Women Martyrs of the Indian Revolution-Mahasamund Martyrs: Comrade Natasha

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Martyrdom : 9-10-2010

On 9-10-2010 a fierce encounter took place between the PLGA comrades and the Chhattisgarh police at Pagidipalli in Mahasamund district. Seven PLGA comrades and two villagers died in this encounter. Comrades Kosa, Natasha, Syambai, Sadhana, Parvati, Arjun, Subhash were the PLGA comrades who laid down their lives valiantly fighting the heavy posse of enemy forces while trying to protect other comrades and leadership.

The martyrdom of these comrades happened while they were extending the revolutionary movement to that district. The blood they shed would not go in vain and the revolutionary masses have vowed to spread the movement to newer areas along with the saga of their sacrifice. Natasha was born in a Usendi family in Gatakal village in Koyalibeda block (Pakhanjur tehsil) of Kanker district in Chhattisgarh. She belonged to the middle peasantry and her village falls under the Raoghat area in North Bastar division of DK. She was the second child among five siblings. Natasha who was known as Anita at home studied till 5th standard in her village and later completed her sixth standard in Koyalibeda School. Anita worked in the CNM in the village. Anita was the CNM commander in the village and she ran its activities well.

So the police started hunting for her and she decided to join the party. Anita became a full timer in 2005 and she continued to work in CNM. Seeing her talent in this field she was taken into the DK level CNM team and she worked as part of that team till mid-2010. The CNM comrades affectionately changed her name to Natasha in memory of a Russian martyr woman comrade. She was part of the CNM team which gave heart- warming performances on Bhumkal Day on February 10, 2010 attended by writer Arundhati Roy and Natasha’s photo has also been published as part of the article written by her. The party decided to send some comrades to some new districts to spread the revolutionary movement in those parts. Party selected some of the best comrades to fulfill this new and difficult task and no wonder Comrade Natasha was one of them.

She was not only a very fine performer on stage but off stage too she was a very hard-working and disciplined comrade on whom the leadership and the cadre had great confidence. She was easy-going and mingled well with others. She concentrated on developing her cultural talents with great determination and it was a feast for the eyes to watch her performances. She was particularly selected by the party along with some more cultural comrades to go to the new areas as it had the confidence that she could inspire the people with revolutionary politics with her fine performances.

Working in new areas involves lot of hard work as the terrain, language, and people, social, economic and political conditions are all new not to say of the cultural differences. Natasha went to with good spirits, confidence and determination to overcome all these hurdles and build a revolutionary cultural movement there. It is indeed a enormous loss to the party and particularly the revolutionary cultural movement to lose Comrade Natasha who had great promise in her to develop into one of the leading comrades in this field.

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