Kolkata: Karl Marx's 205th birth anniversary was observed throughout the state on Thursday, May 5. Hundreds of programmes were organised in all the districts to mark the day.
In Kolkata, left leaders garlanded the busts of Marx and Friedrich Engels at Red road. Left Front chairman Biman Basu, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) Politbureau member Suryakanta Mishra and CPI(M) West Bengal state secretary MD Salim were present during the programme.
In other districts, various seminars and bookstalls were organised. CPI(M) Politbureau member Ram Chandra Dome inaugurated a permanent bookstall in Berhampore city of the Murshidabad district.
A seminar going on regarding marx birth annievrrsary in durgapur
While inaugurating the bookstall, Dome said that India is facing an attack on its Constitution and constitutional rights. Dome further noted that a unified movement is needed to fight these attacks.
The inauguration was followed by an event on the life and works of Marx, in which CPI(M) central committee member Sridip Bhattacharya spoke about the German philosopher. Sridip Bhattacharya said that leftists must undertake a deep ideological fight to protect human rights.
Both Sridip Bhattacharya and Dome also participated in a symposium at Ritwik Sadan in the city, presided over by CPI(M) Murshidabad district secretary Jamir Mollah. Veteran CPI(M) leader Nripen Choudhary also participated in the programme where Murshidabad district's fortnightly mouthpiece was published in a new look.
In the West Midnapore district, CPI(M) party flag was hoisted in the morning at the party district centre at Mirbazar. A symposium on Marx's life was held, addressed by veteran party leader Dipak Sarkar. Other events such as seminars and discussions were held at around 31 places. Thirty-three such events were held in the East Midnapore district. In a meeting in Durgachak, Marx's relevance in the 21st century was discussed.
CPI(M) leaders Niranjan Sahi and Himanshu Das participated in a ceremony and garlanded Marx's bust at the district party centre. In the North 24 Parganas district, the day was observed with workers participating in seminars and symposiums. In Titagarh, a panel discussion was held on Marxism and Leninism in the modern scenario. CPI(M) state committee member Somnath Bhattacharya was present at the event.
In Srirampur of the Hooghly district, 20 different events were held. Similar scenes were observed in the Durgapur region of the Burdwan West district. CPI(M) state committee member Partha Mukherjee participated in an event on 'class struggle in the light of Marxism.' CPI(M) leader Arindam Konar participated in a seminar in the Kalna region of the Burdwan East district.
Veteran party leader Ashok Bhattacharya hoisted the red flag at the party district centre at Anil Biswan Bhan in Siliguri. Similar events were held in Coochbihar, Jalpaiguri and North and South Dinajpur districts.