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My condolences to his family and friends
Indian senior Leader Jyoti Basu has expired
Jyoti Basu, veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader who was West Bengal chief minister for 23 years and straddled Indian politics for over six decades, died here Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 95.
"Jyoti Basu is no more," said party state secretary Biman Bose.
"Last night his condition deteriorated and there was a drop in heart beat which went below 50. A temporary pacemaker was installed immediately. His condition remains extremely critical," Debashish Sharma, Superintendent of AMRI Hospital, where Basu was admitted with pneumonia on January 1 had said.
Newsofap.com pays condolences to this great leader in the politics who relentlessly worked for the poor people.
Indian senior Leader Jyoti Basu has expired - The Latest Andhra Pradesh News and Movie Analysis, Gossips and Discussions.
My condolences to the people of West Bengal. We come to an end of an era. May GOD bless his soul. Jyoti Basu remains a fighter all his life.
Jyoti Basu is no more :
Our condolences to his family , an era comes to an end.
I am happy one more commie down
My Tribute to Jyoti Basu. May God bless his soul.
Mamata condoles Basu's death
STAFF WRITER 14:9 HRS IST
Kolkata, Jan 17 (PTI) Paying glowing tribute to former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today described him as the "first and last chapter of the Left Front government".
The Railway Minister said she had developed a close intimacy with Basu in the years before his death after he stepped down as chief minister of West Bengal. "We are all deeply shocked at his death".
"He was a tall political figure in the country. He was instrumental behind formation of the Left Front government in West Bengal. He was the first and last chapter of the Left Front government and Left movement," Banerjee, who had visited Basu at the hospital earlier in the day, told PTI.
"I had good contact with him for the last 10 years.
After he stepped down from office as chief minister I had gone to see him 10 times.
End of an Era!.....May his soul rest in peace...Amen.
My heartfelt condolences. I do hope his soul rests in peace.
More than the politics, I would like to remember him as a great human being who tried to consistently do good for the people and I'm also sure that's the way he'd personally like to be remembered...
I also hear that his eyes have been donated.
Basu a Marxist who was never dogmatic: CPI(M)
STAFF WRITER 14:50 HRS IST
New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The CPI(M) today said its veteran leader Jyoti Basu was a Marxist who neither wavered in his convictions nor was dogmatic in his approach, becoming a source of inspiration for the Left movement in the country.
In its condolence resolution, the party Polit Bureau said Basu, who joined the Communist Party in 1946, played a significant role in the growth of the party in Bengal and leading the government and became a symbol of the Left, democratic and secular forces in the country.
The CPI(M) also noted that Basu was a Marxist who never wavered in his convictions in the backdrop of the fall of Soviet Union and setbacks to socialism.
Out of character for me, but Thank God he suffered during his end days.
Hope Bengal soon overcomes all the wrong done during his dark rule and takes its deserving place amongst the great.
Mukherjee recalls 'close intimacy' with Basu
STAFF WRITER 14:6 HRS IST
New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Describing Jyoti Basu as a "charismatic" political leader and a "towering personality", Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today recalled his contribution in formation of the first Left-supported UPA government in 2004.
Speaking about his "close intimacy" with the veteran CPI-M leader, who died in Kolkata this morning, Mukherjee said, "I knew him personally for more than five decades.
"He was a towering personality and perhaps in contemporary politics, there was no other personality as much charismatic as he was," he told reporters at his residence here.
The Finance Minister also recalled the contribution of Basu in formation of the first UPA government supported by Left in 2004. "In fact, he was an architect of the first UPA government in 2004, which was supported by the Left parties from outside," the Congress leader from West Bengal said.
he didnt really suffer paaji, clinically he was dead when the news of multiple organ failure came but just as was the case with pramod mahajan declaration kept delaying.
may GOD bless the departed soul.
Leaders pay tribute to Jyoti Basu - India - The Times of India
Leaders pay tribute to Jyoti Basu
PTI, 17 January 2010, 05:52pm IST
NEW DELHI: Leaders cutting across the political spectrum today mourned the death of veteran Marxist Jyoti Basu, describing him as a towering personality and a powerful regional voice who had played crucial roles in the national political scene.
President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP leader L K Advani said in his death, the nation had lost an eminent statesman who had earned the unique distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister.
"During his political career he displayed his abilities as a leader of the people, an able administrator and an eminent statesman," Patil said in her condolence message.
Vice President Ansari said the sagacity and leadership of the former West Bengal Chief Minister "at both the state and national levels have been a source of inspiration and guidance."
Describing 95-year-old Basu as a powerful regional voice in the national political scene, the Prime Minister said he had turned to the veteran Marxist leader on many occasions for his advice on important issues and the response was always pragmatic.
"In a political career spanning more than six decades, the veteran communist leader steered his party to power in West Bengal, leaving a legacy of uninterrupted rule by the Left Front that he forged through his leadership and legendary skills in building consensus," he said.
Advani, who was in Mumbai, said the late Marxist was among the greats. "He was a stalwart... a great leader".
While the Congress said Basu was one of the country's "worthiest sons", BJP said he was one of the tallest contemporary leaders of Indian politics.
In a condolence resolution, the CPM said its veteran leader was a Marxist who neither wavered in his convictions nor was dogmatic in his approach, becoming a source of inspiration for the Left movement in the country.
The party Politburo said Basu, who joined the Communist Party in 1946, played a significant role in the growth of the party in Bengal and became a symbol of the Left, democratic and secular forces in the country.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader A B Bardhan said Basu was "fought to the end. We express our heartfelt sadness on his demise".
Senior BJP leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said Basu was a man "committed to the service of his people, his ideology and a sense of idealism".
Recounting his close intimacy with Basu, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, "He was a towering personality and perhaps in contemporary politics, there was no other personality as much charismatic as he was".
Mukherjee also recalled the contribution of Basu in formation of the first UPA government supported by Left in 2004. "In fact, he was an architect of the first UPA government in 2004, which was supported by the Left parties from outside".
Home Minister P Chidambaram said Basu "strode like a colossus on the Indian political scene for several decades. He was a great patriot, a great democrat and a great source of inspiration.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who was in Kathmandu, said, "The country has lost a steadfast champion of the causes of underprivileged."
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat said an era has passed with the death of Marxist Jyoti Basu and that no one can replace him.
Party leader Sitaram Yechury said Basu was a disciplined party member who set an example for all by abiding by party's decision which rejected a proposal to make him Prime Minister in the 1990s though he was in favour of it.
As messages of grief poured from all over the country, the All India Forward Bloc described the passing away of Basu as a "a big and irreparable loss... for the entire Left, working class and progressive movement of the country".
CPI national secretary D Raja said the death of Basu is a great loss for the entire communist movement as well as for the nation.
Describing Basu as one of the greatest communist leaders, the country ever produced, Raja said the CPI-M patriarch was an "architecht of modern Left politics in the post independence India. He was a great legacy, a history by himself."
While Janta Dal United President Sharad Yadav said Basu's contribution to Indian polity is unparallelled, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan said his passing away marked the end of a chapter of India's political struggle for empowerment of the weaker sections.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan issued separate messages condoling Basu's death.
Pranab to represent Centre, Cong at Basu's cremation
STAFF WRITER 16:28 HRS IST
New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will represent the Centre and the Congress at the cremation of Marxist veteran Jyoti Basu.
Congress sources said Mukherjee, also Bengal PCC chief, will attend the cremation as the representative of the Union Government as well as the party.
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan and National Secretary D Raja will go to Kolkata and represent their party at the cremation.
Sri Basu had donated his body.
India Inc condoles Basu's death - India Business - Biz - The Times of India
India Inc condoles Basu's death
PTI, 17 January 2010, 06:56pm IST
NEW DELHI: India Inc today condoled the sad demise of veteran CPM leader and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu.
"With the sad demise of Basu, India and CPM have lost a great politician, social worker and intellectual par excellence of mellowed wisdom and diversified experience and talent as well," Assocham President Swati Piramal said in a condolence message.
The Assocham said his death has created a vacuum which is unlikely to be fulfilled. "India and the Indian industry will remember the great leader for his enormous contribution in all walks of life and particularly for his initiative to introduce land reforms," it said.
Conveying condolences, CII President Venu Srinivasan said that with the passing away of Jyoti Basu, the nation has lost a visionary and a leader of stature.
"Jyoti Basu served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal between 1977-2000. During his tenure, the state has made significant progress towards inclusive growth and development," he said.
Basu died on Sunday of multi-organ failure after being struck by pneumonia 17 days ago. The former West Bengal Chief Minister was 95 and is survived by son Chandan. His wife Kamal pre-deceased him four years ago.
"He was a tall leader who could have been Prime Minister of India in 1996. The industry had lots of differences with him but he was a stellar Bengali Bhadralok who always engaged in dialogue and understanding of the other point of view," FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra said.
"If you seek his monument, look around"
As someone who grew up in Calcutta and witnessed the beginnings of its long-term decline, I find it difficult to lionise Jyoti Basu.
Whatever his personal inclinations, he was the public face of a socially regressive movement that destroyed Bengal's age-old refinement. He led the mob that made the Bengali coarse.
Even these could have been overlooked had he left West Bengal in a better state than when he first assumed charge in 1967 (remember that he was the driving force behind the United Front governments of 1967 and 1969). He unleashed forces that caused the complete destruction of Bengal's manufacturing industry.
He killed the work ethic in Bengal. He helped make Bengalis a tribe of the permanently aggrieved.
Mamata Bannerjee is his true successor. She will complete his unfinished agenda of destruction.
POSTSCRIPT: There are however some endearing qualities about Jyoti Basu the man. He was a politician of unimpeachable personal integrity. He was also simple in his lifestyle, without being either austere or a humbug. I particularly admired his inability to cast off his innate fascination for England. He traveled there most summers since 1977, ostensibly to attract foreign investment--an useful euphemism for just chilling.
Usual Suspects: "If you seek his monument, look around"
Jyoti Basu led the state from darkness to despair, literally and metaphorically
Kanchan Gupta: Relooking West Bengal
Had it been Jyoti Banerjee lying unattended in a filthy general ward of SSKM Hospital in Kolkata and not Jyoti Basu in the state-of-the-art ICCU of AMRI Hospital, among the swankiest and most expensive super-speciality healthcare facilities in West Bengal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would not have bothered to arrange for a video-conference for top doctors at AIIMS to compare notes with those attending to the former chief minister of West Bengal.
Jyoti Banerjee, like most of us, spent his working life paying taxes to the government. Jyoti Basu spent the better part of his life living off tax-payers’ money — the conscience of the veteran Marxist was never pricked by the fact that he appropriated for himself a lifestyle shunned by his comrades and denied to the people of a state whose fate he presided over for a quarter century. Kalachand Roy laid what we know today as Odisha to waste in the 16th century; Jyoti Basu was the 20th century’s Kala Pahad who led West Bengal from despair to darkness, literally and metaphorically.
Uncharitable as it may sound, but there really is no reason to nurse fond memories of Jyoti Basu. In fact, there are no fond memories to recall of those days when hopelessness permeated the present, and the future appeared bleak. Entire generations of educated middle-class Bengalis were forced to seek refuge in other states or migrate to America as Jyoti Basu worked overtime to first destroy West Bengal’s economy, chase out Bengali talent and then hand over a disinherited state to Burrabazar traders and wholesale merchants who overnight became “industrialists” — with a passion for asset-stripping and investing their “profits” elsewhere. A State that was earlier referred to as “Sheffield of the East” was rendered by Jyoti Basu into a vast stretch of wasteland. The Oxford English Dictionary would have been poorer by a word had he not made “gherao” into an officially-sanctioned instrument of coercion; “load-shedding” would have never entered into our popular lexicon had he not made it a part of daily life in West Bengal though he ensured Hindustan Park, where he stayed, was spared power cuts. It would have been churlish to grudge him the good life had he not exerted to deny it to others, except, of course, his son Chandan Basu who was last in the news for allegations of cheating on taxes that should have been paid on his imported fancy car.
Let it be said, and said bluntly, that Jyoti Basu’s record in office, first as deputy chief minister in two successive United Front Governments beginning 1967 (for all practical purposes he was the de facto chief minister with a hapless Ajoy Mukherjee reduced to indulging in Gandhigiri to make his presence felt) and later as chief minister for nearly 25 years at the head of the Left Front government which has been in power for 32 years now — the “longest elected communist government” as party commissars untiringly point out to the naïve and the novitiate — is a terrible tale of calculated destruction of West Bengal in the name of ideology. It’s easy to criticise the CPI(M) for politicising the police force and converting it into a goons brigade, but it was Jyoti Basu who initiated the process. It was he who instructed them, as deputy chief minister during the disastrous UF regime, to play the role of foot soldiers of the CPI(M), first by not acting against party cadre on the rampage, and then by playing an unabashedly partisan role in industrial and agrarian disputes.
The fulsome praise that is heaped on Jyoti Basu today — he is variously described by party loyalists and those enamoured of bhadralok Marxists as a “humane administrator” and “far-sighted leader” — is entirely misleading if not undeserving. Within the first seven months of the United Front coming to power, 43,947 workers were laid off and thousands more rendered jobless as factories were shut down following gheraos and strikes instigated and endorsed by him. The flight of capital in those initial days of emergent Marxist power amounted to Rs 2,500 million. In 1967, there were 438 industrial disputes involving 165,000 workers and resulting in the loss of five million man hours. By 1969, there were 710 industrial disputes involving 645,000 workers and a loss of 8.5 million man hours. That was a taste of things to come in the following decades. By the time Jyoti Basu demitted office, West Bengal had nothing to boast of except closed mills and shuttered factories; every institution and agency of the state had been subverted under his tutelage; and, the civil administration had been converted into an extension counter of the CPI(M) with babus happy to be used as doormats.
After every outrage, every criminal misdeed committed by Marxist goons or the police while he was chief minister, Jyoti Basu would crudely respond with a brusque “Emon to hoyei thaakey” (or, as Donald Rumsfeld would famously say, “Stuff happens!”). He did not brook any criticism of the Marich Jhapi massacre by his police in 1979 when refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan were shot dead in cold blood. Till date, nobody knows for sure how many died in that slaughter for Jyoti Basu never allowed an independent inquiry. Neither did the man whose heart bled so profusely for the lost souls of Nandigram hesitate to justify the butchery of April 30, 1982 when 16 monks and a nun of the Ananda Marg order were set ablaze in south Kolkata by a mob of Marxist thugs. The man who led that murderous lot was known for his proximity to Jyoti Basu, a fact that the CPI(M) would now hasten to deny. Nor did Jyoti Basu wince when the police shot dead 13 Congress activists a short distance from Writers’ Building on July 21, 1993; he later justified the police action, saying it was necessary to enforce the writ of the state. Yet, he wouldn’t allow the police to act every time Muslims ran riot, most infamously after Mohammedan Sporting Club lost a football match.
Did Jyoti Basu, who never smiled in public lest he was accused of displaying human emotions, ever spare a thought for those who suffered terribly during his rule? Was he sensitive to the plight of those who were robbed of their lives, limbs and dignity by the lumpen proletariat which kept him in power? Did his heart cry out when women health workers were gang-raped and then two of them murdered by his party cadre on May 17, 1990 at Bantala on the eastern margins of Kolkata? Or when office-bearers of the Kolkata Police Association, set up under his patronage, raped Nehar Banu, a poor pavement dweller, at Phulbagan police station in 1992? “Emon to hoyei thaakey,” the revered Marxist would say, and then go on to slyly insinuate that the victims deserved what they got.
As a Bengali, I grieve for the wasted decades but for which West Bengal, with its huge pool of talent, could have led India from the front. I feel nothing for Jyoti Basu.
Kanchan Gupta: Relooking West Bengal
I'm glad the ol' c@@n kicked the bucket.
Time for Bengal to revive its act and return to its glorious days of India's industrial epicentre.
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