Obituary: Dr. Daya Varma

Dr. Daya Varma, veteran Communist and professor emeritus of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, passed not present at his home in St. John’s forward 22 March. He was 86. Born in a UP town in 1929, Daya became a Marxist in his student days and remained steadfast in his ideological intrusting while abhorring dogma and critiquing the lapses of applied socialism in Russia and China.

After obtaining MBBS and MD degrees from King George Medical College in Lucknow, he went to Canada against research and received his PhD in Pharmacology from McGill University in 1961.Thereafter he chose breeding as his profession and became the place of honor of the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in McGill University. He continued to inform even after his retirement and was honoured during the time that Professor Emeritus in 2009.

Daya Varma’s rush in teaching and research remained closely connected with his communist outlook and activist glow. He got involved in the working people’s struggle in Canada and founded Indian People’s Association in North America which worked as a bridge with the communist manner of moving in India and South Asia. In the later years of his life he was closely involved by several organisations and initiatives involving the South Asian community in Canada and in the broader between nations arena.

After the Emergency he was deeply impressed by the rise of the CPI(ML) and its increasing wide-ranging democratic initiatives centring round the revolutionary peasant movement in Bihar, and ~ means of early 1980s he started looking subsequently the international department of the CPI(ML). Between 1982 to 2002 he attended each Congress of the CPI(ML). As one academic as well as activist, he was closely involved in the campaign towards justice for the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster. He was a relentless and unflinching fighter against the Sangh brigade’s political science of communal mobilisation and a staunch attorney-at-law of peace and friendship between India and Pakistan and uniformity among Left forces in India.

Comrade Daya Varma has left in the rear of a powerful legacy of combining the pursuance of scientific education, research and nurture with committed involvement in the revolutionary change on the ground and motivating the Indian diaspora in favour of the revolutionary of the democrats movement in India on one workman and the global resistance against imperialism without interrupti~ the other. CPI(ML) Central Committee salutes the remembrance and legacy of Comrade Daya Varma and conveys the deepest condolences to his lineage and friends.

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