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Remembering Comrade Mansoor Saeed in Delhi on 2-6-10 -Sohail Hashmi speaking
A memorial meeting for Com. Mansoor Saeed was held in Delhi at Mukatdhara Bhavan,organized by Jan Natya Manch and Sahmat.It was attended among other Prakash Karat,Gen. Secretary, CPM(India),Sita Ram Yechuri,incharge international cell and member Polit Bureau of CPM.Meeting was anchored by Sohail Hashmi,cousin of Mansoor Ahmad and brother of martyr Safdar Hashmi, who spoke longingly about him,narrating memories from childhood.Many friends of Mansoor,like Habib,Meera ,Madhu, shared their loving memories of him.Some of these memories were shared in Karachi memorial meeting for him held on 28th May.Prof. Zahoor Siddique and myself also shared the grief on loss of precious life of Manssor Saeed. I myself has no direct link with him, it was ironic that I heard about him from Beena Sarwar and Sohail Hashmi conversation during meeting with Beena Sarwar in my office on 23rd May, 2010 and the very next day on her arrival in Karachi,Beena Sarwar got the sad news of his passing away.Mansoor Ahmad,CC member of Pakistan Communist party and incharge of international relations,was also a renowned cultural activist.Safdar Hashmi during a visit to his cousin in Pakistan organised a theatre workshop there.Sita Ram Yechuri paying tributes to Manssor Saeed, referred to his organizing Sajjad Zaheer centenary in Pakistan,by bringing all left and democratic forces of Pakistan on single platform.Presently Mansoor Saeed was planning for Faiz Ahmad Faiz centenary in both India and Pakistan, jointly with both countries progressive forces.He said best tribute to Mansoor will be to materalise celebration of Faiz centenary jointly in both countries by progressive forces.Every speaker referred to permanent smile on Mansoor’s face,which was shown in the poster on display in the memorial meeting as well.
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