Dr. Daya Varma, life-long communist, scientist, activist, dreamer, pharmacologist, professor emeritus at McGill University, Montreal, passed away on 22 March 2015 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. A former member of the undivided Communist Party of India, he was a founder of Indian People’s Association in North America (IPANA) and International South Asia Forum, as well as a founding member of CERAS (Centre d’Étude et Ressources d’Asie Sud) and was on the board of Alternatives, a progressive think tank in Canada.
He also founded and edited the INSAF bulletin. Many in India remember how when the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide industrial disaster struck, where thousands died, Dr. Varma spearheaded a study to monitor the effects of MIC on pregnant women whilst supporting their compensation claims.
He was a long time supporter of sacw.net.
Some of his recent writings available via sacw are:
The Disappearing Left in the "Emerging" India by Dr. Daya Varma
India: CPM Should Learn from Late PC Joshi and Not from Mulayam Singh Yadav by Dr. Daya Varma, Vinod Mubayi, 2 December 2013
In memory of Sudarshan Punhani (1933-2009)
Noted among his other writings are:
Book Review: Scanning P.C. Joshi’s Biography
by Dr. Daya Varma in: Mainstream, Vol 47, 18 April 2009
From Witchcraft to Allopathy by Daya R Varma
in: Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLI No. 33, August 19, 2006
• Medicine, Healthcare and the Raj: The Unacknowledged Legacy by Daya Varma (2015) www.threeessays.com/books/medicine-healthcare-and-the-raj/
• Reason and Medicine: Art and science of healing from antiquity to modern times by Daya Ram Varma (January 2013)http://www.threeessays.com/books/reason-and-medicine/