Soviet Russia and Indian Communism, 1917-1947: With an Epilogue Covering the Situation Today

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EPILOGUE
Soviet Russia and Indian Communism
1947-1959

Following the foundation of the free Dominion of India, the Communist Party of India maintained a "united front from above" policy. It pretended to support the government of Prime Minister Nehru and the liberal wing of the Congress party, although it sharply criticized the "reactionary right wing" of the Congress. So amicable was the policy of the C.P.I. towards the new Nehru regime, that slogans of "no strike" and "increase production" were raised. The pro-Nehru policy as practiced by the C.P.I. in the autumn of 1947 was likewise championed by R. P. Dutt on behalf of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

But the honeymoon between India's Communists and the Nehru government was destined to be a brief one. Already in June, 1947, at a conference of the Institute of Economics and Pacific Affairs in Moscow, important papers were presented by Soviet experts on India, A. M. Dyakov, and V. V. Balabushevich, as well as by the Director of the Far Eastern Institute, E. M. Zhukov, which reports castigated the role of the Indian bourgeoisie and its political agent, the National Congress. Then, in the following September, Andrei Zhdanov, the then second most important Russian Communist, addressed the first session of the revived Communist International, which had been dissolved on May 22, 1943, now known as the Communist Information Bureau or Cominform, in Poland. He sounded a bold

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 7
  • Introduction 9
  • Chapter One Early Soviet Designs on India 14
  • Chapter Three 68
  • Chapter Four Underground Communism in India 105
  • Chapter Five The United Front 141
  • Chapter Six Soviet Intrigues on India's Frontiers 172
  • Chapter Seven An "Imperialist War" Becomes A "People's War" 199
  • Chapter Eight Indian Communism on the Eve Of Independence 243
  • Epilogue Soviet Russia and Indian Communism 1947-1959 284
  • Notes 304
  • Bibliography 372
  • Index 399
  • Index 401
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