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Explanation and Prescription

Explanation and Prescription Sumanta Banerjee Five Lectures in Marxist Mode by Randhir Singh; Ajanta Publications, Delhi, 1993; IN an age, where non-committal ambivalence has become the sign of etiquette in debates in the academic beau monde, it is refreshing to find someone like Randhir Singh making his position clear at the outset without the post-modernist obligatory humming and hawing. What he said at a conference of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee in April 1991 (which is included in the present collection) is worth quoting, since it is the spirit behind that which inspires all the writings which make up this slim volume. While introducing the topic on which he was requested to address the conference (Terrorism, State Terrorism and Democratic Rights'), he said: "Mine will be in fact a straightforward political and partisan exercise in the sense that in a class divided, exploitative society like ours all worthwhile thinking is, inevitably as it were, political and partisan. In such a society, on all important issues, in philosophy as in real life, neutrality is an illusion. Here everything said or done, or left unsaid or undone, helps one side or the other".

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