• Kiran Maitra retired as Director, Special Projects, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). A well-known historian, he was closely involved in India's freedom movement in West Bengal. His in-depth knowledge of the communist movement in India stems from his personal involvement with the affairs of the Communist Party of India for nearly a decade from 1971-81, when he was an Accredited Member (Comrade) of the Communist Party of India.

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