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Mr. Guha tendentiously glosses over the facts. The longest serving Marxist Govt in West Bengal managed to stay in power by the typical Marxist violence and terror; so winning elections after elections for them, with the Congress Govt at the Centre rooting for the Marxists in West Bengal, was a cake walk; especially the state Congress opposition playing a B-team for the CPIM. Guha also omits the harsher remark on Rajani Palm Dutt and Stalin's mindset grounded in telling lies (calling a day a night; a night a day) and asking his followers to do the same and that too, out of personal conviction and not because Stalin was asking them so to do. Levin wrote then (reproduced in the Statesman) that Dutt was a whore of Stalin. Guha is in the habit of stating always a half-baked truth, as the so-called intellectuals do. I am amazed at his statement that inside every thinking Indian there is a Gandhian and a Marxist....Guha knows no end in sycophancy for the politicians. This is a dangerous trend for distorting the Indian history.
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