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Volume 3 | Issue 1 | September 2008 | 

Red Salute to Comrade Surjeet Singh


Com. Harkishan Singh Surjeet was no ordinary communist. He has had a charisma of the most unordinary nature and stature that makes him one of the most ordinary party workers even while he was always at the top of the party. This charisma is none of a birth talent as Brahmanism or bourgeois politics would be; on the other hand he learnt from the people, history and practice. He was an architect of the nationalist movement of the genre that was founded and headed by Sardar Bhagat Singh. This branch of the nationalist movement was characterized by sacrifice and salvation. His hoisting the tricolour flag at Hoshiarpur at the age of 16 brought the steel fighter who was going to be tempered by successive struggles and study. He was a fighter par excellence. That is why he imbibed the great traditions of the Gadar revolutionaries in his life.
The seven and a half decades of political life began with his staunch fight against British political hegemony over India. Along with this he pioneered the peasant movement and Communist party as he was convinced that with the peasantry being liberated from landlordism and without poverty being stricken off, there would be no meaning to freedom.

He entered the Central Committee and Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India in 1954 at its Third Congress. Then onwards Surjeet has always been at the helm of affairs in national politics. Then he fought against the revisionist tendencies in the party and he was one of the founding fathers of the CPI (M).
Three things are predominant in the character of Comrade Surjeet; the first one is his undaunted opposition to communalism. He was not bothered whether it came from the Hindus or Sikhs or Muslims. He fought relentlessly against communal secessionist tendencies in the Punjab. The second one is his wonderful capacity of creating an ambiance in like-minded political partied that could work together towards a common cause while they retained their separate existence. But for Surjeet the UPA would and could not have been possible and the left would not have come to rescue the country from the hooks of Hindutwa communalists at least for the time being. The third one is his efficiency in moulding cadre politicians. The difference between cadre politician and professional politician is gradually diminishing in our country. The cadre is ready to sacrifice and the professional is ready to acquire what ever he can. We have both the genre in abundance before our eyes.

He has proved equal to or more influential than most prime ministers and presidents of our republic. He was an equal to heads of nations such as Yasser Arafat or Fidel Castro. We feel his relegation from national politics due to ill-health was one of the reasons why the present hiatus in Indian politics is cleavaged. He would have been able to convince the political masters of the UPA that their attempt to succumb to the US imperialism would be detrimental to the country. We are not saying that Surjeet could avert class struggle at the international plane. But he could have prevailed upon at least some leaders to avert the danger. The danger has happened. The India- US nuclear deal is being reached at. It is quite accidental that Surjeet became part of history just one month after the political experiment he was successful in creating crumpled at the centre.
We lower our heads before the glowing heritage the great communist has rendered to our country. We are proud that the present generations of this country could live at the time this great leader of men also lived in our country.

C. P. Aboobacker









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