Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
A central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Tripura state secretary, Gautam Das breathed his last at a Kolkata Hospital in West Bengal on Thursday morning. He was 70 years of age.
The Politbureau of CPI(M) expressed its deep shock and grief at the sudden death of Gautam Das.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and leader of the opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar expressed their condolences over the demise of the veteran leader.
Tripura BJP president Dr. Manik Saha, PCC president Pijush Kanti Biswas, Left Front state convenor Bijan Dhar, CPIM MLAs and others expressed also expressed their grief.
Gautam Das was active in politics since his student days. Later in college, he joined the Party’s weekly Desharkatha. When the Desharkatha became a daily in 1979, he became its founding editor, a responsibility he discharged with distinction until 2015, when he took up other organisational responsibilities in the Party. He was instrumental in developing Desherkatha as a full-fledged newspaper.
Das was one of the founding members of the Agartala Press Club, an active culturally and was founder secretary of the Tripura Sanskriti Samanway Kendra.
He joined the CPIM in 1968, was elected to the Tripura State Committee in 1986, to the State Secretariat in 1994 and as its Secretary in 2018. He was elected to the Central Committee at the 21st Congress of the Party in 2015.
His family has roots in Chittagong, Bangladesh which helped him maintain cordial relations with the political parties of the neighboring nation.