Freedom fighter Keyur Bhushan no more

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2018 12:40:25


Staff Reporter,


CM, Cong leaders express grief

Keyur Bhushan, eminent freedom fighter, social worker and two times Member of Parliament from Raipur, breathed his last at the age of 90 years on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness.

Bhushan who had led the fight for separate state of Chhattisgarh as well as for giving recognition to Chhattisgarhi dialect as its official language, had represented Indian National Congress from Raipur twice in the 7th (1980-84) and 8th (1984-89) Lok Sabha. Born on March 1, 1928 in village Vyaha-Jaanta in Durg district, he participated in the freedom struggle in 1942 and was jailed twice for 15 days and nine months respectively for participating in Quit India Movement.

After Independence, Bhushan joined Communist Party of India and was active in agitations for the welfare of farmers, workers, students, etc. He had also actively participated in the Bhudaan Andolan launched by Vinoba Bhave. He later joined ‘Harijan Sevak Sangh’ launched by Mahatma Gandhi and had rose to the post of National Vice President. He was active in Goa Mukti Andolan and in the agitations launched for merger of kingdoms. He conducted foot-march in 12800 villages in Punjab during the period of terrorism, he also participated in the un-touchability movement and took out a foot march from Rajim to Bhopal. Keyur Bhushan also participated in agitation for Dalit entry into Nathdwar Temple (Rajasthan) and Pandatarai Temple. Late Keyur Bhushan has written poetry, prose, parody in Chhattisgarhi and Hindi language and had authored many books. He was Editor of Chhattisgarh Weekly and Chhattisgarh Sandesh also.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has expressed his deep condolence on the sad demise of eminent freedom fighter, social worker and parliamentarian Late Keyur Bhushan. In his message the Chief Minister said not only Chhattisgarh but the whole country today has lost a great thinker of Gandhian and Vinoba Bhave’s Sarvodaya ideology. Late Bhushan is a true well-wisher of Chhattisgarh and he had always got his valuable suggestions for the state’s development. His sad demise is a personal loss to me, he said. He said during freedom struggle Late Bhushan had spread the light of national consciousness among the people in Chhattisgarh.

BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik while expressing his deep condolence on the sad demise of Late Keyur Bhushan said he had committed his whole life for human welfare. He will remain for ever in our memory as a torch-bearer of Chhattisgarh’s identity.

Former Chief Minister and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) Founder President Ajit Jogi in his message said Late Keyur Bhushan had always worked for weaker sections of the society and simplicity and easy going nature was his identity. In a true sense he was a Gandhian leader and a freedom fighter. Despite being an MP, he used to travel by cycle on the roads of Raipur.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) Treasurer Motilal Vora, State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh legislative assembly T S Singhdeo, former Union Minister of State Dr Charan Das Mahant, former CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, MLAs Satyanarayan Sharma, Dhanendra Sahu, Durg MP Tamradhwaj Sahu, Rajya Sabha Member Chhaya Verma, CPCC Working Presidents Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Ramdayal Uike and other Congress leaders expressed profound grief over the demise of freedom fighter and ex-Raipur MP Keyur Bhushan, who passed away in Raipur on Thursday.

State Congress In-charge and Rajya Sabha Member from Uttar Pradesh P L Punia and AICC Secretary Chandan Yadav also condoled the death of Keyur Bhushan. The Congress leaders prayed to the Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.