It is difficult to think that 27 years have passed since Com. B.T.Ranadive left us forever. Yes, Com. BTR passed away on 6th April 1990.
BTR was attracted to the communist movement from his early years and became a top leader of the united Communist Party of India and its General Secretary. Later from formation of CPI(M), he was a member of the Polit bureau and continued as such till his death.
He was in the forefront in helping the Royal Navy Mutiny of 1946. He organised several strikes and struggles of Girni Kamgar Union in Bombay. He was a top leader of the AITUC and when CITU was formed in 1970, he was one of the founding fathers. Later he became the President of CITU and continued for years. His writings are published in three big volumes which is a must to read.
As an all India office bearer of the P&T Unions, I had the opportunity to get his advice and guidance. In the fight with the revisionist in NFPTE during 1970s and 1980s, his guidance was of maximum benefit. A revolutionary leader, he conveyed the spirit with whomever he met.
Let his memory guide us in the future also.
Red Salute to Comrade BTR!