(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 14, 2010
A Role Model CPI(M) Legislator
IT is only
because of him,
a cycle stand was allowed to remain in place in the
illustrates the kind
of man Vasudev Singh is, a humble, down to earth, committed fighter for
people's cause. I was fortunate to witness first hand all these
travelling with him during election campaign in a cycle rickshaw,
auto and a rickety bus back to
Born in Vasudevpur Chandpura village in Begusarai, Vasudev Singh joined the 1942 Quit India movement at an early age. He came in touch with Comrade Brahm Dev, a CPI leader who had shoot at sight orders issued by the British against him. He joined the Communist Party in 1952 and continues in the CPI(M) since then. Actually, Vasudev Singh could not pursue his education after middle school due to poor finances of the family. Only by giving tuitions to children of well to do families, he could complete his studies. And that was how he ended up as a school teacher also.
Given his politics, he organised the teachers under the umbrella of BSTA and became Begusarai district secretary of that organisation. He quit his job and continued the union activity. He was fielded by the CPI(M) from Begusarai constituency in 1980 which he lost by 2500 votes. Once again, he was the Party candidate in 1990 but this time he won defeating the state home minister. He remained an MLA during 1990-1995 during which period his simplicity and persuasive manner of raising issues in the assembly were noted by one and all. Later he contested as MLC in 1996 from Darbhanga teachers constituency that comprises of four districts. His popularity and respect for him among the teachers is so high that he won again from this constituency in 2002 and 2008.
lives in a
single room in the Bihar Secondary Teachers Association (BSTA) building
“Becoming a communist is a life long process. One cannot become a communist without having a feeling of comradeship nor by just taking membership. We have to constantly strive to be a good communist”, this is the advice Vasudev Singh has for Party members.