Here sleeps my brother.
Don’t stand by him
with a pale face and a sad heart.
For, he is laughter!
Don’t cover his body with flowers,
what is the use of adding flowers to a flower?
If you can,bury him in your heart.
You will find
at the twitterings of the bird of the heart,
your sleeping soul has woken up.
If you can,
shed some tears.
all the blood of your body…”
-from an anonymous poem written on the walls of Presidency Jail, Calcutta, during the Naxalbari uprising.
It was a revolutionary transformation of an ordinary student, from an A.P. village, who came to the capital city with high ambitions, into a guerrilla fighter of the revolutionary people’s war. That was the transformation of Naveen into Balakrishna. Starting his journey on the revolutionary path from JNU in late 1980s, Naveen embraced Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and within a decade reached the peaks of the Eastern Ghats at Darakonda, to lay down his life during an exchange of fire with the fascist Andhra Pradesh police on February 18, 2000.
Com. Naveen was in a village in Krishna district of Andhra in a middle peasant family. He completed his graduation in Hyderabad and joined M.A. Sociology in Meerut University in 1984. In 1986 he joined M.Phil course in Sociology in JNU, and after completing his dissertation in 1988 he joined Ph.D. Naveen formed the Student’s Forum, which stood for the exposure of the SFI’s politics of compromise in JNU. In 1986, the Delhi Radical Students Organisation (DRSO) was formed. In 1988 he joined the DRSO, and made it a force to reckon with in the campus. Com. Naveen was a revolutionary students’ leader who aspired to rejuvenate radical ideology in the university. He put in untiring efforts to build an all India revolutionary student movement and made himself and his room the centre for the revolutionary student movement in Delhi. He not only took part in every student movement at the JNU, the Delhi University and other colleges but also participated in programmes and activities organised outside the campus. Naveen not only countered the neo-colonial theories of the earlier leaders and thereby defend the political line of the DRSO, he also actively supported the right of self-determination of the nationality struggles, bringing DRSO close to the students of Kashmir and the North-East.
In 1989, when Delhi became the centre for the upper caste anti-Mandal mania, the DRSO swam against the tide, supporting reservations for the OBCs. When there were vacillations even amongst the revolutionary ranks, Naveen stood like a rock, patiently explaining the necessity for DRSO to support reservations, thereby drawing it closer to the oppressed sections. Since 1990, Naveen became a professional revolutionary. He left JNU in 1992 discontinuing his Ph.D to join a law course at the Delhi University (DU) in 1993. In 1990 itself, he represented DRSO in the all-India student body, AIRSF, taking responsibility for editing the student magazine KALAM. Naveen played an outstanding role at the International seminar on nationality struggles which was held in February ’96. The seminar, held under the auspices of the AIPRF played a key role in linking the class struggle with the nationality struggles, giving birth to the CCNDM - Coordination Committee of Struggles of Nationalities and Democratic Movements. This effort of Com. Naveen remains as a strong bridge between the revolutionary and nationality movements. As a part of this effort he clearly explained the process of emergence of class and revolutionary struggles in India to the representatives who came from different countries of the world. Particularly he accompanied the world famous intellectual, William Hinton, when he travelled to many places in India and hel ped him understand the movements going on in those places. In 1994-95, for the first time Naveen visited Balaghat district in order to understand the Adivasi movement in DK and the growth of Guerilla Zones.
With a pleasing personality, an affectionate behaviour, a microscopic analytical methodology, a role model living style, and with a continuous study of world literature for establishing socialism of which he dreamt, Com. Naveen never got tired of sharing his knowledge with friends and tirelessly sought to win over intellectuals to the side of revolution. With all these qualities he emerged as a role model for students and youth. Com. Naveen was known for his simple living habits and forth rightness. He was always ready to make honest self-criticism, showing an eagerness and sincerity to rectify mistakes. He always stood for taking up things critically, not blindly. He stood for fighting against wrong ideas, come what may. He was for principled fight, without any liberalism. Com. Naveen stood for the unity of words and deeds, theory and practice. He was an intellectual, in the tradition of martyrs Christopher Caudwell, David Guest, who laid down their lives in the Spanish Civil War, or Chaganti Bhaskar Rao martyred in the forests of Srikakulam. Com. Naveen blended his pen with the gun and laid down his life fighting the brutal Indian state for a new society free of exploitation and oppression.
RED SALUTE TO COM. NAVEEN!