Red Salute to Comrade Satyabrata Dutta


On 16 January veteran communist revolutionary, journalist and literary personality Comrade Satyabrata Dutta breathed his last in New Delhi at the age of 85. Born in Srihatta (now in Bangladesh), he was a meritorious student who topped in Assam in his B.A. (Hons.) exam nation in Economics. Comrade Satyabrata joined CPI in 1939 and also had close contact with IPTA. He became Secretary of Srihatta district committee of CPI. During Naxalbari days he was close with Comrades Charu Mazumdar, Saroj Dutta and others, and led CPI(ML) in its initial days in Delhi. During the 1970s he had to leave his job and face police torture and incarceration.

Satyabrata Dutta started his journalist career from Dacca based ‘Pakistan Observer’. Later when he came to Delhi as a refugee he joined ‘Hindustan Standard’ and then ‘Times of India’. He also translated many Bengali books into English including four volumes of Sharatchandra and edited ‘Kathasaritsagar’, ‘Panchatantra’ and ‘Betal Panchvinshati’.

On behalf of the whole Party, the Central Committee of CPI(ML) express heartfelt condolences at the demise of Comrade Satyabrata Dutta and shares the grief with his bereaved family and friends. Com. Satyabrata Dutta was father of Com. Jauhar, the second General Secretary of our Party.