We are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Manager Pandey, renowned Hindi literary critic, writer and former President of Jan Sanskriti Manch. He passed away in Delhi on 6 November after a long illness. CPIML sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and admirers. The legacy of Prof. Manager Pandey will live on in the continuing battle for freedom, social transformation and human emancipation.
Adieu, comrade Manager Pandey!
CPIML lost Comrade Laxmi Paswan, 70, a pillar of the Party in Darbhanga and the entire Mithila region for the last five decades. He passed away on 4 November at a private hospital in Samastipur. Beginning as a student activist in the 1974 movement, he spearheaded the battle for the dignity and rights of the oppressed people braving feudal violence and state repression including years of imprisonment and conviction in a false case.
A long time member of CPIML in Delhi Comrade Rajpal suddenly succumbed to a brief spell of illness resulting from a cardiac stroke on 30 October. He was a member for more than three and a half decades and contributed immensely in building the party and the DTC Workers’ Unity Centre, one of the first transport workers’ unions in the national capital, during the decade of 1980s. He was still an employee of the Delhi Transport Corporation and was due to retire only next year.
Comrade Mozammel Haque, CPI(ML) Liberation Darjeeling District Committee member and Siliguri Local Committee Secretary as well as AICCTU Darjeeling District Secretary, passed away on the intervening night of 24-25 July due to cardiac attack. Comrade Mozammel was one of the prominent leaders of the anti-eviction movement in Chandmani tea garden from 1999 to 2003. He also played a crucial role in organising a sustained resistance struggle when the railway authorities issued eviction notice to the poor minority residents along the railway line.
Senior CPIML leader Comrade Balicharan Ram (Bali Bhai) passed away in a tragic road accident in Delhi on 15 August 2022. Comrade Balicharan Ram, popularly known as Bali Bhai, was a well-loved social activist who worked for rights and development of slum dwellers (bastis) in North Delhi and Ghaziabad. On 15 August 2022 he was returning from a basti after attending a program for the 75th anniversary of Independence when he met with the tragic road accident that snatched him away from us.
Comrade Mahendran, former CPIML State committee member in Tamilnadu and currently active in Trichy met a fatal road accident on 9 August. He was a long standing party cadre who stood with the party in difficult times. We pay our heartfelt tributes to comrade Mahendran and condolences to his bereaved family. Rad Salute Comrade Mahendra!
Devnandan Prasad, known as Devanand Chacha (85) passed away in the early hours of 22 June 2022 at Ara, Bhojpur after a long illness. He had been with the party since the 80s, and from then till now he stood strongly with the party through all its ups and downs. He had a cloth shop which was also used to function as a mini office for the party. Activists used to gather there in the evenings and discuss things together. As long as health permitted, he used to come daily to the party office. As a teacher he always imparted practical and useful knowledge.