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Obituary Red Salute to Comrade A.M.Kodandaraman Senior Communist Revolutionary leader of Comrade AM Kodandaraman passed away on 25th November 2018 due to cardiac arrest at the age of 84 years. Born in the year 1934 in Anama Nallur village of Vellore district, Com.AMK completed studies in law and started his career as a lawyer. In early days he was interested in the Dravidian Movement and become and an activist of Dravidar Kazhagam led by EVR Periyar. Then he was influenced by Pa.Jeevanantham a prominent leader of Communist movement in Tamil Nadu and joined in the communist movement and continued his career as communist till his death. He worked as a Trade unionist and lawyer. He refused to represent the cases of landlords, money lenders and casteist organisations. In Chennai AMK along with com. Kuchelar established many unions in various factories Industries around the Chennai city. They were recognised as Red flag Union. AMK developed these unions into vibrant and active unions to fight not only for mere economic demands also as a political movement. As a member of the communist Party he left CPI and joined CPI(M) in the context of Great Debate. As the ideological struggle continued in the communist movement AMK organised a co-ordination committee within CPI (M) along with Comrades L.Appu, Kovai Easwaran and others .In 1967 after Naxalbari uprising, he along with Com.Appu became members of AICCCR and later a member of CPI(ML). He differed with the Peoples war group on the issues of taking up annihilation of class enemy in the ongoing peasant struggle in Dharmapuri and North Arcot districts. During 1980 under the leadership and guidelines of AMK landless labourers organised struggle against the Thirupananthal Mutt in Tanjore district and landlords of cashew Gardens in the Ariyalur district. By 1990 AMK having ideological differences with CPI(ML) PWG and started functioning separately as CPI(ML)PWG Bolshevik till his death. CPI (ML) pays revolutionary homage to the departed leader Comrade A M Kodandaraman ™ contd from page 21 They underlined the need of developing an united struggle of workers, peasants, students-youth, small business-men and other toiling people and advance it to achieve our long cherished goal of new democratic and socialist society. A leaflet supporting the all India Workers Strike and its demands was also distributed throughout the state. The activists of AIFTU (N) and Bihar General Mazdoor Union actively participated in the strike. Odisha The Chasi Mulia Sangha (Odisha) actively participated in solidarity actions in support of the Workers Strike of Jan 8 – 9 th of 2019 at various places of the state. A big rally was taken out in Bandhugaon of Koraput district by the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (affliated to AIKMKS) under the leadership of Com.Srikant, Secretary, CMS (Odisha), Com. Kondagiri Feb, March - 2019 Paidamma and Com. Suryam. The people raised the slogans in support of striking workers. The whole Bandhugaon bazaar came to a stand still for hours. Rasta rook was organised on Jan 8 th 9 th at Dolasahi and Basudevpur area of Bhadrak district under the leadership of Com.Sushanta Jena of CMS and the women front leader Com. Tunilata Jena. They have actively participated in the picketing at various state Central Govt. offices in Bhadrak district. Rallies and Rasta rokos were organized by the AIKMKS on Jan 8 th , 2019 at Polosora, Jagannath Prasad and Dharakot (Jalli) blocks of Ganjam district under the leader- ship of Com. Nirakar, Convenor of AIKMKS, Ganjam district, Com. Niranjan Sabar, Pabana Sabar, Com.Kuber Dalbehoira. Hundred people, mainly adivasis have participated in each rally. Rasta roko was organized and led by Com.Mohan Naidu and Com.Chitra Sen in Puri town. Upakulia Jami –o Jangal Suraksha Samithi, Puri led by Com. Batakrishna Swain organized Rasta roko at Gorual Bazar on Puri – Brahmagir National High Way on Jan 8 th . It lasted for 8 hours. Banks and Govt. offices were closed for the entire day. In Bhubaneswar town, Basudev Dash, Com. Jayaram Jena, Com.Sima Sethi and Com. Ramesh along with other workers have picketed and staged dharna at different places on Jan 8 th and 9 th . The people from basties too joined in this solidarity action. ™ contd from page 24 through power point presentation and promised to extend all his help in the case they plan to building of sub-surface dams on Hagari River. All through the convention, members of Peoples Literary and Cultural Front displayed their adept skill by singing peoples’ songs. - Our Reporter ™ 23