The Grameena Pedala Sangham (GPS- Organization of Rural Poor) deeply condoles the death of Swami Agnivesh (80) who is no more. He died on September 11 at Delhi. He was a great social worker and a democrat , who worked all his life- time for the cause of the oppressed, and was the Founder of Bandhua Mukti Morcha that worked for the elimination of the bonded labor practices that robbed children of their childhood.
It is an irreparable loss to the oppressed masses and democratic forces who stood by the people. He worked selflessly for over a half a century for causes he cherished, and for defending the rights of the most oppressed. In this process, Agnivesh had faced severe repression, by the ruling classes, including physical assaults, attempts to murder, imprisonment; he had to live underground; none of these deterred him from the path of struggle he chose. He joins the galaxy of great and rare leaders who worked with extreme devotion.
He was the Chief Guest of the Joint Conference of GPS of Telangana and AP held in Vijayawada on April 27-28, 2015, attended by 6000 people from 20 districts, and by fraternal delegates from several states.He gave an inspiring speech and conveyed his views to the leaders of GPS.
Swami Agnivesh deeply understood the sufferings of the oppressed masses.He held the view that mobilizing those millions into a powerful movement is the only way to resolve their problems. He said that the unity of the democratic forces and all the oppressed irrespective of caste and creed is the need of the hour to realize the goals. He strongly desired that all such forces should wage a united struggle. He wished that such efforts should be made on an all India scale, for which he would extend all his co-operation, and spend all his energies.
He keenly observed with great empathy the revolutionary struggles waged by Telugu people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as part of the revolutionary struggles across the country and extended his support and solidarity. He said in that meeting that the revolutionary endeavors of Comrades DV Rao and T. Nagi Reddy had inspired him for his lifelong activities.
Death of Swami Agnivesh, a great democrat and humanist , is thus an immense loss. Revolutionary and democratic forces across the country should draw inspiration from his fighting spirit and carry forward their struggles, which alone is the appropriate tribute to him.
GPS conveys its deep condolences on this occasion to all his colleagues and co-workers.
Issued on Sep 12, 2020 and Signed by
K. Venkateswara Rao, Secretary, GPS, Andhra Pradesh.
G. Venkatadri, Secretary, GPS, Telangana.
Swami Agnivesh was the Chief Guest of the Joint Conference of GPS of Telangana and AP, held in Vijayawada on April 27-28, 2015, attended by 6000 people from 20 districts, and by fraternal delegates from several states. First two people from Left are Secretaries of GPS of AP and Telangana respectively. On extreme right is Nikhileswar (82), revolutionary poet, and next to him is KS Sharma (86), a great leader of unorganized workers of Karnataka, both are still active participants of people’s movements.