Three Indian revolutionaries victims of Stalin’s “oppressive” regime

By our representative

In a significant revelation, a Facebook post revealed how, while Stalin continues to be “still revered by most of India’s communist parties”, three Indian communists fell victim to the Soviet dictator’s oppressive regime.

Undoubtedly, the social media post states, “The first version of the Communist Party of India was founded on October 17, 1920 in Tashkent by a group of émigré Indian revolutionaries.” However, there were some, “among those early Indian Communists, who were caught on the wrong side of the internal party squabbles in the Soviet Union and who paid with their lives”.

Naming the Communists, it is written: “Three Bengali Communists – Abani Mukherjee, Virendranath Chattopadhyaya and Ghulam Ambia Khan Lohani – perished in Stalin’s purges. For obvious reasons, they do not feature much in the official pantheon or historiography communist parties in India.”

The posts, from Indraneel Dasgupta, who is a professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Statistics, says: “But as the passage of time brings perspective and makes old divisions unnecessary, perhaps it is time to s ensure that these men are not totally forgotten. They deserve their own place in history.”

According to Dasgupta, “These men were all fascinating intellectuals – brilliant, cosmopolitan, multilingual, loyal, dedicated, obsessive-compulsive, self-absorbed, quarrelsome, flawed as only humans can be.”

He adds: “They were the kind of professional revolutionaries who would, as Brecht said,
‘Changing countries faster than our shoes
Although class wars
Desperate, when we only saw injustice
And no rebellion.
Insisting that India’s communist parties continue their “pathetic inability to accept history”, the message, which was reproduced by Bhaskar Sur, reads: “Now we know how Stalinist extremism has also hindered the growth of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Party just when it began to grow in strength.”

Sur adds: “With the expulsion of MN Roy from the Comintern, as S Dutta Gupta rightly observed, ‘the independent growth of the Indian Commission has been stalled forever’. Few know that at least three Indian revolutionaries living in exile in the Soviet Union fell victim to the Great Terror.”

Thelma J. Longworth