(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 15, 2012
Red Salute Comrade N Varadarajan
THOUSANDS of people poured
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
After keeping his body for Party leaders and cadre to pay their last respects at the Party state committee office, it was taken to Dindigul, his native district, where the last journey was held.
“He returned to Chennai on
morning after attending the 20th Party
The Tamilnadu state committee of the CPI(M) dips its red flag to pay tribute to Comrade N Varadharajan, he said.
Popularly known as NV in Party circles, Comrade N Varadarajan was one of the 32 members of the united Communist Party of India (CPI) who quit the Party in 1964 and formed the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tamilnadu.
Starting his career as a
he was dismissed by the management for organising a union. He worked
tannery workers, cigar-makers and sanitary workers in and around
well as in unified
When the Emergency was declared, he again went underground. He had spent three years in jail in connection with his political activities. He was instrumental in creating the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) and he consistently fought for securing three per cent exclusive reservation for Arundathiyars, a dalit sub-sect.
He was elected to the Tamilnadu assembly from the Vedasandur constituency in 1967. Subsequently, he represented Dindigul in 1977 and 1980. He was the Party's whip in the assembly.
After functioning as the
Though the health
condition was not
good, the dedicated leader actively participated and observed the
and discussions as a Central Committee member of the Party in the 20th Party Congress held at
At Dindigul, Comrade N
body was kept in the district committee office of the Party for homage.
Polit Bureau member, G Ramakrishnan, state secretary of the Party and
secretariat members paid their last respects. State committee members
district secretaries and thousands of Party workers rushed to Dindigul
red salute to their beloved and much respected leader
Thousands of people from hundreds of villages in and around Dindigul district, various political party leaders and cadres, leaders of various dalit organisations and some traders thronged the Party office and paid homage.
In the evening, a huge
Tamilnadu governor K Rosaiah and chief minister Jayalalithaa condoled his death.
DMK president M Karunanidhi, TNCC president B S Gnanadesikan and opposition leader Vijayakant visited the CPI(M) office and paid their respects.
MDMK general secretary
Vaiko and PMK
The legislative assembly of the state paid tributes to Comrade N Varadarajan.