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Reading Patnaik

In the article ‘Re-Envisioning Socialism’ (EPW, November 3), Prabhat Patnaik justifying his defence of socialism has highlighted the fundamentally “anti-democratic” character of bourgeois society. The chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, has categorically stated in a recent press release: “Some people say industrialisation is fine. But will that be in a socialist mode?

In the article ‘Re-Envisioning Socialism’ (EPW, November 3), Prabhat Patnaik justifying his defence of socialism has highlighted the fundamentally “anti-democratic” character of bourgeois society. The chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, has categorically stated in a recent press release: “Some people say industrialisation is fine. But will that be in a socialist mode? For them, I would like to say that industrialisation in West Bengal has to follow the capitalist course.” Following his own argument, Patnaik should have criticised the “denial of democracy” in West Bengal.

But in his recent discourse in People’s Democracy (December 10-16), Patnaik has vehemently criticised the “intellectual” critics of the Left Front’s industrialisation policy and the associated state violence. He has termed such criticism by the intellectuals as “the process of destruction of politics” unleashed by globalisation.

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