Red Salute to Comrade Dhananjay!

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.   

Aloke Ranjan Dasgupta

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

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!

Comrade Prabir Bal

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

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.

Comrade Amitabh Sarkar

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!

Swami Agnivesh

We are grieved by the passing of Swami Agnivesh.

He was a lifelong crusader against social slavery and bigotry, and a friend of all kinds of people's movements. He succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack by a lynch mob comprising cadres of India's ruling Bhartiya Janta Party in Jharkhand last year. A BJP Minister defended the attempted lynching at the time. Agniveshji’s internal organs never recovered from the damage done to them by the attack.

Dheerlalit Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj passed away on 17 August in New Jersey, USA, at the age of 90. He was the foremost living exponent of the Mewati Gharana of Hindustani classical music. Pt. Jasraj can be seen as the confluence of the 'popular' and 'classical' or of 'secular' and 'spiritual'. Purity and experimentation walked hand in hand in his music.

Farewell to Rahat Indori

The death of renowned Urdu poet Rahat Indori on 11 August 2020 is an irreparable loss to Indian literature and the composite culture of our country. Born in Indore in 1950, we lost this scholar, poet and lyricist to the Covid19 virus suddenly and untimely. He was 69.