People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIV

No. 02

January 10, 2010

Jyoti Basu Critical But Shows Slight Improvement

B Prasant

The veteran Communist leader Jyoti Basu has shown improvement on the evening of January 6, 2010 from what he was in, during the late morning hours.  The medical board belives that while JB’s ‘present condition continues to be … critical,’… he has shown ‘some positive changes,’ from the state of his medical health in the morning.  JB continues to be on a ventilator.

The medical board makes it clear that Jyoti Basu was admitted to the medical institution at Salt Lake with pneumonia, and that the six-member medical board is constantly monitoring his condition.

In between a TV channel jumped the gun early in the afternoon, to announce the ‘demise’ of the Communist veteran, and later had to run a ticker to the contrary, also advising viewers in a show of irritating gratuitousness that the people ‘may not give heed to rumours.’

The medical board meets tomorrow morning and would issue a medical bulletin at 11:30 AM.