(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 24, 2010
CONDOLENCE RESOLUTION OF THE POLIT BUREAU
Homage to Jyoti Basu
The Polit Bureau of the CPI (M) expresses its profound grief at the passing away of Comrade Jyoti Basu, senior most leader of the Party and one of the tallest leaders of the Communist movement in
Basu became a Communist while studying law in
was the Secretary of the provincial committee of the CPI from 1953 to
became a member of the Central Committee of the CPI in 1951. When the
was formed he became one of the founder Polit Bureau and Central
members, positions he continued in, till his death. He played a
role in developing the CPI (M) in
Jyoti Basu made his mark as the leader of the opposition in the assembly between 1957 and l967. He was twice Deputy Chief Minister in the United Front governments between 1967 and 1970. His role in the government in supporting the struggle for implementation of land reforms and in not allowing the police to be used against workers and peasants' struggles was notable.
Basu belonged to the leadership of the CPI M) which steered the Party
the difficult days of semi-fascist terror in
Basu became a symbol for the Left, democratic and secular forces in the
Jyoti Basu as Chief Minister and as a Left leader played an important role in pushing for restructuring Centre-State relations and rallying other Chief Ministers and political leaders for the cause.
He played a prominent role in bringing together Left and secular parties against the Congress government in the nineteen eighties and later against the BJP in the nineties.
Basu was a Marxist who never wavered in his convictions. After the fall
colleagues in the Polit Bureau to make a reappraisal of the experience of building socialism and to pinpoint the errors and to correct wrong notions and understandings while remaining true to Marxism-Leninism. He was a Marxist who was not dogmatic and continued to learn from his vast experience in charting out the course for the Party.
He emerged as the pre-eminent and most popular leader of the Party, but he always worked as a disciplined member of the Party, setting an example for all. In his long career in the Party, he undertook various responsibilities including being the first editor of People's Democracy. He had a lifelong association with the trade union movement and was the Vice-President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions since its inception in 1970.
He stepped down from the Chief Ministership in 2000 due to ill health and advanced age. But he continued to work and discharge responsibilities till the end of his life. He became the source of inspiration and a fount of advice for the Party and the Left movement in the country. Irrespective of political affiliation, across the political spectrum, he was respected by all and accepted as a national leader.
Left movement in the country was fortunate in having such an
dedicated leader at the helm of affairs in
The Polit Bureau salutes the memory of our beloved departed comrade. We pledge to carry forward his cause and work. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his son, Chandan Basu, granddaughters and other family members.