With profound grief, the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India announces the passing away of our dear Comrade Chandra Bhan in the early hours of 8th January, 2016, after a prolonged illness. He was 60 years of age at the time of his death. His passing away is a great loss to our Party. The Central Committee conveys its deepest condolences to all the comrades, friends and family of Comrade Chandra Bhan.
Born in a poor peasant family of Mau district in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Chandra Bhan came to Delhi in 1973, at the young age of 18 years, in search of livelihood. He worked in the factories and sweatshops of Anand Parbhat, Karol Bagh and other industrial areas of Delhi. He actively participated in the strike struggles of workers that raged in the late seventies and early eighties of the twentieth century, in the course of which he embraced the red flag of the working class and communism.
In the 1982-1983 period, the Okhla Industrial Area of Delhi was in fervent. Thousands of workers of Jefferson Bolts, Luxor and other factories came together in one powerful strike struggle for the rights of workers. Comrade Chandra Bhan, then working in the molding unit of Luxor pens factory in the Okhla Industrial Area in Delhi, was one of the active leaders of this struggle. It was in the course of this struggle that Comrade Chandra Bhan joined the ranks of the Party, along with other worker comrades. From that time, till his last breadth, Comrade Chandra Bhan remained firm and unwavering in defence of the Party and its line, fulfilling whatever responsibility the Party placed on his shoulders. In all the struggles waged by the Party in the Delhi region, in organising the workers in defence of their rights, in uniting and organizing the people against state terrorism, in building the samitis of the people in the work places and residential areas, Comrade Chandra Bhan was an active fighter of the Party.
In the early eighties, the Indian state unleashed state terrorism on an unprecedented scale, targeting the people of the Sikh faith. Our Party waged a bold and principled struggle to unite the working class and people against state terrorism. Comrade Chandra Bhan was a firm and militant fighter in the front ranks of the Party in this struggle. It was during this struggle that the Party established its central office at the end of 1984, in Sanjay Colony, Okhla Industrial Area. In the many battles to build the Central Office of the party and defend it from hostile forces, Comrade Chandra Bhan played an exemplary role.
In the mid-eighties, the textile mill owners of the five textile mills of Delhi decided to close the mills and convert the prime land into real estate, rendering thousands of workers jobless. Mill workers and their families of the Delhi Cloth Mills of Karampura and other mills came onto the streets in powerful protest actions against this decision. In the course of this struggle, the Party established an organisation in Delhi to forge the unity of workers cutting across party and trade union divisions around one common program. This organisation called Mazdoor Ekta Lehar later became the Mazdoor Ekta Committee in 1989. In this work of building and strengthening working class unity, Comrade Chandra Bhan played an active role.
Comrade Chandra Bhan remained, to the very end, a loyal member of the party and a dedicated fighter for the cause of the working class and revolution. The Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party dips the red flag in memory of this beloved comrade.