THE HIMALAYAN BEACON
DARJEELING, 29 NOVEMBER 2017: Third Death Anniversary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPIM leader Anand Pathak was observed today at the CPIM office in Darjeeling. Pathak had passed away in 2014 at the age of 84. Anand Pathak was one of the founders of the communist party in the Hills. He had joined politics as a follower of another legendary party leader Ratan Lal Bramhin popularly known as ‘Maila Bajee’. Pathak had done a lot to consolidate the organizational base of the party in the Hills. He had been the target of the violence during the 1986 Gorkhaland Movement and his house had been set on fire a number of times during the movement.
Many leaders including Kiran Lepcha, Rosina Rai Dilpali and Anoop Kasey were present. Speaking to ‘The Himalayan Beacon’ Anand Pathak and former Member of Parliament (MP) Suraj pathak said that it is of utmost importance that the permanent settlement of the political turmoil in Darjeeling Hills be settled once and for all and that it did not matter as to whether it came under State Legislation or the Union Parliament Legislation. He also said that in 1985 late Anand Pathak
who was a MP from Darjeeling constituency had introduced a bill in 1985 providing for self-government in Darjeeling Hills invoking the Sixth Schedule as a model.
Pravin Thami is the Chief Cameraman and the Coordinator Darjeeling Region for ‘The Himalayan Beacon’.