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LONDON-Anti-Working Class Charter

ECONOMIC AND POLTICAL WEEKLY and well formulated. He took as his point of departure V K R V Rao's address to the Conference last year. He spoke of four levels of Marxist orientation in the social sciences. The first level, where a Marxist scholar was engaged in refuting the assumptions of bourgeois society, was a "non-serious" category; the second, third and fourth levels were serious, since they already accepted certain philosophical-methodological assumptions of Marxism. Sharma's paper remained very much at the first level, questioning the assumptions of V K R V Rao's address and pointing out the contradictions in it. In the process he fully refuted most of what might be called the sociology of underdevelopment in India which em phasised caste, regional and language differences in order to question the applicability of the Marxist concept of revolution to Indian society. This was followed by Naqvi's bold and precise comments regarding the concrete historical situation in India, Naqvi emphasised the impossibility of peaceful change; an alliance of the working-class and the peasantry would forcibly take India out of the imperia list camp, China was held up as an example of a successful People's Democracy.

LONDON-Vicious Campaign

January 2, 1971 the Soviet Union, and they apprehend that it might make up with that country on the ideological question, If that happens, the position of the communist parties in South-East Asia will become difficult. They have already earned the hostility of the Soviet Union by joining China in denouncing "Soviet revisionism". Many of them are now saying that they should keep LONDON Vicious Campaign Farrukh Dhondy CHARLES WINTOUR, in a brief memoir about his undergraduate days, tells how student demonstrations were invariably referred to as 'orderly' or 'disorderly', the terms 'violent' and 'non-violent' being reserved for revolutionary colonials and for Gandhi. Times have changed. The most bothersome demonstrations are now at home. British Maoists and trade-unionists can't be relied on to be merely 'disorderly'. Charles Wintour is now the editor of the influential Evening Standard and, being engaged in this game of the puppet-control of definitions, was caught up, during the go- slow of the electrical workers over the last two weeks, in a fracas of his own. He came out of it talking furiously about the freedom of the Press, meaning of course freedom for editors and the interests they represent.

LONDON- A Colonial Plight

practised in neighbouring Yugoslavia. The managers and other top executives of enterprises continue to be appointed by the ministries. The money for investments also comes from the state. But the managers have been given considerable freedom in planning prodtic- tion schedules and in fixing prices. Except for some essential goods, price controls have been removed, although the party and the ministries keep a contiguous watch to curb speculative ventures by managers.


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