Sankha Ghosh

We bid farewell to poet Sankha Ghosh, who passed away from Covid-19 at the age of 89. Sankha Ghosh will always be remembered as one of the finest poets and literary critics in modern India, as well as a voice of conscience in the Bengali social and cultural sphere.

Sagar Sarhadi

Veteran writer-director Sagar Sarhadi passed away at his Mumbai residence on March 22. He was 88.

Born as Ganga Sagar Talwar, he wrote under the pen name of Sagar Sarhadi. Associated with the IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association), he began his work in theatre, introducing new talents like Farooque Shaikh and Shabana Azmi.

Nawal El Saadawi


Veteran Egyptian socialist-feminist Nawal El Saadawi passed away at the age of 89 on 21 March, 2021. A prolific writer (author of 56 books) and doctor, Saadawi spiritedly challenged patriarchy, fundamentalism and capitalism, all of which she firmly regarded as part of one system.


Comrade Guddu Paswan

Comrade Guddu Paswan was a resident of Edaura village. There was a long-standing dispute regarding fazil ceiling (ceiling surplus) land between his family and the family of Kamlesh Ojha. The dispute turned into a clash on 11 July on the question of sowing (ropani) the land. During the clash, Guddu Paswan was shot in the leg. He was referred by Ara Sadar Hospital to PMC, but he died due to excessive loss of blood.

Dr Shyam Bihari Rai

DR. Shyam Bihari Rai, Director of Grantha Shilpi, matchless in the Hindi publication world for social sciences publications, passed away on 10 March 2020. His life was the epitome of simplicity and resoluteness. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he worked throughout his life on the hazardous task of publishing Hindi translations of books on Marxist thought and ideology. The weakness of the Left movement in Hindi speaking areas is almost an acknowledged fact, but Rai sahib still discharged this responsibility with great courage.

Comrade Sukhdev Prasad

VERY few people in the Party knew that the original name of Comrade Sukhdev Prasad was Rathindranath Chakrabarty and that he hailed from Murshidabad district of West Bengal. For almost the entire duration of his revolutionary career spanning nearly five decades, he worked as a Party organiser in Bihar and Jharkhand where he acquired a completely new identity as Comrade Sukhdevji.

Long Live the Revolutionary legacy of Com. Mujibar Rahman

COM. Mujibar Rahman, the centenarian leader of Naxalbari Peasant upsurge passed away on December 29, 2019 evening at his residence in Naxalbari. During ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942 he was put to jail for few months in Dacca, his birth place. His first brief visit to Darjeeling district was made in 1939. He shifted to Siliguri before partition, and started off as a job assistant at Government Saw Mill. Here he came in contact with communist activists like Com. Keshab Sarkar, Com. Anil Saha and became a member of the workmen’s union.

Comrade D S Deshpande

THE Central Committee of CPIML joins our comrades from the Lal Nishan Party in paying homage to Comrade D S Deshpande, a revolutionary comrade, freedom fighter and trade union leader of the municipal workers in Pune.

Comrade Deshpande, 93, joined the freedom struggle as a volunteer in the Rashtra Seva Dal and soon joined the revolutionary movement as an activist of the Navjivan Sanghatana. This nucleus transformed into the Lal Nishan Party. He stood up for the revolutionary path and remained a Marxist-Leninist till the end.