ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Character of State Power and Strategy for Revolution

Character of State Power and Strategy for Revolution Radhika Ramasubban THE second all-India conference of the Indian School of Social Sciences was held in Madras from September 23 to 27, 1971. The first conference, held in Trivandrum in June 1969, had taken for its general theme the Marxian approach to research in the social sciences. This year's gathering of committed Marxists and students of Marxism pursued the same approach, the specific theme being "The Character of State Power in India and the Strategy for Revolution". Between 1969 and 1971 there has been a major change in the Indian political scene with the formation of the CPI(ML) and several other Maoist groups which, through their characterisation of the state and their revolutionary strategy, have seriously questioned the legitimacy of the traditional Left parties. The conference could have, therefore, afforded an excellent platform for thrashing out fundamental issues by Marxist scholars and theorcticians of the major communist parties. Evidently this was the hope of the organisers. But the failure of those sympathetic to the CPI and to the Maoist groups to attend the conference or to make themselves effective resulted in an inevitable preponderance of scholar; sympathetic to the CPM. This was the major limitation of the conference, for very few of the papers attenuated to question the CPM analysis and a few almost became recitations of the official party line. Nevertheless, some fundamental questions were raised and there were some very good papers as well.

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