ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pleasing the Master

SOME five years ago Ashok Rudra had enunciated in this journal his thesis on the emergence of the intelligentsia as the third ruling class in India. Were he alive today he would have definitely felt compelled to revise his thesis to add that not only has the intelligentsia emerged as the third ruling class but, like the dominant partner of the erstwhile ruling class combine of big bourgeoisie and landlords, has acquired strong compradore characteristics as well. Watching the proceeding of a 'seminar' on Indo-US Relations at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS) in Patna on December 14 last, one was consistently haunted by this thought.

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