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

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Left and the Right-Left

Leftism in India, 1917-1947 by Satyabrata Rai Chowdhuri (New Delhi: Macmillan Publishers), 2011; pp xiv + 254; Rs 375 (hardback).

In Leftism in India, 1917–1947, author Satyabrata Rai Chowdhuri shows how Indian communists and the Congress socialists together shaped the trajectory of the anti-colonial struggle in India, and the ways in which they subverted Gandhi’s leadership of the Congress to push the movement in a more “democratic-socialist” direction. He contends that both communism and socialism began as reactions to aspects of Gandhi’s leadership of the Congress, particularly non-violence, his “feudal outlook” towards Indian society and economy, and his continued desire to retain control of the masses.

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