumerable movements of teachers and employees, organising women and the working women of the state. Comrade Manjulika Basuís demise, is a loss to the democratic movement of the state. She had a staunch commitment to the communist ideology and was a close friend of working people. The Party has decided to keep red flag half-mast all over the state for two days in respect to her. The chief minister of the state, CITU and AIDWA, in separate statements condoled the death of Comrade Manjulika Basu.