E.M.S. Nagar, Kozhikode, March5–8, 1999
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Comrade EMS Namboodiripad
With profound grief and sorrow the 29th. Conference of the All India Kisan Sabha mourns the sad demise of Comrade EMS Namboodiripad on March 19th. 1998. He was one of the founder leader of All India Kisan Sabha. He was a great patriot, a brilliant Marxist theoritician, a foremost leader of Communist movement in India and one of the founder leader of CPI (Marxist).
In his nearly seven decades of public life and revolutionary activities Com. EMS made rich and valuable contribution both in theory and practice to the growth of the peasant movement in India. He was one of the leaders, who participated in the foundation conference of the All India Kisan Sabha in April 1936 in Lucknow. Com. EMS was elected one of the All India Joint Secretaries at Bhakana conference in 1943 and was re-elected at Vijawada conference in 1944 and at Netrakona conference in 1945. He regularly attended most of the All India sessions of the All India Kisan Sabha and guided the movement. As a member of Madras provincial Legislative Assembly his dissent note to the Tenancy Enquiry Committee in 1939, articulated the correct perception on pre-colonial property and the impact of colonial rule on the rural people and the minimum requirements of land reforms for laying the foundations for better life for the people.
In 1957, when Com. EMS Namboodiripad became the Chief Minister of Kerala, the first elected Communist Ministry in India, the path breaking land reforms measures were taken under his leadership.
Com. EMS’s life was a rare example of sacrifice and simplicity. Though coming from a traditional landlord and uppercaste family, he graduated to become the foremost leader of toiling masses, fighting against all types of social atrocities, caste discrimination and obscruntist ideas.
In his death, the peasant movement, alongwith left, democratic and secular forces have suffered a great loss.
The 29th Conference of the All India Kisan Sabha dips its red banner in his honour, pays its respectful homage to this great revolutionary leader and pledges to carry on the revolutionary-work undertaken by Com.EMS all through his life, and sends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Com. Godavari Parulekar
The 29th Conference of All India Kisan Sabha deeply mourns the sad demise of our former President Com. Godavari Parulekar. Her devotion to the cause of the peasantry particularly the poorer sections, tribals and other oppressed and her selfless work made her one of the legendary figures of the peasant movement in India. Her leading role in epic tribal’s revolt against oppression in Worli area of Thane district of Maharashtra will always remain an inspiring instance for coming generations. Her death has caused an irreparable loss to the Indian peasant movement. This conference of All India Kisan Sabha dips its red banner in the memory of our dear Comrade Godavari Parulekar and pledges to carry forward her tradition and sends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Comrade Dasharath Deb
The 29th conference of All India Kisan Sabha deeply mourns the death of Com. Dasharath Deb. He was the founder president of Gan Mukti Parishad, a constituent of AIKS and ex. Chief Minister of Tripura. Com. Debwas a tireless fighter for the cause of toiling masses. His contribution in strengthening the bond between tribals and non-tribals can never be forgotten. His deth is a great loss to the entire democratic movement of the country and to the peasant and tribals movement in particular. This conference dips its red banner in his memory and sends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
The 29th Conference of All India Kisan Sabha deeply mourns the sad demise of Com. Z.A. Ahmad, a veteran peasant leader; Com. Bodepudi Venkateshwara Rao President of the Andhra Pradesh Kisan Sabha and on of the herosof epic Telangana Peasantstruggle; Com. yamuna Prasad Shastri, President of Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha, a veteran freedom fighter and lifelong devoted to the cause of peasantry; Com. P. Ramachandra Rao, President of Karantaka State Kisan Sabha and veteran leader of toiling masses of Karnataka; Com. Trilok Singh President of Rajasthan State Kisan Sabha and veteran leader of peasant movement of shekhabati region of that state; Com. Rajkishore Singh, President and veteran peasant leader of Uttar Pradesh Kisan Sabha; Com. Tarachand, former president and veteran peasant leader of Himachal Pradesh Kisan Sabha; Com. Mansur Habibullah, former Secretary of West Bengal Kisan Sabha, Com. Palas Pramanik, and Com. Joykesh Mukherji former AIKC members from West Bengal. Com. P. Kunhiraman, and Com. K.P.R. Gopalan veteran peasant leaders of Kerala; Com. Sunil Maitra, working class leader and member of the Polit Bureau of CPI(M); Com. A. Nallashivan, leader of the toiling masses of Tamilnadu and former member of Polit Bureau of CPI(M); Com. Chadyan Gobindan, leader of the toiling masses of Kerala and C.C. Member of CPI(M), Com. Amritendu Mukherji, Com. Naresh Das Gupta, Com. Radhika Ranjan Banerji, and Com. Gopal Basu, freedom fighters and veteran leaders of toiling masses of West Bengal, Com. Dipak Purkayasth (Assam) Com. Gurumukh singh (Haryana) And Com. Ayyannan Ambalam (Tamilnadu) Com. Shiv Verma veteran freedom fighter and writer and confident of Shahid Bhagat Singh, leading writer, poet and freedom fighter Baba Nagarjun and Com. Sabyasachi, a leading left writer in Hindi.
We dip our red banner in the memory of these veteran leaders and send heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
The 29th Conference of the All India Kisan Sabha dips its red banner in memory of Martyred Comrade Ajit Sarkar MLA and leader of peasant struggle in Bihar, who was shot dead by the goons of mafia-landlord-police combine in Purnia; Comrade Bimal Sinha leader of toiling masses and Minister in Tripura Govt.; who was shot dead by separatists and Com. Harbhajan Singh, President of Kisan Sabha unit of Saharanpur district and member of UP, PKC by Khalistani terrorists. The Conference salutes the martydom of these comrades, pledges to carry forward their tradition of struggles and sends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
This conference of AIKS dips its red banner in memory of all those killed in land strugglesand against exploitation of toiling masses and all those fighting against separatists and terrorists, for the cause of national unity and communal harmony and pledges to carry on the struggles for these noble causes.
Date: March5–8, 1999