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with imperialism, proceeded to consolidate their economic position. Indeed one of the most salient features of recent development was, according to the Soviet scholar, "the growth of monopoly with increased influence over the country's economics and politics in such a way that it inhibited capitalist development from below'' (p 213). So, India's economic development was unbalanced and the gap between the higher and the lower structures widened. Though Shirokov keeps hoping, against all evidence, (hat measures in favour of the national bourgeoisie will become. effective, he has to concede in the end that "the measures both projected and implemented will not introduce radical changes in the pattern of industrialisation typical of the preceding period''

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