Nonagenarian Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Digumarthy Kamalamma, who played a pivotal role in the combined Communist Party movement, breathed her last in the coal town of Kothagudem, Telangana district in the early hours of Tuesday. In a statement, the CPI (M) town secretary B. Ramesh said the veteran leader had established ‘Visalandhra’ school in Srikakulam and taught children progressive views along with school curriculum. Hailing from Srikakulam district, now in Andhra Pradesh, the veteran leader was one of the prominent Communist leaders, who were instrumental in building a strong tribal movement in that district several decades ago. Being one of the most stubborn ladies hailing from India, she had initiated several spirited mass movements for the uplift of women, toiling masses and downtrodden sections. CPI (M) MLA from Bhadrachalam Sunnam Rajaiah and the party district secretary K. Ilaiah, besides a host of senior leaders of the party and AIDWA, CITU, SFI and others paid their last respects to the departed leader in Kothagudem. Her strong spirits were seen even in the way she lived a life as she was able to take care of herself even at the age of 90.
Recently, she was admitted to the Singareni Area Hospital in Kothagudem with old age issues on Monday night, where she breathed her last while undergoing treatment in the early hours of Tuesday. Inspired by Communist ideology, she and her late husband D. Vishwanath worked with the Marxist movement in South India. Both of them were highly influential and managed to keep the movements successful. She was well-known for her trailblazing endeavors in promoting education and fostering egalitarianism in society. She used to live with her daughter Swarna and son Premchand. She had been staying with her daughter in Kothagudem for the last 20 years. CPI (M) MLA from Bhadrachalam Sunnam Rajaiah and the party district secretary K. Ilaiah, besides a host of senior leaders of the party and AIDWA, CITU, SFI and others paid their last respects to the departed leader in Kothagudem. Even at the age of 91, she was physically stable and wasn’t bed ridden till the last days of her life. For a woman who had the guts to join a communist party, we hope death be her place for peace. We surely will miss her strong ideas and ideologies in the coming years.
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