(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 07, 2010
People Recall Comrade Jyoti Basu’s Role
Since our last issue, we have received the reports from numerous other places of homage being paid to Comrade Jyoti Basu. We present here a cross-section of the same.
THE Rajasthan state committee of the CPI(M) organised a meeting on January 21 to condole the demise of its veteran leader Comrade Jyoti Basu. Leaders of various political parties, mass organisations and citizens forums paid floral tributes to the departed leader on the occasion.
The venue of the meeting was the CPI(M)’s state committee office, the Mazdoor Kisan Bhawan of Jaipur. The hall on this occasion was packed to capacity, with the audience raising loud slogans like Red Salute to Comrade Jyoti Basu! and Long Live Comrade Jyoti Basu!
CPI(M) state secretary Vasudev Sharma, CPI state secretary Dushyant Ojha, Congress state ecretary Virendra Singh Punia, Samanjwadi Party state secretary Anil Shekhawat, state president of the RJD, CITU’s senior vice president Waqarul-Ahad, INTUC state general secretary Babulal sharma, AITUC state secretary Premji, HMS joint secretary B L Saini, LIC employees’ leader Ramchandra Sharma, bank employees’ leader Gopi Shukla, AIFUCTO’s national vice president Dr Ghasiram Chaudhari, Rajiv Gupta of Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Janwadi Mahila Samiti state president Sumitra Chopra, NFIW state secretary Sunita Chaturvedi, CPI(M) MLA Amra Ram and its state secretariat member Hariram Chauhan were among those who expressed their feelings on the occasion. All the speakers threw light on the illustrious political career of Comrade Jyoti Basu and pledged to carry forward the tasks to which he had dedicated his entire life. Condolence messages from the BJP state president Arun Chaturvedi and its Jaipur district unit president Shailendra Bhargava were read out.
Hariram Chauhan and Dushyant Ojha jointly presided over the condolence meeting while CPI(M) state secretariat member Ravindra Shukla conducted the proceedings. The meeting also adopted a resolution sending its condolences to the deceased leader’s family.
Reports of condolence meetings
have been received from
A LARGE number of workers,
peasants, middle class
people, cultural workers, journalists, writers and those from other
took part in the condolence meeting the CPI(M) state committee
January 22, in the Town Hall at
Dharmaraj Mahapatra, Prabhakar Chaube and A C Bhattacharya presided over the meeting.
CPI(M) state secretary M K Nandi, CPI state secretary C L Patel, CITU state general secretary B Sanyal, district UTUC secretary A K Shukla, state government employees’ leader Narendra Chandrakar, PWA leader Prabhakar Chaube and Professor Balchand Kachhwaha were among those who addressed the meeting. The speakers were of the opinion that Comrade Jyoti Basu was an extraordinary genius; he was not only a Left leader but a leader of the masses in a real sense. He was a figure who influenced the Indian politics for more than half a century.
From the presidium of the
meeting, district CPI(M)
secretary Dharmaraj Mahapatra detailed the life and works of Comrade
Basu, his arrival in England for higher studies, his conversion to
there and his decision to become a party wholetimer, thus sacrificing a
comforts and plenty. During his long career of struggle, he was one of
founding leaders of the CPI(M), deputy chief minister of the two United
The audience then observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed leader.
The meeting received condolence messages from former central minister Purushottam Kaushik and former chief minister Ajit Jogi, which were read out.
ON January 30, the Indo-Canadian
Workers Association of
Canada organised a condolence meeting in the Strawberry Hills Library
The meeting was addressed by
Surinder Sangha, Kulwant Dhesi
and Surinder Dhesi from the Indian Canadian Workers Association,
Daudharia from the Community Party of Canada, Shinder Purewal of the
Party of Canada, noted historian Sohan Singh Pooni, Gurpreet Singh from
India of Canada, India’s consul general Ashok Das, and others. Sangha
details about the role Comrade Jyoti Basu played in Indian politics as
in the land reforms, panchayat system and communal harmony in
Kulwant Deshi spoke about how
Comrade Jyoti Basu ran a
communist government in West Bengal under the bourgeois landlord system
Joga Singh Randhawa organised a
programme and played Prakash Karat's interview highlighting Comrade
legacy, his contribution, his uniqueness in strengthening the fabric of
Gurpreet Singh spoke in detail
about the role Comrade
Jyoti Basu played in keeping the communal forces in check and in
and strengthening communal harmony in the state of
Paying their homage to Comrade
Jyoti Basu, other
speakers too recalled his role in national politics and in the Left
On this occasion, the
Association and Radio
PEOPLE from across
The condolence meeting in Southall was packed with the representatives of political parties, trade unionists, religious leaders, students and members of parliament. This meeting on January 24 coincided with the memorial meeting in Shahid Minar of Kolkata. Though the two places are thousands of miles apart, the people in the two countries shared the emotion and reaffirmed their commitment to uphold the socialist, secular, democratic and pro-people legacy of Jyoti Basu. The meeting recalled the departed leader’s cherished belief that the people will finally emerge victorious and move in freedom towards a classless society free from exploitation in any form.
The meeting began with a silent tribute as attention turned to capturing some pertinent moments of the epoch making history that Jyoti Basu lived.
Harsev Bains, general secretary,
Surjit Singh Bilga, a senior
leader of the Sikh
community, recalled the dark days of emergency in the 1970s when Jyoti
stayed underground in
Avtar Sadiq, secretary,
Association of Indian
Communists, noted how the early years of Jyoti Basu from a law student
Labour MP and chair of the
Labour Friends of India,
Steve Pound, offered a tribute based on his personal experience of
visit during the last state elections, when he met Comrade Basu. He
this great statesman of international stature, who established new
extending democracy by winning elections over and over and over again,
we all yearn to duplicate his success in winning elections,” he stated.
exemplified the legacy of Basu in eradicating hunger and famine from
Inder Sen Gupta of the CPI, now
In a message of condolence from
the Indian High
Commission, first secretary for community affairs Jitendera Kumar
personal anecdotes of life, democracy and systemic changes that took
since Jyoti Basu and the Left Front came to power in
Harpal Brar, chair of the CPGB
(ML), said during a
very short time the people of
Hardip Duhra, national president
of the Friends of CPI
A visibly moved Santokh Singh, a
shared his memories of Comrade Basu addressing the masses in
The local MP for Southall,
Virendera Sharma, said
Jyoti Basu believed in helping all human beings, not just sections of
contrasted Jyoti Basu’s role with the shameful events in Gujarat and
current divisive statements against non-Marathi workers in
Nazar Basran elaborated how
Comrade Basu and the Left
Front government in
IWA (GB) national president Dyal
Bagri informed that
memorial meetings were being organised across the
Avtar Uppal, president of the Southall unit of IWA (GB), attacked the wishful manipulation by some sections to present the idea of End of History. Talking of the life of Comrade Basu, he said history, the history of struggle, the people’s history to end exploitation, to be free from poverty, to bring about real change ends nowhere. (Harsev Bains)