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Rabin Deb is a member of the West Bengal CPI(M) State Committee and State secretariat and was member of the Legislative Assembly from Ballygunge constituency (1992–2006), where he was Chief Govt. Whip (2003-2006) of the Government of West Bengal.
Early life, education and personal life
Rabin Deb was born on 8 February 1949 in Nandipara, Comilla District, Bangladesh. He attended school at Brahmmanpara Bhagaban High School in Comilla, which is now in Bangladesh. In his school days he raised his voice against the autocratic military regime and actively participated in the students' movement. He joined Bengal Provincial Students Federation in 1965. He graduated with a degree in Commerce from the Surendranath College under the University of Calcutta. He served as the President of the Students’ Union of Surendranath Law College during the period when the semi-fascist terror struck the lives of West Bengal under the Congress(I) administration in 1970s.
He joined Democratic Youth Federation in 1969 and participated in the mass struggle for re-establishment of democratic rights in West Bengal. He then became a member of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1970. Shortly after, he joined UCO Bank on 16 April 1971 and resigned on 16 September 1987 to dedicate his full-time attention to serve CPI(M). He married Rina Deb on 27 November 1977. She also worked in UCO Bank, and they have a daughter named Riddhi.
He was a very promising member of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and was taught by Dinesh Majumdar, the founder of DYFI. He worked tirelessly at the grassroots level at Sealdah in Kolkata and Panihati in 24 Parganas. During the emergency period, he was elected to the Calcutta District Committee of DYFI. He became the Secretary of West Bengal State Committee of DYFI (1984-1991), and later as the All India Vice President of DYFI (1988-1991).
He is a member of CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee and State Secretariat and also a member of Left Front Kolkata District Committee and member, CITU, WB State Committee. He was elected thrice from Ballygunge Assembly Constituency, part of South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency. He was nominated to contest from Ballygunge in 1992 after the demise of respected CPI(M) leader Sachin Sen and won the support and confidence of the people. He is well known for his voice for the development of Ballygunge constituency and his contribution to the infrastructural development of the locality, such as the construction of elevated flyover from Paroma Island to Bridge No.4, Biresh Guha connector, construction of Gariahat Flyover, Lake Gardens Flyover, Bondel Gate Flyover, construction of 72 inches sewerage high capacity drainage system from Bijon Setu to Rashbehari Connector, and also for modernization of the tram track from Ballygunge depot to Rashbehari crossing and Park Circus crossing, along with removal of soil wastes from Topsia Canal. He Upgraded M. Memorial School (Urdu & Bengali Medium) at Topsia and Jagabandhu School at Shibtala to Madhyamik level. He established Wahed Memorial School at Broad Street and Shaheed-E-Yatan Ashfakullah Computer Training Centre. He commenced the Day-section of Naba Ballygunge Mahavidyalaya (formerly Charuchandra Evening College) and arranged Rs. 1 crore from Rajya Sabha Members’ Fund and MLA’s fund for construction of new college building. He initiated the construction of new building for Muzaffar Ahmed School, and allocated Rs. 1 lac from Left MPs’ Development fund for the development of Humayun Kabir Institute. He created a playground at Garsa Abasan in Ward No. 90. He has also contributed a lot in pharma industry's field workers movement and he is the President of West Bengal Medical And Sales Representatives' Union. He was the Secretary, (AIPSO) All India Peace & Solidarity Organization (Affiliated unit of World Peace Council) & Convenor, WB wing of AIPSO till 29th March,2013.Now he is the member of Presidium of AIPSO,West Bengal State Committee and one of the Secretaries of AIPSO Central Committee.
China, 1985 – As the Secretary of WB DYFI, participated in Asia & Pacific Regional Festival of Students & Youth
USSR, 1988 – Visited Moscow and Tibilisi (capital of Georgia) and participated in International Youth Journal Festival ; took part in seminars to discuss participatory democracy, labour donation programme and developmental work.
Cuba, 1997 – As the member of WB Legislative Assembly, represented WB, in World’s Students’ Youth Festival, inaugurated by Fidel Castro ; as the leader of the WB delegation team, participated in seminars on employment, peace and war
Bangladesh, 2003 – Represented WB Legislative Assembly in 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference ; participated and contributed in the discussion on attacks on democracy and sovereignty
Venezuela, 2005 – Represented WB in World’s Students’ Youth Festival
China, 2006 – As Deputy Leader of Indian delegation, took part in All India Peace & Solidarity Organization (AIPSO – affiliated to World Peace Council) conference for Indo-China Friendship Year ; participated in seminars with the Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China ; participated in the discussion arranged by Committee for Peace & Disarmament of China.
Vietnam, 2007 – Visited Vietnam along with Pallab Sengupta, All India General Secretary of AIPSO, to invite Madam Binh, the living legend of Vietnam for participating in the India-Vietnam Friendship Festival in September, 2007 in India
Sri Lanka, 2008 – As Secretary, AIPSO took part in Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Solidarity with Cuba
Vietnam, 2008 – As Deputy Leader of Indian delegtion, took part in Vietnam- India Frendship festival at Hanoi and Ho-Chi-Minh City.He also met the President of Vietnam.
China, 2009 - participated in a Seminar on Disarmament and Peace where the participating countries were India, Russia, China.
Nepal,2012- participated in World Peace Council Assembly at KATHMANDU, Nepal.
Vietnam,2013- He went to Vietnam on the occasion of 40th anniversary of signing of Paris Peace Agreement.
Rabin Deb contributed numerous articles to ‘Jubashakti’, ‘Deshhitaishi’ and ‘Ganashakti’. He was the Printer & Publisher of ‘Jubashakti’, organ of DYFI, WB State Committee from 1985 to 1991. Was in the editorial committee of the five volumes published works on ‘Banglar Communist Andolan – Dolil o Prashongik Tathyo’, published by National Book Agency Pvt. Ltd (August, 2002).He is the author of the very informative book on de-limitation and reorganization of electoral constituencies of West Bengal, ‘Proshongo – De-limitation’, published by National Book Agency Pvt. Ltd. He also edited ‘Proshongo – Karmasansthan: Proyas o Sambhabona’, nearly a research work on reasons behind unemployment and remedial measures taken by the Left Front Government to eradicate this problem, published by Punashcha (February 2009). He also wrote ‘Sei mithyachar ajo cholche’ published by National Book Agency(March 2011).
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