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Milestones and Ignominies

Milestones and Ignominies Ashok Mitra Marxist Cultural Movement in India: Chronicles and Documents (1936-47), compiled and edited by Sudhi Pradhan; distributors: National Book Agency, Calcutta; Rs 45 (hard cover), Rs 35 (paperback), THERE should be, and always is, a dividing line between nostalgia and history. This basic fact is, alas, often discovered only belatedly by writers of history, more so when they are recapitulating episodes which had occurred in the course of their lifetime. The peril is greater for those who were also active combatants in battles which subsequently form the staple of history. Objectivity in any event is a many-splendoured attribute, and the dialectics between subjective objectivism and objective subjectivism can proceed very far indeed. Even so, it is important that while making recorded annals available of significant phases of political movements, the wheat of history is, as far as possible, extracted and separated from the chaff of nostalgia.

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