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

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CPI and the Quit India Movement

Prabhat Patnaik’s assertion that the Communist Party of India’s (CPI) stand on the Quit India Movement was a decision entirely of its leadership is technically correct (“The Left in Decline: A Response”, EPW, 10 March 2012). But the decision was certainly influenced by the Comintern documents on the second world war that were prepared following the Nazi invasion of Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, which were transmitted to the CPI leadership in jail by Achar Singh Chinna who returned to India from Moscow under the instruction of the Comintern leadership headed by Stalin.

The re-evaluation of the August 1942 Indian National Congress resolution that led to the Quit India Movement by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was also decisive in infl uencing the CPI stand.

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