Kolkatta, India. July 4: Professors, university students and members of the Cuba solidarity movement gathered at Jadavpur University in Kolkatta to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of Che's visit to India and to this city.
Under the theme "Che and Cuba: Humanism and an alternative vision", the event became a space for the defense of the Cuban Revolution and its achievements during more than sixty years of development of an economic and socialist social project, guided by the ideals of Fidel, Che, Raul and its historical leaders.
In accordance with the principles of solidarity and internationalism practiced by Che, the participants ratified their position of condemnation of the illegal and genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba; and against the campaigns of unconventional warfare, subversion and social destabilization that the U.S. government has deployed against our country.
Among Cuban songs sung in Bengali, such as "Guantanamera" and "Hasta Siempre Comandante", the feeling of friendship and solidarity was exalted. As part of the program, several chapters of the documentary series "Che en la memoria" were also shown.
The event was organized by the West Bengal State Committee of the All India National Peace and Solidarity Organization (AIPSO) in conjunction with the National Cuba Solidarity Committee and was an example of the deep friendship that unites the peoples of India and Cuba.
It was attended by Mohammad Salim, State Secretary and member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal; the leader of AIPSO in Kolkatta, Professor Saumendranath Bera; Professors Asok Nath Basu and Sobhanlal Datta Gupta; as well as the Deputy Head of the Cuban diplomatic mission in Delhi, Abel Aballe Despaigne.
Ernesto Che Guevara arrived in New Delhi on June 30, 1959. During his stay in the city he met with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who "received him with the kindly familiarity of a patriarchal grandfather". The meeting laid the foundations of the ties of friendship and solidarity between Cuba and India. Later, in Kolkatta, Ché visited the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), where he participated in the preparation of the "Framework of the preliminary plan'" for the second five-year plan.