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'China since 1978'

Thank you for the new year gift, “China since 1978” (EPW, 27 December 2008). The nine pieces in the collection provide an illuminating cycloramic picture of what has happened, is happening and is likely to happen in post-Mao China. The growing imbalances between the civilisation of the rich and powerful on the one hand, and the civilisation of the poor and powerless on the other, are brought out appealingly in their social, economic and political shades with well-grounded implications for human existence. May the ambitious Asian Tiger soon find a way out of its confounding contradictions. Incidentally, as I went through the papers, I could not help noticing painful parallels between the Chinese and Indian realities in areas such as labour-power, middle class behaviour, widening inequalities and helplessness of the poor. As someone said, “socialism is for the rich; the children of peasants go on to become policemen.”

N R Sheth

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