EPW letters on Nandigram and the role of intellectuals like Patnaik

July 11, 2007

What should be the role of a Communist party in a situation as exists in India? Should they say that the middle class demand industrialization, and therefore industrialization must take place at any cost, even if it means pushing farmers off the land? Is it sufficient to say that the capital for industrialization can be raised only by the private sector, and that all states are wooing them, and therefore West Bengal should do the same?

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