ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Perestroika and Problems of Socialist Renewal-Compulsions, Constraints and Contradictions

Ajit Roy Perestroika and glasnost are most welcome, not only in the interest of progress of the USSR, but also of the entire human society. But Mikhail Gorbachev's claim that the Soviet state and the CPSU have 'renounced everything that deformed socialism in the 1930s' is an exaggeration which only reveals a certain lack of comprehension of the enormous dimensions of this historical legacy. In fact, certain basic digits of thought, uncritically taken over from the past, like the idea that the USSR is in the state of 'developed socialism' and that the Soviet state is now an all people's state, along with the concept of the CPSU as the vanguard of society, carry in them germs of a possible neo-Stalinist development in the future.

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