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Remembering Tiananmen Square

Shuddhabrata Sengupta in Kafila:

... That day, I think I came of age, politically. It taught me, that the realities I held in the highest esteem could suddenly, over night reveal themselves to be monsters. There was no quicker way to grow up, suddenly... I was an undergraduate student in Delhi University at that time, and a member (not overly active) of the Students Federation of India, a front organization of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)...

...I recall my somewhat agitated conversation with a 'student leader' of the SFI.

"But Comarde, they (the students) were singing the Internationale (the Communist Anthem) and the party ordered tanks on them."

"Their is a difference between subjective conditions and objective conditions."

" But till yesterday they were our heroes, and you did not disapprove, and now you are calling them Imperialist agents."

“You don’t understand dialectics. ”

This was a form of dialectics that I have since then, chosen not to understand.  

Read more at Kafila

Meanwhile, Prem Panicker shares a nostalgic chuckle as he details how he was responsible for what is likely the only front page of a newspaper, June 5, 1989, that did not carry any images, and/or stories, of what China calls the ‘incident’ at Tiananmen Square

Remembering Tiananmen Square
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Shuddhabrata Sengupta in Kafila:

... That day, I think I came of age, politically. It taught me, that the realities I held in the highest esteem could suddenly, over night reveal themselves to be monsters. There was no quicker way to grow up, suddenly... I was an undergraduate student in Delhi University at that time, and a member (not overly active) of the Students Federation of India, a front organization of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)...

...I recall my somewhat agitated conversation with a 'student leader' of the SFI.

"But Comarde, they (the students) were singing the Internationale (the Communist Anthem) and the party ordered tanks on them."

"Their is a difference between subjective conditions and objective conditions."

" But till yesterday they were our heroes, and you did not disapprove, and now you are calling them Imperialist agents."

“You don’t understand dialectics. ”

This was a form of dialectics that I have since then, chosen not to understand.  

Read more at Kafila

Meanwhile, Prem Panicker shares a nostalgic chuckle as he details how he was responsible for what is likely the only front page of a newspaper, June 5, 1989, that did not carry any images, and/or stories, of what China calls the ‘incident’ at Tiananmen Square

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