Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then (Rewriting by P. Duara

By P. Duara

Decolonization brings jointly the main state-of-the-art pondering via significant historians of decolonization, together with formerly unpublished essays and writings by means of leaders of decolonizing international locations together with Ho Chi-Minh and Jawaharlal Nehru. The chapters during this quantity current a circulate clear of Western research of decolonizaton and as a substitute movement in the direction of the perspective of imaginative and prescient of the previous colonies. this can be a ground-breaking examine of a topic relevant to contemporary international background.

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Though I still lacked French words to express all my thoughts, I smashed the allegations attacking Lenin and the Third International with no less vigour. ’. Not only did I take part in the meetings of my own Party branch, but I also went to other Party branches to lay down ‘my position’. Comrades Marcel Cachin, Vaillant Couturier, Monmousseau and many others helped me to broaden my knowledge. Finally, at the Tours Congress, I voted with them for our joining the Third International. At first, patriotism, not yet communism, led me to have confidence in Lenin, in the Third International.

While the Soviet Union was forging new links with national tradition, the communist parties of other countries were drifting further away from it. I cannot speak with much knowledge of what happened elsewhere, but I know that in India the Communist Party is completely divorced from, and is ignorant of, the national traditions that fill the minds of the people. It believes that communism necessarily implies a contempt for the past. So far as it is concerned, the history of the world began in November 1917, and everything that preceded this was preparatory and leading up to it.

National progress can, therefore, neither lie in a repetition of the past nor in its denial. New patterns must inevitably be adopted but they must be integrated with the old. Sometimes the new, though very different, appears in terms of pre-existing patterns, and thus creates a feeling of a continuous development from the past, a link in the long chain of the history of the race. Indian history is a striking record of changes introduced in this way, a continuous adaptation of old ideas to a changing environment, of old patterns to new.

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