21st May 2020 is the 6th death anniversary of Com.R.Umanath, former CITU Vice President and PBM of CPI(M) for long period from 1991 to 2008. His wife Com.Pappa Umanath was also a senior leader of CPI(M). He was M.P. for two terms and was also elected to the T.Nadu assembly.
Com.Umanath was jailed for many years for organising agitations, and during attacks on the CPI and later CPI(M). He attended many meetings of the P & T Unions and was a good advisor. He used to prepare well in advance for the speeches he had to make. When I requested to him at address a convention at short notice, he chided me stating that how a well planned speech can be made in such short time. However he attended and gave a fine speech. Each and every speech of his was a study class itself, with notes prepared thoroughly. He was simple and was approachable to all comrades.
His daughter Com.U.Vasuki is also a veteran leader of CITU and party. His elder brother Shri Kesava Rao, a crorepati agent of LIC, was settled at Calicut and was also close to the P and T workers.
Red Salute to Com.R.Umanath!