Ranajit Singh expired on 24-1-2023 at the age of 82 in Jaipur. His body is going to be handed over to SMS hospital in Jaipur.For 4 decades he selflessly served the Communist movement as a central Committee member of CPI (ML)
Ranajit Singh gained his baptism in communist politics from student level in Rajasthan. In response to battles waged in the country and the world. Marxism Leninist world view transformed his world outlook and he dedicatedly worked as a communist to solve many people’s problems Within ideological differences which sprung up the communist movement, he stood with the revolutionaries. Even during emergency days, he established direct relations with Tarimela Nagireddy and worked as a North Zone Committee member. Ranajit Singh was responsible for constructing the first unit of the Unity Centre of Communist revolutionaries of India in Rajasthan. Except for a short time before dying, for decades he served the post as secretary o the Rajasthan Unit of CP (ML), which the UCCRI (ML) merged into. At every juncture he prevented the movement from being trapped in the morass of stagnation, be it after the fall of USSR or advent of globalisation.
He ran a Hindi magazine named ‘Bhagat Singh Ka Sapane’ for many years. He was responsible for shaping several movements as the leader of Omno district.
Many of the books were self written. They have all been translated. Cooperating with Tarimela Nagireddy Memorial Trust for the past ten years, he made a major effort in publishing and translating essential Hindi literature in North India. He laboriously toiled to translate hundreds of pages of the ideological documents of the History of the Indian Communist Movement, which was released by the Trust in two parts. He spent several months in compiling translations, with his life partner in bed with cancer. Ranajit Singh also made an invaluable contribution in translating ‘India Mortgaged “into Hindi.which was classic work of T.Nagi Reddy on how Indian economy was enslaved by imperialism and feudalism. He wrote a most inspiring introduction.
Ranajit Singh inspired the democratic rights movement in Rajasthan from the 1980’s to mid 1990’s, with the work of the Jantantrik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti which was a constituent the All India Federation of Organisation for Democratic Rights, and hosted the all India Sammelan in 1990 in Udaipur. He also made a contribution in consolidating the workers front.
No communist activist will ever forget his hard work with unflinching resilience.Ranajit Singh withstood the most turbulent storms in his life to never deviate from the Communist track. Or that of Marxism-Lenism0Mao thought. He left no stone unturned in condemning the ascendancy of Hindutva fascism and the plunder of corporate, blessed by Narendra Modi led BJP party.
Ranajit Singh strived to unite the fragmented parts of the Communist party in India and build a united CPI (ML).He waged a sustained battle against revisionism, right opportunism and left adventurism. He inspired students and youth to rise up n struggle.
Till his last breadth Comrade Ranajit Singh stood for the people, serving the people till his last breath. Democrats should Expressing sympathy to his family members, friends and party colleagues in Rajasthan.
Harsh Thakor is a freelance journalist who has covered mass movements around India