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For a Left Resurgence

One needs to go beyond Prabhat Patnaik's analysis ("The Left in Decline", EPW, 16 July 2011) to understand the Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s ignominious exit from power in West Bengal in 2011. What are the reasons for the Party's loss of credibility and legitimacy vis-à-vis the basic classes? What led it to abandon the Left's core agenda of democracy, land and rural welfare? What about the Party's self-proclaimed anti-imperialist credentials? Was not its parliamentary practice bereft of the spirit and vision of transcending capitalism?

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