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Political Prisoners

two shall continue to be Socialist, even if Marxist-Leninist policies are completely revised and revorsed to the point of restoring capitalism and developing into imperialism. It is, indeed, queer lojyc to argue that the CPI(M) which criticises the Soviet leaders for their revisionist deviations should either agree to the proposition that "the Soviet Union has now become Social-Imperialist" or cease to be dialectical since it disapproves of such a proposition! Extending the same "dialectics", MR asserts that "if a country's domestic policies smack of semi-fascism, they must have their impact on its foreign policy sooner or later". Here, again, the phrase "sooner or later" reduces the specific issue under discussion to a delightful generality, without any direct or immediate bearing on any specific question, is it not a fact that a number of States and their governments whose domestic policies "smack of semi-fascism", also continue to have anti-imperialist and anti-fascist policies abroad? Can either any "logic" or "dialectics" wish away this reality? Apart from this, Marxist-Leninist dialectical statements such as "politics is the super-structure on economics", "foreign policy is the extension of internal policy", should be understood dialecti- cally, and not mechanically. The simple fact that in the final analysis, the economic factor acts as the decisive factor does not negate the very important and crucial role played by politics in influencing the course of economics, nor does the fact that both the domestic and foreign policy of a State and Government will be in conformity with the class interests of the said State and Government wish away the dichotomy that is not infrequently found between domestic and foreign policy with regard to certain aspect a and interests The late Winston Churchill's pro-Soviet and anti-fascist stance on foreign policy during the 1941-45 period did not automatically result in the transformation of his domestic policy into :i democratic and Socialistic one. Any number of such instances can he cited, and dialectics can cogently explain them without much difficulty. The CPl(M)'s thinking on this matter does not "need a great deal of explaining" as MR thinks.

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