AU REVOIR COMRADE PARUL BOSE : A JOURNEY ALONG THE PATH OF STRUGGLE
Comrade Parul Bose, veteran leader of democratic mass movement, soldier of anti-British movements like support struggles of Naval Revolt in 1940s, participant of Tebhaga Movement of the poor peasants of undivided Bengal, support campaigner of P & T Labourer Movements since 1940s, has left us forever at the dawn of Sunday, the 27th May 2012 at a nursing home in Beleghata, Kolkata, near her home. She was more close to us, known and revered as the wife and companion, in the truest sense of the term, of our legendary leader --- Com. K.G.Bose.
She grew up through the hardship of poverty since childhood. She did not hesitate to accept the stringency for getting married to Com. K.G.Bose in 1950. She struggled with the family when during the days of political victimisation and tortures, Com. K.G. and his brother Com. Mani Bose both had to live elsewhere to avoid attacks or thrown behind the bars by the Government. Com. Parul Bose joined as a teacher of Beleghata Deshbandhu Balika Vidyalaya (named after freedom fighter and Congress leader Barrister Chittaranjan Das) to maintain the family.
During the era of semi-fascist terror in 1970s, political and Naxalite goons attacked her in her school and stabbed her repeatedly with knife. Her recovery took a lot of agony and pain for days. Still it could not abate her determination and she continued her association and participation with left democratic movement. In 1970s, when the Govt itself brought down political attacks and revengeful atrocities, she also had to leave the Beleghata house and live at Bhawanipore area in Kolkata for safety. After untimely demise of Com. K.G.Bose in December 1974 in London, Com. Parul Bose went on through her life with their two sons with unabated participation with the struggle of the working class of Bengal, except for the last few years when the age and ailment confined her at home. Each year on the day of death anniversary of Com. K.G.Bose, leaders of Postal and Telecom movements use to visit their Beleghata home to pay homage to Com. K.G. This year, Com. Parul Bose made all to pay an untimely visit on Sunday morning with heavy hearts.
Com. Parul Bose has left us at the age of 86 years. But the legacy of such leaders never leaves. The ever-flowing tradition of class-awareness and reverence to the sacrifices of these legends will go on inspiring our younger forces forever, and the red flag will continue being raised in new hands.
Au Revoir Comrade Parul Bose. Long Live the legacy.