Homage to Comrade K Varadarajan

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) pays respectful homage to Comrade K. Varadharajan who passed away at Karur, Tamil Nadu today at the age of 74.

Comrade K. Varadharajan was attracted to the Left ideology at a very young age. He was a trained civil engineer, but resigned from government’s job and started organising the peasantry in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu. He was elected as the District Secretary of the Tamilnadu Vivasayigal Sangham (Kisan Sabha) in 1974 and its State Secretary in 1986. He was the General Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) from 1998 to 2013.  He played a crucial role in building the struggles for land rights, wages and against caste oppression of the peasants and agricultural workers. He contributed much to the worker-peasant alliance and joint struggles of CITU and AIKS. He was Vice President of AIKS till date.

He was a member of Polit Bureau of the CPI(M).

He also played a crucial role in organising the Dalits in Dalit Soshan Mukti Manch.

CITU conveys its heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members and comrades.

Tapan Sen
General Secretary

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