Who: Veteran CPI leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan
When: 2 January 2016
Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passed away on 2 January 2016 after a long illness. He was 92.
He was the former general secretary of the CPI, which is one of the oldest political parties in India.
About AB Bardhan
• AB Bardhan was born on 25 September 1924 in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh).
• He embraced Communism at the age of 15 after he moved to Nagpur.
• He joined the All India Students Federation at the Nagpur University in 1940.
• He took part in the freedom movement as a member of the All India Students Federation.
• In 1940, he joined the CPI, which was then banned.
• He won an election just once, to the Maharashtra Assembly, in 1957 as an Independent.
• After losing several elections, he moved to Delhi in the 1990s and got involved in national politics.
• When the United Front (UF) government took over in 1996 and CPI leader Indrajit Gupta became Home Minister, he resigned as CPI general secretary and paved the way for Bardhan.
• He held a postgraduate degree in economics and a degree in law.