by A B
Frontier | Vol. 50, No.51, June 24 – 30, 2018
A meeting to commemorate the memory of Vaskar Nandy, the deceased CPI(M-L) leader (1939-2018) who breathed his last on 4 May after a long struggle with the fatal cancer disease, was held on 11 June at Moulali Yuva Kendra, Kolkata. The meeting was presided over by Subhas Deb, and the proceedings were conducted by Sailen Bhattacharya. Both of them were political colleagues of Vaskar Nandy. The meeting was fairly well attended, and besides representatives of various organisations, quite a number of political activists, intellectuals, cultural workers etc came to pay tribute to Vaskar Nandy. Those who spoke included Arup Vaishya, Ashim Chatterjee, Aloke Mukherjee, Kartik Pal, Pradip Singh Thakur, Sushanta Jha, Samudra Datta, Sailen Misra and several other persons, including a young student organiser. Wreaths were placed on Vaskar Nandy’s photograph by many persons, including the editor of Frontier. His last piece of writing, along with an obituary, was circulated in limited number in the form of a pamphlet by the monthly Purbasha Ekhan. The audience was enchanted with songs by Pritthi Ranjan Dasgupta and Lalan, a cultural group.Read More »
by Nitya Ramakrishnan
George Fernandes. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
This personal tribute was written for a souvenir brought out by the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat (HMKP) to mark George Fernandes’s 88th birthday, June 3, and is republished here with their permission.
George Fernandes first entered my life when I was six or seven years old, as a cause of envy. For, when he once came to Delhi, my father took my brother Niranjan to see him, leaving me behind. His signature scripted in Devanagari in my brother’s autograph book was a daily reminder of the exclusion. But I did come to know George eventually, a privilege that I owe to my father K.G. Ramakrishnan, a lifelong socialist who had participated in the 1942 Quit India movement.Read More »
Ritwik Ghatak began with theatre, and dabbled in it occasionally even after earning repute as a filmmaker. Credit: Facebook/Cinema mon amour
Picture this. It is 1942–43. The streets of Calcutta are full of hungry and dying people. They are the victims of the great Bengal famine, a result of colonial policy, not drought. A young journalist, Bijon Bhattacharya, walks to work and back, his eyes firmly to the ground right in front of him. He can’t bear to look up, left or right. There are living skeletons all around. It is hard to make out the living from the dead.Read More »
The Last Letter of Patrice Lumumba
FIRST PUBLISHED ON 28 APR 2011 • REPUBLISHED 27 MAY 2018
NOTE: Patrice Émery Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961) was a Congolese independence leader and the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960. Only ten weeks later, Lumumba’s government was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis. He was subsequently imprisoned and murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States. Lumumba was barely 35 years old.  Source: WIKIFILE
NOW THAT MILLIONS OF CLUELESS DEMOCRATS ARE HAPPILY COLLABORATING WITH THE CIA —OF ALL ENTITIES—TO FULFILL THEIR OBSESSION TO GET RID OF TRUMP, IT’S WORTH RECALLING WHAT THE CIA DOES IN THIS WORLD.
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by Anirban Biswas
Frontier | Vol. 50, No.45, May 13 – 19, 2018
Ashok Mitra, the economist, politician and writer, passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata, 2018 at the age of 90. To the common public, he is chiefly known as the controversial former finance minister of West Bengal, but a proper appraisement of his career must take into account much more. He did a doctoral thesis from the Netherlands Institute, taught at Delhi School of Economics, University of Lucknow, IIM Calcutta and ISI Calcutta, besides having short stints at some other universities in India and abroad. As a regular writer of the weekly NOW, edited by Samar Sen—he was a lifelong admirer of Samar Sen—he became known as a leftist intellectual.Read More »
Naxal leader Bhaskar Nandy
Eminent Naxalite and general secretary of the Provincial Central Committee (PCC) of the CPI (ML), Bhaskar Nandy passed away on Friday in a hospital at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. He was 80.
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