The world suffered an irreparable loss with the passing away of poet Mangalesh Dabral on 9 December 2020.
Veteran human rights campaigner from Jharkhand, Comrade Tridib Ghosh, fell to Covid-19 in Ranchi on 15 December. In the 1980s and 1990s Ghosh da was a popular leader of Indian People's Front and CPIML in the Ranchi-Hazaribagh region.
He is survived by his wife Prof Malanch Ghosh and his son.
We will always remember his outrage against police atrocities and oppression of adivasis and his warmth and affection for comrades. Red Salute, Ghosh da!
Paying tribute to the legendary actor of Bengali theatre and cinema Soumitra Chatterjee, CPIML general secretary Comrade Dipankar wrote, “Adieu, Soumitra Chatterjee! For decades you strode like a colossus on the cultural canvas of West Bengal, and now you won't be around when West Bengal is fighting the biggest battle ever to save its cultural soul and social ethos. Your legacy will inspire us to win this battle.”
CPIML expresses its deep condolences at the sudden and untimely demise of senior journalist Kumar Dhananjay on 21 November 2020.
Kumar Dhananjay worked as a journalist for the last two decades, first with Aaj Tak and in the last few years with various independent media outlets. Throughout his career as a journalist he remained committed to democratic values and just causes.
Poet, essayist and translator Aloke Ranjan Dasgupta passed away on 17 November. He authored 20 books of poetry and translated Bengali and Santhal poetry and plays into English and German, and also translated literature from German and French into Bengali.
In tribute to Aloke Ranjan Dasgupta, we reproduce one of his poems in translation.
Comrade Vishwanath Soren passed away on 14 October early in the morning. He was 55. He succumbed to a brain haemorrhage in Bangur hospital, Kolkata. Comrade Vishwanath was a founding leader of the Adivasi Adhikar Aur Adhikar Manch in Hooghly district, and a fighting leader of the adivasi movement. He was a member of the party’s Polba Dhanekhali area committee.
Red Salute to Comrade Vishwanath Soren!
Noted cultural activist of the Pashchimbanga Gana Sangskriti Parishad, Prabir Bal passed away on 2 October. He had been a people’s movement singer, song writer and composer since the early 1970s. He formed the Poober Awaz team, and issued a cassette ‘Ami Manush’ in 1995. Jan Sanskriti Manch and CPIML activists in Kolkata paid him tributes in a condolence meeting held in his memory.
Red Salute to Comrade Prabir Bal!
Comrade Neelu, a member of the party’s Odisha State Committee and a leading organiser in the Kalahandi district, passed away of a sudden heart attack at his home in Gogordanga, North 24 Parganas. He was 47. He joined the party in his student life, and remained a wholetime activist all his life.
Amitabh Sarkar succumbed to renal failure on 6 October. He helped form the Thakurnagar Sanskritik Parishad ballet and mime team. His untimely loss (he was in his 30s) has left his family and comrades grieving. Red Salute to Comrade Amitabh Sarkar!