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

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Assessing Gorbachev

Bhupinder Brar To look for precise categories in Gorbachev 's case is to altogether miss the point about his paradox: He felt pushed towards the reforms he considered absolutely essential, but he also felt pulled back by the tradition from which he had come and to which, in a profound sense, he still belonged White only he had to grapple with his predicament, his dilemmas were not of his own making. They were typical products of the hegemonic Bolshevik universe, particularly its organisational ethos. While he was a partially emancipated member of this universe, hispolitics was rooted in the peculiar condition in which the hegemony of Bolshevism had survived in the Soviet system.

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