(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 02, 200
is a year since Comrade
Harkishan Singh Surjeet died on August 1, 2008. With this came to an
eventful life that made a big contribution to the Communist movement in
belonged to a generation
in the Communist Party whose political activities spanned both the
pre-independence period of the struggle against British imperialism and
subsequent post-independence era. His membership in the Congress party,
Congress Socialist Party and the Communist Party reflected his evolving
political and ideological outlook.
early work in
organising the peasantry was motivated by the dual goal of drawing in
peasantry into the fight against imperialism and to spearhead the
against feudalism. His lifelong association with the peasant movement
on the understanding that the tasks of the democratic revolution were
completed with independence in 1947.
early experience of
the tumultuous anti-imperialist movement in
made a valuable
contribution in the struggle for establishing and defending the basic
principles of Marxism-Leninism disavowing revisionist and sectarian
As the leader of the CPI(M) with the widest experience of the
communist movement, he played a key role in the period when the
skill was seen in
the period when the Left sought to build an anti-Congress unity without
compromising with the BJP in the period between 1987 and 1991 and later
unity of secular parties had to be built against the BJP and the
danger without allying with the Congress. If the idea of a third force
Indian politics against the Congress and the BJP emerged as a
the late 1980�s and efforts were made to translate it into a viable
proposition, much of the credit for this goes to the tireless and
endeavours of Surjeet.
was imbued with
the spirit of internationalism. His firm commitment to fight
defend socialism never wavered even when an adverse situation developed
early 1990s. Surjeet was the prime mover of the campaign to organise
with Vietnam, Cuba and Palestine on different occasions.
stood out in the life
of Harkishan Singh Surjeet was his devotion and commitment to the
Party. He would expend all his energies and time to implement and make
all the Party's decisions. His only concern was how to develop the
advance the cause of the democratic revolution and socialism.
deeply miss his
presence at this juncture when the Party has to face many challenges.
should be fortified in our resolve by the example he has set and the
has left behind for us.