6th April 2014 is the 24th Death Anniversary of Com. B.T.Ranadive, the veteran revolutionary and trade union leader par excellence. He left us on 6th April 1990.
He was the General Secretary of the undivided Communist Party (1948-50). When the party was divided he was with the CPI(M) and continued till his death as a PB Member.
His contribution to the trade union movement can not be exaggerated. He was one of the top leaders of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC ) and later the President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) from its start in 1970 till his death. A fiery orator and revolutionary he led many glorious struggles of the working class.
The CITU building in Delhi is named after him – BTR Bhawan.
The P and T as also the Central Government Employees Trade Union movement owes much to Com. BTR for his support and guidance in a very big way. He inspired the workers with his sincerity and determination to fight against injustice. He attended and addressed many conferences of the P and T unions.
My Red Salute to Comrade BTR!