(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 25, 2010
Honours Mudigonda Martyr Families
“My husband fell to the bullets of police while fighting for the distribution of land to the landless poor. I would not hesitate to give my child also to the cause. We will continue our fight for land and for the cause of agricultural labour. I will never forget the love and affection bestowed on us by the movement since the death of my husband.”
resolute words of
the young widow, Yenagundla Usha, wife of Mudigonda martyr Yenagundla
with the 5-year old child in her arms, stirred the delegates attending
AIAWU joint secretary Suneet Chopra introducing the family members on the dais of the conference told them “your family now is 50 lakh members who are AIAWU members across the country. The supreme sacrifice made by your loved ones to the cause of land to the poor makes us proud to honour you. They have given their lives so that others can live a life of dignity.” The importance of the demand of 'land to the poor' at a time of all round price rise and growing attempts to snatch away land was stressed.
The top leadership of AIAWU individually honoured the family members by placing shawls. Those who were honoured included Pasupuleti Shantamma mother of martyr P Kutumba Rao; Jangam Mangamma mother of J Balaswamy; Usukula Chilakamma wife of U Gopaiah; Kathula Jayamma daughter of K Pedalaxmi; and Banka Nagamma wife of B Gopaiah. The AIAWU leaders of Mudigonda who led the struggle then, B Ramesh and Padma were also honoured on the occasion by AIKS general secretary K Varadharajan. It may be recalled that various state committees of the AIAWU and the democratic movement had collected Rs 95 lakhs as fund from the people for helping the martyr families.
conference of AIAWU
condoled the death of Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet and noted that
constant concern to build a powerful agricultural workers union was one
most important contributions to developing our present all
It also condoled the death of Comrade Jyoti Basu whom it described as “a unique leader of the working class, who led the Left Front government as chief minister for over a quarter of century even within the framework of bourgeois democracy. The architect of land reforms, the defender of trade union rights and the initiator of local government reforms that have become the model for the whole country.”
conference also paid
homage to leaders of the democratic movement; the all
AIAWU joint secretary Suneet Chopra moved the condolence resolution.