Special Correspondent

70th anniversary of formation of party State unit

KOZHIKODE: Communist Party of India (CPI) deputy general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy has said that communism is staging a comeback with renewed vigour.

He was addressing a meeting of party supporters who had gathered at Muthalakulam Maidan here on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the communist party in the State.

Dr. Reddy said a U.S.-led campaign that was let loose after the collapse of the Soviet Union about communism being a thing of the past had been disproved by the recent triumph of socialists and communists in many countries, including a few in Latin America.

Even in India, the communists had shown that they were a decisive force when they demonstrated that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance needed their support to form a government at the Centre recently, Dr. Reddy said.

He said the progress achieved by Cuba and China also proved the strength of the communist ideology.

Revolutionary spirit

Rendering of songs that stirred up the revolutionary spirit and triggered an upsurge of mass support for communism during its early days marked the anniversary celebrations, organised under the auspices of the CPI district committee.

A music troupe of loyal CPI supporters, led by playback singer V.T. Murali and K. Viswanathan, rendered the songs.

The programme was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of a unit of the Communist Party of India at a meeting held at Parapurath, Pinarari, near Thalassery, in December, 1939.

The State-level inauguration of the event was held at Cherthala, the venue of many a historic struggle waged by the communists.

The programme at Muthalakulam Maidan marked the conclusion of a number of functions organised to mark the celebrations in Kozhikode. Senior communist leaders were honoured at the functions held at various places.

Senior party functionaries Pannian Ravindran, E. Vijayan, Sathyan Mokeri, T.V. Balan, P.V. Unnikrishnan and M. Rahmatullah were present at the function on Wednesday.