Comrade Kanu Sanyal, born in 1932, is an Indian communist politician. He is one of the founding leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) formed in 1969.
He announced the formation of the original CPI (ML) on Lenin's birthday in 1969 at the Shahid Minar public rally in Calcutta. He came out with the seminal Terai report on Indian revolution.During this period the communist-sympathetic media in West Bengal portrayed him as a "great revolutionary" and compared him to the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Jatin Das, largely because of his charisma and his public acceptance. He was one of the polit bureau members of the undivided CPI (ML)
After the death of Comrade Charu Majumdar, Sanyal questioned the basic foundation of CPI (ML) and alienated himself from the so-called CPI (ML) groups. He is now general secretary of a new CPI (ML), formed by merger of several splinter groups of the original party.
Comrade Sanyal has abandoned the violent and anarchist means of struggle, and accepted mass line and parliamentary practice, as a form of revolutionary activity.