Comrade Sankar Saha attained a very high standard of communist culture and character through exemplary struggle

(Speech of Comrade Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), at the Memorial Meeting of Comrade Sankar Saha on 20 June 2021)

Comrade President and Comrades,
Although Comrade Sankar Saha was junior to me, but due to his illness and indifferent attitude to health, I used to tell him that he would die earlier and I would have to address his condolence meeting. And smilingly he used to answer: “I want that.” And today it has become a cruel reality for me. I had not expected it.
Comrades, entire mankind is in danger now. Crores of people are infected by Covid pandemic. More than a crore have already died. Many more will die. And our Party lost a number of valuable leaders, organizers and members. Some more comrades are now on death bed. Any day, any moment, sad news may come. But how to face this grief? Ordinary people, become mentally shattered, heartbroken and demoralized. But for us, there are teachings from our great leaders. After the demise of great Lenin, great Stalin said: “We vow to fulfill the behest of great Lenin”. Again after the demise of great Stalin, Great Mao Zedong said- “Turn grief into strength.” Now, I will say what our great departed leader Comrade Shibdas Ghosh taught us as to how prepare our Party leaders and comrades to face any such eventuality. Later I would quote from his speech.
In 1974, there was a ‘School of Politics” in Kolkata to be conducted by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh. At that time, Comrade Subodh Banerjee, another respected leader of ours, was in a dying condition in hospital. He was attacked by blood cancer. So, in West Bengal Party Secretariat meeting, there were arguments on whether to hold the School of Politics or to postpone it. There were differences. While arguments were going on, Comrade Ghosh entered the meeting place. He intervened and said: “When you are in the battle field, if you hear that I am dying; will you as a revolutionary stop the battle? No, it cannot be stopped.” After the death of Comrade Subodh Banerjee, Comrade Ghosh spoke in his memorial meeting. It has been published with the heading “Tribute to a Revolutionary” in the Selected Works. I will read from it later on.
When he was placing these views in the memorial meeting, we felt that this was a great lesson and message for us. Because he knew what pain would be caused to us after his death. He was preparing our mind for that most painful eventuality. In this connection, I will mention another point also to understand how much Comrade Shibdas Ghosh was identified with revolution and Party.
After Comrade Subodh Banerjee’s demise, the procession which carried his body created a sensation in the city because of the discipline and silent grief it portrayed. But it was reported to Comrade Ghosh that in the procession, there was a small group of newcomers from the villages who could not maintain discipline. Next day Comrade Shibdas Ghosh told me in the office: “When we will organize this type of funeral procession next time, you should depute some volunteers where there are newcomer peasants in the procession to maintain discipline.”
Just see – he was thinking that even his funeral procession should receive public appreciation and draw attraction towards the Party and revolution. This was and this is our great leader Comrade Shibdas Ghosh. Now let me read out what from his speech at the memorial meeting of Comrade Subodh Banerjee. This is known to most of the comrades. His original speech was in Bengali, Now I am reading out the English translation.
“Politics calls for noble feelings of heart – nobler still is the feeling that spurs on to revolutionary politics. Tender as it is, in one way–inherent in it are stern reality, strict discipline and steadfast sense of duty. Our work cannot suffer because of our grief. Outwardly, the conduct of this politics appears so heartless. But it is here, in what appears so heartless, that the significance of true realization of grief lies … The pain and sorrow of the entire society together with the revolutionary transformation they underwent in the realm of values, made such a penetrating impact on the revolutionaries, that they have been steeled in their resolve to make revolution a concrete reality …Even death of the most beloved, a profound loss or an event leading to deep emotional upsurge cannot make oblivious of their duty … mere expression of grief and emotion has just no meaning for revolutionaries if they fail to realize the significance of the pain in them and what that enjoins them to do.”
This appeal of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh at that time, made the entire Party to stand up just like one man, under the leadership of our departed leader respected Comrade Nihar Mukherjee. We faced in that way. We have to face in that way today and in future too.
Now Comrades, regarding Comrade Sankar Saha, I fully agree with what has been discussed by the President, Comrade K. Radhakrishna. Although he spoke in brief, it has been a proper evaluation of Comrade Sankar Saha.
As I know, Comrade Saha joined the Party in 1963. At that time, Comrade Swapan Roy Choudhury, elder brother of Comrade Tapan Roy Choudhury, along with Comrade Krishna Chakraborty was working in Dumdum with the help of Comrade Tapan Roy Chowdhury. They organized clubs, coaching classes, cultural programmes and students & youth festivals. Comrade Sankar Saha also associated himself with those programmes and Comrade Swapan Roy Chowdhury introduced him to the Party. At that time, Comrade Saha was an employee of Jessop & Company, probably in an important post. When he was engaged in all these activities, he came to know that workers of Sudson factory were mercilessly beaten by hooligans engaged by the employer. It touched his mind. He came forward to resist it, organized resistance and stopped it. And in this way a union was formed in that factory. Here you note one thing– he was not deputed by the Party to organize trade unions or workers’ unions. He himself initiated it out of feeling for the workers and spirit to fight injustice. In this way, he started his trade union activities. With the help of other comrades, he developed a powerful union in a big factory in Dumdum area i.e. Hindustan Iron and Steel Company. At that time, at Dumdum, under his leadership and initiative, many trade unions were formed. The CPI(M) created obstructions and attacked them with the help of police. Congress also attacked them with the help of police. There were many such attacks. Comrade Sankar Saha bravely faced it. In this way, he developed as a trade union organizer. He started work from the grass root level. Then he shifted himself to the central trade union office to devote himself more in trade union activities. At that time, another senior comrade used to stay in the trade union office. His name was Comrade Ganesh Dasgupta. He is mostly unknown to the present generation of the comrades. Comrades Ganesh Dasgupta and Sankar Saha stayed together in the trade union office. They themselves cooked food there and slept on the benches of the office. Many days, months and years had passed in that way. Comrade Sankar Saha contributed his entire salary to the Party fund and after some time, took voluntarily retirement and contributed the entire money of his retirement benefits to the Party fund.
But here I would like to mention something which is mostly unknown to the comrades. At that time, Fatik Ghosh was the Secretary of the West Bengal trade union organization. You know Fatik Ghosh was expelled from the Party due to his degraded, immoral and anti-party activities. After his expulsion, our departed leader Comrade Nihar Mukherjee while addressing a meeting with tears said that Comrade Shibdas Ghosh had asked him not to involve Fatik Ghosh in the Party because Fatik Ghosh had many bad traits. But Comrade Nihar Mukherjee appealed to Comrade Shibdas Ghosh to give him a chance to rectify Fatik Ghosh. Comrade Nihar Mukherjee told in the meeting with tears: “I have failed.” And taking advantage of the relative independence of the trade union front, he tried to practically create a distance between the Party and the front and virtually transformed the trade union front into an exclusive domain of his. Comrade Sankar Saha used to work under him. But Comrade Saha without being influenced by him struggled hard to implement the Party tasks, to carry the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh in the trade union organization, in the trade union movement. Practically there were two lines in the trade union at that time. One line advocated by Fatik Ghosh, which was contrary to Party line. Another line pursued by Comrade Sankar Saha as per Party guidelines. Comrade Saha did it very carefully and cautiously, because Fatik Ghosh was the Secretary of the organization. Comrade Sankar Saha implemented the correct line and saved the other comrades from the bad influence of Fatik Ghosh. Although this contradiction was antagonistic, he did not allow it to come in surface lest it should demoralize the junior comrades in the front. This was a very difficult struggle. And no leader assigned him this task. I tell you he did it out of his own conviction and understanding. My respect to him started from this point. How patiently, intelligently and with firm conviction he did it, and saved the trade union from the pernicious influence of Fatik Ghosh.
I will tell you another aspect also in this connection. Of course, it is not related with trade union movement. Fatik Ghosh had done a very unethical thing. Another lady comrade, in her college days, was the General Secretary of Students Union, led by our organization, AIDSO. Later on, she joined service in the State Food Department and involved herself in trade union activities. But she was not a whole timer. Fatik Ghosh assured her that he would marry her. But he betrayed her and accepted another woman. All these happened, without the knowledge of the Party leadership. When Fatik Ghosh refused her, she became almost mad. She rushed to Comrade Nihar Mukherjee. By observing her position, Comrade Nihar Mukherjee requested Comrade Sankar Saha to accept and save her. Comrade Saha agreed and accepted her. She was sick, a bit ill tempered, erratic, having some psychic problems too, probably due to the earlier incident. But she loved the Party and Comrade Sankar Saha. However, what is called happiness in married life, I feel, Comrade Saha did not get it. But he never complained about it. He bore the brunt of the entire trouble silently. This is also an example before the comrades.
Now, I tell you that in our country there are trade unions led by the Congress, the BJP as well as led by the CPI(M), CPI. And our organization, AIUTUC is led by our Party, SUCI (Communist), armed with the teachings of Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought. Trade unions led by the Congress and the BJP practically work as the agents of the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie also needs trade union to deceive the workers. Common workers are mostly illiterate, politically unconscious and disunited. They are laden with many threads of bourgeois ideology, politics, culture and morals. The bourgeoisie hires agents or lackeys who can work among the workers as trade union leaders to mislead them, to confuse them, to bind them in the tentacles of legalism, economism and to depict in a glowing colour, the ‘charms’ of bourgeois reformism with the ultimate aim of diverting them from revolution to bourgeois parliamentarism. As a result, what is the real picture of the common workers now? They are crushed and suppressed under the grinding wheel of capitalist exploitative machine. But, the bourgeoisie, using religious blindness, always propagates that division between rich and poor, exploiter and exploited, employees and employers- is eternal, God-given. Everything is decided by the almighty God. The workers are further divided by religion, language, nationality, caste and creed. To educate them, to organize them, to unite them is a very difficult and tough struggle. And if the bourgeois owners find a powerful trade union leader, they try to bribe him or they purchase him very cleverly. The bourgeois trade unionists serve the bourgeoisie overtly. But the social-democrat trade unionists serve the bourgeoisie covertly by duping the workers with leftist vocabularies. So the role of social-democrat trade unionists is more harmful as they are disguised. And it is the task, an unbound duty of the revolutionary working class leadership to fight and unmask all these bourgeois and social democratic camouflage, to free the workers from their influence, and to organize them along the revolutionary line. Here I will refer to some education which is a guiding line for all revolutionaries and which was followed by Comrade Sankar Saha also. First I am reading from Comrade Lenin and then Comrade Shibdas Ghosh regarding trade union movement:
Lenin said: “The consciousness could only be brought to the workers from without”. The expression “from without” means “not from within”. Not from within the trade union movement. But it is to be brought from outside to the trade union. So he used the expression “from without”. He further said: “The history of all countries shows that the working class, exclusively by its own efforts is able to develop only trade union consciousness. That is, it may itself realize the necessity for combining in unions, for fighting against the employers and for striving to compel the government to pass necessary labour legislation etc. The theory of Socialism, however, grew out of the philosophic, historical, economic theories that were elaborated by the educated representatives of the propertied classes, the intellectuals. According to their social status, the founders of modern scientific socialism Marx and Engels themselves belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia.” In fact they became declassed intelligentsia. That means, according to Lenin, socialist consciousness did not arise from within trade union movements. It had been introduced from outside by the declassed intelligentsia.
Next, I quote from Comrade Shibdas Ghosh: “Marx had posed the question right from the beginning, why should workers join trade union movements? They should join because trade union is the School of Communism. While fighting collectively against injustice and oppression, from this platform, these workers get the opportunity to analyze events and search out truth. While conducting their day to day struggles consciousness dawns on them, as to why there can be no emancipation without revolution, The revolutionaries alone and none else want to educate workers thus … only those workers can change the world who have been able to give birth to the quality of revolutionary leadership, not in political battle alone, or in slogans, but in behaviour and life style, in ethical and moral standard, culture, tone and taste by freeing themselves from the narrow confines of vile bourgeois culture … Economism in working class movement which in a word is called opportunism, is a blessing of the capitalist class and banes for the working class.” These are the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh.
These teachings of great Lenin and great Shibdas Ghosh guided Comrade Sankar Saha in the trade union movement. It was a very difficult struggle. There are other Fronts of the Party. But in the trade union front, workers always come to the office, with copies of charge sheets, police cases or closure notices to seek advice regarding course of action. Every day workers come with these problems. Union leaders come with these problems. And the leader is to guide them. Generally, these workers are apolitical, apathetic to political discussion. To politicalize them is a difficult task. But Comrade Sankar Saha did it continuously remembering those teachings. Other Fronts do not face these types of problems. While being engaged with all these tasks, he found time to study. We have heard from Comrade Radhakrishna and other trade union leaders also told me that he had vast knowledge of Labour laws. He had to study those laws. And during conciliation in the Tribunal, he had referred to the clauses of Labour laws in such a masterly way that even very bureaucratic managers, employers, or labour officers, failed to defend themselves legally. While studying labour laws so assiduously, he studied Party literature also.
Many comrades do not know, Comrade Sankar Saha was very theoretically matured comrade. Frequently he had discussion with me. He had profound knowledge in Marxian philosophy, revolutionary politics, national and international questions. Regularly he studied them. But, in meetings, in classes, generally he did not open his mouth. That was his nature. He used to let others speak. If necessity arose, he spoke very briefly but touching upon the salient points. Many trade union leaders became degenerated, polluted. It is a field where the employers, in many ways, influence the trade union leaders by flattery, bribery, appeasement, admiration, by involving them in luxurious life style,. In this way, they corrupt the trade union leaders. Comrade Sankar Saha was in that environment. But the employers could not influence him at all. He maintained his revolutionary proletarian character being guided by the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh.
Comrades, I collected opinions from some trade union comrades who were closely associated with him, and I found, what a high emotion, impression and respect they had for Comrade Sankar Saha. Comrade Shibdas Ghosh said: ‘there are two types of leaders- Constitutionally, one is elected as Secretary of this committee or that committee, and hence, constitutionally he is the leader. They are accepted mechanically. But there is another type of comrades, who, whether elected or not, enjoy respect, confidence from the core of the heart of the comrades and workers, because of their character, behaviour and profound knowledge of revolutionary teachings. They are real leaders.’ I have found, Comrade Sankar Saha emerged as a real leader in that way. With deep respect, emotion and grief, our trade union leaders told me that they have lost their father, their beloved guardian. He was not merely a leader. He reflected some exemplary features based on Comrade Shibdas Ghosh’s teachings. Trade Union comrades told me that whenever he went to any meeting, in the country or abroad, after drafting a resolution, he used to place before others and sought their opinion. And if necessary, he accepted other’s suggestions. In meetings, he, in the beginning, allowed others to speak and place their suggestions and opinions. They used to take much time in discussions. He used to listen to others attentively and concluded the discussion within 15 to maximum 30 minutes. And that used to be a brilliant conclusion. They told me that if any of them committed any mistake, even a serious mistake, seldom he became angry. He never injured or hurt anyone by harsh talks. He discussed with that comrade, very calmly and sympathetically only to educate him or her. He never rebuked the junior comrades as he understood the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh that, “In case of ordinary comrades, if the language of criticism is harsh, then it takes them time to realize that this harshness does not entail a ill-feeling; on the contrary, it has comradely affection and compassion behind it. It takes them time to realize that despite … rebukes and reproaches there has been not the slightest dearth in feelings, emotion, love and sense of duty towards them in the core of heart. From words alone one cannot get the feel of it. From outward conduct it cannot be understood. It has to be realized by fighting together shoulder to shoulder for long.” Any comrade, even any worker, not belonging to our trade union, could easily come to him, talk with him, place his problems before him. They did not feel any reservation at all. Comrades told me that not only he accepted criticism from the seniors, he accepted criticism from the juniors also and that too smilingly. This is his normal face very calm and composed. [Comrade Provash Ghosh pointed at the portrait of Comrade Sankar Saha] He remembered Comrade Shibdas Ghosh’s teachings. “If you suddenly come face to face with difficulties that never cropped up earlier, or you are in danger which you never faced before, or you fall in trouble you never before had to handle – if you face all these and go ahead with your task, enduring it and bringing it under control unitedly in a disciplined manner … Then necessity is to maintain calm and have boundless patience.”
He faced all problem and hurdles with this smiling face. He always noted the positive sides and qualities of other comrades, as Comrade Ghosh had taught us. Not the negative sides, not the defects of other comrades but their positive qualities. Comrades told me that when some of them placed before him some complaints about any comrade, he first listened patiently. Then, he discussed with them by first pointing out the qualities of that comrade. And it was in such a way that there was a happy conclusion of the issue for them. He had no habit of taking personal impression and discuss anything here and there. Whenever some questions came in his mind, he sought opinion of the leadership. He was very caring about all comrades. Comrades felt ease and happy in his presence. Some even have said that only to become free from agony and mental disturbance, they used to go to him and just by sitting before him, without any talk and only by his association, they came out from those mental agonies. Such was the effect of his association. While fighting for any worker in the Labour Tribunals, in conciliation, it appeared as if it was a case of Comrade Sankar Saha himself and not the case of any worker. When asked about it, he answered “I don’t act as leader. I identify myself with that worker and his family, their sufferings. Without identifying with the sufferings of that labourer and his family, we cannot fight for him. This is not merely a legalistic battle.” This is also a very important lesson. Workers also felt he was their own man. Some even said to me that when he was present in front of a factory gate or in a slum area, nobody felt that he was a leader. They felt he was just like their own man. That was his nature. It was not something that he consciously did in that way. His nature was like that. I feel he joined the Party with humanistic values, and he was further enriched by proletarian values taught by our departed leader Comrade Shibdas Ghosh.
I fully agree with Comrade Radhakrishna that he had no populistic approach. He attended many international meetings, many meetings within the country. Everywhere, he attended as the only representative of revolutionary proletarian movement armed with Marxism- Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought. Today, internationally there is no trade union organization which reflects this revolutionary thought. Nationally also, it is absent. Only our organization, AIUTUC, is an exception. On behalf of our Party, on behalf of our trade union, Comrade Sankar Saha upheld this revolutionary line which created sensations in those gatherings. He got appreciation, he got respect and regard from many quarters. But there was not even a slightest expression of ego, conceit, smugness or self-glorification. Nobody heard from him saying — I did this thing, I did that thing; they appreciated me in this language etc., — nothing of that sort. I used to get reports from him which were all simple reports humbly presented without any of the aforesaid bad traits.
In our trade union office also, nobody ever heard of any such thing. Rather, he always felt that he was lagging behind in performing the tasks entrusted to him by the Party leadership and hence, he was to advance further. That was his feeling.
Another point I want to mention here. He was very firm in his fight against the government and the employers. But there was no bitterness in relation or personal enmity with them. They respected him. Here also I quote Comrade Shibdas Ghosh: “To one imbued with proletarian class consciousness, the fight against the bourgeoisie is impersonal and a class fight. The consciousness of this struggle against the bourgeois system is not born out of jealousy that he is not rich himself, nor is his struggle on economic and political demands, personal in character. These are impersonal. His hatred is against the class, not personally against an individual. If the hatred is personal and not born of class consciousness, even a worker can be reduced to a bourgeois, under favourable circumstances and conditions.” This culture, Sankar Saha reflected in his behaviour with managements, employers, everywhere. And that is why he enjoyed their respect.
Here, I cite one instance. In a factory, there was a spontaneous outburst of workers’ wrath that turned violent. In that tussle, one manager lost his life. The owners lodged case against the trade union leaders. One of them belonged to our trade union. In fact at the time of that incident, our trade union leader was not present there. He was not involved at all. But the case given was of ‘attempt to murder’ – a serious one. Comrade Sankar Saha met the owner and told him- ‘I have not come here for mercy or any concession. You know me. If you know that our trade union leader is guilty, let the law punish him. But I know that he was not involved in this. What will you do?” That employer answered: ‘Sankar Babu, I know you are our staunch opponent. But I respect you and your trade union leader as honest persons. I know he was not involved. I assure you he will not be prosecuted.” And he was not prosecuted. Just see, out of respect, what was done.
Now, I refer to another incident. A comrade from Asansol informed me that his friend was a General Manager of East Indian Electricity Company. He was posted in Shillong. Comrade Sankar Saha was on his way back from Delhi after attending some governmental body meeting. That General Manager too had boarded the same plane. Next day, in the early morning that person informed our comrades that ‘in the plane I met a person. His talk, his behaviour reflected both profound knowledge and high culture. I have never met such a person. I will always remember him. Later on, I knew from him that he was your trade union leader- Sankar Saha’. Note this point. During a plane journey, you know you get a little scope to talk, Still then, what an impression was made by Comrade Sankar Saha on a common man. Whoever came in his contact, they had felt in this way. This is called character, culture. In a dark room, you cannot find piece of gold without light. But without light, you can find a piece of diamond. Culture and character are like that. Quite unequivocally, I can say this that he attained a very high culture. In the process of identification with the revolutionary Party, he reached a very high stage. It is not only an example before the trade union comrades, it is an example before all our leaders and comrades also, to me also. I do not hesitate to speak in that way. Most of his life, he spent in trade union office and then in a small room with wife. He did not receive the required care or attention.
I took the opportunity to bring him here at Shibpur centre after the demise of his wife. Initially he hesitated but then accepted Party decision. Another point also I have missed to place. His lifestyle was very simple. In food, in dress, and in staying, his was a very ordinary simple life. Even before spending a single rupee for himself, he used to think whether it was a wastage. Because it was public money. Many comrades do not know that when he went to attend ILO Conference, he took with him, rice, potatoes, other things, and cooked his own food there to save the money allotted to him by ILO. He did not spend that money for his own food only to contribute to the Party fund. Party did not ask him for this. It was his own decision.
Later he fell sick. After a heart surgery, he faced difficulties in walking. Once he fell down on the pavements. I told him “You take a car or taxi.” But he refused. I told him “You take a bit of proteins.” His health required eggs, bananas and so forth. But he did not take. Then I rebuked him saying that “If you don’t arrange it, I will send it from the Party office- do you want it?” Then, he began to take prescribed diet. When he was brought to this Shibpur Centre, members of the Center probably do not know how much happy he was, because for the first time, he got a chance to stay in the Centre. While mentioning my name, he told one renowned lawyer of Calcutta High Court, a friend of our Party, with happiness and pride that he was staying at the Centre. He stayed here for about a year probably. And this was the only part of his life that he got some care, I tell you.
And here, all the members of the Centre placed in an internal meeting, what they felt about him. All of them said with tears that how impersonal he was. He never asked for this food or that food. He never bothered for that food or this food. Whatever was served, he took happily. He did not ask for other’s service. Others did it voluntarily. Whenever he required any service from anyone, here or in his office, first he asked the concerned comrade: “Are you free, is there any assignment of yours?” If that comrade was free, then only he said: “Please help me in this way.” He was comradely and friendly with all– elders, youngers, even with children also. He was not in the Center earlier. But in one year he proved himself as a worthy member of the Centre as a very impersonal person set an example before other members of the Center. Many had told in the Centre meeting that he educated and inspired them. They have also written in that way about his patience, perseverance, his firmness, indomitable spirit, and impersonal approach in life. Whenever he discussed anything with any comrade, he used to refer the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh.
I should say, Comrade Pritish Chanda, Comrade Tapas Dutta, Comrade Ashutosh Banerjee– they were also Presidents of our trade union organization. In early days, Comrade Pritish Chanda and Comrade Tapas Dutta developed trade union movements also. But they were more known as Party leaders. So I cannot compare them with him. Comrade Sankar Saha was fully involved in trade union movement. As a trade union leader, Comrade Saha is incomparable. He was fully involved in trade union movement. He was a real representative, the best representative reflecting the ideology and culture propounded by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh in the trade union movement. Comrade Sankar Saha is a glaring example before us. Remember, qualities reflected by Comrade Sankar Saha had been the product of a continuous life struggle conducted by him to overcome his defects and shortcomings, to elevate himself to higher standard by following the process enunciated by great Marxist philosopher Comrade Shibdas Ghosh.
Today we are passing through a very critical hour. Working class is facing severe attacks from the capitalist – imperialists world over and in our country also. There is absence of powerful mighty Socialist camp. There is absence of a very powerful world communist movement. There is absence of powerful working class movement too. And we find problems after problems are mounting with every passing hour. In our country, billions of people are unemployed. Billions are retrenched. They are reduced to street beggars. Every hour, every moment, thousands and thousands of people are dying out of starvation and being denied medical treatment. There is no workers’ right.
Labour law has been reframed. Better, it should be called as Employers’ Law, not Labour Law. Permanent posts are being abolished. Most of the workers are casual or contractual. For them, there is no fixed wage, no fixed working hours. They work just like slaves. And a new genre has come into existence – the migrant labourers. Earlier there was no such migrant labourer. So, under these circumstances, situation demands powerful revolutionary workers’ movement. That situation demands more leaders like Comrade Sankar Saha. It is a demand of the working class movement. It is a demand of the revolutionary movement. It is the cry of the hour.
I call upon the comrades– we are losing so many leaders and comrades. You will have to fill up the gap. Study Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought. Develop yourself further. Don’t compromise with bourgeois vices, habit sand culture. Heighten your initiative, enrich your revolutionary knowledge. That is the need of the hour. There was a call of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh to the workers. We need leaders, cadres, who will convey that call to the workers. What was that call?
“You are the workers, creators of this civilization. This civilization is in the throes of deliverance. It begs of you, its deliverance. Not only your own emancipation, on you depends the liberation and emancipation of the entire mankind.” This was the call of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh to the workers. And we need leaders, comrades like Comrade Sankar Saha who will carry this call to the workers, to the peasants, to the people. And by that, as Comrade Ghosh taught us, you need to ask yourself what is the lesson derived at the hour of grief. You must understand it.
If you can develop us fast in this way, by conducting relentless struggle, only then, by carrying the banner of Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought, by carrying the banner of higher proletarian culture, we can fulfil the mission of bringing about emancipation of the exploited people– emancipation of the entire mankind. That should be our firm determination.
With this, I pay my homage to the memory of Comrade Sankar Saha, a lifelong revolutionary, a lifelong fighter for the cause of revolutionary working class revolution.
Red Salute to our Great Leader Comrade Shibdas Ghosh!
Long live Revolution!
Long live Marxism-Leninism-Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thoughts!
Workers of the world unite!
Long Live SUCI (Communist)!

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