Speaking in a Programme ,today (18-07-2018) in Kolkata , to commemorate the Birth Centenary of Legendary South African Statesman Nelson Mandela, CPI(M) Politbureau Member Prakash Karat has hailed the life and works of Nelson Mandela and termed him as a liberator at par with liberators like Mao Tse Tung , Fidel Castro or Ho Chi Minn. He lamented that Nelson Mandela when he came out of the Jail , it was changed circumstance for him as the 60’s realities of the presence of Soviet Union , was absent. Still he negotiated the Freedom of his country, and at the same time had instructed the ANC leadership not to withdraw the armed struggle until a certain stage of discussion has been reached . He was Liberator who believed in Marxism and dialectical materialism. Along with other ANC stalwarts like Walter Cislu and Ahmad Cathrada , he led the valiant fight with the Bastion of imperialism , the apartheid South Africa , whose policy of racial segregation is even today being followed by the oppressors of the Palestinian people . He also said that 20th Century being the century of liberation struggle from the clutches of the imperialism and colonialism , the last major struggle of liberation of the Century had been led by Mandela, while Palestinian struggle is still unfinished.
Com. Abhimanyu, the SFI leader of Maharaja’s College Ernakuam (Kochi), who was murdered in the college campus by the SDPI terrorists was one of the best cadres of the SFI, who was loved by one and all. He was murdered for his staunch fight for correct policies and against communal forces. The entire people of Kerala and the student community as a whole, irrespective of union affiliation, are deeply pained and mourn for the great loss. He was only 20, but was one of the best human being. His death is a great loss. To avoid such loss in future, sustained and determined fight against terrorism and communalism is a must. Our deepest grief and condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades.
Com. Abhimanyu, your sacrifice will not be in vain! Red Salute!
8th July 2018 is the 104th birth anniversary of Comrade Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister of W.Bengal for about more than 23 years and veteran Leader of Communist movement and PBM of CPI(M).
He passed away on 17th January 2010 at the age of 95. His life and activities are saga of courage, sacrifice and achievements.
Respectful Homage to Com. Jyoti Basu!
13 June 2018 is the 109th Birth Anniversary of Comrade EMS Namboodiripad, former General Secretary, CPI(M), first Chief Minister of Kerala and one of the most respected ideologue of the Communists. His political life extending about eight decades were closely interlinked with the growth and progress of Kerala. A voracious reader, comrade EMS also wrote many books, articles, reviews, pamphlets etc. which have now been compiled and published in 100 volumes. It is a valued treasure.
He was closely connected with the P&T Trade union movement and attended many conferences of the union, including the All India Conference of the AITEE Union Class III held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1994, where I was elected as the General Secretary of the union.
His strictness for time and timely completion of any work is well known. This I have seen myself. Once I have the opportunity to travel with him from Calicut to Mangalore, where he was to address a meeting of NFPTE. He was continuously writing and by the time we reached Mangalore, he put the same in a cover, wrote the address and told me to post it immediately so that it will reach Chintha next day itself.
An interesting incident also happened. While addressing the meeting at Mangalore Head Post Office on the day, he saw the photo of Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, pioneer of the P and T TU movement, fixed on the wall and asked whose photo it is. When I mentioned that it was the photo of Babu Tarapada, Union leader, he smiled and commented: ‘ so, you have your union leaders’ photo in the Post Office also.’ I mentioned to him also that since there are no place in many Post Offices for holding meetings, we usually hold the same in the office,after office hours.
We cherish his memory and our close association with him.Red Salute to Comrade EMS!
Com. G.L.Dhar, Secretary AITUC passed away yesterday. He was one of the senior leaders of the Confederation of Central Government employees and led many a struggle of the Central Secretariat workers in Delhi. He was personally known to me for a long period. A few months back I have met him in the AITUC office and he helped me in getting a copy of the “Five Glorious Days” written by Com. S.A.Dange on the 1960 CGE strike. His death is a great loss to the TU movement.
My Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades!
19th May 2018 is the 8th death anniversary of Com. Moni Bose, veteran leader of P and T employees and the first patron of BSNLEU. He left us on 19th May 2010.
Since his entry in the the P and T department in 1945, he has been fully engaged with the union activities along with his elder brother and historical figure Com. K.G.Bose. He was terminated in connection with the 1949 strike and was never taken back in service. But his life was fully dedicated to the service of the P and T workers and led the movement as Circle Secretary of E.III Union W.Bengal Circle. In 1991, he was elected as the General Secretary of E.III Union, defeating Com.O.P.Gupta, who has been the GS Of the union since its inception in 1954. Later he was elected as the President in 1994. Com. Moni fought for the correct policy and against revisionism.
I had been closely connected with Com. Moni Bose for more than four decades. After death of Com.K.G.Bose in 1974, the leadership of the progressive section in the union fell upon Com. Moni and he led the movement for years. We were elected All India President and General Secretary in the Bhopal Conference in 1991 and had a close relation in our fight for the right of the workers. Com. Moni returned to Calcutta in 1996 after vacating the post of All India President, but continued his activities there. He was appointed as a member in the Pay Commission appointed by W.Bengal government for the state employees. (Life history of Com. Moni Bose and his activities are narrated in the book ‘Great Leaders of P and T TU Movement’ authored by me).
Moni Bose Day is being observed all over India as per the call of BSNLEU by organisisng meetings, seminars, trade union class etc.
On his 8th death anniversary, we remember him and pay our respects. Red Salute to Com. Moni Bose.
22 March 2018 is the 41st death anniversary of Comrade A.K.Gopalan,”The Commander of the Poor” , freedom fighter and top leader of CPI(M), whose entire life was a saga of valiant struggle for the cause of the toiling masses. He left us on 22nd March 1977, after one day of the withdrawal of the draconian ‘Emergency’ (1975-77) against which he fought with all his might, but could not know the victory, since he was in coma. Yes, Comrade, your struggle has not been in vain.
Wherever there was pain, wherever there was sorrow, wherever the people were exploited, Comrade, you reached there and fought for them. You did not inquire about their politics, caste or creed, but fought against injustice wherever you saw it.
I was fortunate to watch many of these struggles and sacrifices. I was also fortunate to get your guidance, advice and affection on many occasions.
Com. AKG, even when you were seriously ill, you could not take rest, but jumped in to struggle for the workers. I still remember many instances including the 1974 Railway Strike. Your speeches and fight in the Parliament and outside for the cause of the workers will ever be remembered. You will always be remembered for your struggles and sacrifices. Years have not diminished these memories. In 2001, we formed BSNL Employees Union on your death anniversary.
Red Salute to Com. AKG!
London, Mar 14 : Stephen Hawking, the legendary British theoretical physicist who explored the mysteries of the universe from his wheelchair and went on to become an inspiring figure globally, died today at his home in Cambridge.
His family said that Hawking, 76, died peacefully in his home near Cambridge University, where he did much of his ground-breaking work on black holes and relativity.
Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world,” the statement said.
“He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever,” it said.
Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on January 8 — the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. He was diagnosed in 1963, when he was 21, and doctors initially only gave him a few years to live.
But he went on to study at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
The disease left Hawking wheelchair-bound and paralysed. He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything — bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.
Known for his unique way of speaking while living his life in a wheelchair, Hawking became an emblem of human determination and curiosity.
Hawking’s first major breakthrough came in 1970, when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the entire universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in space-time, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang.
Hawking’s seminal contributions continued through the 1980s. The theory of cosmic inflation holds that the fledgling universe went through a period of terrific expansion. In 1982, Hawking was among the first to show how quantum fluctuations – tiny variations in the distribution of matter – might give rise through inflation to the spread of galaxies in the universe.
But it was ‘A Brief History of Time’ that rocketed Hawking to stardom. Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks. It sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.
Hawking won the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, the Copley Medal, and the Fundamental Physics Prize. The Nobel prize, however, eluded him.
Despite being a British citizen he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US’s highest civilian honor, in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
He was the subject of the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’, which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
Hawking once said, “I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”
Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren, according to his website.
Hawking warned Artificial Intelligence could end human race
Eminent astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who died today, had warned that the efforts to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and create thinking machines could spell the end of the human race.
Hawking, known for his work on black holes and relativity, was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
He was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease since he was 20.
Despite being told that he had just two more years to live in 1963, Hawking continued to make path breaking contributions to science till the age of 76.
In the last few years, Hawking repeatedly warned about the threat of climate change, artificial intelligence, population burden and hostile aliens.
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” the cosmologist told BBC News in 2014.
In an interview last year with the WIRED magazine, Hawking said AI will eventually reach a level where it will essentially be a “new form of life that will outperform humans”.
“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans,” he told the magazine.
The renowned physicist maintained that while the primitive forms of AI had proven very useful, he feared the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.
“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he had said.
Hawking also warned that due to climate change, Earth will become a sizzling fireball by 2600 and humanity will become extinct.
He declared that humans must “boldly go where no one has gone before” if we fancy continuing our species for another million years.
The astrophysicist believed that humans will need to colonise another planet within the next 100 years to survive climate change, asteroid strikes, and overpopulation.
He had also warned that the aggressive instincts of humans, coupled with the fast pace of growth in technology may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war, adding that only a ‘world government’ may prevent this impending doom.
Hawking believed that humans may lack the skills as a species to stay alive amidst the challenges of climate change, population burden and misuse of technology.
“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded,” he said.
The scientist believed a new space programme should be worked on urgently by the science community “with a view to eventually colonising suitable planets for human habitation.”
“I believe we have reached the point of no return. Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing,” the cosmologist said.
Hawking also warned against announcing our presence to any alien civilisations, especially to those more technologically advanced than humans.
“Our first contact from an advanced civilisation could be equivalent to when Native Americans first encountered Christopher Columbus and things ‘didn’t turn out so well’,” Hawking said in a film.
Also performing a hypothetical flyby of Gliese 832c, a potentially habitable exoplanet located 16 light years away, Hawking noted, “One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back.”
Despite his misgivings, Hawking invested in the Breakthrough Initiative’s project focusing on space exploration and the search for life in the Universe.(London Report)
With deep grief we intimate that Com. Dileep Kumar, a contract worker engaged in BSNL Killivayal Excange, Pathanathitta committed suicide yesterday due to extreme mental strain for not getting wages for two months from the contractor / BSNL Management. He is survived by his wife Suja and a daughter. The concerned contractor is IIMS Kayamkulam. There are 325 contract workers in Pathanamthitta SSA and none has been paid wages.
BSNLCCWF, the union of the BSNL contract workers has been on agitation demanding payment of wages immediately and a circle level hunger strike was held two days back before CGM office.
We demand that immediate action should be taken to pay the wages to the contract workers. We also demand that immediate relief should be given to the family and an enquiry to be conducted in the matter and the culprits punished.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereave family, friends and comrades.
13th February is the death anniversary of two great leaders of the Central Government and P and T employees.
It was on this day in 2000 that Com.N.J.Iyer, the indomitable fighter for the cause of P and T and Central employees, left us forever.
It was on this day again, in 2015 that Com. S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the Central government employees passed away.
Both of them were unparalleled fighters who led several struggles of the CG employees and achieved many results.
I had the fortune to be guided by them in my TU activities. I came in touch with both of them after the 1968 historical strike and especially during the inhuman victimisation of the workers who went on strike. Whenever I went to Delhi, I got one free meal from Com. Iyer and staying place by Com. S.K.Vyas at the Confederation Office premises. I avoided going to Dada Ghosh Bhawan, the CHQ of E.III since there was constant fight on the question of policies to be adopted and action organised with GS Com. O.P.Gupta.
After I shifted to Delhi in 1991 consequent to being elected as the President of E.3 Union (affiliated to NFPTE) there was constant touch and interaction with both of them, Com. Iyer as the GS of R.III Union and Com. Vyas as the SG Confederation. I still remember the confidence shown by Com. Iyer, by handing over the valuable original typed copy of the Article by Com.Dada Ghosh on ‘Origin of P&T Trade union movement’ which after getting typed a fresh copy, was returned to him.
Both were leaders with great vision served the workers in very difficult situations. Their lifestyle was the simplest. Both prepared their own food and served others when there were visitors. Vyasji used to come to Delhi by Bus from Rajasthan and after getting down from the bus walked about one kilo meter to reach Confederation office opposite Sir Gangaram Hospital, till the last days. Iyer was not different. The image of Com. Iyer marching with a red cap in his head, ahead of thousands of P&T workers through the streets of Delhi after the P&T Convention in 1972, from West Patel Nagar to Boat Club near Central Secretariat for many kilometers, as the commander of an army still inspires me. It was also noteworthy that the Communications Minister Shri H.N.Bahuguna, came to the Raisina Junction and received the memorandum, instead of waiting in his office for the delegation to come.
They were giants of the Trade Union movement who guided the workers at the most difficult times and showed the correct path to the future generations.
Red Salute to Com. N.J.Iyer and Com.S.K.Vyas on their death anniversary!