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Chile s Land Reforms

would have effectively accomplished the policy aims of the Indian Government. Why did India not act then? One can, of course, ask what the reaction of X, Y or Z power would have been in the event of such an action. But such a question only begs another. Why should the Indian Government be so inhibited in taking actions which are in its own interests? Although a number of different points may be raised in this connection, the main reason, we believe, lies in the extreme dependence of the Indian bourgeoisie on foreign capital for economic growth and the consequent social and political consolidation of its rule over the country. This dependence substantially circumscribes the freedom of action of the Indian ruling class particularly in international conflicts where its creditors may also be interested. Recent events bear ample witness to this fact. Which independent and self-confident bourgeois power would have sent emissaries scurrying all over the globe IN the Latin American context, even limited 'bourgeois-democratic' land reforms of the kind contemplated in India, can go a long way to polarise property relations. But Chile, under a communist- socialist Popular Unity coalition is attempting something new

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