PUCL Bulletin, July 2004

Tributes to late V.M. Tarkunde

From PUCL West Bengal
--By Ajay Datta

A condolence meeting of the PUCL (West Bengal) held at its Kolkata office on 2nd April 2004 resolved the following:

We express our deep sorrow on the death of V.M.Tarkunde, the well-known jurist and leader of the Human Rights movement in India. He was the driving spirit in the formation of the PUCL, which has become the leading organisation of Human Rights issues in India. We gratefully acknowledge his activities against censorship and disruption of democracy during Emergency in India in 1975-77. After the restoration of the democratic system, he served the nation as a vigilant watchman against any violation of democratic rights.

He always stood by our side in our struggle for the protection of Human Rights.

As humble soldiers of Human Rights we pay our homage and deep respect to our leader’s pioneering role in upholding the fundamental rights of our people. – 27 May 2004

From Gujarat PUCL

A condolence meeting was held at Ahmedabad on 27th March 2004, which was presided over by Prof D.N. Pathak, President, PUCL Gujarat.
Shri Prakash N. Shah, Editor of Nirakshak, freelance journalist Shri Vishnu Pandya, Prof. Jayantibhai K. Patel (President, IRHA), and Gautam Thaker spoke at the condolence meeting giving rich tribute to late Tarkunde. Senior most Socialist leader of India Professor Madhu Dandvate and Shri Surendra Mohan also addressed the meeting.

Following resolution was passed at the meeting:
In the sad demise of V.M. Tarkunde India, perhaps the world has lost a great protagonist of democracy and a life-long fighter for human rights and humanist interests, Tarkundeji relentlessly and ceaselessly worked and dedicated himself to the cause of liberal values and movements for human freedom. Having had a bright academic career, Tarkundeji became a close colleague and co-worker of the world-renewed leader M.N. Roy. Imposition of Emergency in 1975 in India brought out in full glow his inner convictions and lasting love for democracy and democratic values. It was during these days of grim trial that he had the distinction of joining Jayaprakash Narayan in launching People’s Union for Civil Liberties for safeguarding human rights.

His life-long services in the cause of Radical Humanism were as memorable as valuable to keep the torch of humanism burning, thereby inspiring people all over the world. Tarkundeji had a soft corner and a special place in his heart for Gujarat and several of the humanists such as late Chandrakant Daaru, Dashrathbhai Thaker, Haribhai Shah, and Prof. Jayantbhai Patel. He played a prominent role in holding meetings and seminars celebrating the example of Gujarat as the bastion of democracy when the dark clouds of emergency enveloped the whole of India.

Tarkundeji also rendered yeoman services to the committee that worked for electoral reforms. This joint meeting of the following association and organizations pay their warm tribute to the long lasting services rendered by Tarkundeji for the cause of liberty, human rights and democracy. His shining example of selfless service will continue to inspire future generations.

* PUCL Gujarat
* Indian Radical Humanist Association, Gujarat
* Shri Bhaidas Parikh Smriti Trust
* Secular Lokshahi Andolan
* Jantantra Samaj, (C.F.D), Gujarat
* Chandrakant Daaru Memorial Trust
* Gandhi Shanti Pratisthan
* Daudi Bohra Central Board.
– Gautam Thaker, General Secretary, PUCL-IRHA, ‘Atman’ 4, Sanmitra Society, Opp. Malav Talav, Jivraj Park, Ahmedabad 380 051, Phone No.: 26641353


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