||아지 메르 싱 베인[방] 타계
지난 8일 아지 메르 싱 베인[방](1933.2.13 ~ 2013.8.8)이 타계 했습니다. 이 소식은 RCPB(ML)의 홈 http://www.rcpbml.org.uk 를 방문하고 확인했는데 고인은 1933년 2월 13일 인도의 펀잡 마힐푸르에서 탄생해 그 곳의 대학에서 수학 했습니다. 이 후 Lalkar(http://lalkar.org )의 편집진을 역임했고 인도 노동자 협회(IWA(GB))의 활동가로 활동 했습니다. 이 분의 동생 하디얼 베인[방](1939 ~ 97;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardial_Bains )은 가납대/캐나다 공산당(ML파)(CPC(ML))을 창당하였습니다. 아울러 IWA(GB)와 RCPB(ML)엔 케왈 싱 퓨월(Kewal Singh Purewal)이란 분 도 활동 하셨는데 2005년 9월 21일 작고하셨습니다. 이 분의 소식은
http://www.panjab.org.uk/english/KPrwlmem.htm 에서 확인 가능합니다. 해당하신 분들은 인도와 가납대/캐나다, 영국 등지에서 ML주의 운동을 하신 활동가 분들이십니다.
영국의 다른 ML파 정당 CPGB(ML)역시 같은 인도의 하르팔 브라르 선생이 총서기인 정당이고 해서 영국이나 가납대/캐나다 등지에서 인도인들의 활동이 많다는 생각도 해 봅니다.
참고로 아지 메르 싱 베인[방]의 타계 소식을 알린 문서의 주소를 가져오기 힘 든 관계로 영문부를 가져오겠습니다. 또한 하디얼 베인[방]의 추모 묘지의 모습은 CPC(ML)의 홈 중앙 http://cpcml.ca 에 있습니다.
Ajmer Singh Bains
February 13, 1933 - August 8, 2013
It is with deep sadness that RCPB(ML) announces the passing of one of its dearest comrades, Ajmer Singh Bains, who died at the Walsgrave University Hospital in Coventry on August 8, aged 80. He had been unwell for some time. The Party sends its heartfelt condolences to his family and to his many friends and comrades in Britain, India, Canada and other countries.
Ajmer Singh Bains was born in Mahilpur in the Punjab, India, on February 13, 1933. He was educated at the local secondary school, at Mahilpur College, and at the University of Punjab. In these student years he became a militant communist activist and forged a comradeship in struggle, which was to be lifelong, with the younger Hardial Bains, late founder and leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), and with the late Kewal Singh Purewal, both of whom came from Mahilpur or its surrounding district. Ajmer started work as a teacher in Punjab and then in 1964 emigrated to Britain, settling in Coventry, where after further study and gaining an MA he took up work again as a teacher. Very quickly, he began to militate in the ranks of the Indian Workers Association (Great Britain). For some years he was editor of its journal Lalkar. He fought over many years to ensure that the IWA(GB) adhered to the broad and non-sectarian principles laid down at its founding in Coventry in 1936 by the great martyr Udham Singh. Ajmer Bains consistently resisted all attempts to replace these principles with a sectarian outlook.
Thus the IWA(GB) of which Ajmer was to come forward as leader had the strength and unity to face the difficult challenges which would confront it in the period beginning in the mid-1980s. That leadership was ratified at an important Conference held in Woolwich, south-east London, in 1993, which reorganised IWA(GB) and at which the guest speaker was Hardial Bains. The Conference confirmed Ajmer Bains as General Secretary and Kewal Purewal as President. Ajmer, always supported by Kewal, worked tirelessly for the programme of IWA(GB), fighting for the rights of the entire working class and people, defending the interests of the Indian and other national minority communities against racism and discrimination and for their full participation in the political affairs in Britain and the affirmation of their rights second to none. In so doing, IWA(GB) gained over decades a proud reputation for being in the forefront of political affairs not just in the Indian community, but among all the national minority communities as well as in the entire workers' movement. It was no coincidence that for many years IWA(GB) hosted the Coventry May Day celebrations, with Ajmer in the chair or as lead speaker. He was also a leader of the Coventry Anti-Racist Committee and of other local organisations, including pensioners groups in later years.
Ajmer Bains was an Indian patriot and proletarian internationalist, devoting his efforts to the liberation of his motherland and of all countries. He was a highly regarded poet, widely known throughout India and the diaspora as "Ajmer Coventry", and a writer on political, scientific and cultural matters and editor of literary works, all in the Punjabi language.
The memory of Ajmer's wise word and fine deed, we are convinced, will be an inspiration not only to those striving to renew and further advance the work of IWA(GB), but also to the wider workers' and progressive movement of which it is a part, as the resistance grows today to the vicious anti-social offensive, the destruction of public services, and the drive to fascism and war.
Ajmer Singh Bains was a man of unwavering principle and dedication to humanity's cause. Those who knew and worked with him will never forget his infectious good humour, his wise counsel and his concern for others well-being, which he maintained until the very end. He will be sadly missed.
Ajmer, whose wife predeceased him, leaves two sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.
Ajmer Bains at the Memorial
Meeting for Kewal Purewal, 2006
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