(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 09, 200
Tens of Thousands Pay Homage
to Comrade Subhas Chakraborty
thousands of people rallied on the streets of
Kolkata on August 4, 2009 to bid adieu to Comrade Subhas Chakraborty.
the most popular Left leaders in
The entire state went into deep grief as Biman Basu broke down in tears when he had to announce the passing away of Comrade Subhas Chakraborty at the hospital gate. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the hospital a day earlier itself on getting to know the deteriorating condition of Comrade Chakraborty.
deep shock and lamented the passing away of Comrade Chakraborty at a
young age. The Polit
Bureau of the CPI(M)
expressed deep grief and put on record that Comrade Subhas Chakrabarty
popular leader who served the Party with dedication. His death was a
the Party and the working class movement in
But it was on August 4 when a sea of humanity poured out to pay their last homage to the departed leader. His body was taken from the mortuary first to the CPI(M) district committee office of North 24 Parganas, his main area of political work. From there the last remains were brought to Dumdum, where he started his political activity and from where he has been elected to the assembly for the last 32 years (from Belgachia East constituency). Hundreds of people lined up on the streets as Comrade Subhas Chakraborty’s body reached his residence, Salt Lake Stadium, Writers’ Building, legislative assembly, Netaji Indoor Staidum, CITU state office and finally it was kept for hours in CPI(M) state committee office at Alimuddin Street. At every place people thronged to have a last glimpse of their dear leader, cutting across social-political lines. In the state committee office, thousands of people remained in queue for hours to pay their last respects.
Bureau members, including Biman Basu, Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee, Nirupam Sen and Md Amin paid their homage to Comrade
Chakraborthy at the state committee
office. Sitaram Yechury who arrived from
The funeral procession, like a silent wave, crossed about 10 kilometers with more and more people joining the procession on the way. It took hours to reach to burning ghat, where the last rites took place amidst resounding slogans of “Red Salute to Comrade Subhas Chakraborty”.
A LIFE OF
Subhas Chakraborty waged a relentless battle against
both revisionism and sectarianism. He
became a member of the CPI(M) state committee in 1971. In the days of
semi-fascist terror in
Subhas Chakraborty was the state vice president and
member of the all
Comrade Chakraborty was deeply involved with the world of sports and culture, as also with a string of social activities. He was the person whose determination created Salt Lake stadium, one of the largest of its kind in Asia. His close links with the people, cooperative attitude and down to earth behaviour earned him respect and love from all sections. It was evident even after his demise when people from all walks of life mourned his untimely death. Diego Maradona mourned the death of Comrade Chakraborty in a condolence message sent to his family.
Comrade Subhas Chakraborty leaves behind his wife Ramala, who is a member of the district committee of North 24 Parganas of the CPI(M) and their son, Anubhav.