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

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CPI (M) How Equidistant

November 18, 1972 unmarketable commodities as cheap coarse cloth and kerosene stoves which do not blow up when they are hard pressed. After all, the Indian must be taught to look beyond coarse cloth and kerosene stoves. He may not be able to afford more than coarse cloth or even THE visit of a two member high-level CPI delegation to Cuba last month on an official invitation from the host country's communist party could not have added to the joy of the CPI(M) leadership. The CPI(M) had regarded itself a member of the "third bloc" in the international communist movement, unaligned to Moscow or Peking. It had tried to maintain a position of equidistance between Moscow and Peking. Others in the third bloc are the communist parties of North Vietnam, North Korea, Rumania and Cuba. CPI(M) delegations have visited Rumania, North Korea, and Cuba. Its leaders have been to the German Democratic Republic for medical attention. But they have been welcome in Moscow only as transit passengers and unofficial guests of the Soviet party for the transit period.

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