Humanists I Met
V. B. Karnik
I know V B Karnik since early 1960s. Our
acquaintance commenced with correspondence and then grew into thick friendship.
He visited several times to Andhra Pradesh and especially
V B Karnik is Vasant Bhagawant karnik. In Mumbai he is fondly known as Baba.
He was born in 1902 and studied in Mumbai and Pune. He worked as Vakil for some
time. But Karnik devoted his life to labour problems and worked with N M Joshi.
He was in almost all trade unions in Mumbai and rose
to the level of all
V B Karnik lived in Ratilal mansion in Mumbai and shifted to Sahitya Sahawas later.
He was the first person to meet and help M N Roy when the later stepped into Mumbai city during 1930s under psuedonym Mahamood.
Since then V B has become the right hand of M N Roy. V B stood firm in all
difficult situations of
The labor wing of Radical Democratic Party was strong support for M N Roy which was all due to the efforts of V B.
Their close friendship lasted till the end.
V B continued his humanist effort after the death of
I met him and discussed with him on several occasions in Dehradun camp (1975),
Later V B came to Andhra to the Leslie Sahaney democratic training camps where we learnt much from V B.
extensively on labor problems and life history of M N Roy. I translated all his
major works into telugu and
When his wife was cruelly murdered during 1970s I visited him and consoled. He stood bold and continued his efforts which are not small thing.
I visited VB till the last days. He died in 1985.
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