Veteran Socialist leader P Viswambharan passes away

P Viswambharan 
(1925 June 25 — 2016 December 09)
Photo courtesy of P
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Freedom fighter and veteran Socialist P Viswambharan passed away on Friday December 09, 2016. He was 91. Viswambharan, who had been ailing for the past three months, died at his residence at Vellar near Kovalam. He was a bachelor. The funeral was held with state honours at 4.30 pm on Saturday on his house premises.

Viswambharan, a former MLA and MP, will be remembered for his ideological commitment and simple life. He was the first convener of Left Democratic Front (LDF) when it was founded in the year 1973.
Born as the son of Padmanabhan and Chellamma of Charuvila house, Vellar, Kovalam, on June 25, 1925, Viswambharan had his school education from LP School, Pachalloor, Venganoor English Middle School and SMV School, Thiruvananthapuram. He graduated in History and Economics. Then he joined the Govt Law College, but couldn't complete legal education as he had become an active public worker by then.

Viswambharan, who had entered the political arena participating in the Quit India Movement, played a key role in the formation of the Students Congress in former Travancore. In 1945, he was elected to the executive committee of the Travancore University Union. In 1946, he was appointed as the central office secretary of the Travancore State Congress. In 1949 he joined the Socialist Party and became its district committee member in 1950.

In 1956 he became the state joint secretary of the Praja Socialist Party (PSP). Later PSP and the socialist party under Ram Manohar Lohia merged to form the Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP) and Viswmabharan became its state general secretary. In 1968 he joined the Kerala Samyukta Socialist Party (KSSP), a splinter group which was broke away from the State Unit of the Samyukta Socialist Party in 1968. In May 1969 the KSSP reconstituted itself as the Indian Socialist Party. In 1971 he was elected as the state chairman of the Socialist Party when various Socialist factions merged at the national level. When the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was constituted in 1973, he was made its first convener.

During the emergency when the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) was formed for fighting for the civil and human rights he was the secretary and Dr M MThomas was the president of Kerala unit. He was also in the forefront of the formation of the Janata Party and was elected as its state president in 1980. He was also served as the president of the state unit of Janatha Dal. In 2003 he was made the state convener of the Socialist front.

In 1954 he was elected to the Thiru-Kochi (Travancore-Cochin) Assembly on PSP ticket. In 1960 he was once again elected, this time to the Kerala Assembly from the same constituency. In 1967 he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency on SSP ticket. He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee in the Assembly and Lok Sabha.

During his early days (from 1946 to 1958), Viswambharan was a journalist, working in Malayalam dailies such as 'Malayali,' 'Swathanthra Kahalam,' 'Deshabandhu' and 'Mathrubhumi'. He was the founder state general secretary of the Thiru-Kochi Journalists’ Union and a member of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists national council. He had also been active as a trade unionist and corporator.

"He had fought hard against the Emergency and proved himself to be a great trade union leader," Vijayan noted in his condolence message.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said Kerala has lost one of the symbols of idealist politics.

Former chief minister V S Achuthanandan said Viswambharan was one of the architects of LDF and had contributed greatly to the progress of left movements.
The Samajwadi Janaparishad National President Joshy Jacob in a statement said, "his death is a great loss to the Democratic and socialist stream.” “He did not compromise with anti democratic tendencies in political power," he said.

CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran, CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran, Samajwadi Janaparishad State President Vinod Payyada and LDF covnener Vaikom Viswan, among others, condoled Mr. Viswambharan’s death.


Veteran Socialist leader Ram Iqbal Warsi dead, cremated with state honours

'Gandhi of Piro' Ram Iqbal Warsi passes away at Patna, cremated with state honours at Warsi village of Bhojpur district.
‘Gandhi of Piro’ Ram Iqbal Barsi
(1922 – 10 October 2016)
Photo courtesy of Gopal Rathi

Veteran socialist leader and freedom fighter Ram Iqbal Warsi (राम इकबाल वारसी) died on Monday October 10, 2016 after a prolonged illness. He was 94.

Warsi breathed his last at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (IGIMS) in Patna at around 3.30 AM, his son Shiv jee Singh told PTI. Warsi was not keeping well for the past several days and had been admitted to IGIMS in Patna. News of his death made leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary, rush to the hospital.

The socialist leader, a native of Warsi village in Tarari block of Bihars Bhojpur district, was Sanghata Socialist Party (Samyukta Socialist Party) MLA from Piro from 1969-72.

The departed socialist leader had actively participated in the freedom movement and was also put behind bars by the British regime. Ram Iqbal Worsi was reverentially called the Gandhi of Shahabad and Gandhi of Ara for being a staunch Gandhian. He was given the epithet of Gandhi of Piro (Piro ke Gandhi) by socialist stalwart Ram Manohar Lohia in 1956.

Warsi’s body was cremated with full state honors at his native village at Varsi in Bhojpur district at 5:15 PM (on Monday evening), Live Patna reported. Earlier in the day, hundreds of people paid their deep respects to the departed leader. His son Shiv performed the last rites. Lalu Prasad Yadav, President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was among other senior leaders who were present during the cremation. Former MP Shivananda Tiwari, Sandesh MLA Bhai Arun Yadav, Shahpur MLA Rahul Tiwari, RJD district president Hari Narayan Babu and many other leading politicians were also present during the last rites.
Born in 1922, Warsi sported the name of his village as his surname, left his job as a manual labourer in Rohtas Group of Industries in 1938, and jumped into the freedom movement. He was jailed during the Quit India Movement and came in contact with Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia. He joined Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army in 1943 when Netaji visited Dehri, a town close to his native place.
In 1969, Warsi contested from Piro (now named Tarari) constituency on a Sanghata Socialist Party ticket and won.
Warsi, a true disciple of great socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, had devoted his entire public life for promoting socialism and uplift of oppressed section of the society. Warsi was well known for his austere living and uncompromising principles and ideals. He led a simple life, did not accept pensions that he was entitled to as a freedom fighter and a legislator, and suffered from financial crunch during his later years.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Eminent Socialist Thinker Sachidananda Sinha, the Samajwadi Janaparishad National President Joshy Jacob , the Samajwadi Janaparishad National Vice President Chandra Bhushan Choudhary and a host of other leaders from various political parties have expressed shock over the demise of socialist leader.

Condoling his death, chief minister Nitish Kumar recollected the title given to Warsi by Lohia and said his contribution to promotion of the socialist movement in Bihar would never be forgotten.
His death is an unprecedented loss in the field of politics, he added. "He strengthened various dimensions of socialism and politics in Bihar and always remained steadfast to his principles. His death has left a void in state politics," Nitish said.

The Samajwadi Janparishad National President Joshy Jacob in a statement said, "The death of Ram Iqbal Warsi is a great loss to the radical and socialist thought and action”

Ram Iqbal Barsi has a legendary personal history in the Socialist Movement, he said.
The following is from a statement made on Oct. 10 by Joshy Jacob on the Death of Ram Iqbal Barsi:-

“When two groups of Madhu Limaye and Raj Narain began to fight for the dominance in the socialist party in the seventies after the death Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia in 1967 Ram Iqbal ji like comrades did not want to become part of that meaningless polarisation. They tried their level best to re unite the two groups even after the split in the party. But the failed. Then Indumati Kelkar, Kishen Pattanayak, Ram Iqbal Barsi, Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav like leaders formed Lohiya Vichar Manch in the year 1974 out of the two parties. Then Kishen Pattanayak initiated the formation of Samata Sanghatan in 1980 for a politics outside the established political parties and for people's movements at the bottom level. But Ram Iqbalji remained for a socialist party only and such old people formed the socialist party Lohia. Even his old age he used to travel by his bicycle.
Dr. Swaty, senior leader of Samajwadi Janparishad
with Ram Iqbal Barsi. This photo was taken at the
 time of Sasaram conference of Samajwadi Janparishad.
(Image credit: Aflatoon)

First time I met him in 1990 May at a rally organised by socialist Co ordination Committee at Delhi Boat club demanding implementation of Mandal commission Report and other farmers rights during the Vishwanath Pratap Singh government. It was mainly organised by Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav. Then we all were together for five days in Delhi in March 1994 for the camp organised by the party formation committee on ideological questions. Late Kishen Pattanayak, Sachidananda Sinha, Prof Keshav Rao, late Jugal Kishore Raibir, late Sunilji etc were the leaders who actively involved in the debates.

Last I met Ram Iqbalji at Rohtas /Sasaram in Bihar where the national conference of Samajwadi Janparishad in October 2011. When he came there he was eagerly waiting for meeting me. As and when I was informed that he was waiting for me suddenly I met him to receive his fatherly love and affection. We have had some photographs together.”
Ram Iqbal Barsi's Final journey.
 Photo Courtesy of Bhojpur Darshan TV Channel

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Veteran Socialist & Trade Union Leader Comrade Chitta Dey Passed Away

Chitta Dey चित्त डे 1928-2015 (Image: Aby John Vannilam,
 Mavelirajyam, CC-BY-SA-2.5-IN)

Jalpaiguri (North Bengal):

Chitta Dey, Special invitee of the national executive of the Samajwadi Jana Parishad and the convener of the Coordination Committee of Tea Plantation Workers, an apex body of 18 tea trade unions, passed away at Jalpaiguri , West Bengal on Monday, December 28, 2015. The 87-year-old had a cardiac arrest and died at home.

Known for his simple lifestyle, Dey was one of the frontline union leaders to participate in important meetings on the industry.

Our dear Chitta Dey passed away.

JoshyJacob , National President, Samajwadi Janaparishad

Dec 28, 2015
Comrade Chitta Dey (86) the senior leader and member of the national executive committee of Samajwadi Jana Parishad bodily left us today morning 3 o'clock at Jalpaiguri , West Bengal. He was leading the trade union of the workers of tea gardens of north Bengal. He was a senior leader of the H M S the central trade union. Even at the age of 86 he came to Kottayam for attending the last National Conference of Samajwadi Janparishad. Very actively attended the conference and addressed the conference thereby inspired the comrades. A highly idealist socialist he dedicated his whole life till his last breath for the socialist movement. Finally he joined Samajwadi Janparishad the new stage of the socialist movement which is an attempt of providing a new dimension to the socialist movement and ideology. Even though he was from old school of socialist movement he realised the significance and relevance of a new kind of socialist movement and so that he preferred to keep away from established political parties and joined Janparishad which stands for a radical change. After he was became a member of national executive committee member of the party he was very particular in attending it. But unfortunately he has had some fracture he extended his leave in advance. I have got two or three times opportunity to visit the tea garden workers' union office at Jalpaiguri where he was staying too. Chitho Dey lead a very simple life. His idealist life will be an inspiration to the generations of the coming days. His unexpected demise is a great loss to Samajwadi Janparishad , workers movement and idealistic politics. I express my deep condolences in his sad demise.
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Chitta Dey (left) at the Public meeting organised in connection with the 10th biennial National Conference of the Samajwadi Janaparishad at Kottayam in Kerala on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Samajwadi Janaparishad National President Joshi Jacob, Kamal Krishna Banerjee, Ranjit Rai and Lingaraj Azad are also seen. (Image: Aby John Vannilam, Mavelirajyam, CC-BY-SA-2.5-IN) Click on image to enlarge

साथी चित्त डे
अफ़लातून Aflatoon National Organizing Secretary, Samajwadi Janaparishad
Dec 28, 2015
1942 से सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के सक्रिय कार्यकर्ता साथी चित्त डे का आज भोर में करीब साढ़े तीन बजे जलपाईगुड़ी में नींद में देहांत हो गया। चित्त दा उत्तर बंग के चा श्रमिक यूनियन प्रमुख नेता थे तथा ट्रेड यूनियनों की समन्वय समिति के संयोजक थे। यूनियन की सम्बद्धता हिन्द मजदूर सभा से थी।
वे समाजवादी जनपरिषद की राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी के सदस्य थे।
वे हमारे प्रेरणास्रोत बने रहेंगे।
साथी तेरे सपनो को मंजिल तक पहुंचाएंगे।

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