Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan passes away
Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 92.
He has been a leading figure of the trade union movement and left politics in India and had played a key role in maintaining the space for Communists in national politics.
About Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan
- AB Bardhan was born on September 25, 1925, in Sylhet in the Bengal Presidency of undivided India (now in Bangladesh).
- He had embraced Communism at the age of 15 after he moved to Nagpur and had joined All India Students’ Federation (AISF) at Nagpur University in 1940.
- He had taken part in the freedom movement as a member of the All India Students Federation (AISF).
- Later associated himself with the trade union movement by becomimg general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).
- He had won as an independent candidate in Maharashtra assembly polls in 1957.
- He was CPI’s general secretary for 16 years from 1996. He had steered the CPI during the turbulent period of coalition politics at national level in the 1990s.