The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its profound grief at the death of Ashok Mitra.


A noted economist and Left intellectual, Ashok Mitra was Finance Minister in the first and second Left Front Governments in West Bengal under Jyoti Basu. He also represented the CPI(M) in the Rajya Sabha. Ashok Mitra was also in the West Bengal State Committee of the Party for some time.


He was deeply committed to the cause of the working class and toiling masses of the country. Ashok Mitra also served as Chief Economic Adviser to Government of India.


A prolific writer, Ashok Mitra contributed regularly to various dailies and magazines.  And his writings were not limited to economics and politics alone. Of late he had been editing a Bengali magazine Aarek Rakam.


The Polit Bureau mourns his loss. It conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family and to the large number of his admirers.