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Izvestia Can, but Can the CPI

 'Izvestia' Can, but Can the CPI? THERE are legions of dedicated men left in the Communist Party of India, die may differ with them, disagree with their analysis of the domestic and international situation, yet it would be foolish to Question either their sincerity or their devotion to the cause. The dilemma tormenting them must also be genuine. Politics is for the capture of power. A party dedicated to further the prospects of the working class owes it to itself to be as much interested in capturing power as any other. For the Communist Party of India, developments in the country since 1969 have been a godsend, since these have forced Indira Gandhi to come closer to it. She has been compelled to offer sustenance to the CPI in Kerala and form a government in that state in alliance with the party. She has had to agree to combine with the CPI in West Bengal in order to contain and overwhelm the CPM. There was a brief period, in the afterglow of the Bangladesh war, when she could have dispensed with the services of Ajoy Bhavan. But the worsening economic situation had her once more scurrying for the CPI's support. In both Uttar Pradesh and Orissa, she leaned considerably on the communists for putting down the right-wing challenge in the recent elections.

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