Needless to say his demise is a big loss to country... Surjeet is undoubtedly the tower of communist politics in India. He is credited for cobbling together the United Front government in 1996 after BJP government collapsed in only 13 days. Surjeet, as well as Jyoti Basu are thought to be the guiding force behind the CPM's coalition with Congress party.
The veteran leader of the Marxist Communist Party of India, Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet, deserves honour for his participation in the freedom struggle. Ninety-two-year-old Surjeet was the General Secretary of the CPI (M) from 1992 to 2005, but was not included in the party politburo due to his unstable health.
Surjeet comes from the Jallandhar district of Punjab province. At a young age, he joined the Naujawan Sabha, a youth group that was formed by towering Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh, and along with his comrades dared to hoist an Indian flag at the Hoshiarpur courts.
He was shot by the British Police. Surjeet was named as London Tod Singh, or the one who could break London. He also edited revolutionary newspapers. He remained a tireless freedom fighter until India gained its independence in 1947.
Surjeet opposed the communal partition of India, that resulted in the birth of a Muslim Pakistan, at the cost of thousands of lives during the subsequent Hindu-Muslim riots. In later years, he vehemently opposed the Hindu chauvinism and also the movement for a separate Sikh homeland called Khalistan in his home province.
Surjeet is widely known as an honest and astute politician. He was accpected among the leaders of other parties Including Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad. Now CPI(M) is finding it difficut to retain this kind of accceptance that Surjeet had with some of the leaders
Communists undertake political activity not to prove personal superiority but as part of a historical task. Comrade Surjeet Singh has successfuly played his part in history.
We salue you, Comrade Surjeet......Lalsalam