N Sankaraiah, freedom fighter and veteran Marxist chief, dies. He was 102

CHENNAI: Freedom fighter N Sankaraiah, one of many oldest communist leaders within the nation, died in a Chennai hospital after a quick sickness on Wednesday morning. He was 102.

CPI normal secretary D Raja stated the communist motion has misplaced an ready information in N Sankaraiah’s loss of life (X/ComradeDRaja)

Sankariah was admitted to a non-public hospital in Chennai a number of days in the past for flu however his situation deteriorated. He died a bit of after 9am on Wednesday, leaders of the Communist Celebration of India (Marxist) stated. His physique can be stored on the CPI-M workplace in Chennai to allow folks to pay homage and the final rites can be held with state honours at 10am on November 16.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan described Sankaraiah as a guiding power of the nation’s communist motion within the nation and a perennial supply of inspiration.

Paying glowing tributes to the communist chief, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin stated: “Comrade Sankariah engaged in public life at a really younger age and he lived for India, the working class and the land of Tamils till the age of 102. His sacrifices will stay within the historical past of Tamil Nadu”.

Over the previous few months, Stalin’s authorities had made

Sankaraiah was the primary recipient of the Thagaisal Tamizhar (Eminent Tamil) award instituted by the MK Stalin-led DMK authorities in 2021.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) authorities additionally supported a transfer by Madurai Kamaraj College to honour Sankaraiah with an honorary doctorate however this effort was stalled by Raj Bhavan. Greater training minister Okay Ponmudy ended up boycotting two varsity convocations in protest in opposition to governor RN Ravi’s choice to not log out on the file in time for the college’s convocation on November 2.

On Wednesday, Stalin didn’t title Ravi however made an indirect reference to the delay to honour Sankaraiah.

“Right now I really feel sorry for small-minded individuals who have no idea the historical past of freedom fighters from Tamil Nadu and I’m saddened by their betrayal,” Stalin stated.

The CPM assertion underlined that Sankaraiah, a scholar of historical past on the American School in Madurai, didn’t get his diploma as a result of he was arrested simply earlier than his last examinations. “He altogether spent eight years in jail until the eve of Independence,” the assertion stated.

Sankaraiah joined the communist motion in 1940 and was among the many 32 Nationwide Council members who walked out to kind the CPI-M in 1964. He was thrice elected to the state meeting in 1967, 1977 and 1980. A tall Marxist chief, Sanjaraiah, who was born in 1921 in Kovilpatti, was additionally the CPI-M state secretary of Tamil Nadu from 1995 to 2002.

He’s survived by two sons.

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