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History in Slow Motion

History in Slow Motion Vinayak Purohit THIS is a good book. It reaches sound conclusions. It is correct iti its approach and has relied upon all the obvious, and some sacrosanct, authorities. It is a solid, even though rather stolid, work.

CEYLON-Tea and Rubber and Consciousness

CEYLON Tea and Rubber and Consciousness Vinayak Purohit R S PERINBANAYAGAM ('Civil Strife and Doctrine of Responsibility', December 11, 1071, pp 2491-2) has written the concluding sentence of his rejoinder to my 'Emerald Island Turns Bloody 1521-4) with hurt in his heart: "While passion, ardour and guts are imperatives intelligence and knowledge are indispensable in any programme of change". He has also subsumed my views under the category of "romantic yearning of parlour revolutionaries", I do not propose to examine Pcrinbanayagam's credentials to intelligence, or knowledge or Veal revolutionism'. Such trite debating points would fall outside the tradition of lusty polemics to which Marxists are heirs. For the latter, a close examination of the contents of the opponents' thoughts is an indispensable preliminary to angry irony. Perinban ay again has not applied his mind to the issues raised in my July analysis, I had written:

Nationalism and Marxism

Nationalism and Marxism Vinayak Purohit THAT the demand for the dissolution of Vishal Pakistan was not a neo-im- perialist urge of the puny compradors of India, that American imperialism had recently taken too many body blows from Vietnam to pursue successfully its out-of-date policy of preserving the status quo in South Asia, that the Soviet Union had coolly calculated upon the non-viability of the old Pakistan and had no hesitation in utilising an opportunity for exposing the Si no-American collusion to its own advantage, that in the conditions of nuclear stalemate it was possible for the biggest post-War liberation movement to succeed in Dangla Desh, that with its 55 crores India was in a position to throw its weight decisively into the scales whether it was a permanent member of the Security Council or not, these and other aspects of contemporary reality were lost sight of by some elements of the Indian Marxist movement.
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