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

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Children of the Revolution-To-Be

February 13, 1971 DMK proved its political sagacity by refusing to sacrifice its other allies for the sake of accommodating the Congress. It knew its strength. It also knew that abandoning its other allies would result in the Congress seeking to absorb it and this it was not prepared for. As a matter of fact, its vision of the Indian mainstream is a vision of many rivers, not of a single stream. And this is how it should be if the full richness of India is to find articulation in the arrangement of its polity. Nevertheless, the turning of the DMK into a part of the generally progressive forces in the country is a most important gain for the Left and democratic movement in the country as a whole. The price of complete eclipse at the State level which the Congress has had to pay need not have been paid. It was the overambitiousness of certain Congress leaders and certainly an overassessment of their own strength that led to this peculiar result. This could have been avoided if the Con- AT one time the Naxalite movement in Calcutta drew a lot of sympathy, if not support, from uncommitted people because of the participation of 'brilliant students' of certain well known Calcutta colleges in this movement. Recent reports suggest, however, that this element is no longer the major component of the movement; many of the college students arc either dropping out or are switching their allegiance to the Maoist Communist Centre, another pro-Chinese party. Those who have taken their place in the Naxalite movement are teenagers

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