Friday, February 26, 2010


24 innocent EFR jawans butchered on 15-02-2010 at Silda, West Bengal by perverted Maoist killers who are having the blessings of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal


Perverted Maoist butchers and rapists killed 24 innocent EFR jawans at Silda, West Bengal with full support of film actress Aparna Sen, Shaoli Mitra, Bibhas Chakraborty, Koushik Sen and other so-called intellectuals of West Bengal


24 innocent jawans massacred by perverted Maoist butchers at Silda in West Bengal on 15-02-2010 with the active support of APDR, PUCL and other so-called human rights organisations.


Maoist thugs and killers slain 24 EFR jawans in Silda, West Bengal on 15-02-2010 with the active support of Medha Patkar, Mahasweta Devi, Arundhati Roy and Mamata Banerjee


Mayham of perverted Maoists in Silda, West Bengal on 15-02-2010 resulting in 24 deaths of innocent EFR Jawans


Perverted Maoists butchered 24 innocent EFR Jawans at Silda in West Bengal on 15-02-2010. The perverted anti-national foreign funded pseudo social activists, intellectuals, some media, human right organisations and SUCI support Maoist cruelties and perverions in the name of so-called human rights.


Perverted human right activists suppor Maoist crulty of butchering 24 innocent EFR Jawans in Silda, West Bengal on 15-02-2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Insane and perverted Maoist butchers and rapists massacre 24 innocoent jawans in Silda, West Bengal on 15-02-2010


Mahasweta Devii and her gang of pseudo intellectuals glorify the attack of perverted Maoist butchers on the EFR Jawans at Silda Camp, West Bengal resulting in the death of 24 innocent patriots on 15-02-2010


Attack on EFR Camp at Silda, West Bengal by Maoist butchers resulting in the death of 24 EFR Jawans on 15-02-2010


Chhatradhar Mahato with the TMC supremo, Ms Mamata Banerjee at Pirakanta


The Maoists gunned down Dibakar Bhattacharya, the second offi cer of Sankrail police station at Sankrail on October 20, 2009


Comrade Barendranath Mahato, a CPI(M) member and Comrade Gurucharan Mahato, a CPI(M) activist were left murdered by the Maoists at Sirsi of Dherua panchayat in Jangalmahal of West Midnapore on July 10, 2009


The killer squad of Maoists and TMC brutally murdered Baneshwar Murmu, a peasant at Sarenga in Bankura on September 8, 2009


The TMC- Maoists alliance is continuing their vandalism against CPI (M) members and supporters across the state. 18th May 2009, The TMC activists burnt the huts of poor villagers at Sholabhaga in Howrah district.


Kolkata, Feb 25 : A police officer and a Maoist were killed and two others injured in a gunfight between the security forces and the ultras at Sarenga in West Bengal’’s Bankura district today.According to sources, a group of armed Maoists shot at and injured local CPI-M leader Tarashankar Patra late last night. On getting the information, police and joint forces rushed to the spot.

Another team of joint forces from Lalgarh came and a gunbattle with the security forces ensued.

Inspector-in-charge of Sarenga police station Rabi Lochan Mitra and a Maoist cadre Dule were killed in the encounter.

The gunfight comes even as Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji had on Monday offered a 72-day ceasefire from February 25 to May 7.


Comrade Ramakrishna Duley, a CPI (M) activist was killed by the Maoists at Sarenga police station of Saluka village in Bankura on August 15, 2009 (Saturday). Duley became the target of the Maoists and TMC members as he had fought for the poor section. While returning to home after ploughing lands, he was gunned down. Duley’s family members burst into tears after they had come to know about his death

Thursday, February 18, 2010


A few social and political activists and intellectuals such as Arundhati Roy, Mamata Banerjee, Medha Patkar, Mahasweta Devi, Dr. Pushkar Raj, film actress Aparna Sen, Shaoli Mitra, Subhaprasanna Bhattachajree, Jogen Chowdhury, Sujat Bhadra, Bibhas Chakraborty and others, day in and day out, always speak for the safety of the perverted Maoist butchers, extortionists and rapists and champion their cause. They have been trying to raise support and a respectable space for them on different manufactures premises.

They also try to create sympathy for them in all possible ways and manners on this or that pretext. But they never use a single word to condemn the brutalities and perversions of their beloved Maoist insane terrorist brethren.

The details of EFR Jawans killed by the perverted Maoist cold blooded murderers at Shilda Camp in West Midnapur District on 15-02-2010 are placed below.

1 Ajoy Thapa, P.S. Maligarh, Darjeeling
2 Gogan Pradhan, P.S. Kharagpur Local, W. Midnapur
3 Bihan Kachari, Salua, W. Midnapur
4 Prem Siring Bhutia, P.S. Kalimpong, Darjeeling
5 Mikmar Tamang, PS Sukhiapokhari, Darjeeling
6 Arun Singh Thakuri, Salua, Dist. W. Midnapur
7 Surya Bahadur Thapa, PS Hijli, W. Midnapur
8 Jiban Chetri, Midnapur Town, W. Midnapur
9 Banin Chandra Dhimari, PS Golpara, Assam
10 Arindra Kumar Rava, Gopalpur, Assam
11 Kanteswar Basumatari, Guwhati, Assam
12 Monal Chetri, Ghum, Dist. Darjeeling
13 Suresh Rai, Mirik, Darjeeling
14 Nimte Sherpa, Pulbazar, Darjeeling
15 Pradip Pradhan, Sukiapokhari, Darjeeling
16 Madhukar Subba, Kalimpong, Darjeeling
17 Shati Kumar Rai, Gorubathan, Darjeeling
18 Dambar Bahadur Chetri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling
19 Subhas Chetri, Kotwali, Jalpaiguri
20 Biman Rai, Jorebunglow, Darjeeling
21 Gopal Krishna Chetri, Malhati, Jalpaiguri
22 Doulat Rai, Ghalibari, Darjeeling
23 Premtas Lepcha, Kalimpong, Darjeeling
24 Ram Bahadur Thapa, Salua, W. Midnapur

Those who provide a shield to the Maoist cold-blooded murderers should also be held as much responsible for the killings as are the Maoists.

Both are two faces of the same coin and therefore must be dealt with an iron hand.

The nation should be cautious of the diabolical aims and objectives of these agents of the perverted Maoists.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010



HONOURABLE prime minister, union ministers, chief ministers of various states and senior officials of the central and state governments, first of all I thank the honourable prime minister for calling a meeting on such a nationally important issue of price rise in this present age of global recession, climate change and food crisis.

Only an effective PDS can ensure food security. As part of liberalisation and opening up of the Indian markets to retail giants, the government of India is out to permit FDI in the retail trade sector and the APL quota of food grains to the states has been drastically cut. The government of India has cut down the APL allocation of food grains to Kerala by 85 per cent, from 1,13,420 metric tonnes in 2006 to 17,056 metric tonnes per month in April 2008. The Kerala government has been requesting the government of India to restore the APL quota of food grains to 1,13,420 metric tonnes which was there in 2006. But this request has fallen on deaf ears. Similarly, the APL wheat quota was cut down by 68 per cent and BPL wheat quota by 21per cent. Hence if the government of India is seriously thinking about price control and food security in the country, first of all the original PDS allocations should be restored to the states, including Kerala. As for Kerala, it is a consumer state that has gone for diversification of agricultural crops as advocated by the central government and is contributing substantially to the country's foreign exchange by way of export of tea, coffee, rubber, spices etc.

The government of Kerala has been actively intervening in the open market through the supply of essential commodities like pulses and spices at 30 to 70 per cent less than the open market price. Further, the state government is supplying rice at Rs 13 per kilogram through the Civil Supplies Corporation’s outlets. The state government is giving rice at Rs 2 to 26 lakh families belonging to the BPL category and to the APL families of the SC/ST and fishermen communities. In order to control the price of meals in the hotels, the state government has started Maveli hotels supplying meals at Rs 10 to 15 across the state. We spend roughly around Rs 400 crore every year by way of the above initiatives. The state government has been requesting the government of India to bring in a mechanism for meeting at least 50 per cent of these funds required for market intervention, as most of the states will not be able to bear the costs of market intervention. Due to these effective interventions by the government of Kerala, we could control the prices in the open market and the consumer price index for agricultural and rural labourers indicates that Kerala is in the 16th position with regard to price hike.

The state government has also been requesting the government of India to include coconut oil in the list of edible oils and subsidise its sale. Coconut oil being the main edible oil produced and consumed in Kerala, subsidising it will help the farmers and the consumers alike. Though the import of edible oils will increase their supply in the country, the actual benefit would go to the farmers and traders in foreign countries. Hence this genuine request of the government of Kerala may be looked into urgently.

The state government is procuring paddy from the farmers at Rs 200 per quintal above the MSP declared by the government of India. The food credit facility given by RBI for this purpose is at a rate of 10.5 per cent, which is higher than what is being offered even by private banks. Hence an interest rate subsidy to the tune of two to four per cent may be given by the RBI. The release of funds from the FCI for the paddy procured is badly delayed. Since payments have to be made to the farmers in time, any delay in the release of funds will only lead to an increase in the miseries of farmers in the country. In Kerala, only the timely intervention of the state government through interest free loans, waiver of debts by the Agriculture Debt Relief Commission, and increased MSP for paddy, has prevented suicides among farmers.

The state government has also been requesting the government of India to permit the sale of fortified atta through the Civil Supplies Corporation’s outlets which is the second line of PDS to control the atta prices as well as to prevent the diversion of wheat. These may be sanctioned at the earliest by the government of India.

The state government has not imposed any VAT on imported sugar. The Kerala Civil Supplies Corporation has requested the designated government of India agencies for supply of imported sugar for sale through its outlets. But a favourable response has not been received to date. Though levy sugar has been restricted to only BPL families by the government of India, even that allotment is not being given to the states by the millers. The state of Kerala has to get 7,600 metric tonnes of levy sugar from the millers. Though allotment orders have been issued by the government of India, the millers are not supplying the sugar. The matter was taken up with the central government but no action has been taken in this regard. This will only help traders to hike price of sugar in the open market.

Last but not the least, the report submitted by Shri Kirit Parekh to the petroleum ministry has recommended decontrol of the pricing mechanism for petroleum and its products. The effect of such a move will only be large-scale inflation all around. The costs of transportation will go up, imposing a crippling burden on the consumer states like Kerala. The budgets of every household will be strained by the increase in kerosene and LPG prices. I would most emphatically state that these recommendations of Shri Parekh should not be accepted, as they would form the last straw which would break the consumer's back.

In conclusion, if the government of India is seriously thinking of controlling the prices of essential commodities and strengthening the PDS for ensuring food security in the country, the APL quota of food grains as well as sugar should be restored to the 2006 levels and supplied in time besides the other measures I have suggested.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)



The Central Committee heard a report on the situation in West Bengal. The TMC combine on the one hand and the Maoists on the other are continuing their campaign of violence against the CPI (M) and the Left. Since the Lok Sabha elections, 167 members and supporters of the CPI (M) and the Left have been killed. Thousands have had to leave their homes due to the attacks. The Maoist gangs have killed over seventy of our comrades in West Medinipur district alone. There is a deliberate and planned effort to attack the CPI (M) and the Left to prevent them working among the people. The Central Committee condemned the dubious links between the TMC and the Maoists. The TMC is in the central government whose declared policy is to counter the Maoist violence.

The Central Committee is confident that the CPI (M) state unit and the Left Front will successfully mobilise the people in defence of their rights and livelihood while countering the anti-democratic assaults and violence.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)



The Central Committee considered the report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by Justice Ranganath Mishra. The Central Committee welcomes the recommendations for providing reservation for the minorities in government jobs. The Central Committee urged the central government to take necessary steps to implement the recommendations.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)


THE Orissa state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has decided to expose and oppose the Maoists attacks on its cadres, leaders and common innocent people in the state. It has decided to launch a political and ideological campaign, together with a mass mobilisation drive through rallies, demonstrations and meetings throughout the state, in order to oppose the murderous politics of Maoist terrorists and expose the imperialist game plan behind it.

As per the call by the CPI (M) state committee on February 1, rallies and demonstrations were organised at various places in the state.

It may be mentioned here that the Maoists have made the CPI (M) and the CITU in Orissa their special targets. Just before the parliamentary elections in 2009, they murdered a CPI (M) leader, Comrade Rabi Oram who was a trade union activist. Recently, they abducted a CPI (M) member and CITU activist, Comrade Thomas Munda, while he was working in the Kalta Mines in Sundargarh district. Two days after his abduction, Comrade Munda was killed and his body was found lying close to the nearby Rajendra railway station on January 28. A week earlier, they had abducted Sundargarh district Zilla Parishad member and CPI (M) leader, Comrade Anandamasi Horo, from Roxy (Jamudih) but released him five days later. His Maoist abductors also threatened him woth dire consequences if he does not quit the CPI (M) and the CITU.

All this is obviously a part of the Maoist threat to physically liquidate the CPI (M) and CITU leaders.

On the other hand, the state police is completely inactive and has left many areas unguarded, with the result that lawless rule of the Maoists prevails there. In Sundargarh district, as many as 3,000 tribal people are on a continuous dharna for the last one and a half months in front of the K Balang police station, demanding protection so that they could live peacefully in their thatched house. But the state administration is yet to respond to their justified demand.

It was against all this menace of the Maoists and the lackadaisical attitude of the state and central governments that the CPI (M) organised protest actions in the state capital Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Brahmapur, Puri, Bhadrak, Kakudakhandi, Jaipur Road, and Kendrapada. State and district leader of the party addressed these meetings and demonstrations. The party has planned protest actions at other centres as well. It has decided to meet the Maoists menace politically, ideologically and organisationally.

In the last week of January, a state level delegation of the CPI (M), led by its state secretary Janardan Pati, met the chief minister of Orissa and demanded adequate protection against the Maoists violence and threat. He later informed the media that the political campaign and organisational activities against the Maoist depredations would be further intensified.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)
Source: www.pd.cpim.or



The Central Committee condemned the chauvinistic forces who are targeting non-Marathi speaking people in Mumbai and the state. The Shiv Sena and the MNS are indulging in this disruptive game after having failed to mobilise support for their platform in the recent assembly elections. The attempt to intimidate film actors like Shahrukh Khan and other personalities for speaking out their mind is highly condemnable.

The Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra is also pandering to chauvinistic sentiments. The recent order on taxi drivers in Mumbai having to speak and write Marathi with the 15-year domicile is one such step. The CPI (M) calls upon all citizens in Maharashtra and the country to rebuff the virulent chauvinistic politics which harms national unity.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)


THE decision of the Left Front government in West Bengal to give a reservation of 10 per cent in government jobs for socially and educationally backward Muslims announced by the Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, is predictably being dismissed cynically as an election gimmick by the Congress party which cannot afford to openly oppose this move. It is, as expected, outrightly denounced by the communal outfits particularly their political arm, the BJP.

The decision of the West Bengal government is based on the recommendations of Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission established on October 23, 2004 to recommend measures for the welfare of religious and linguistic minorities in the country. The CPI(M) had broadly welcomed the Commission and its recommendations.

Though the Commission submitted its report to the prime minister in May 2007, it was tabled in the parliament only in December, 2009. The Congress party's prevarication on this issue is clearly established by this delay. The UPA-2 government is yet to come with an action taken report on these recommendations. It is the normal practice that any report of a Commission constituted by the government of India must be brought to the parliament alongwith an action taken report. This lapse, hopefully, should be corrected in the forthcoming budget session. Only then will the country and the people know how the government intends to implement the recommendations of the Commission.

The Ranganath Mishra Commission, amongst others, recommended that the criteria for identifying backward classes should be uniform without any discrimination between the majority community and the religious and linguistic minorities. It, therefore, suggested that the criteria now applied to determine the OBC status amongst the majority community must be unreservedly applied also to all the minorities. It is in this light that the Commission has recommended reservations to the religious minorities on the lines of the OBC reservation. It has recommended 15 per cent reservation in employment under the central and state governments on this basis. Within this 15 per cent, 10 per cent is earmarked for the Muslim minorities commensurate with their 73 per cent share in the total minority population at the national level. The rest, ie, 5 per cent, must be earmarked for other minorities.

It is on the basis of this recommendation that the West Bengal government has announced its decision. These recommendations are in tune with Article 16 (4) of the Indian constitution which states: “Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State.”

The acceptance of the Ranganath Mishra Commission recommendations will necessarily take the percentage of reservations beyond the 50 per cent ceiling set by the Supreme Court. Since the reservations for the SC/STs and the OBCs at the state level are based on their proportion of population, in some states, the full quota of 27 per cent for the OBCs has not been utilised. West Bengal is one such state where currently there is only a 7 per cent reservation of seats for the OBCS based on those identified as backward classes and their proportion in the state's population. With the current decision, the percentage of reservations under the OBC category will increase to 17 per cent with 10 per cent of this being earmarked for the backward Muslims.

Amongst all other recommendations of the Commission, reservation for backward Muslims was first chosen as they comprise 25 per cent of Bengal's population. Further, in keeping with the longstanding understanding of the CPI (M), the creamy layer will not benefit from this reservation. The West Bengal government has announced that the families with an annual income of Rs 4. 5 lakh or more cannot avail of this.

Inclusion of backward Muslim sub-groups in the state's OBC list is nothing new in West Bengal. At present, there are 12 Muslim sub-groups in the OBC list representing 16.83 lakh people. The state government has now identified another 37 Muslim sub-groups. All these categories come under the category of backward Muslims as identified by the Sachar Committee report. These are the Ajlaf and Arzal categories. The West Bengal proposal excludes the advanced Ashrafs who are considered as the creamy layer amongst the Muslims. The state government has announced the setting up of a committee to identify and firm up the inclusion of sub-groups under the OBC category in order to ensure that the benefits reach those who most deserve.

Ignoring this reality of backward Muslim sub-groups already being part of the state's OBC list, the BJP has, once again, mounted its communal offensive by charging the CPI (M) and the Left Front of appeasing the Muslims. Their anti-minority stance and the vituperative communal poison that they spread is too well known to need any repetition here. Such rabid communal politics is, in fact, the worst expression of vote bank politics in our country which seeks to consolidate the Hindu vote bank based on spreading hatred against the religious minorities. While thundering that reservations cannot be based on religion, they conveniently forget that they continuously promote and defend reservations for the Scheduled Castes and the OBCs strictly within the Hindu religious fold only. It is precisely this logic that the Ranganath Mishra Commission has busted by saying that the criteria for identification of backwardness must be uniform across religions.

The Congress party first needs to explain to the people its procrastination on this report for so long before mounting attacks against the CPI(M) for implementing what is widely recognised today as necessary for the integration of the minorities into the process of building of modern India.

The yardstick of any modern democracy in measuring its success is the status and welfare of the smallest of minorities. The efficacy of any government in a modern democracy is to be measured by its success in ensuring equality of opportunity to all accompanied by proactive measures of affirmative action to bridge the gaps of social and economic inequality. The West Bengal government's decision is correct from this perspective and thus deserves to be welcomed by all Indian secular democrats and patriots.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)



The Central Committee reiterated its strong opposition to the decision of the central government to disinvest at least 10 per cent of government equity in all profitable public sector units. Already the shares of the NHPC, Oil India and the NTPC have been sold. The government is planning to sell shares in sixty central public sector undertakings that would be shortlisted in the stock market in the next two years. The deceptive concept of “people’s ownership” is being used to mislead public opinion and conceal the true nature of disinvestment.

This aggressive disinvestment drive is being undertaken to bridge the fiscal deficit which has reached nearly seven percent of the GDP. The government is forgoing future income from dividends. Worse, it is transferring state-owned assets to private hands. The NTPC shares are being sold cheaply, showing how public assets are being plundered.

Rather than mobilising more taxes from the private corporate sector by doing away with tax exemptions, the Congress-led government is opting for the irrational course of disinvestment which is only meant to benefit the big financial players in the stock market.

The Central Committee decided to mobilise people against the disinvestment. It will extend all support to the struggle of the trade unions and the public sector employees against this step which is contrary to national interests.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)



The Central Committee discussed the situation which has developed in Andhra Pradesh with the agitation for a separate Telengana state and the counter-agitation for a united state. It is unfortunate that the Central Government and the Congress leadership took the shortsighted step of announcing the process of the creation of a separate state on December 9. It is now for the central government to ensure that the stalemate is ended and the solution found by taking into account the views of all political parties and sections of the people. This process is to begin with the setting up of the committee headed by retired Justice B N Sri Krishna.

The initial stand taken by the central government on Telengana gave a fillip to demands for separate states in various other states. The Central Committee reiterated its stand that the states which were linguistically reorganised as part of the democratic restructuring of the state structure should not be disturbed.

The Central Committee appealed to all sections of the people of Andhra Pradesh to maintain peace and harmony. There are forces trying to provoke further divisions among the people which is harmful to the overall interests of the people.

(People’s Democracy dated 14-02-2010)


COMRADE Jyoti Basu’s demise evoked profound sorrow among a large section of people in Maharashtra, particularly among the toiling masses. Leaders of a large number of political parties, trade unions and organisations of toiling masses came forward to pay him homage. Electronic and print media gave wide publicity. Almost all newspapers, in English as well as Marathi or other languages, carried editorials. Well attended public meetings to pay homage to Comrade Jyoti Basu, were held at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Dombivali and many other places in the state by party organisations. Leaders of various secular, Left and democratic parties as well as organisations paid glowing tributes to Comrade Jyoti Basu at these meetings. A state level convention of the activists of Republican Left Democratic Front, held on January 22, at Mumbai adopted a resolution condoling the comrade’s demise.
In Mumbai, on January 19, the day of the last journey of Comrade Jyoti Basu, party activists including Mumbai party secretary Mahendra Singh and secretariat members Ashok Banerjee, Soniya Gill and R S Pandey assembled at Janshakti, the CPI(M)’s state and Mumbai party office, at 3 p m. They marched, carrying photographs of Comrade Jyoti Basu, in the streets in the office vicinity, shouting slogans “Comrade Jyoti Basu Lal Salaam” and “Comrade Jyoti Basu Amar Rahe!” In the office hall, they paid floral tributes. Mahendra Singh, Ashok Banerjee, Soniya Gil, R S Pandey spoke.
On January 27, the CPI (M)’s Mumbai committee organised a packed hall public homage meeting at Vanmali Hall in Dadar (West). The party’s Mumbai secretariat member R S Pandey made the introductory remarks while its state secretary Dr Ashok Dhawale presided. Central Committee member K L Bajaj, Mahendra Singh, state committee members Sayeed Ahmed and Kishor Thekedath, CPI leader Sukumar Damle, PWP leader Professor S V Jadhav, Janata Dal (Secular) state general secretary Vasant Shirali, Kamgar Aghadi president Dada Samant, well known senior journalist P Sainath, NRMU general secretary P R Menon and assistant general secretary S K Bose addressed the meeting. They paid rich tributes to Jyoti Basu recalling his dedication, simplicity, courage, loyalty to the party, unflinching faith in Marxism-Leninism, emphasis on forging close links with the masses, disciplined conduct, staunch opposition to imperialism and communalism, extraordinary political leadership, and immense contribution in building the communist, Left, democratic and trade union movements.

Speaking as president of the meeting, Ashok Dhawale mentioned that participation of more than one million persons in the last journey of Jyoti Basu reflected the deep love, affection and respect of masses for him. Paying homage, he referred to the personality of Jyoti Basu, his unflinching faith in revolutionary transformation of society, his leadership of various mass struggles, his contribution in making West Bengal a Left citadel, and his immense hatred for imperialism and communalism. Dhawale said true tribute to Jyoti Basu would be to preserve and advance his rich legacy and devote oneself to realise the India of his dreams. The meeting paid stood silent for two minutes and ended with loud slogans of “Comrade Jyoti Basu Lal Salaam” and “Comrade Jyoti Basu Amar Rahe”.

(Mahendra Singh)


CUTTING across political affiliations, leaders from different political parties paid glowing tributes to Comrade Jyoti Basu, one of the finest sons of the Indian subcontinent, who died on January 17. The all-party condolence meeting was organised by the CPI (M)’s Bihar state committee on January 29, in the lawns of Gate Public Library in Patna.

Though the Gate Public Library is far away from the hustle and bustle of central Patna, on January 29 it attracted a large number of party members, sympathisers and common people who reached the place in time, to pay their homage and take pledge to carry forward the unfulfilled task left behind by Comrade Jyoti Basu, one of the tallest communist leaders and the last one of the navratnas who formed the CPI (M) in 1964 and tirelessly fought for the growth of the party till his last breath.

By the time the meeting started, the Gate Public Library was overflowing with workers, peasants, government employees and different sections of the society who wanted to be the part of the solemn occasion and pay their last respect to the icon who espoused the cause of the have-nots by sacrificing his aristocratic background.

At this all-party meeting, CPI (M) state secretary Vijaykant Thakur recalled the immense contribution made by Comrade Jyoti Basu to the cause of the communist movement. He reminded the audience that during his 23 years long stint as chief minister, Comrade Jyoti Basu changed the face of rural Bengal. Under his leadership, the party and Kisan Sabha played a significant role for getting the radical land reforms effected by the Left Front government. He bore the brunt of the Congress regime since 1946 when he was first elected to the legislative assembly. Thakur recalled Comrade Basu’s personal courage when a miscreant fired upon him at the Patna Junction railway station on March 31, 1970. On that occasion, Basu maintained his calm, and visited the residence of Ali Imam who had come to receive Comrade Jyoti Basu at the railway station but died because of the firing on the spot. Later on, he addressed a party rally in Gandhi Maidan. Thakur asked the party leaders, cadres and also the political class in general to follow the high ideals practiced by Comrade Jyoti Basu.

Comrade A B Bardhan, general secretary of the CPI, who had come to attend the state council meeting of his party, spoke from his heart and recalled his long association with Comrade Basu. Giving a brief sketch of his political life right from his London days to the cause of communist movement in India he emphasised the need to carry forward the legacy of Comrade Jyoti Basu, who was the epitome of personal courage, self-sacrifice and discipline. He exhorted the audience to fill the void with collective effort and imbibe the ideals of Comrade Jyoti Basu.

BJP leader Mangal Pandey, while paying his tribute on behalf of the party, made a strong plea to emulate the high ideals of self-sacrifice and discipline in politics. Even in his death, Basu has set a rare example by donating his body for the benefit of the posterity.

RJD leader and Rajya Sabha member, Rajniti Prasad paid fulsome tribute to Comrade Jyoti Basu and made a strong plea to fulfil his dream by taking up the cause of downtrodden and the have-nots.

CPI (ML) leader Shiv Sagar Singh eloquently about contribution made by Comrade Jyoti Basu and urged to fight unitedly for the cause for which Comrade Jyoti Basu struggled in his life time.

Leaders of the Forward Bloc, SUCI and BSP, CPI state secretary Badrinarain Lal and AIPSO general secretary Bijendra Pandey also paid their respects to the departed comrade.

Presiding over the meeting, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi spoke at length about his long association with Comrade Basu and paid him tribute with moist eyes.

As the meeting came to a close, one minute silence was observed in memory of Comrade Jyoti Basu. (Arun Kumar Mishra).



A TOWERING personality of the Indian communist movement and senior most leader of the CPI (M), Comrade Jyoti Basu won the hearts of a wide cross-section of the people of Assam as well. Condolence meetings are being held and rich tributes are being paid throughout the state with dignity and solemnity.

The Assam state committee of the CPI (M) organised a condolence meeting on January 27 at the Pragjyoti Cultural Complex in Guwahati, with massive participation. Besides party members and sympathisers, leaders from across the political spectrum and multitudes of people —educationists and intellectuals, artists and literary personalities, workers and employees —gathered to pay homage to Comrade Jyoti Basu who passed away on January 17.

The function started with paying floral tributes on the portrait of Jyoti Basu placed in front of the Cultural Complex building. Party followers as well as admirers, cutting across political and ideological barriers, filled the sprawling complex and offered floral tributes. The complex premises were draped with red flags, banners and festoons.

The programme started at 2-30 p m with senior state leaders of the CPI (M) paying floral tributes. The first to pay respect was state secretary Uddhab Barman who was followed by Central committee member Hemen Das and state secretariat members.

Leaders of various political parties, including the CPI, CPI (ML) Liberation, AGP, BJP, Janata Dal (S), AIUDF and NCP, offered homage to the departed leader by placing floral wreaths.

Dr Debo Prasad Barooah (a former vice chancellor of Guwahati University), Udayaditya Bharali (a former principal of Cotton College), noted scientist Dr Chandra Mohan Sarma, theatre personality Dr Sitanath Lakhar, cultural celebrity Sudakshina Sarma, GU teacher Abdul Mannan, prominent lawyer Bijan Chandra Das and literary figure Anil Roychoudhury were among the distinguished personalities who offered homage to the leader. A large number of people also lined up and paid floral tributes while moving rendition of Internationale was presented simultaneously by IPTA artists Bibhuranjan Chaudhury and Ghana Deka.

The condolence meeting was held inside the auditorium with senior party leader Hemen Das presiding. CPI (M) state secretary Uddhab Barman moved the condolence resolution in the jam-packed hall. While paying rich-tributes to Comrade Jyoti Basu, the resolution recorded his contribution in developing the communist movement in Assam as well. As an important functionary of the Railway Workers' Union, Basu frequently visited Assam and guided the movement in the early days of his political career. In fact, Jyoti Basu's Assam link can be traced back to his childhood when his father, uncle and other relatives lived in Dhubri. Basu's father Dr Nishikanta Basu got his medical degree from Dibrugarh Medical College, Assam.

Paying homage to Comrade Jyoti Basu, CPI state secretary Bhugreswar Dutta said that Basu commanded national respect as a communist leader who followed party discipline and remained steadfast to his ideals championing the cause of the working people. CPI (M-L) Liberation leader Naren Bora, Janata Dal (S) state president Ramani Barman, AGP leader Dr Deba Dutta Barkataki, BJP leader Harekrishna Bharali, AIUDF working president Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Chaudhury, NCP leader Tribeni Chakravorty and RCPI state secretary Ambu Borah paid their homage. In their avalanche of tributes, all leaders across the political spectrum praised the communist legend who initiated and implemented land reforms, strengthened democracy by extending it down to the panchayat level and strove for communal harmony and an inclusive society. Basu outlived most of his contemporaries. He was a man of immense political stature, one of India's most illustrious leaders and statesmen, they said.

Former vice chancellor Dr Debo Prasad Barooah said Basu was certainly the best known face of communism across the land, transcending regional limitations and influence. He was respected and listened to across the political and ideological spectrum on key policy matters, national and international. Recalling his association with Jyoti Basu in the sixties and seventies, Dr Barooah referred to Basu's unique leadership in the trade union movement. The former VC, who has a mastery over Indian political system and constitutional matters, also highlighted Basu's record the independent India's longest serving chief minister who was unrelenting in his struggle for restructuring of the centre-state relations. Dr Barooah called upon the people to intensify the struggle for social change.

Among others, Dr Chandra Mohan Sarma, Udayaditya Bharali, Jyoti Prasad Saikia (retired IAS officer and the editor of the Dainik Asom), and Gauhati Lawyers' Union president Tarun Singha Lahkar also spoke and showered praises on Jyoti Basu.

Cultural celebrity Sudakshina Sarma and Rishiraj Sarma presented a song with melody and rhythm to pay homage to Comrade Jyoti Basu.
The chairman of the meeting, Hemen Das, described Jyoti Basu as one of the finest products of the Indian freedom struggle and communist movement. The younger generation should embrace Marxism-Leninism as a developing science and follow the path of struggles illuminated by Comrade Jyoti Basu, the CPI(M) leader said.
The condolence meeting came to a close with the singing of Internationale by the entire audience led by Bibhuranjan Chaudhury and Ghana Deka. (Isfaqur Rahman)


Sunday, February 14, 2010


Shri Debabrata Bandyopadhyay is a trusted Advisor to Trinamul Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee. He is also a former Secretary of Revenue and erstwhile Secretary of Rural Development in the Government of India.

In a recent piece titled, "Citizens Beware! Killer Convicts at Large!" in the Mainstream magazine dated December 4-10, 2009 he has thrown mud on CPI (M) functionaries by building a monument of falsehood about "conviction", "release on parole" and "destruction of records".

In doing so and by using expressions such as "black mamba", "killer convicts", "nasty killer" to describe a serving and elected minister and other public functionaries, the author only further sullies his already discredited image.

What is striking is the absolute lack of editorial due diligence in publishing this malicious piece written by the former bureaucrat. Any editor worth her/his salt would have taken pains to check the veracity of the claims as well as been tempted to use editorial standards to vet some of the abominable language used. But alas, so consumed is the editor in buying the spurious monument of lies, there is none of that necessary editorial work.

Bandyopadhyay's entire article is a pack of lies, wrapped in a monument of malice intended to deliberately attack and demonize serving ministers and senior leaders of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist).

The context that provides the author to make such a willful character assassination and deliberate falsification of facts is the ‘Sainbari’ incident on 17th March 1970, where two brothers - sympathisers of the Congress party named Moloy Sain and Pronob Sain were killed.

These murders were made the pretext to falsely implicate the entire leadership of the CPI (M) in Burdwan district. It must be noted that this was done when West Bengal was under President's rule and the Congress party was going all out to target the CPI (M) and its cadres.

The argument of Bandyopadhyay's article is that:

1. 50/60 armed hooligans under the leadership of “Benoy Konar” attacked the residence of Sains in Burdwan with “foul mood” and murdered two Sain brothers named Moloy Sain and Pronob Sain.

2. 17 of the miscreants were responsible for the murder of the Sain brothers.

3. The author does not care to mention their names.

4. Eight of them, were "convicted" and life imprisonment was imposed upon them by the District and Sessions Judge of Burdwan in 1971.

5. Of the eight thus convicted- he names Benoy Konar (who is current Central Committee member of the CPI [M]), Politburo Member and West Bengal industries minister Nirupam Sen, Manik Roy (mentioned as "absconding"), Amal Haldar and Paltoo Bandyopadhyay.

6. The "convicts went on appeal before the Calcutta High Court twice.

7. On both occasions their appeal was rejected.

8. The convicts did not "curiously" prefer to appeal before the Supreme Court and instead "waited for an opportunity to get them out of the prison by foul means".

9. Later, when the CPI (M) came to power, "all the convicts of the Sain murder case were released on “unconditional and unlimited parole”.

10. The "records of the case" were "pilfered" from the "archives of the Calcutta High Court through their [the CPI (M)'s] committed members of the "Coordination Committee" among the employees of the High Court" and were destroyed,

11. The Registrar General, Calcutta High Court had "shockingly" reported to the Supreme Court that the High Court had no paper relating to the Sainbari case.
12. The "convicts" have been "enjoying unrestricted and unconditional parole for the last 32 years".

13. One Joydeep Mukherjee has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court to find out how the "convicts" have been "enjoying unrestricted and unconditional parole for the last 32 years".

Thus framing his case for the article's headline that "killer convicts are at large", Bandyopadhyay then goes on to construct an elaborate pack of cards bringing the Singur and Nandigram "incidents" into the picture as he makes scurrilous after scandalous claim about the persons in question.


1. The 2nd United Front Government led by Ajoy Mukhopadhyay was dismissed by Governor Dharam Veera on 16-03-1970.

2. A 24-Hour Bangla Bandh was called by the CPI (M) and other Left Parties on the next day 17-03-1970.

3. In each and every locality in West Bengal the “Bandh” was being observed peacefully and the cadres of Leftist Parties took out processions and organized mass meetings against the dismissal of the State Government.

4. A similar peaceful procession was taken out in at Talmaruin area of Burdwan Town on that day by CPI (M) workers.

5. It was attacked by antisocial elements of Congress Party with bombs, lethal weapons and as a result one Gourhari Dey was injured seriously.

6. In the clash followed, 2 Sain brothers named Moloy Sain and Pronab Sain and one private tutor were killed.

7. At 12:30 PM on the same day, one Dilip Kumar Bhattacharya s/o Bomkesh Bhattacharjee of Ahiritola Lane, P.S. & Dist. Burdwan lodged an FIR with the Burdwan Police Station. The FIR was drafted by the District Congress President Nurul Islam in the Congress Party Office in consultation with Panchu Gopal Mukherjee, S.P. of Burdwan, Shankari Chatterjee, Officer-in-Charge, Burdwan Police Station and Rabindranath Ghosh, S.I. of Burdwan Police Station.

All the above three police officers had taken a pledge to wipe out CPI (M) from Burdwan District. Bijoyesh Ganguly was mentioned as witness.

8. The manufactured FIR mentioned clearly the following:

a. A peaceful ‘Bandh’ was being observed at the call of a political party but its armed cadres were giving provocative slogans.

b. At about 8-00 am an armed procession of about 1500/2000 people were proceeding through Pratapeswar-Shibtola in the town where the residence of Sain brothers was situated.

c. The processionists broke open the residence of the Sain Brothers, set it to fire and in the ensuing clash two Sain Brothers named Moloy Sain, Pronob Sain and family private tutor Jiten Roy were killed.

9. On the basis of the said FIR the Burdwan Police Station started P.S Case no 50 dt. 17.3.70 under sections 148/149/307/302/336/380 of I.P.C. against the following persons and took up investigation of the case.

(1) Ajit Kumar Mukherjee @ Tila (2) Kalyan Dutta Mondal (3) Pabitra Bhattacharjee (4) Madhu (5) Anwar Hossain (6) Akbar Hossain (7) Tapas Mukherjee (8) Vivek (9) Bulu (10) Amal Banerjee (11) Bablu Banerjee (12) Saikat Sain (13) Gandhi (14) Budo (15) Mahadeb Bhattacharjee (16) Swadhin Chatterjee (17) Mridul Sen (18) Salil Bhattacharjee (19) Subhas Chatterjee (20) Dilip Dubey (21) Ajoy Chatterjee (22) Bablu Dutta (23) Pradip Ghosh (24) Baidyanath Samanta (25) Sujit Ghosh (26) Subodh Chowdhury, (27) Amiya Dawn of Shaktigarh, Freedom Fighter Subodh Chowdhury and in the name of others totaling to 72 and 1500 unknown people.

In the original FIR there was no mention of the names of the then MLA Benoy Konar, Gokulananda Roy, Municipal Councillor Mojammel Hossain, Ramnarayan Goswami @ Kudo, Abdul Rashid, Swapan Banerjee and others.

10. Shri Tarun Dutta was the District Magistrate of Burdwan.

11. Later the officiating Chief Minister Shri Sidhartha Shankar Roy had been to Burdwan a number of times. He met the mother of Sain brothers Smt. Mrignayana Devi and made a wide-spread false and malicious propaganda that she was forced to eat boiled rice mixed with blood of her two slain sons on the fateful day. He had also introduced her to Smt. Indira Gandhi.

12. The notorious Governor Dharam Veera also visited Burdwan to give it wide publicity.

13. All the anti-Leftist Forces and a section of perverted media in the country had spread concocted stories of CPI (M) brutality and made it an all India issue.

14. After completion of the investigation the D.D.I., Asansol submitted a charge sheet against 111 persons including Benoy Konar and others on 8.2.71 under various sections of the Penal code including sections 326/302/440/836/114/149/336 of I.P.C. before the S.D.J.M Burdwan.

15. The Investigating Officer requested the Court to release 34 innocent persons who were arrested indiscriminately by him.

16. Out of these 111 accused persons, 56 persons were in jail as Under Trial Prisoners.

17. In this case " STATE V AJIT MUKHERJEE AND 83 OTHERS” also known as the “SAINBARI CASE” there was mention of 78 persons as public witnesses.

18. After submission of the Charge Sheet some more arrests were made.

19. During the running of the trial at Burdwan, the advocate Bhabadish Roy defending the accused, Freedom Fighter Shibshankar Chowdhury (Kalo Da), Purnananda Batabyal, Pancha Bagdi, Ram Mudi, Arun Devbhuti, Nitya Paul, Anwar, Brinta (Bagha), Arun Dutta, Shanti Bhanja and many other CPI (M) leaders & cadres were killed by criminals of Congress Party in Burdwan Town. A total reign of terror was created by the Congress hoodlums and butchers in connivance with Superintendent of Police Panchu Gopal Mukherjee and other police officials in the town.

20. Most of the CPI (M) leaders and cadres living in Burdwan town had fled and took shelter elsewhere.

21. The accused persons, therefore, made a prayer before the Sessions Judge, Burdwan for the transfer of the case outside the Burdwan town on safety and security reasons.

22. The Learned Sessions judge rejected the prayer of the accused persons.

23. Thereafter the accused persons moved the Hon'ble High Court, Calcutta. On 21.2.71 the Hon'ble High Court transferred the case to Alipore and the S.D.J.M Alipore committed the case to the court of Sessions on 13.6.74.

24. Some of the accused persons died in the meantime and some were absconding. So, the Third Court of Additional Sessions Judge Gitesh Ranjan Bhattacharjee framed Charges against 83 accused persons on 13.8.77 including Benoy Konar, Dilip Dubey, Ramnarayan Goswami, Ashok Bhusan Chakraborty, Mridul Sen, Sukanta Konar, Nirupam Sen, Rajat Banerjee, Amiya Saha, Swapan Banerjee under sections 148/149/302/149/436 of IPC and read out their names. All the accused persons pleaded innocence.

25. The names of Amal Haldar and Manik Roy were mentioned neither in the original FIR nor in the charge sheet framed by The Third Court of Additional Sessions Judge on 13-08-1977.

26. In the meantime, the Left Front Government came to power on 21st June, 1977. Immediately after installation, it declared the following policies on the basis of “Forgive and Forget”:

a. No revenge will be taken against those criminals and murderers of the Congress Party who had butchered more than 1200 CPI (M) leaders and cadres in West Bengal between 1971 and1977 and created a reign of terror during this period.

b. All political prisoners irrespective of affiliation would be released unconditionally.

27. On 20.9.77 the Learned Public Prosecutor, therefore, filed an application u/s 321 Cr.P.C seeking the court's consent for withdrawal from the prosecution of the accused persons.

28. On 30-09-1977 Shri Gitesh Ranjan Bhattacharjee heard the case and ordered to withdraw cases against only 4 accused persons.

29. All the other accused persons appealed to the Calcutta High Court. Maintaining the order of 30-09-1977 the Calcutta High Courted directed the State Government to submit afresh a petition before the Third Court of Additional Sessions Judge for withdrawal of the case. Shri Asit Ganguly defended the accused persons.

30. On 29-11-1977 the Public Prosecutor filed an application afresh u/s 321 Cr.P.C before the Third Court of Additional Sessions Judge for withdrawal from the prosecution of the accused persons with the consent of the court on following grounds.

a. There was an occurrence on the relevant date and relevant time in the house of the Sains, but the accused persons did not participate in that occurrence. That most of the accused belonged to one political party and most of the witnesses belonged to a rival political party, and that the accused persons had been falsely implicated in the case. That the investigation had not been fair and impartial and that the rival political party directed the course of the investigation and the evidence collected by the investigation agency was grossly tainted.

b. As two major political parties were involved in the case, if instant prosecution was carried to its logical end, it is almost certain that feelings or acrimony and hatred would be engineered between the local workers of the said two political parties, and that the current (then) situation in Burdwan town is quite peaceful and the trial is bound to disturb the peaceful atmosphere that is prevailing in the town.

c. The then State government (of the Left Front) had effected a policy of "Forgive and Forget" which was directed at putting an end to all political and ideological bitterness of the past.

d. The entire trial is based on the FIR lodged by one Dilip Bhattacharjee. But he himself has declared in writing that he did not know who had committed the murder. He was not a witness to the incident. He had neither written the statement of the FIR nor did he himself submit the same to the concerned police station. The FIR was drafted by the District Congress President Nurul Islam. He had put his signature on the same without going through it. Mr. Islam himself had also submitted it to the police station. The written declaration of Shri Bhattacharjee was enclosed marked Annex-A.

Witness No. 43 Itika Dutta of Suratmahal Lane of Town Hall Para of Burdwan had submitted in writing that during the incident on 17-03-1977 she was out of Burdwan. The Investigating Officer had manufactured a false statement under section 161 Cr.Pc. without meeting her.

The brother of two slain Sain brothers Bijoy Sain submitted in writing that along with two others he was confined to a room during the incident and so did not know what actually had happened.

Bijoy Sain, his sister Swarnalata Josh and brother-in-law Amalkanta Josh had in writing pleaded for withdrawal of the case in view of the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the town.

e. The Investigating Officer had recorded the statement of Swapan Mukherjee on 08-04-1970, Nurul Islam on 08-04-1970 and Bijoyesh Ganguly on 23-04-1970 as witnesses to the incident but surprisingly their names were not mentioned in the original FIR. Even they had not put their signature on the FIR as witnesses.

The Public Prosecutor submitted that on the basis of such weak documentary evidences and witnesses, it was not possible for him to continue the case against so many people. So, he wanted to withdraw the case.

In the meantime, Hon’ble Judge Gitesh Ranjan Bhattacharjee got transferred to the Calcutta High Court as its judge. So, the Additional Sessions Judge R.K. Kar examined the grounds of withdrawal by looking at similar judicial precedents and on the basis of principles laid down by the Supreme Court in considering such grounds observed that:

a. There was a case of recantation of testimony by the person who filed the FIR.

b. He was unsure of the numbers mentioned in the charge sheet and that following the incident.

c. Leaders of the rival political party had colluded with the investigating officer in getting statements recorded from various witnesses.

d. There were several discrepancies with the statements given by the witnesses.

e. The manner the FIR was filed and in the way the investigation was done.

f. These facts and circumstances supported the Public Prosecutor's submission.

g. The investigation had not been impartial.

h. He would not be able to lead cogent and convincing evidence to warrant a conviction of the accused was not without basis.

i. The general political atmosphere in Burdwan Town at that time, featuring political murders and attacks on rival political parties, the general inaction of the police during the incident - either to halt the miscreants' attack on the Sain house as a retaliation to an alleged bomb attack on them or to apprehend them after the incident.

j. Other precedents on incidents arising out of rivalry between different associations and dismissal of charges owing to the need to continue to maintain harmony post such incidents.

k. In the light of prevalence of relative calm and peace eight years since the Sainbari incident, the judge mentioned that the Public Prosecutor's submission of withdrawal on such grounds deserved consideration.

l. However on the third ground of the Left Front government's policy of "forgive and forget", the judge clearly mentioned that "the policy of Government is no consideration for giving consent for withdrawal" citing other precedents.

m. In sum, the judge considered the other grounds enough to not find sufficient reason to withhold consent for withdrawal. Thus, the 83 accused persons were acquitted of the offences under Cr. PC section 321(b) passing the following order on 06-05-1978.


If anyone goes minutely through the proceedings of the court, he will come across the following facts.

· The "convicts" went on appeal against their "sentence" to the High Court and that eventually they were released on "parole" are thus completely false and flows from the rather flowing imagination of the said author.

· It also appears very clearly that the numbers 8 and 17 are discretely chosen to make a scurrilous point.

Amal Haldar's name for example is not part of the 83 accused in the "State vs Ajit Mukherjee..." case.

· How could someone who has not been convicted appeal for "parole"?

· And from where did Bandyopadhyay make his claim that eight persons were convicted and sentenced to "life imprisonment"?

· And why would anyone who has not been "convicted" appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a judgment of "conviction" if that never happened?

· These are questions that deserve legitimate answers from the obviously deranged former bureaucrat.

· That Bandyopadhyay's later assertions on the CPI (M) using its "power" to grant "parole" to the "convicted" and that the records of the case archive were destroyed are nonsense is proved from the "State vs Ajit Mukherjee..." case records.

· Curiously, Bandyopadhyay also makes other assertions that the Registrar General, Calcutta High Court had "shockingly" reported to the Supreme Court that the High Court had no paper relating to the Sainbari case, when no appeal to the non-existing conviction was ever filed in the High Court!

· The author continues in his nonsensical vein claiming that the "CPI (M) government had granted unconditional and unlimited parole" and hopes that the "Supreme Court gave an order revoking the parole of the convicts".

· It is mentioned in the article that one Joydeep Mukherjee has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court to find out how the "convicts" have been "enjoying unrestricted and unconditional parole for the last 32 years".

· As established before, these are all false premises and one wonders how the Supreme Court could admit the petition which is certainly a false affidavit - a sure case of contempt of Court.

In fact, the order in the "State vs Ajit Mukherjee and 83 others case" - passed by the Third Court of Additional Sessions Judge, Alipore dated 30 September 1977 and another dated 6 May 1978 - eventually acquitted the 83 accused persons from the charges framed against them.

So, the entire contention of the article written by D. Bandyopadhyay is concocted, manufactured and distorted. It is nothing but a fairy tale and nonsense. It is completely false and flows from the rather flowing imagination of the said author.
The deranged writer D. Bandyopadhyay is a trusted advisor of the leader of the chief party in the opposition in the state is a testament to the state of affairs that exists in the anti-Left Front alliance in West Bengal.

Considering the track record of the leader in question - in the sheer mindlessness, in the nonsensical obstructionism, in the poverty of logic and reason in the Trinamul's politics, it is not a surprise that she keeps such abominable company to advise her. He and other perverts are the “Think Tank” of Mamata Banerjee. It can be easily realized how they are going to destroy the future of West Bengal.

The perverted former bureaucrat D. Bandyopadhyay is the most appropriate successor of “Goebles and Hitler”. If both of them were alive, they would have hung their heads in shame watching their successor surpassing their limits of distortion of facts and perversions. The use of most derogatory words such as “convict on parole”, “public menace”, "killer convicts” “black mamba” “Khokan Sen”, “District level operator” "nasty killer" etc. by this uncultured former bureaucrat speaks of his unsound mind and manner of his bringing up.

It is, therefore, expected that the Supreme Court of India takes drastic steps against the D. Bandyopadhyay for distortion of court proceedings and against Joydeep Mukherjee for filing a false affidavit before the Apex Court.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


On January 24, the Jharkhand state committee of the CPI (M) organised a tribute march and a condolence meeting in Ranchi as a homage to Comrade Jyoti Basu. Hundreds of party cadres from all over the state and several mass organisations took part in the tribute march, which started from the Sainik Market and went to the Abhinandan Sabhagar after traversing a distance of six kilometres while passing through the Main Road, Albert Ekka Chowk, Kuchery Chowk and Radial Road.

Leaders of the CPI, Forward Bloc, Marxist Coordination Committee, CPI(ML), RJD and JMM, journalists, writers, cultural activists, various sections of society and several academicians also attended the march.

After the march, a condolence meeting was held in the Abhinandan Sabhagar to pay tribute to Comrade Jyoti Basu. CPI (M) state secretary Jnanshankar Majumdar placed a condolence resolution and Comrade Rajendra Singh Munda presided over the condolence meeting.

The meeting recalled Comrade Jyoti Basu’s visits to Jharkhand at several occasions. He visited Jamshedpur many times --- in 1957 for an election campaign, in 1958 to support the strike of TISCO workers, and in 1983 to participate in the CITU general Council meeting.

In 1972 he visited the HEC, Ranchi, on the occasion of the CITU’s state conference and addressed a public meeting. In 1980 he visited Bundu in Ranchi district for an election campaign and in 1993 he visited Dhanbad to address a public meeting organised by the CPI (M) on the occasion of the state party plenum.



ON January 20 evening, the state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised a condolence meeting in Gaiety Theatre at Shimla, the state capital, where hundreds of people paid their tributes to the veteran communist leader and CPI (M) Polit Bureau member, Comrade Jyoti Basu. The speakers included the chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal whose chopper got snagged at Una and he had to come by another chopper to reach the venue.

While paying his condolences to Comrade Jyoti Basu, he said he had learnt a lot from the departed leader. Describing the life of Comrade Jyoti Basu, Dhumal said the best lesson to learn from Basu’s life is that he placed his party, the CPI (M), above himself and stuck to its decisions as a disciplined soldier of the party. Referring to other parties including his own, he said it is difficult to emulate Basu at a time when leaders become big and parties go small. Jyoti Basu was just the reverse, Dhumal remarked.

Narender Bragta, horticulture minister of the state, said though there are differences with the Left on ideological terms but the life of Jyoti Basu was exemplary.

Dwelling on the life of the legendary leader, CPI (M) state secretary Rakesh Singha said the one liners of Comrade Jyoti Basu have become a legend. He said Comrade Basu used to tell the party comrades that they must learn from the masses and should not try to be their teachers, and this is the biggest lesson we have to learn from him. He also recalled the glorious role of Jyoti Basu in the strengthening of Indian states. It was at his initiative that various commissions were formed to resolve the centre-state relations and ensure more powers to the states. He further said the state of Himachal has been a weak and a victim state as the major sources of revenue have gone to the centre. The share of the state in hydel projects is not being given either. Thus the demise of Jyoti Basu is a loss for this struggle as well.

Suresh Bhardwaj, the local MLA from Shimla, said while paying his condolences that it was under Comrade Jyotui Basu’s leadership that the panchayati raj system got strengthened in West Bengal. Jyoti Basu, according to him, could visualise things in advance, because of which he was also a master of coalition politics.

The others to speak were Madhu Sud (the mayor of Shimla municipal corporation), Harbhajjan Singh Bhajji (former MLA from Shimla and state general secretary of the Congress party), Adarsh Sud (former mayor, former MLA and leader of the Congress party) and Karam Chand Bhatia.

The trade union leaders who paid their tributes, included Surender Thakur, state president of the BMS. He said the life of Jyoti Basu was an loadstar for the working class of the country. He said Comrade Basu did not become a leader overnight; he initially worked at the ground level, organised the railway workmen and this is how his journey of struggles started.

The INTUC was represented by Mani Baba.

Dr Kashmir Singh Thakur spoke on behalf of the CITU. While commenting on the choice of his profession, he said though Comrade Jyoti Basu had all the material wealth during his childhood days and could have lived quite lavishly, he instead chose the path of Marxism-Leninism. He applied it concretely to the Indian conditions. It was under his leadership that the working class of West Bengal could get several benefits and various boards were formed for their welfare.

Falma Chauhan, state leader of the AIDWA, also shared the dais and narrated the gains the women’s movement has made under his leadership. He laid special emphasis on the movement of lakh of the self-help groups in which women are organised under a separate ministry.

Tikender Singh, a member of the CPI (M) state secretariat, read out the condolence resolution, followed by a minute of silence in mourning. Sanjay Chauhan conducted the proceedings.



On January 18, tributes were paid to Comrade Jyoti Basu at a largely attended condolence meeting at Jammu, organised by the Jammu and Kashmir state committee of the CPI (M). The meeting was presided over by CPI (M) state secretary M Y Tarigami.

Prominent leaders including Mangat Ram Sharma (Congress leader and former deputy chief minister) S S Slathia (minister for industries and commerce), Sheikh Abdul Rehman (state president, Samajwadi Party), Ajay Sadhotra MLC and Devinder Rana MLC (senior leaders of the National Conference), Hakim Mohammad Yasin (political advisor to the chief minister), Peer Mohammad Hussain (former minister and president People’s Democratic Front), senior PDP leader and former minister Bharat Bushan, Jugal Kishore (former minister), A R Takroo and Kamal Dev (CPI leaders), Sham Prasad Kesar (CPI-M leader), and Balraj Puri (eminent human rights activist) paid rich tributes to the departed leader.

The speakers described the departed leader as a symbol of democratic and secular values, one who played a prominent role in bringing together the democratic forces for strengthening the federal structure and reshaping the centre-state relationship. Committed to the ideology of scientific socialism, Comrade Jyoti Basu made rich contributions to strengthening the pluralistic and secular ethos of the country by mobilising large sections of political opinion. His lifelong struggle for advancement of the cause of toiling people will be remembered for a long time to come, the speakers said.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of a resolution moved by Ghulam Nabi Malik of the CPI (M).



Presided over by Justice Amubhai Ravani, former chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court, a broad-based condolence meeting was held on January 24 in the Mehdi Nawab Jang Hall at Paldi in Ahmedabad.
On this occasion, Justice Ravani recalled Comrade Jyoti Basu’s commendable and unique life style which earned him unprecedented respect from all the classes. For his incessant yearning to unflinchingly serve the cause of the downtrodden, he had become the idol of revolutionary youth, the speaker said. His overt non-orthodoxy is evident from the fact that he donated his body for medical research.

Shaktisinhji Gohil, leader of opposition in the Gujarat assembly, described him as a light house for the entire humanity, one who was selfless to the core. He placed the interest of his party before himself and showed no vacillation in this regard, which is what made him a role model in regard to organisation.

Senior CPI (M) leader Subodh Mehta, state Congress president Sidharthbhai Patel, state BJP president Purshotambhai Roopala, state BJP general secretary Jayantibhai Barot, CPI leader Chintaman Panjankar, NCP leader Shri Bholabhai Patel, Maha Gujarat Janta Party leader Gordhan Zadafia, SUCI leader Jayesh Patel, HMKP leader Jayaantibhai Panchal, CPI(ML) leader Kanti Dabhi, CPI (M) state secretary Arun Mehta, and a large number of other people affiliated to political parties and mass organisations as well as citizens also paid homage to the stalwart of India’s communist movement. Arun Mehata conducted the meeting that concluded with loud slogans hailing the life and work of Comrade Jyoti Basu.

Earlier, on January 22, a condolence meeting took place in Bhavnagar, when the big Dashashrimali Community Hall at Ghogha Gate was packed to capacity. Apart from Subodh Mehta and Arun Mehta from the CPI (M), BJP MP Rajendrasinh Rana, former finance minister Pratap Shah, former Congress MLA Dilipsinh Gohil and many others addressed the audience, describing Comrade Jyoti Basu’s demise as the end of an era in Indian politics.



At Rohtak in Haryana, leaders of various political parties, trade unions, social organisations and citizens paid respectful homage to the departed Marxist leader, Jyoti Basu. In a well attended condolence meeting organised by the CPI (M) state committee in the Open Air Theatre of Pt Shri Ram Sharma Rangshala, CPI (M) state secretary Inderjit Singh placed a condolence resolution that recalled the unparalleled role played by Comrade Jyoti Basu in the freedom struggle as well as in Indian politics later. The meeting recalled the radical measures taken by his government in the area of land reforms, panchayati raj system, and in defending the democratic rights of the people and secular values. These were always remembered as landmarks in the pro-people policy orientation of the uninterrupted Left Front rule in West Bengal over the last three decades or more.

The condolence resolution described Comrade Jyoti Basu as one of the tallest statesmen, one who would always be remembered as a role model in the United Front tactics, as a successful experimenter of how to combine the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary activities to serve the toiling and deprived sections of society.

Those who paid tributes included local MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra, former union minister Ch Chand Ram, Haryana Congress representative Satish Pansari, INLD representative Inder Singh Dhull, All India Lawyers Union president R S Hooda, UTUC president and SUCI leader Hari Parkash, Kisan Sabha state vice president Master Sher Singh, AIDWA state president Dr Jagmati Sangwan, Khet Mazdoor Union state vice president Prakesh Chander, CITU state vice president Balbir Dahiya, CPI (M) state secretariat member Surender Singh Malik, and CPI assistant state secretary Daryao Singh Kashyap. Several organisations sent written resolutions paying homages.

Students, youth, employees, women and other sections came to the condolence meeting in the form of processions with portraits of the late leader. The music squad of Gyan Vigyan Samiti presented songs in homage on the occasion.



Various political parties' leaders paid glowing tributes to Comrade Jyoti Basu at a condolence meeting organised by the CPI (M) Andhra Pradesh state committee in Hyderabad. They described him as a great person who strove through out his long political career for the upliftment of the poor and the working class. Till his last breath, he worked for the interest of the downtrodden masses. They stressed that the present generation leaders, parties and people have a great deal to learn from the life of Comrade Jyoti Basu.

CPI (M) Polit Bureau member and state secretary B V Raghavulu presided over the meeting held in Sundarayya Vignana Kendram on January 23, 2010. Among those who spoke included leaders from Congress, TDP, BJP, TRS, Praja Rajyam and Lok Satta parties. CPI(ML) New Democracy leader could not attend and hence sent a condolence message.

Raghavulu in his speech said that Comrade Jyoti Basu strived very hard to uphold and defend secularism and federalism as enshrined in our Constitution. He used to stress that federalism must be strengthened in order for states to become strong. Whenever attempts were made to vitiate the atmosphere of unity and integrity, Comrade Basu stepped in to defeat such attempts. Anticipating the imposition of Emergency by Indira Gandhi regime, he toured the entire country to alert the people of the danger. His firm dealing of situation pre and post-Babri Masjid demolition prevented occurrence of any communal incident in the state of Bengal even as many other parts of the country were engulfed in flames. He stood as a shining example for the entire nation with his inspiring governance.

Comrade Jyoti Basu's outlook on welfare schemes was quite different from others. He empowered the people with rights instead of just doling out in the name of schemes. Raghavulu cited the significant scale of land reforms in Bengal under Comrade Basu's leadership as also the bringing of an Act providing rights to sharecroppers. By this Act alone, around 14 lakh sharecroppers benefited. Through decentralisation, he empowered the panchayati raj institutions at the ground level. Recalling Comrade Basu's association with Andhra Pradesh, the efforts he made to get the Telengana armed struggle participant comrades released from jails by taking up the matter with Jawaharlal Nehru or how he himself participated in the cyclone relief activities during the Diviseema cyclone were highlighted.

Congress leader Narsa Reddy felt that Comrade Basu's governance, particularly his implementation of land reforms as an effective means of ending poverty, must be emulated by all other rulers. His quality of taking along all sections was highlighted.

TDP leader M Narsimhulu said that Comrade jyoti Basu by his ideological commitment and effective governance showed how a political leader must be. He represented everything that is progressive. He was a great leader who proved that it is only the Communist Party that relentlessly fights for the interest of the poor.
BJP state unit president Bandaru Dattatreya said that the entire nation is proud of Jyoti Basu, who was a leader who was ideologically committed till the end and who took allsections of people along during his tenure as chief minister. He praised his rule saying there was stability for the people. He felt the present generation political leaders have a great deal to learn from Comrade Basu's life, particularly today when there is all round degeneration of values.

CPI leader P Venkat Reddy felt Comrade Basu's rule was an inspiration for the entire nation. He praised his role in helping solve the difficult situations faced by the nation. Lok Satta party president Jayaprakash Narayan termed Comrade Basu as a pioneer who successfully merged the extra parliamentary revolutionary struggles with democracy. His capacity to find solutions by taking everyone along was particularly praised. TRS leader N Narsimha Reddy and PRP leader Vasireddy Padma also spoke.

Similar meetings condoling the demise of Comrade Jyoti Basu were also held by the Party in Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, Srikakulam and Kurnool, which were addressed by leaders of all political parties.



A LARGE number of people in parts of the country paid rich tributes to the late Comrade Jyoti Basu in a series of meetings organised since his demise on January 17, thus establishing what a towering figure he was. Below we publish some of the reports we have since then received.

Developing close relations with the masses and building up with their help a fortress of resistance to foil the onslaught of the forces of reaction shall be the best tribute to Comrade Jyoti Basu. So said leaders of the Left Front of Tripura in a condolence meeting for this beloved leader of the masses.

On January 18, the Tripura Left Front organised this meeting at the Stable Ground, Agartala attended by thousands of people from Sadar, Sadar East and Dukli district committee areas of CPI (M). The spontaneous thronging of the people from the three district committee areas to attend the Agartala meeting while carrying pictures, banners with Basu’s pictures and half mast red flags were ample proof of how the masses of Tripura loved and admired Comrade Jyoti Basu.

The meeting was presided over by Khagen Das, convener of the Tripura Left Front Committee, who placed the condolence motion in the meeting. After it, the audience stood for a minute in silence as a mark of respect to the legendary leader. Before that, the leadership paid floral tributes to Comrade Basu.

Addressing the meeting, the CPI (M)’s West Bengal state secretary Biman Basu said Jyoti Basu played a big role throughout his life to organise the movement of the poor people. He was a barrister when in 1940 he returned to India to work as a wholetimer of the party, but not for once while working for the party he brought this matter to publicity. His 55 years long span as a parliamentarian was a nice blend of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary politics. Biman Basu said as deputy chief minister of the two United Front governments in 1967 and 1969, Basu proved that communists, if given an opportunity, could become able administrators as well. Dwelling on Basu’s role in the struggle for restoring democracy in India and West Bengal in particular, Biman Basu said the ruling classes are in the a habit of portraying the communists as opposed to democracy. But Jyoti Basu, as a communist, played a valiant role in the struggle for restoring democracy in the country. During 1977 to 2000, when he was the chief minister of West Bengal, Basu dwelt not only on the problems of the state but became a leader of national stature by taking the initiative to restructure the centre-state relations. He visited Vietnam as the envoy of the government of India to attend the funeral of Comrade Ho Chi Minh, and signed the agreement of Ganges water sharing with Bangladesh. He was an undisputed leader in the struggle to unite the toiling masses irrespective of caste, creed and religion to resist the forces of reaction. We shall be able to pay a true tribute to him only by resisting the forces of reaction with the united force of the masses.

Addressing the meeting, CPI (M) Polit Bureau member and Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar said the country at this juncture is witnessing some negative trends since the last Lok Sabha elections. With the Left Front suffering a setback in the elections, the UPA-2 is acting in a haste to serve the interests of the capitalists, landlords, hoarders and black-marketeers. Day in and day out, anti-people measures are being heaped upon the masses. The government is least bothered about the spiralling price rise breaking the backbone of the poor people. Amidst widespread protest across the country, the centre has announced to supply 10 kg of extra rice or wheat but at an increased price. The agricultural crisis is taking a dangerous shape. The centre is selling the shares of our profit making PSUs. The problem of unemployment is eating up the youth. At the same time all the forces of reaction have joined hands with the imperialist forces to crush the Left and democratic movement in West Bengal. At this crucial juncture the demise of Comrade Jyoti Basu is a great loss for us. But we shall have to face the situation, look forward and walk through the thorny path ahead to reach our goal. We will have to forge a fortress of resistance to the enemies by bringing the masses to our side. Manik Sarkar said Comrade Basu always stressed on going to the masses, telling them the truth and showing respect to them. It is the people who create the history. Those who have deserted us temporarily have to be won back by giving them a patient hearing, by going back to them time and again. The present situation of crisis won’t be everlasting. The people of West Bengal have already started to fight back. We are confident they will resist the evil attempts of the forces of reaction and play a major role in developing the Left and democratic movement in the country. That will be the appropriate tribute to Comrade Jyoti Basu.

Among others, veteran CPI (M) leader Baidyanath Majumdar, CPI (M) Central Committee member Bajuban Reang, CPI leader Dhiren Dasgupta, RSP state secretary Sudarshan Bhattacharya and AIFB state secretary Shyamal Ray spoke in the meeting which came to a conclusion with the rendition of the Internationale.

Condolence meetings were also organised at all the subdivision headquarters.