The Gossener Theological Hall, Ranchi was packed with the participants who came from different parts of Jharkhand comprising of different cross section of people such as intellectuals, youths, students, women, peasants, etc. to observe P Sundarayya’s Birth Centenary celebration on 27th August 2012.
Com. Prakash Karat, General Secretary of CPIM inaugurated the P.Sundarayya Birth Centenary celebration programme by offering a garland to the portrait of P.Sundarayya and by delivering a special speech on Com.P.Sundarayya. P.Sundarayyan Birth Centenary celebration will be observed over the year. P.Sundarayya Birth Centenary celebration was organized by the organizingcommittee. The President of committee was Former MLA Rajendra Singh Munda and the conveners were Prof. Shishir Kumar and Dr. Prabhat K. Singh of Ranchi University.
Before the inauguration, in the morning Prakash Karat was welcomed by the conveners and members of organizing committee at the Ranchi Airport. He was escorted and rallied by hundreds of motor cycles with red flags amidst dawn breaking and slogans shouting. Com. Prakash Karat first reached to the Jharkhand state Party office of CPI (M) and then to the venue for the programme.
The programme was conducted by Dr.Prabhat Singh while Prof. Shishir Kumar of Ranchi University welcomed the participants and Rajendra Singh Munda presided over the function.Com. Prakash Karat also inaugurated a blog on P.Sundarayya – www. Sundarayya. blogspot.in in this occasion prepared by Com. Shashikant Singh and Shouvik Mukhopadhyay on behalf of the organizing committee.
P.Sundarayya was the man who first of all organized the agricultural labourers and formed an organization for them. He fought against the brutality of Hyderabad Nizam on the peasants. He organized an armed peasant force. He led the historical Telengana movement and liberated six thousand villages in Telengana area from the Nizam. After independence Communist Party ofIndia won the Parliament seat with huge votes in that area. When CPI (M) was formed in 1964, he became the first General Secretary of the Party.
In his speech, Com.Prakash Karat said that the toiling masses of the country are suffering badly due to the neo- liberal policies and everyday big scams were coming to the surface. The Central Government is making pro-rich policies in the interests of the capitalist- imperialist forces instead of the interests of the people. In such a situation, life and values of P.Sundarayya and his struggle has become more pertinent and relevant. The policies which have been accepted after neo- liberal policies in the last two decades are only for the rich people. Dozens of richest people of the world are from India and at the other side the largest number of poor people are also in India. Fifty percent children are malnourished – this too is highest in the world. Corruption, loot and price hike are rampant in India due to its neo-liberal policies.
In UPA-2 government, the prices of essential commodities are rising day by day. UPA-2 government appears more keen to appease international finance capital and provide it with greater opportunities for profit maximization in India instead of pursuing policies that will economically empower the Indian people. This government will be forced to reverse its current thinking on these neo- liberal financial sector reforms and adopt a policy projecting that will ensure sustainable growth while improving the livelihood status of the people. A yearlong observance of the birth centenary of P.Sundarayya should be utilized for a campaign to build and strengthen the party.