Socialism in Southern Asia

Socialism in Southern Asia

Socialism in Southern Asia

Socialism in Southern Asia

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In dealing with contemporary politics, the problems of perspective and objectivity present special difficulties which each writer has to tackle as best he can. But it may be helpful for the reader to know where the writer stands; and so I begin on a personal note.

I have travelled through Southern Asia in several different capacities: first as a junior officer in the British Army, then as Secretary of the International Department of the British Labour Party, and then as Leverhulme Research Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. In the course of those travels I have visited every country with which this book deals, most of them more than once, and I venture to hope that this experience at first hand may contribute something of value to the present study. I have drawn upon unpublished material, where it has been available and relevant, and as it has not been feasible to give references in such instances I have indicated the source in the text. I have endeavoured not to allow my views to be influenced merely by my personal acquaintance with many of the people who appear in these pages, and although I am engagé, both because I have participated in some of the events here described and because my political sympathies are Socialist, I have tried to be objective if not completely detached.

I am indebted to the Warden and Fellows of St. Antony's College, to the Leverhulme Trust, to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and to Sir Edmund Hall-Patch, GCMG, for making possible my last and most extensive Asian tour, and hence this book. They are of course in no way responsible for its contents. I am also indebted to all those, too many to list, who have provided me with assistance and information. To them I have tried to show my appreciation by giving as accurate and as fair an account as I can of Socialism in Southern Asia.

S. R.

London July 1958 . . .

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