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President, Vice President, PM condoles Anil Biswas' death

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) President A P J Abdul Kalam, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the death of CPI(M) leader Anil Biswas saying that the nation had lost a person who worked for the welfare of the needy.

President Kalam said that the ''public personality'' would be remembered for his active contribution to public life.

In a message to Ms Gita Biswas, his widow, Dr Kalam said he had known Mr Biswas personally and appreciated his work for the poor and the needy.

Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat has expressed profound grief at the demise of the CPI(M) leader.

In a letter to his wife he has said that throughout his life Mr Biswas has worked for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden. ''He will always be rememberd for his dedication towards the amelioration of the poor and the deprived. He was truly a mass leader whose untimely loss has caused irreparable loss,'' he added.

The Vice President was deeply moved by the fact that the late Mr Biswas had donated his body to the NRS hospital.

Dr Singh in his condolence letters to CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhatacharjee said, ''we will all be serving India well if we learn the appropriate lessons from the life and writings of Comrade Biswas''.

The Prime Minister paid rich tributes to the departed leader saying ''Comrade Biswas was a great son of Bengal, a truly patriotic Indian and a wise leader with a modern outlook who had dedicated his life to the welfare of our people. As a student leader, a journalist and a leader of the Communist movement he stood tall because of his personal integrity and simplicity. He was deeply committed to taking Bengal forward. He was a keen student of world affairs and of Indian political economy. His many columns and editorials in Ganashakti revealed a modern mind grappling with the dynamics of a fast changing world. In that sense, he was truly a Marxist who believed in learning from reality in order to be able to change it''.

''I sincerely hope that Comrade Biswas' colleagues and followers will keep his memory alive by dedicating themselves to his forward looking and progressive agenda of change and reform. We will all be serving Bengal and India well if we learn the appropriate lessons from the life and writings of Comrade Biswas. I know that both for Bengal and for the CPI(M) his loss is irreparable. However I sincerely hope his good work and progressive ideas will continue to find wider appeal both within the communist movement and outside.

I convey my sincere condolences and profound sadness to the family, friends, comrades and followers of Comrade Biswas,'' Dr Singh added.


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