The veteran Marxist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet passed away on Friday. Surjeet, 92, was ailing for a long time. The end came at the Metro Hospital in Noida at 1.35 p.m.
Surjeet was born in 1916 to an Akali politician father and a non-Sikh mother. He wanyed to be a poet, but sucked into the thick of politics. In his death, the Left have lost a tactician, a backroom manager and a networker of exceptional ability.
Tributes came from all quarters. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh described him as a great political leader, a true patriot who was committed to the welfare of the downtrodden. President Pratibha Patil and Congress President Sonia Gandhi said his death was a loss not only to the Communist movement but to the entire country.
BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani said that in Mr. Surjeet’s death Indian politics lost a veteran and the Marxist movement a dedicated activist. CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat said Mr. Surjeet was one of the builders of the Communist movement in the country and tirelessly worked for realising the goal of a classless society.