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In Memoriam

Kewal Singh Purewal

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In Memoriam

Kewal Singh Purewal

June 23, 1937 - September 21, 2005

It is with profound sadness that the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) announces the passing of one of its staunchest and most loyal comrades, Kewal Singh Purewal, in Stratford-on-Avon, not far from his home in Coventry, on September 21 at the age of 68. The Party sends its deepest condolences to his family and his many friends and comrades in Britain, India, Canada and other countries.

Kewal came to Coventry as a young man from Punjab, India, where he had been the closest boyhood friend and classmate of the late Hardial Bains, founder and leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist). He remained a close friend and comrade of Hardial Bains until Hardial's passing in 1997. Kewal upheld the principles Hardial had fought for until his own last days.

Kewal was a cherished activist of RCPB(ML) from its founding in 1979 until his passing. A Coventry bus driver, he affirmed himself as a fighting member of the British working class and was widely respected as such. For nearly two decades he was President of the Indian Workers Association (Great Britain). Kewal worked tirelessly for its programme, fighting for the rights of the entire working class and people, defending the interests of the Indian and other national minority communities against racism and discrimination and for their full participation in the political affairs in Britain and the affirmation of their rights second to none. An ardent Indian patriot and proletarian internationalist, he devoted his efforts to the liberation of his motherland and of all countries.

Kewal will be sadly missed in Coventry and far afield. He will always be remembered and honoured as a man of principle and for his loyalty to humanity's cause. He was a man of few but deeply felt and wise words and will be remembered for his noble deed and great integrity.

A Memorial Meeting to honour Kewal’s life and contribution will be hosted by IWA(GB) and organised jointly with RCPB(ML) at the end of October in Coventry, date and venue to be announced.

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