Friday, March 13, 2015

Tumhi So Gaye Dastan Kahte Kahte.: Red Salute Com. Jitendra Raghuvanshi

- Rakesh, 
National Secretary, IPTA
On the March 7th, 2015 our beloved General Secretary, crusader of progressive cultural movement in the country, an organizer par excellence and an activist with enviable energy ceased to act for ever. Thousands of members of IPTA and Comrades of other organizations
are shocked and it is hard to believe that com. Jitendra Raghuvanshi is Born on Sep. 13, 1951 Jitendra's early cultural & political education began at home. He was a worthy son of worthy father and mother duo. Rajendra Raghuvanshi, one of the founders of IPTA, and well known theatre personality, writer journalist, freedom fighter imparted him basic political and cultural training. Jitendra acquired unbeatable compassion from his able mother Aruna Raghuvanshi. He did his M.A. in Hindi from Agra University and then his Post Graduation in Russian Language from Leningrad University St. Petersberg and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He joined K.M. Institute as a teacher for Russian Language in 1984 and retired last year as head of foreign Languages department.

Though associated with IPTA from the date of his birth he concisely joined IPTA in late 70s as an actor, director, writer and more than that as an organizer with able guidance of Com. Rajendra. He became an architect of reorganization of IPTA at Agra in 1985. Later he became general secretary of IPTA and continued till his last breath. He wrote translated and adopted several plays including Bijuke Jagte Raho, Hitler ki Hazamat. Lal Telephone & several stories of Premchand. He was associated with various organizations at Agra namely Shahid Bhagat Singh Smarak Samiti, Nagari Pracharni Sabha, Agra, bazme nazeer, yadgare Agra, PWA and many others. He was an active member of Communist Party of India. He was associated with film "Sara Akash" based on Rejendra Yadav's novel, 'Garmhawa' by M.S. Sathyu.

Reaching out to people was his fascinalion and that is how he pioneered the cultural marches of IPTA such as Ayodhya Yatra from Lko. to Ajodhya in 1989, "Padcheenh Kabeer", from Varanasi to Maghar in 1993. "Pahchan Najeer" from Agra to Delhi1995 and various other cultural marches. Unity of progressive cultural movement was always on top of his priorities. Many of his tasks are unfinished, lot of his creative work is unpublished and the best tribute to this noble crusader would be to carry forward the legacy of IPTA and complete his unfinished tasks and publish his creative work. We resolve to do so and salute Com. Jitendra Raghuvanshi by saying "Bade Gaur se sun raha tha Jamana ,Tumhi So Gaye Dastan Kahte Kahte."

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