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Com. Anil Sarkar

Anil Sarkar

Comrade Anil Sarkar was born on 1st September, the day of outbreak of the 2nd world war, at Kachua village of Commilla District, now in Bangladesh. His father Mahesh Chandra Sarkar was a middle peasant. He started his school education in ‘Iswar Pathshala’, a reputed school in Comilla town. After passing matriculation, his family migrated to Tripura in the fifties. He got admitted in MBB College in Agartala. While studying in college he came in touch with the communist party and organized Students Federation in the college. Anil Sarkar passed BA (Hon.) with Bengali literature shiningly and completed MA from Kolkata University. In Kolkata University, he played an active role in students movement. After returning from Kolkata he joined in a private school in the sixties. While serving in school simultaneously he was organising the private school teachers in progressive organisation, extending full-fledged guidance and support to the furtherance of the students and youth movements.

In1964, while CPI(M) was formed to fight against revisionism of the CPI, Anil Sarkar  joined in the former. In its 7th state conference in 1968, he was elected state committee member of the party. He became first secretary of the state youth federation. His attachment with leftist made the school committee much annoyed. In 1971, on the pretext of a group clash between SFI and NSUI, the Governing Body of the school terminated several left-minded teachers including Anil Sarkar. He left school never to join again.

He played an important role in collecting relief materials for the migrated Bangladeshi refugees and the Bangladesh Liberation Forces undergoing arms training in Tripura. He organized People’s Relief Committee to render medical care to the refugees sheltered in refugee camps. He organized cultural programs with the poets, writers and intellectuals of Bangladesh to mobilize peoples support behind liberation of that country. From 1972 to his last day he was a member of the Tripura Legislative Assembly first from Teliamura Assembly constituency and then from Pratapgarh constituency. He had a pivotal role in formation of Employees Coordination Committee, a united platform of various employees organisations.  Congress Government detained comrade Anil Sarkar under MISA in 1974 as he was one of the key men organising from remote the continuous strike of state Government employees. In 1975, during emergency, he was again detained along with other party leaders including Nripen Chakraborty and was sent to Vellore Jail.

In 1972, Comrade Anil Sarkar was elected as State Secretariat Member of the party. He was member of the two coalition ministries in 1977 and subsequently in the Left Front Governments from 1978 to 1988 under Nripen Chakraborty, 1993-98 under Dasaratha Deb and 1998-2013 under Manik Sarkar. The port-folios he successfully managed were Information & Cultural, School Education, Higher Education, Industries etc. Departments.

Anil Sarkar played a p

ivotal role in mobilizing the people of schedule caste community in left movement. He also worked hard to revive the extinct folk culture and advance progressive culture. He composed innumerable rhymes for the cause of exploited and oppressed section of the people. His political rhymes were much more sharpened than the metal sword. 

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