People's Democracy

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


No. 34

August 22, 2010

Canada Meeting Remembers Comrade Surjeet


Joga Randhawa

ON August 1, the Indo-Canadian Workers Association of Canada organised a public meeting in the hall of Strawberry Hills Library in Surrey, Canada, in the memory of Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet. People from all walks of life participated in the meeting that started at 1.30 and ended at 4.30 p m. Surinder Sangha, Kulwant Dhesi, Hardev and Surinder Dhesi, among others, addressed it.


Surinder Deshi spoke in detail about Comrade Surjeet’s life while Surinder Sangha spoke about Comrade Surjeet's 14 visits to Canada and explained how his first public meeting in 1982 was organised successfully with a very large participation while a handful of naxalites were protesting outside the meeting hall.  Sangha cautioned against the false propaganda of Maoist groups against the Left parties. 


Kulwant Deshi spoke about how the extremists groups are again getting organised and sending huge amount of funds to India through private foreign exchanges. These funds may be used to organise extremist and secessionist activities in Punjab once again. He urged the people to remain vigilant and come forward to oppose the fundamental groups who now are with collaboration with the Maoists.


Other speakers also spoke about Comrade Surjeet's contribution and the role he played in the national and international politics and in the Left movement in particular.


The meeting was presided over by Paramjeet Singh Gandhri and conducted by Joga Randhawa.