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Student Movement Revisited

to the third world" (pp 398-99). This needed saying, and l can understand his indignation. Many years ago, I came across such a western radical's review of a book written by an Indian on Marxian political economy (with specific applications to the conditions of developed and underdeveloped capita- lisms and socialisms). Inter alia, this western radical questioned the right of an Indian to analyse conditions under developed socialism, without, of course, forgoing his own right to do so! But it is fortunately not true that all western radicals are like Kalidas when he was trying hard to cut off the branch of the tree on which he was sitting. It is not quite true that all of them enjoy attacking 'existing socialism' because 'it does not spell any danger for them'. There are some who do realise the danger for them if socialism is obliterated, since they are urgently concerned to escape from the black future of developed capitalist societies. They criticise 'existing socialist societies' more in sorrow than in anger, as does Das Gupta himself.

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