(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 02, 200
NORMALLY senate hall of Bangalore University is sober and deserted on an idle Sunday morning, even when a meeting is held there. But this Sunday was special. It was July 26. The senate hall was not only overflowing, but with people from all walks of life even from outside Bangalore – auto drivers to celebrity theatre/TV directors, Kolar peasants to university professors, trade union leaders to students, factory workers to IT professionals - normally not seen together in a place. The program was also very different. A music band occupied the dias for most of the time singing Spanish songs !
was a unique celebration of Cuba Solidarity day
– July 26 - in the Golden Jubilee year of the Cuban
Revolution of 1959,
organised by Cuba Solidarity Committee. People were savouring the Cuban
singing along ‘Guantanamera’ and many other Spanish songs. The program
multi-faceted. There were songs, poetry reading, releasing of
of a website, film show - all interspersed by inspiring talks. The
focus was on
‘Three Cs’ – Che, Castro and
Cuban minister of Council and Deputy Chief of Mission, Eduardo Iglesias Quintana and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat were joined by editor of monthly Hosathu and writer Dr G Ramakrishna, well known Kannada TV/Film director B Suresh, Kannada poet Mamatha Sagar and mediaperson and writer-poet G N Mohan. But they did not have to sit all the time on the dias. They too sat, enjoyed and savoured the spirit of Cuban revolution with rest of the audience.
The program began with Eduardo Quintana releasing three books on Cuba published by Chinthana Pusthaka and Kriya Prakashana. First copy of the books were handed over to authors. Prakash Karat released four cards on Cuba brought out by Mayflower Media House. Quintana also launched the website on Cuba (www.cubaa.wordpress.com) also managed by Mayflower Media House.
Karat in his address said Cuba has gone
through adversity, most difficult times and what many people say
"impossible odds" but had overcome every time. We must learn from
praised the indomitable courage and heroic
endeavours of the Cuban people.
– quite unlike a dignitary - went round
meeting people, looking around the book stalls and poster exhibition
before the meeting began. He was very impressed by
G N Mohan, author of a celebrated
Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award winning book in Kannada, ‘Cuba – a song
me’ (also translated to Telugu and Tamil) spoke eloquently of his