Homage to Comrade B Madhava

Centre of Indian Trade Union expresses its grief at the demise of Comrade B Madhava (83), former President Karnataka State Committee of CITU and also President of All India Beedi Workers’ Federation (AIBWF), who passed away today at Mangalore in the morning after a prolonged illness.

Comrade Madhava was an employee of LIC where he started his trade union activities.  He was President of Udipi Zone of AIIEA and also its South Zone Vice President. He was actively involved in organising the Beedi workers in the area and soon became the leader of the Beedi workers in Karnataka and became the State President of Beedi Workers Union.

He was the President CITU Karnataka State Committee from 2002 to 2010. He was a Working Committee Member of CITU.

Comrade Madhava was also active in fighting against social oppression and had actively led many movements in Mangalore including against the infamous ‘Madesnana’, the practice of making the lower caste people lay down on the remaining of food eaten by upper caste people.

He had in-depth knowledge and had translated many books from English to Kannada including the autobiography of A. K. Gopalan.

His death is a big loss to the CITU especially CITU Kartnataka and AIBWF.

CITU Secretariat expresses its deepest condolences to all his comrades and family members.

Issued by

A R Sindhu
For CITU Secretariat 

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