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Calcutta Diary

lay claims to having friends in the CPI. They would not often agree with your formulation, you would often not agree with their formulation, but yon would still meet, argue, try to understand one another's point of view. Often, they would violently disagree with your position, and you with theirs; the dialogue would still be kept going. You do not meet them any more; you have been cast out. These are days of instant judgments and instant invectives; friends in the CPI, presumably because of Central directives, would henceforth refuse to recognise you; the decision has been taken, you now belong to the camp of the enemy, you have to be destroyed. Anything is fair in love and war. This is war. Those who are not with them are against them. You are not for them; ergo, you are against them. It being a matter of life and death, you have to be called the vilest of names and, if possible, wiped out.

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