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A Sense of Inevitability

at the beginning, a quotation from later Roy. It reads as follows: When, as a schoolboy of fourteen, I began my political life, which may end in nothing, I wanted to be free. Independence, complete and absolute, is a new fangled idea. The old fashioned revolutionaries thought in terms of freedom. In those days, we had not read Marx We did not know about the existence of the proletariat. Still, many spent their lives in jail and went to the gallows. There was no proletariat to propel them. They were not conscious of class struggle. They did not have the dream of Communism, But they had the human urge to revolt against the intolerable conditions of life. They did not know exactly how those conditions could be changed. Bui they tried to change them, anyhow. I began my political life with that spirit, and I still draw my inspiration rather from that spirit than from the three volumes of Capital or three hundred volumes of the Marxists.

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