The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) mourns the passing away of U. R. Ananthamurthy, renowned writer and social activist.  Ananthamurthy had created a style of writing with social relevance in Kannada which had a big impact on Indian literature.

A socialist by conviction, Ananthamurthy was a firm advocate of secular values, pluralist culture and social justice. In his death, the country has lost a public intellectual of great calibre. 

The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and son.