BHUBANESWAR: Hero of many struggles, eminent educationist, writer, artist trade unionist and leader of teacher organisations and former secretary of Odisha CPI Comrade Abani Kumar Boral is no more. He breathed his last at his Bhubaneswar residence today at about 11.00 am. He was 79 years old.
During his life time Abani Babu, as he was known through out the country, came in contact with AISF while still he was a student at Cuttack. He joined the democratic Youth Federation and organized the formation of IPTA and actively participated in the Janata Rangmanch as an artist, organizer and director. He also was active in the then ISCUS and AIPSO organization activities very actively and contributing to NUA DUNIA, weekly organ of the CPI in Odisha.
He joined in Khurda College as a lecturer which was founded by Prananath Pattanaik, freedom fighter and Communist Party leader. He organized the college teacher’s organization and also the Federation of all teachers elementary, secondary and college teachers into one strong unity known as Sikshak Mahasangh and led many a struggles. The teachers community under his strong leadership won many battle and got direct payment of salaries, government recognition to private schools and colleges, their grant in aid and other working conditions. He represented the Indian Teachers as the vice president of World Teacher’s Federation. He also visited many countries of Asia, Europe and America as teacher leader.
He believed in Marxism-Leninism and strongly advocated for strong communist unity. He was the state secretary of CPI Odisha and member of the national council of CPI for a long period. On his demise, the working class of the country lost a strong leader and internationalist.
The Red Flag of Bhagabati Bhavan, CPI state head quarters at Bhubaneswar was lowered paying respect to the departed leader. Many people, workers, leaders of different political parties and mass organizations payed their last respect to the departed leader at Bhagabati Bhavan, where his body was kept in the afternoon clad in red flag.