Special Supplement, Heroes of History

A dedicated comrade

Manabendra Nath Roy

Published : 24 Oct 2019 08:46 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 09:11 PM

As we pay tribute to Vladimir I. Lenin, another name of an Indian leader come to our mind and we think it would be befitting to say a few words about him - Manabendra Nath Roy. He was the leader of communist party until the independence of India in 1947. MN Roy basically had joined the movement to overthrow British colonial rule by taking up arms. In 1915 he became involved in a plot by Bengal revolutionaries to smuggle arms into India. He went to Mexico where he helped the locals to establish the Mexican Communist Party soon after the Bolshevik Revolution spearheaded by Lenin.

 From there he went to Moscow and met Lenin, who was greatly impressed by talking to him. MN Roy was put on the executive committee of the Communist International. But, he left Moscow in 1929 after a row over the policies of Joseph Stalin. MN Roy had inspired thousands of young men and women of India to follow the ideals of socialism and communism as outlined by Marx and Engels. Young people from comparatively poor states joined his party and became diehard communists. In Bengal he found numerous followers and his communist party became a threat to the British rulers.