सोमवार, 27 अगस्त 2012
at 5:47 pm | |
In April, the first thing he told me was that he has sent the renewal of Party membership through his son Vijay and asked me to check whether it had reached to the Mumbai Party secretary or not. He was very particular in renewing his party membership and attending the party meetings as and when he was asked to do so. He had a fad for reaching in time. This created problems several times as the meetings normally got delayed by half an hour and he would curse those who failed to inform the correct time. His fad for reaching on dot made him to wait at a distance from the venue several times for long. He would enter the venue only at the fixed time. This he observed in reaching a friend’s house or for shooting of a film as well. After hearing the report on the Party Congress and knowing that Sudhakar Reddy has replaced A.B. Bardhan as general secretary, he expressed desire to meet the new general secretary. He said, ‘I have met all general secretaries of the party since pre-independence days. I want to meet Sudhakar who may be the last general secretary during my life’. On this, I reminded him that he had promised to celebrate his 100th birthday at Delhi. He smiled and said, ‘It does not look as if I will be able to keep that promise’. (I came back and reported the conversation to Sudhakar Reddy and requested him to meet him when he goes for the Party Rally in May. Sudhakar did meet him.)
My interaction with comrade Hangal began when I started dabbling in cultural affairs of the party. He had succeeded Kaifi Azmi as national president of the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA). He used to take keen interest in the affairs of the Party. Every time we met, he will point out what he liked and what he did not in NEW AGE and HAYAT. He was regular subscriber of both the journals and used to send his subscription well in advance. He never refused to attend a party meeting and even toured distant place to participate in the election campaign of the Party. To satisfy the audience he would accede to the demand and deliver the film dialogues from his films, particularly from Sholey in which he played the epic role of Rahim Chacha. (Personally, I liked his roles more in flims like Garam Hawa, Shauqeen and Bawarchi).
He used to tell everybody that he did not come to Mumbai on his own. He was ready to work in Karachi along with Sobho Gyanchandani in the party. He was persuaded by the then general secretary of the Communist Party of Pakistan, Sajjad Zaheer to move to Mumbai where he had better avenues to work in IPTA. (Incidentally Sobho Gyanchandani remained in Pakistan. Once during a trial in Karachi after formation of Pakistan, court offered him transportation to India. Sobho’s reply was: ‘Keep me in jail as long as you want but the jail should be in the province of Sindh). After coming from Karachi, he lived in a chawl in Parel for over a decade and worked as a tailor for livelihood. He plunged in the activities of IPTA as well as party and continued with it till his health permitted.
Till April, he was very optimistic and talked about recovering from the ailment to become active once again. But in April, he said the loneliness and lying whole day on the bed is killing me. He wanted me to meet him more frequently. Unfortunately I could not make it. Of course, in his death the country has lost a versatile film and theater artiste. We in the Communist movement have lost a devoted Communist who was ready to sacrifice anything for the people and the party.
By Shameem Faizee
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Addressing reporters at the party office here last week, Viswanathan, also former agriculture minister of Puducherry, said that the business community, students, members of the public and the unemployed youth are reeling under several hardships following “lack of initiative on the part of the Puducherry government to end their woes”.
He said that the executive committee of the state CPI in its meeting held here took stock of the prevailing situation and decided to initiate firm steps at the party level to force the government to solve people’s burning problems.
He said that the business community had already observed a 24-hour bandh recently to urge the government to scrap the hike in value-added tax (VAT). Still, nothing had been done in this regard.
The CPI leader said that although the government was making tall claims that Puducherry was a ‘clean city’ one could come across heaps of garbage at various centres. Inflation is reigning supreme in Puducherry causing untold hardship to the poor and the have-nots.
The Public Distribution System (PDS) is in sixes and sevens and all promises of availability of essential commodities are elusive. Students are left in the lurch without being assisted financially as promised by the government. Free laptops were yet to be made available.
The central government had not initiated steps to relieve Puducherry government of its financial crunch. Nor did the Puducherry government approach the Centre with specific plans, the CPI leader said. The issues concerning the labourers were also causing concern. More than 1,200 industrial units remained closed in Puducherry. Unemployment is also affecting the educated youth, he said and around 1.85 lakh youth who had registered their names with the employment exchange were waiting endlessly for jobs and are turning frustrated.
The observations made by the report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to Puducherry government should be taken as an ‘alarm bell`. The findings of the CAG report on various counts including the bungling by the UT government had are a matter of concern.
On the law and order situation here, the CPI leader said that there was a very close nexus between the police, politicians and anti-social elements in Puducherry. The frequent occurrences of bomb blasts have come to cause concern to the people.
Although the Goondas Act has been enforced nothing had been done to prevent threat to security of the people.
Former CPI legislator N Kalainathan, who was also present, said that the government had failed to collect the taxes due to the government from various sections. Around Rs 425.93 crore was due under various heads including commercial taxes, state excise and other heads. “The PDS should be toned up.”
Kalainathan said that the centrally-sponsored JIPMER hospital here should abandon the present collection of user fees from patients. The levy of the fees was causing hardship to the poor and have-nots turning up for treatment at this prestigious hospital. He wanted to know what steps the Rangasamy-led government had taken to urge the Centre to direct JIPMER to discontinue collection of the user fees.
He said that groupism among police officers was adding to the failure of law and order machinery to function here. “Police should act with courage and curb activities of anti-social elements without paying heed to any political parties’ intervention’, he said. He said that umpteen numbers of resolutions were adopted on the floor of Puducherry assembly in the past seeking statehood for Puducherry. `What is the follow up of the resolutions and what steps the government here had done to draw the attention of the Centre to plea for statehood,’ he asked.
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