Birth anniversary of freedom fighter Muzaffar Ahmed, one of the pioneers of communist movement in India

The 134th birth anniversary of Comrade Muzaffar Ahmed, one of the pioneers of communist movement in India, freedom fighter and prominent journalist was celebrated on Friday.
Tributes were paid to him through various programs including blood donation camps, discussion meetings, cultural programs.

That morning, CPI(M) leaders paid tribute to the memory of Muzaffar Ahmed at his grave at Gobra Gorasthan in Park Circus, Kolkata.

The central event was held in the evening at Kolkata’s Mahajati Sadan in a packed auditorium, where the Muzaffar Ahmad memorial prize was handed over to this year’s recipients , including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (who was not there in person to receive it) for his book, Home in the World , A memoir , and to Nehal Ahmad, Sampa Sen and Koushik Mukhopadhya for their books. Dr Manabi Majumdar, Director of Pratichi Trust, received the award on behalf of Sen.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was honoured with the Muzaffar Ahmed memorial award for his book Home in the World: A Memoir in Calcutta on Friday.

In his acceptance message, Sen hailed ‘Kakababu’ as a pioneer figure of the Left movement of the country and traced his family association with Muzaffar Ahmad through his cousin brother Jyotirindra Sengupta alias Sidhuda, who was jailed along with Sen for taking part in the freedom struggle.

Addressing the rally, CPI(M) polit bureau member Ramchandra Dom highlighted the depressing condition of the Schedule Caste and Tribe people in the state “who are being subjected to social engineering” by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak forces.

“The Constitution written by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar is being tampered with and they are trying to replace it with Manu Sanghita,” he said.

He said tribal rights over land, water and forests are being taken away by diluting the Forest Conservation Act, calling upon an “amalgam of social and class movements that can fight against these evils.”

According to Communist Party of India,
Muzaffar Ahmad one of the founders of the communist movement in India. Born in a middle class Muslim family in Sandip (now in Bangla Desh) on August 5, 1889. Started his career as a government employee. Edited daily Nabajug in 1920 with Qazi Nazrul Islam. Along with friend and comrade Abdul Halim, initiated communist work inside the national movement. Member of the Bengal Provincial Congress Committee during 1926-27 and 1937, and member of the All India Congress Committee during 1927-29 and in 1937. Joined the trade union movement in 1923. Was instrumental in founding various trade unions in and around Calcutta. Imprisoned several times for political and trade union activities. Sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment in Kanpur Conspiracy Case in 1924. Released soon due to severe illness. One of the founders of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Party. Edited its organ, Ganavani. Joined the communist conference in Kanpur in 1925 and was elected to the Presidium of the CPI when it was reorganized in 1927. Was elected Vice-President of AITUC at the Jharia session in 1928. Convicted in the Meerut Conspiracy Case. Released in 1936. Elected President of the All India Kisan Sabha in 1936. Founded National Book Agency, the Party’s publishing house, and Ganashakti press. Author of several books, including his autobiography, Myself and the Communist Party of India, and Qazi Nazrul Islam Smritikatha. Was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) at the time of his death in December 18, 1973.

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