Jyoti Basu birth centenary tomorrow

THE HINDU, KOLKATA, July 7, 2014

Kolkata: Not only leaders of the Left parties but academicians and members of the intelligentsia will be present at the birth centenary celebrations of former West Bengal Chief Minister and veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, chairperson of the State Left Front Committee Biman Basu said here on Sunday. The event will be organised at Nazrul Mancha, a city auditorium, on Tuesday.

Mr. Basu said, “Apart from Left leaders, the event will be attended by eminent economist Prabhat Patnaik, who will be the main speaker. Well-known novelist Nabaneeta Dev Sen will also address the gathering.” Mr. Basu said that the event would also be attended by veteran politician Kashikanta Maitra, who worked with Jyoti Basu. A booklet on the life and ideals of Jyoti Basu will be released.

It will comprise Jyoti Basu’s speech at the Nehru Memorial Lecture in Delhi. Besides, there will be cultural programmes such as song, dance, and recitation of poetry.

A select audio-visual clippings of Jyoti Basu’s speech will also be played.

Mr. Basu, who had been the longest serving Chief Minister of any State, passed way on January 17, 2010. He was the Chief Minister of West Bengal for 23 years from 1977 to 2000.

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