By AJITHA Menon
Kolkata, Jan. 12 — Former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu is India’s most well known Communist leader and an atheist. But as he lies ailing in his hospital bed, people of different faiths are praying for his quick recovery outside AMRI Hospitals.
Kolkata’s Pakhtoon community gathered on the pavement outside the hospital today and prayed for Jyoti Basu. According to Yasmin Nigar Khan, the great granddaughter of Frontier Gandhi, who joined in the prayers, people like Khan Gaffar Khan or Jyoti Basu happened in this world just once or twice in a century. So, it was hoped that Basu gets a longer life, she said.
Yesterday, the Sikh community in Kolkata had offered prayers for his well being, recalling that it was only because of the strong message sent out by Jyoti Basu that no communal rioting took place in Kolkata in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
According to the medical bulletin issued by the hospital today, Basu’s condition remains critical and he continues to be on ventilation. He has also developed a mild fever and doctors, fearing an infection, have made some adjustments in the antibiotics being administered to him. The medical board has decided to carry out a CT scan of the brain later today. His urine output is same and is supported by medicines.
Consultant Cardiologist, Dr A K Maity, said Basu would be given a blood transfusion today to improve his falling haemoglobin count. Blood and urine tests have confirmed there is no growth anywhere but the fever remained a matter of concern, Dr Maity added.