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Calcutta Diary

A M IF rusticity was all, Promode Das- Gupta's passing would hardly have called for separate comments. These are any number of rustic politicians strutting the national scene, one indistinguishable from another, flaunting as a virtue the label of crudity. External sophistication too is a mere veneer, it cannot atone for the dross at the base, it cannot conceal, for example, the outrageous nature of the gyrations Indira Gandhi is indulging in to ensure the succession of her offspring . No, Promode DasGupta's rusticity could hardly be dismissed as crudity. It was, on the contrary, the outcome of understanding of a rare refined genre: in this dishonest milieu, directness has a cathartic virtue, common people appreciate plain talk, and a communist party is nothing if it does not stay close to the vocabulary and emotions of common people.

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