Jyoti Basu the doyen of Indian Communist movement was today remembered in his state of West Bengal with elan The Central Programme which was organized at Najrul Mancha in Kolkata saw over pouring of emotions from the mass who gathered there despite inclement weather . Noted Economist Prabhat Pattanayak delivered his address as the key note speaker in the programme alongside of the Left Leaders of the state including former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattachary and Left Front Chairman Biman Basu . Notable speakers in the programme included Jyoti Basu’s press Secretary Sarit Bandhyapadhya and Naxal leader Ajijul Haque, CPI leader Manjukumar Majumdar , Rsp leader Khiti Goswami . The programme was presided over by nonagenarian Forward Block leader Ashok Ghosh .
In his keynote address eminent economist Prabhat Pattanayak said that after the Castro brothers Jyoti Basu is the only communist leader in the world with maximum popularity .While Party leaders like P Sundaraiya M Basabpunanaiah came from a humble background Jyoti Basu who belonged from a well to do background had been endeared to the mass as he had no duplicity and had earned the trust of the masses as an outstanding communist leader .
In his speech he traced the origin of Bengals Social and economic crisis and he said that after Ireland ,Bengal was the next colony of the raj era which was exploited to the core by the colonial rule by lieu of permanent settlement . The Agararian crisis which stared at the state was due to no capital intake in irrigation and per capita agrarian growth was the lowest in the state . Along with that there was crisis in the Jute and other capital industry in the state and said that real revival of the states economy occurred in the 80’s decade and it was the 2nd renaissance of Bengal courtesy the communist party . Accusing that it has been the Union Government which has led the state Governments to a Debt trap he said that now industrial growth is at 0 % and inflation stands at 10%. The Neo liberalization has thrown a fascist face as the corporate lobby has brought to the power in the country Narendra mOdi . Now we are in the face of rampant Privatistation with employment growth at 0.8% we are now faced with the growth of lumpen capitalism which is happening in the state of west Bengal.Infact the nature of criminal activities which are taking place in the state can be explained with this and the Left Is the only consistent force against this . HE also called for throwing up of new programme alongside the old ones like the land reforms or smashing the caste basis in agriculture and he called on to the Left to campaign for movement based on giving universal rights to people like that of right to free heathcare , right to food and Right to free quality education and so on .
Former Chief Minister of the state Buddhadeb Bhattacharya described The communist leader as a multifaceted persona and harped on the three main attributes of Jyoti Basu as champion of democratic rights , as a champion of secular credentials and his credit in bringing the voice of the working class and the agrarian section to the corridors of power. He also said that currently we are in a difficult situation where the country’s politics has taken a rightist turn and the Corporate RSS lobby has brought the Narendra Modi to the power.
Left Front Chairman Biman Basu in his speech highlighted that attribute of Jyoti Basu and his zeal to work for the common people and to work without any personal gain and called on to people for following that ideals . In his Speech Press Secretary to Jyoti Basu pointed out his qualities as a human being - one who worked with rational mind and scientific attitude . In His speech Naxal leader Ajijul Haque pointed out that Jyoti Basu was during the times of ideological struggle was the emblem of change . The Longest Serving speaker of any assembly of the country , Former West Bengal speaker Hasim Abdul Halim in his speech told that Comrade Jyoti Basu is an emblem of movement .
The programme where Cultural rendition’s were made was organized by Jyoti Basu Birth centenary observance Committee which consisted of wHo’s who of the cultural literary political and sports world . The Committee has also taken up programme of organizing Symposiums seminars and other programmes to observe the birth centenary of the ace statesman. Apart from the Central programme throughout the state Blood donation camp and cultural programmes were held in memory of the Communist leader.