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Not a Defeat of Left Politics

Prabhat Patnaik’s article entitled “The Left in Decline” (EPW, 16 July 2011) raised, among other things, some important questions about the role of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] and the Left Front (LF) government in West Bengal particularly in the wake of the LF’s electoral defeat in the last assembly elections.

Frankly speaking, I read the text more than once. Immediately after finishing it I browsed a booklet, the updated Party Programme of the CPI(M) and glanced through the Para 7.17, a portion of which is quoted:

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