Thursday, January 31, 2013

Obituary: Comrade Dipankar Chakravarthy

On behalf of Central Committee of the CPI(ML) and on my own behalf I express deep sorrow at the passing away of com. Dipankar Chakravarthy, founder editor of the Bengali monthly, Aneek, on 27th January. I first met com. Dipankar at his Murshidabad house in 1968 when I joined the Farakka Barrage Project and our friendship continued all these years. I had differences with the position taken by Aneek on some of the issues, but it did not break our relation. What was important was that Aneek and through it com. Dipankar firmly supported the communist revolutionaries and played a positive role in keeping the flame of Naxalbari alive even when many of those who were part of the movement in the early period later left it and took opportunist positions. Organizing regular debates on the ideological-political issues concerning the future of Indian revolution, Aneek has played an important role in the healthy development of theoretical struggle within the Naxalbari movement. Presently when the communist revolutionary movement is trying hard to overcome past mistakes and is showing possibilities of new advances, departure of com. Dipankar, who was an ardent friend of it, is a big loss. I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and hope that the Aneek team will continue to publish it in his memory and in support of the communist revolutionary movement.
KN Ramachandran,
General Secretary, CPI(ML)