Prabhat Patnaik, eminent Marxist economist, writes on the legendary leader, Com. Jyoti Basu
Pragoti presents before its readers a guest blog from historian Subho Basu.
Veteran CITU leader and CPI(M) Karnataka state secretary,Comrade VJK Nair remembers Jyoti Basu and his contributions to the progressive movement of Karnataka.A photo album of Com.JB's visits to Karnataka is also included here.
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A tribute to the legend of communist movement in India!
There are writers and then there is Ashok Mitra. The former finance minister of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front government and one among the five to be sworn along with chief minister Jyoti Basu on June 21st, 1977 has these words to say in his homage to his erstwhile senior colleague-
With our beloved JB breathing his last it is definitely the end of an era. It is even difficult to imagine someone being a person to reckon with politically after having spent almost seven decades in active politics from the freedom struggle till his last days. Condolences and respects are flowing in from all political quarters. Come Tuesday and the people of Bengal will march with their own Jyoti Babu for the last time. How should we as communists react to this historic moment in time?
Maidul Islam, PhD Scholar at Oxford University, pays his respects and homage to Jyoti Basu.
Jyoti Basu was nearly 96 when he breathed his last yesterday. For someone who was born in 1979 such as myself, it is difficult to say or write anything about this legendary communist who ruled as the uninterrupted chief minister of the longest running elected government, provincial or otherwise in the world, for 23 years (1977-2000) before calling it a day. Jyoti Basu's reign coincided with a time before I reached my "political maturation", so to speak, but there are vignettes that I remember about this leader which are enough to provide a rough image of his legend for me.