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Communist, Scientist, Activist and Dreamer Daya Varma (August 23, 1929 - March 22, 2015)

by, 24 March 2015

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Dr. Daya Varma, life-long communist, scientist, activist, dreamer, pharmacologist, professor emeritus at McGill University, Montreal, passed away on 22 March 2015 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. A former member of the undivided Communist Party of India, he was a founder of Indian People’s Association in North America (IPANA) and International South Asia Forum, as well as a founding member of CERAS (Centre d’Étude et Ressources d’Asie Sud) and was on the board of of Alternatives, a progressive think tank in Canada. He also founded and edited the INSAF bulletin. Many in India remember how when the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide industrial disaster struck, where thousands died, Dr. Varma spearheaded a study to monitor the effects of MIC on pregnant women whilst supporting their compensation claims.

He was a long time supporter of

Some of his recent writings available via sacw are:
The Disappearing Left in the "Emerging" India by Dr. Daya Varma

India: CPM Should Learn from Late PC Joshi and Not from Mulayam Singh Yadav by Dr. Daya Varma, Vinod Mubayi, 2 December 2013

In memory of Sudarshan Punhani (1933-2009)

Noted among his other writings are:

Book Review: Scanning P.C. Joshi’s Biography
by Dr. Daya Varma in: Mainstream, Vol 47, 18 April 2009

From Witchcraft to Allopathy by Daya R Varma
in: Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLI No. 33, August 19, 2006