ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CPI(M)- Blinkered by Parliamentarism

Blinkered by Parliamentarism Ajit Roy A LONG statement on the government crisis adopted by the CPI(M) central committee at its recent New Delhi meeting has been published in the party's central organ, People's Democracy, under the caption "Warnings that Were Ignored". The statement quotes copiously from the party's pronouncements on various occasions since the Janata party government's formation in March 1977. As far as they go, the CPI(M)'s warnings were certainly wide-ranging and unexceptionable. But the caption and the contents of the central committee's statement really bring out the essential mistake in the CPI(M)'s position: the party had been nursing the illusion that its warnings would or could be heeded by the Janata Party. Moreover; if sound warnings alone would justify a political line, then a similar and far more copious compilation can be readily made from, the CPI literature during the period of the party's honeymoon with the Indira Congress. The CPI(M) can of course legitimately claim a distinction from the CPI's position

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