Singaravelu Chettiar , respectfully known as ‘Singaravelar’ is one of the pioneers of both the Indian freedom and the Indian Communist movement as well. He was a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lenin. Born on 18/2/1860 to a fisherman’s family, Singaravelar breathed his last on Feb 11,1946. When he passed away, the Congress leader C Rajagopalachary popularly known as Rajaji paid him tribute by saying that “an avowed freedom fighter and an honest leader had passed away” .
Pragoti commemorates the 83rd anniversary of the first All India Conference of the Communist Party of India in Kanpur. On this occassion, Pragoti presents one of the party's first documents: The Communist Party of India's Manifesto to the All India National Congress, Gauhati session, 1926. Printed in Britain and distributed at the National Congress session by Abdul Halim, it was among the first formal statements of the Communist Party laying down a radical programme for national liberation from colonialism, with an introduction by Pragoti Editorial Team.
He was a true communist, humane and selfless, with a strong belief in secularism and equality. Like other leaders of the communist movement in the early decades, he faced severe repression. For him, politics and family life were inseparable.
Pragoti remembers P. Ramamurti on his birth centenary. Courtesy: The Hindu
Ralph Russell, lifelong communist and noted Urdu scholar died on Sunday, September 15 2008 at the age of 90. In this post, we bring together an obituary, an account by Ralph Russell's of his life and work, and an interview from 1995 in which he traces the developments around Urdu in Europe and in India.
Declaration of the African Left Network Meeting: Johannesburg Platform