A major contribution of Jyoti Basu was the establishment of village democracy in West Bengal, which was also one of the reasons for his uninterrupted rule for nearly two-and-a-half decades. His lifestyle, like that of the quintessential Bengali intellectual, was based on simple living and high thinking.

T.G. Venkat,

Chennai

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Basu epitomised the principle of simple living and high thinking. The fact that condolences continue to pour in from leaders across the political spectrum speaks volumes about his sagacity and vision.

B. Suresh Kumar,

Coimbatore

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Over two decades, Basu served the people of West Bengal. He quit politics at the right time and led a normal life, unlike many politicians who demand privileges even after retirement.

B. Thiagarajan,

Coimbatore

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Unlike many present-day politicians, Jyoti Basu accumulated only people's love and affection. He was a man of the masses reputed for his integrity and straightforwardness. Again, unlike politicians who stick to their post by hook or by crook, he volunteered to step down making way for his deputy.

A. Jainulabdeen,

Chennai

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What was remarkable about Jyoti Basu's long innings as Chief Minister was there were no scandals or scams during his regime. He is one of the few politicians who make youngsters feel proud to be Indians. May his tribe increase.

N. Chandrasekar,

Chennai

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