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Turn Of The Apparatchik

Bidwai’s last book is a passionate analysis of the Left’s loss of relevance

Turn Of The Apparatchik
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Turn Of The Apparatchik
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2016-03-18T20:49:36+05:30

The 2014 general elections saw the parliamentary Left becoming wea­ker than ever before. Three years earlier, the red bastion had crumbled in West Bengal after 34 years. The question is whether the clutch of par­­ties headed by the CPI(M) is lik­ely to lose even more political ground. Or was the writer (who passed away before his book was published) being realistic when, as the title suggests, he compared the Left to a mythical Greek bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn?

It seems almost amazing to recall that the then undivided Communist Party of India had eme­r­ged as the biggest opposition party after the first general elections in 1951-52. The memory of the 1959 dismissal of the first elected Left government in Kerala by Nehru weighed heavily on the minds of Left leaders for years and convinced many of them of the need to try and provide “limited relief” to people by winning elections even as they remained unsure about the ability of the existing parliamentary system to bring about meaningful socio-economic change.

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