Veteran Communist leader Noorul Huda passed away

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Who: Noorul Huda
Where: Kolkata
What: Passed away
When: 17 December 2015

Noorul Huda, veteran leader of Communist Party of India (M) of eastern India, passed away on 17 December 2015 following a cardiac arrest in Kolkata. He was 86. Huda is survived by his wife.

Huda, a Muslim Meitei Manipuri, was a member of the Central Committee(CC) of the CPI (M) for nearly three decades. He was also member of the Assam State Assembly from 1978 to 1983.

About Noorul Huda
• Huda joined the then undivided Communist Party of India (CPI-M) in 1949 in Kolkata after giving up his job as an engineer.
• He shifted to Silchar in Assam in 1966, two years after the CPI-M was formed.
• Huda became a member of Central Kisan Council in 1967 and continued in the same position till his death.
• Being a polyglot, Huda knew at least a dozen languages.
• Some of his speeches on political turmoil in India were sharp enough for the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who once asked him why he used rustic terminologies.
• Huda and Jyotirmoy Basu’s criticisms in the Parliament irked Indira Gandhi so much that they were arrested soon after the Emergency was declared, when they were the sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in 1975.
• Huda worked in many States and spent much of his time in 1970s in uniting the anti-Congress force in Gujarat, which was another reason for his arrest.