Obituary: Comrade M Mani

26 May 2015
COMRADE M. Mani, who hailed from Trichi town, south of Tamil Nadu, passed away on 6th May, 2015, at 4 am at the age of 69, leaving behind his wife, daughter and son. During the last few months he had been suffering from illness and had to undergo continuous treatment. He was an inspiration to younger comrades.

Comrade Mani migrated to Chennai four decades ago. He started his career as an auto-driver and later started becoming active in the auto drivers' union in Chennai. In 2004, opposing the bureaucratic CITU leadership, he founded a militant labour union. Revolting against the revisionist CPI(M), in 2008, he joined the CPI(ML) and became Chennai district committee member and later its secretary.

Once the news of his demise reached T. Nagar and MGR Nagar, the main areas of his activity, besides Perambur where he was living in a hired house, Party and TUCI comrades arrived at his house along with Tamil Nadu state secretary Com Doraiswamy and remained with his family till the evening. On 7th morning, party general secretary Com K.N. Ramachandran, who was in Chennai for a party programme, went to Com Mani's house along with Com Doraiswamy to extend condolences to his family.
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