Comrade DP Bakshi’s funeral was held on 27 July at Keoratala Crematorium in Kolkata. The funeral was attended by many from fraternal parties: Comrades Biman Bose and Rabin Deb from CPIM, Naren Chatterjee from Forward Bloc, Ujjwal Chowdhury from CPI, Tapan Mitra and Rajiv Banerjee from RSP, Shankar Saha and Manab Bera from SUCI(C), Samir Putatunda and Anuradha Deb from PDS, Gautam Sen (veteran Marxist from Durgapur RE College), Sanat Ray Chowdhury (veteran communist leader from Chunchura who knew Pranabda from his student days), Prasenjit Bose, Sanjay Pathak from Chintan Patrika, Dr. Mrinmoy from PDSF, Prateep Nag and Samudra Datta from Shramjeevi Bhasha magazine, Basab Ghosh from CPI(ML) (led by Santosh Rana).
The CPI(ML) leaders who attended the funeral included General Secretary Comrade Dipankar, Politburo members Comrades Swadesh Bhattacharya, Kartick Pal, Partha Ghosh, Prabhat Kumar, Kumarasami, Shankar, Amar, Kunal, Dhirendra Jha, Manoj Bhakta, Janardan, Rajaram Singh, as well as CCMs Abhijit Mazumdar, Shubhendu, Vinod, Geeta Mandal, Meena Tiwari, Shashi Yadav, Saroj Choubey, Balindra Saikia, Yudhisthir, Radhakanta Sethi, Bangar Rao, Nagamani, Tirupati Gomango, Brij Bihari Pandey, Ishwari Prasad and Sudhakar Yadav, as well as MLAs Rajkumar Yadav and Sudama Prasad, and Ranjit (Runu) Bose from Jadavpur, Comrades Rabi Sen, NN Banerjee from Railway and other leading comrades from across West Bengal.
Condolence meetings for Comrade Bakshi were held at Bhubaneshwar (5 August); Chuchura (14 August) and Kolkata (17 August).
In this issue of Liberation, we carried tributes to him by several comrades. In the next (October) issue, we will carry several more tributes by comrades, most notably one by Comrade Brij Bihari Pandey who along with him joined the movement when they were students at the Durgapur REC.