Panthers Party’s rich tributes to Rajinder Puri

Rajinder-PuriSeveral NPP activists held a meeting under the chairmanship of Prof.Bhim Singh, its Chief Patron this morning at the lawns of Vithalbhai Patel House to condole the most unfortunate demise of Shri Rajinder Puri, a noted cartoonist and human rights activist in the country. NPP also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of Shri Rajinder Puri and prayed for peace to the departed soul in the heavens.

Prof.Bhim Singh described him as one of the great revolutionaries who believed that revolution is possible through the might of the pen and he tried this for nearly half a century.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that his first interaction with Mr. Rajinder Puri was in 1975 during the Emergency when Shri Puri invited hundreds of farmers to attend tea in Ashoka Hotel creating a stir in the society and successfully conveyed the message to the farmers in the country that the big hotels and the luxuries were meant for only for a particular class. Bhim Singh that he was General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress at that time and he successfully persuaded the then Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi to treat the matter within the scope of humanism and not law. He said she did it.

He recalled his second big meeting with Shri Rajinder Puri in 1984 in Hyderabad during the movement launched by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N.T. Ramarao protesting against his unconstitutional dismissal by the then Governor Shri Ram Lal. Prof.Bhim Singh said that was the time when he had one week to work with Shri Rajinder Puri in preparation of the charter and for the success of the movement.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that he was highly influenced by the noble thought and superb cultural communication which everyone who knew him or interacted with him could feel and share. In his death, all his friends and well-wishers, have lost a great soul, a great friend, a noble heart and the rearest of the rear human being. Friends in India International Centre shall miss him most.