An ideologue who captained CPI(M) towards change
Senior CPI(M) leader Anil Biswas, who passed away on Sunday, will be remembered as an ideologue who successfully captained his party's transition in West Bengal to adapt it to the post-liberalisation scenario.
Born on March 2, 1944, at Karimpur in Nadia district, Biswas graduated with Political Science from Krishnagar College.
During his college days, he became a member of the Bengal Provincial Students' Federation and subsequently became the editor of the BPSF organ Chhatra Sangram.In 1965, Biswas enrolled for post-graduate studies at the Calcutta University and joined the CPI(M)'s mouthpiece as a reporter the next year.
Biswas was elevated to the CPI(M) state committee in 1978, a year after the Left Front came to power in West Bengal.
Three years later, in 1981, he became a member of the state secretariat and in 1985, was made a member of the central secretariat.
Notwithstanding his responsibilities in the party, Biswas never lost touch with journalism, contributing reports and articles for Ganashakti. He became its editor in 1990.
Rising in ranks within the party bureaucracy, he became a member of the CPI(M) Politburo in 1998 and the following year, was elected the state secretary.
A disciplinarian, Biswas earned admiration from partymen for his sense of responsibility towards colleagues.