Udham Singh’s Newfound Photo

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Amarjit Chandan’s article on this newfound photo of Shaheed Udham Singh published in Punjabi Tribune dated 14 Dec 2008 is at www.apnaorg.com/articles/amarjit11/

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Comrade Teja Singh Sahota Passed Away

Revolutionary tribute to comrade Teja Singh Sahota

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Comrade Teja Singh Sahota

On 11th December 2008, Comrade Teja Singh Sahota took his last breath at his family home at Leamington Spa. His wife Mrs. Kartar Kaur, son Narinder Sahota and Daughter-in-law Baljit Kaur were with him. In the morning his twin grandsons played with him before going to day nursery. He was in hospital for a month before coming home. He suffered from pancreas cancer.

He was a veteran comrade of the communist movement in Britain. He practiced Marxism from his student days to his last breath. He was an experienced Marxist and played a leading role in the Communist movement in India and Britain.

Comrade Sahota was born on 31st December 1925 in a peasant family at village Daffar, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He studied higher education at DAV College Jalandhar. In 1947 he passed his BA exams during the days of India/Pakistan Partition. During that time he was actively involved against communal killings and saved many Muslim families from communalists.

 

In 1949 He stood first in Punjab University, in first division in Math masters’ degree. His name is inscribed on roll of honours at DAV College Jalandhar.

 

He taught math at a college at Rohtak. He also worked in Mumbai before coming to the UK in 1953. He lived in Coventry and worked in a coal mine in Coventry. In India he actively participated in Communist Party of India as a member. On arrival in the UK he joined Communist Party of Great Britain.

 

Short time after his arrival he was elected Secretary of Indian Workers’ Association Coventry and Late Anant Ram was the President.

 

He moved to Leamington Spa in 1954 and organised Indian Workers Association in Leamington Spa and Warwick. At the inaugural meeting of IWA he was elected the President. He held this office from 1954 to his last breath.

 

In 1959 IWAGB was centralised. He was elected its vice president. Unfortunately, there was split in the IWAGB in 1967. He served as President of the IWAGB (Joshi). He remained President until 1991 when two wings of IWAGB merged. He led the IWAGB merger along with late comrade Prem Singh Pardesi of IWAGB (Prem Singh)

 

He was the leader of the British Indian Delegation to Moscow Youth Festival during 1956.

 

At Leamington Spa he worked at Lockheed factory until his retirement in late 1980s.

He represented AEU members at Lockheed as a leading Shop Steward.

 

In 1966 he became a founder member of Association of Indian Communist in Britain and was elected to its Central Committee and Secretariat. In 1967 he was elected AIC Secretary.

 

Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Centre was established in 1978. He was a founder Trustee.

During his life in Britain he continued to support CPI, CPIM and CPI M-L respectively.

He was a family man. He fulfilled his family commitment as a responsible communist. His wife Mrs. Kartar Kaur fully supported him in his Marxist, IWAGB and Trade Union work.

Comrade Teja Singh Sahota lived and worked as a dedicated Marxist.

IWAGB, Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Trust and Lalkar pay revolutionary tribute to Comrade Teja Singh Sahota.

We convey our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Kartar Kaur, his son Narinder Sahota, daughter-in-law Baljit Kaur Sahota, his grand children Ryan and Aaron, all his relatives, friends and Comrades.

 

Long Live Comrade Teja Singh Sahota !

 

Published by: IWAGB, Central Committee,

346 Soho Road, Birmingham B21 9QL

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