(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 31, 2010
Homage to Jyoti Basu
The following is the text of the condolence resolution passed unanimously at the condolence meeting organised by the Central Committee of the CPI(M) in New Delhi on January 27, 2010.
expresses its profound grief at the
passing away of Comrade Jyoti Basu at the age of 95. He was the longest
chief minister in
became a Communist while studying law
He was the
secretary of the
Under his leadership, the Left Front government embarked on land reforms on a scale unprecedented in the country; it instituted a panchayati raj system which was radical for its times, which gave the poor peasants and small farmers a say in running the panchayati institutions. His role of not allowing the police to be used against workers and peasants' struggles was notable.
Jyoti Basu became a symbol for the Left, democratic and secular forces in the country. In
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.
Jyoti Basu 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.
movement in the country was fortunate
in having such an accomplished and dedicated leader at the helm of
This meeting 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, grandson and other family members.