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Aluminium-Hasty Imports

Aluminium-Hasty Imports

January 22, 1977 and struggle. This was to be expected. As long as no different signals emit from Moscow, the CPI has for the moment little choice but to adopt a low profile, and absorb the heap of abuses being showered upon it by Congressmen of assorted hues. Whether the Congress party ' will be adequately propitiated by its reeonciliatory, nearly- cringing gestures can no longer be a substantive issue with the CPI. Even if the Congress is not satisfied, the CPI has to put up with the stance of a supplicant, an admirer from a distance and a fellow-traveller all rolled together. This will be tailism of an extraordinary kind, though the party would miintain that it is a continuation of the policy of unity and struggle. But the party has been so long away from the arena of struggle that few can take the statement seriously any more. Even in the matter of occasionally uniting with the Congress, the act will have to be both unilateral and unrequited. With the exception of possibly West Bengal, in no other part of the country is the Congress worried about the potential loss of CPI support. Developments over the past eighteen months have ensured that the Congress political organisation, whatever its structure and whoever are its close mentors and strategists, would be capable of looking after its interests without declarations of support from any quarters, including the CPI. Moreover, the government knows that when the crunch comes, it can call the CPl's bluff.

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