On this May Day, veteran CPI (M) activist and trade union leader Ram Chandra Nayak became a flag-bearer of social change even after his death by getting his body donated to the MKCG Medical College in the city.
According to CPI (M) leaders, it was the first body donated by any individual in the State to any medical college after passing of Odisha Anatomy (Amendment) Bill, 2012, in the State Assembly in February this year. The bill incorporates provision relating to donation of body by a person before his death for use in medical education.
Ram Chandra, who was suffering from cancer, used to be busy with trade union activities till the last few days of his life. He passed away in the MKCG Medical College Hospital on Tuesday night. He had desired to get his eyes donated also. So, his corneas were collected in the hospital after his death.
In the morning his body was carried in a large procession from the hospital to the Sahid Laxman Nayak community hall. Members of various trade unions, including All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA) and social activists, took part in the procession. At the Sahid Laxman Nayak community hall leaders of different political parties and trade unions paid floral tributes to the departed soul. Later, his body was carried in a procession to his home and from there to the anatomy department of the MKCG Medical College.
When contacted, Sadanand Rath, professor of the department of anatomy, said they accepted the great donation by the noteworthy man. Prof. Rath felt this act would surely have some impact on the society. Ram Chandra’s son Sundaram Nayak and his son-in-law Laxmidhar Pradhan said they had adhered to the instructions and wishes of this man who had served the society throughout his life.
Ram Chandra was born in 1943. Initially he had joined the State police force as a sub-inspector. Later he had given up his job to join the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC). He was central working committee member of the AIIEA and also happened to be general secretary and president of Berhampur Division unit of the AIIEA in the past. He was one of the first members of the CPI (M) when its organisation was formed in the State. After his retirement in 2003, he had devoted his full time to socio-political activities. He was a person revered by leaders of all political parties and trade unions in the city.