Comrade Tripti Trivedi, health workers’ national leader and senior CPI(ML) leader, passed away on 25 July 2014 after a battle with cancer. He was born in Murshidabad district and at a young age was drawn to rationalist ideas and progressive thought. In the late 1960s he joined the Naxalbari movement when he was studying to be a doctor in the RG Kar Medical College.
Later he worked as a part time party organizer in Jalpaiguri town of North Bengal. He took admission in Jalpaiguri Pharmacology college from where he graduated.
In 1974-76 he began working in the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), where after some years he felt ht need to form a workers’ union. This was easier said than done, but Comrade Tripti worked very hard to form Unions of CGHS all over the country. Through the union – the All India CGHS Employees Union – he helped organize workers to raise various questions of health workers. The Union affiliated itself with the AICCTU. Comrade Tripti helped establish a women’s unit of the Union that worked with AIPWA and AICCTU. Eventually Comrade Triti helped establish the Health Workers’ Federation nationally. Tripti da retired in 2006 and worked as the party’s district secretary in Murshidabad.
Comrade Tripti Da’s energy and commitment is an inspiration to us all. Long Live Comrade Tripti Da!