It is with profound sadness that we receive news of the death of a major anti-imperialist activist, Dr., Hari Sharma, on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in Burnaby, B.C., Canada, after a long battle with cancer.
Dr. Sharma, the Indian-born son of a railway station manager, was a community and political activist both in India and Canada. He was a highly respected sociology professor at Canada's Simon Fraser University and was the long-time president of the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).
He also helped to set up the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), and assumed a leading role in the Canadian section of that organization.
Among the many causes he promoted, Dr. Sharma was an active supporter of the Tamil people’s struggle for justice and freedom, standing side-by-side with them in the face of the reactionary Sri Lankan regime’s ongoing attempt to obliterate the Tamil population.
Dr. Sharma came to Simon Fraser University in British Colombia, Canada, in 1968, after having received his Ph.D. from Cornell and teaching at the University of Delhi and the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests include sociological theory, Marxism, social change, peasantry, revolutionary movements in the Third World (with special emphasis on South Asia), the labour process in the marginal sectors of the economy, social change in post-revolutionary societies (China, the USSR, eastern Europe, etc), nation-building among Canadian aboriginal peoples, and South Asia.
We, members of the International League of People’s Struggle – Canada, offer our condolences and our support to the family, friends and comrades of Dr. Sharma at this difficult time.
His dedication and energy as well as his analytical and organizational skills will be sorely missed, but we promise to make sure his memory lives on and to keep up and strengthen the struggles and legacy to which Dr. Sharma dedicated his life.
Note: The family extends an open invitation to persons who would like to attend Dr. Hari Sharma’s funeral at 3 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Riverside Funeral Home, Hopcott Road, Delta, B.C., Canada.