On the 31st of May Katakam Sudarshan, know as Comrade Anand, gave his life for the party and the revolution. Anand was a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoists) and an important leader of the revolutionary movement of India.
A statement signed by Abhay, Spokesperson for the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist), regarding his death is available in Hindi and Telugu. The Party has also released a document on the life history of comrade Anand in Telugu.
According to the statement Comrade Anand had been suffering from chronic bronchitis, diabetes and problems with high blood pressure. The statement explains that the reason for his death is the restriction of access to medicine and medical facilities:
“Comrade Anand was martyred because of the fascist attacks being carried out by the central and state governments to obstruct the supply of medicines and medical facilities to the leaders and workers of the revolutionary movement.” (our translation)
Comrade Anand was part of the first generation of revolutionary leaders after the Naxalbari rebellion, and contributed to the Indian revolution for almost 5 decades. In these decades he had many important responsibilities. One of his many contributions to the Indian revolution is his major role in expanding the revolutionary struggle in the Dandakaranya area. He later became a member of the Central Committee and then of its Politburo. From 2001 to 2017 he was the Secretary of the Central Regional Bureau, until he stepped down due to health issues. He was at this time responsible for the magazine People’s March and contributed to spreading Indian revolutionary politics internationally. During the two last years he was serving as Secretary of the Central Regional Bureau, he was also the spokesperson of the Central Committee. After this he continued fulfilling his role as a member of the Politburo.
The CPI(Maoist) calls for the organization of commemoration meetings across the whole country from the 5th of June to the 3rd of August.
The statement ends with the following:
“Comrade Anand’s physical passing away is a sad, worrying and a serious loss. Despite this, the contribution he made to the revolutionary movement of India, in the ideological, political, organizational fields, to the united front, to the whole party and to the PLGA, through his five decades long revolutionary work, will always continue to shine as guidance for mass organizations, Janatana governments and the entire revolutionary camp. Workers, peasants, middle class, small capitalists, dalits, tribals, religious minority communities, women and oppressed nationalities from all over the country are invited to take inspiration from his teachings and revolutionary work to bring forward the revolutionary movement.” (our translation)