N. Sankariah, veteran leader of the CPI (M) and one of the oldest Communist leaders of the country, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 aged 101.
He had not been well for a couple of days, and had been admitted to the hospital on November 13. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Sankaraiah was one of the 32 National Council members of the Communist Party of India (CPI), who left the party over ideological differences, which led to the formation of the CPI(M) in 1964.
He was a major contributor to the building the Communist movement in Tamil Nadu, and he served as the secretary of State committee from 1995 to 2002, a press release from the party said.
“With deep grief, we learn of the demise of Com. N Sankaraiah, one of the founders of India’s Communist movement. As a dedicated Marxist-Leninist, he devoted his life to India’s socialist transformation. Deepfelt condolences to his family and comrades,” wrote CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.