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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary AM CAST your mind back, a couple of scores of years, to the slogans and manifestoes of left-leaning political parties. Slight variations in nuances notwithstanding, those were days of the great Indian non-divide. About everybody was for socialism. Therefore about everybody was for nationalisation. About everybody was for the State taking over this or that trade, this or that industrial activity. It was a world of plain thinking, the answers to issues were easy and converging to a common point. No need to go into details; there must be a willing suspension of residual doubts. You had read your socialist tracts. You knew how things happened in El Dorado countries. The antidote to each and all of the nefarious acts of monopolists and speculators and landlords was nationalisation. Let the government be forced to pass an executive order decreeing wholesale nationalisation; the universe would be immediately transformed. The composition of the bureaucracy, the modalities of operating the trade or industry taken over, and .similar mundane aspects must not detain you. Idem per idem: the rationale of nationalisation was nationalisation.

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