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Boycott the sham parliament & assembly elections!

Make the New Democratic Revolution successful!

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Reject Modi-Rahul-Kejriwal to boycott elections!
Intensify the revolutionary movement to fight fascism!(statement of Revolutionary Democratic Front)

India once again is standing on the verge of yet another parliament election. In this election almost every party has made development the central issue. On one hand the Congress is trying to lure the voters through its slogan of Bhavya Bharat Nirman of the past ten years, while BJP is foregrounding Narendra Modi’s Gujarat development model as the ideal for the entire country. A new entrant in this parliamentary farce, the Aam Admi Party is trying to project a corruption free India, as the panacea for all problems. BSP is trying to counter its rivals through its social engineering. Almost all the parliamentary parties are singing the tunes of development and are promising better facilities, of building roads, of providing income generating development and so on and the multi-national ad agencies are given the responsibility of this propaganda. While on one hand Modi’s election campaign, that costs millions of rupees, is being carried out by companies like Worldwide, Soha Square and other such international companies, Congress has selected international companies like Dentsu India, J. Walter Thomas for their propaganda. These companies are doing such a campaign through media management and social media that it seems that the people of the country are waiting for these parliamentary parties to ferry them to the other shore and act as their saviors.
Congress, BJP, AAP: same wines, different bottles: The Congress this time has changed its earlier slogan ‘Adhi roti khayenge, congress ko layenge’(we will remain hungry but vote for Congress), to puri roti kheyenge, 100 din kaam karenge, dawai lenge aur Congress ko jitayenge (We will eat, work for 100 days, get medicines and vote for Congress). While flaunting the legal rights to work for 100 days work under NREGA, Congress perhaps has forgotten that today India surpasses Pakistan, Bangladesh and even sub-Saharan Africa on the question of starvation. The number of children suffering from malnutrition is 40% which is the highest in the entire world. Ten years of Congress rule has only benefited the various companies like that of real estate business, automobile, construction, mobile communication, foreign finance agencies and so on of various imperialist forces. In different states of India lakhs of acres of land has been grabbed at a massive scale from the peasants in name of industrialization. In the name of beautification of cities slums, shops and small factories have been evicted at a massive scale too. The much touted Bhavya bharat nirman of Congress has given the country nothing but starvation, unemployment and displacement. The same is the story of the so-called Gujarat development model. In Gujarat 51.7% of children are victims of malnutrition while only 19% people have got more than 60 days of work under NREGA. The fall in the rate of employment there surpasses the all-India rate. In Gujarat too, despite protests, land has been forcefully grabbed from peasants. In Modi’s regime 16000 indebted peasants, workers and agricultural labourers were forced to commit suicide.
Actually there is a nominal difference between Congress and BJP. There is no fundamental difference in their economic policies. The book that explains Modi’s economic policy called Modinomics, which the BJP hails as a standard book on Modi has itself accepted that Modi’s economic policies are much like that of Congress Finance Minister Chidambaram’s understanding. Both Modi’s Gujarat Development Model and Congress’s Bhavya Bharat Nirman are dependent on the loans taken from imperialist agencies like World Bank or IMF. Today loans form 23.3% of GDP of the country. The country is neck dip in loans worth USD 426 million. Similar situation prevails in Gujarat where the loan of the state has increased from 45000 crores in 2012 to become 1 lakh 38 crore rupees in 2013. Both these models are dangerous for the country. The foreign countries make the state and the central government dance in their tunes with these massive loans. They force the governments to open the floodgates of corporate loot by the MNCs by implementing the policies of liberalization, privatization and globalization which is the root cause of starvation, unemployment and displacement. Since 1990 each and every government had implemented these imperialist policies, be it the Devegowda government or the Atal Behari government.
Recently the Aam Admi Party has entered the theatre of parliamentary politics. On the slogan of a corruption free India, this party is trying to grab its own share of votes on the question of economic policies, AAP leader Aravind Kejriwal has clearly mentioned that, government should have nothing to do with business and that his party is not against capitalism but crony capitalism. If they come to power they will end the inspector raaj and fight for ‘inclusive growth.’ This statement makes it clear that AAP is also in favour of privatizing the public sector and establishing a liberalized free market. They want to implement the policies of LPG more efficiently. These same policies have led to the terrible Bharat nirman of Congress and a filthy Gujarat development model of Modi that was built on corpses of Muslims. Basically there is no fundamental difference between Rahul’s Congress, Modi’s BJP and Kejriwal’s AAP. Their development, good governance and freedom of corruption – all point towards a great doom.
The parliament is a weapon to crush people’s genuine aspirations: The leaders of different colours, sitting in the parliament often sing in the same tune. Thus draconian laws like UAPA get passed in no time in the parliament, without any debate or discussion. The Indian parliament is way ahead of all other parliaments in the world in bringing draconian and anti-people laws and policies and repressing those who oppose them as well as in strangulating democratic rights and aspirations of the masses. Democracy today is limited only to the theatre of elections and for the vote-mongering forces. The people stand only as voters for these parties. The parliament has nothing to do with welfare of the masses, democratic rights, people’s aspirations and needs. Rather the parliament has become a means to repress people’s aspirations. In any case the Indian parliament has very limited rights. The executive decides on various regulations through rules, ordinances, foreign policies, defense policies, tax etc. The Indian parliament has been reduced to a law making institute which passes laws to appease the imperialist interests and the feudal powers and it regularly represses with military might, all the voices of dissent against such laws and policies. Right after the last Loksabha elections the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram unleashed more than 4 lakh paramilitary and armed police forces to crush the revolutionary movement in Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. These forces carried out massacres like the ones in Baseguda and Sadkeguda and killed hundreds of adivasi people, in Chhattisgarh, and other regions even the army has been deployed in the name of training. Lakhs of adivasis were pushed out of their natural inhabitats.
In Maruti Suzuki plant of Gurgaon, 145 workers who were struggling for higher wages have been kept behind bars for the past one and a half years by calling them ‘extremists’. Such repressive steps ensure that workers of other factories too do not raise their voice of protests. Thousands of people of Kudankulam who have been protesting against the Nuclear Plant there have been booked under sedition. In Kashmir and North East the army is regularly slaughtering people who fight for their legitimate rights and they are forced to live a life of affront and insults. The Indian parliament is a breeding ground for forces which regularly oppress dalits, adivasis and women.
In such a way the anti-people government is constantly suppressing the resilient masses who dare to fight its so-called development policies. Under the aegis of the state various vigilante gangs are propped up everywhere. The state is recruiting a section of people in gangs like Salwa Judum, Nagarik Suraksha Samity, Bhairab Bahini, SPOs etc. and they are also used to crush the people’s movements. On the other hand Muslims are held responsible for growing poverty and starvation and they are being branded as ‘terrorists’ and ‘anti-nationals’ and are being witch-hunted and butchered. Thus a fascist model is being built in the state, which is trying to divert the people’s attention from the feudal and imperialist forces who are responsible for the distress of the people and an attempt is being made to divide the people and make them fight each other.
Both Congress and BJP are united on the question of unleashing state repression. The parliament is paving the pathway for a fascist rule. In order to bail out imperialism from its current crisis the government is hell bent on forcefully silencing every voice of dissent against the corporate loot. To intensify the fascist rule, the state is now projecting a dictatorial communal fascist figure like Modi as the new ruler and the entire machinery is being propelled to propagate his sham Gujarat Development model.
Whenever the people make sacrifices and wage valiant struggles to snatch some rights the parliamentary political forces inevitably conspire to finish that off. After decades of struggles the state of Telangana has been formed that is still stained with the blood of thousands of martyrs. The parliamentary parties are ganging up to grab the natural resources of Telangana. The tale of its oppression is yet not over. A great injustice is being done to the people of Telangana in the process of separating it from the Seemandhra. While the residual Andhra Pradesh gets the special status, which is normally given to an extraordinarily backward region, Telangana which has been deliberately kept backward and ravaged by the coastal Andhra ruling cliques in the last seven decades gets no reconstruction package to rebuild the newly formed state.
Only mass movements can fight back fascism and establish real democracy: In Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh the people are resisting the fascist repression and have built the revolutionary people’s government (Janatana Sarkar) at village, area and district levels. The people are evicting the exploitative and looting government from these places and taking the power in their own hands and are establishing people’s rights over their land-forest-natural resources. The people are deciding on several issues that are a part of their lives; they are distributing lands among poor and landless peasants; they are growing vegetables and crops to fight malnutrition; they are making arrangements for health care; they are protecting and regenerating forests; they are facilitating education for illiterates and children; they are doing collective farming and helping poor and medium peasants to avail of seeds and other agricultural technology. The people collectively take decisions and settle disputes. In order to end casteism they encourage inter-caste marriages and inter-dining. They are fighting for a new democracy where equality and justice will prevail for everyone and the fascist rule will dissipate to establish a real democracy where feudal and imperialist onslaught has no place; where the country is self-reliant and democratic.
Some democratic intellectuals and even some parliamentary parties are in an illusion that the AAP will counter and stall the growth of fascism. But history is witness to the fact that fascism could never be stopped through parliamentary road. Since the economic policies of AAP are no different from either Congress or BJP, there is no reason to believe that it will also not unleash a fascist rule on the peasants and workers who are fighting against such anti-people policies. That has been the track record of more or less all Parliamentary left parties as well as regional parties like SP, BSP, Samata Party and others.
The only way to resist fascism is a social revolution by which all the oppressed masses will fight a united battle to overhaul this exploitative ruling classes and establish a self-reliant and democratic country. The parliamentary parties which are attempting to fight fascism are in reality facilitating its growth. So reject flowers-brooms-hands-elephants and all other parliamentary parties and unite with the revolutionary forces to intensify people’s struggle against fascist forces.


Published by Varavara Rao, President (09676541715) and Rajkishore, General Secretary (09717583539) of
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)

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The following report on the recent anti-Semitic murders in Kansas City is reposted from Scission, a blog published by Redpoet, a self-identified autonomous Marxist and Communist.

Something is seething on the right wing in the United States. If the gunman behind these shootings represents a minority far-right fringe element that still openly identifies with expressly Nazi ideology and symbolism, it should be evident that actual far-right ideas have been gaining currency and acceptability across a broader swath of the population. There is a radicalization process happening on the right in the context of the right despairing over the electoral process, becoming embittered by the Republican establishment, convinced the country is slipping away permanently. As Republican politicians toy with populist appeals framing the Democrats as a ruling elite serving a population of entitled "takers" abusing the hard work of productive (white) citizens, it's certainly possible that the millions of right-wing Americans who are consuming those right-wing talking points could crystallize into a real far right militant movement.

As communists, I think we have to be extraordinarily careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that the Democrats or the malleable laws of capitalist civil society are any kind of first line of defense against this potential right-wing upsurge. The right wing is organizing and getting out its ideas; we need to be doing the same thing. And the ideas we should be getting out shouldn't be about defending a fragile, corrupt system with less interest and ability than ever in protecting or defending oppressed people; the ideas we should be talking about are how we can build a new revolutionary alternative.—ISH

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The following article is from A World to Win News Service. The article contains a statement by Communist Party of India (Maoist) leader Comrade Abhay, a spokesperson for the CPI (M) Central Committee which has been translated and edited for English readers. The full statement can be found in Hindi at bannedthought.net.     

 

India: Maoists expose elections and call for boycott

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Today is Comrade Lenin's 144th birthday.We dip our blood in memory of this legendary comrade who discovered the era of Imperialism and Proletarian revolution and defined the tactics and strategy of this modern era.Leninism is the marxism of the era of Imperialism and proletarian revolution and we still exist within that era.Lenin was the pioneer of the proletarian party ,democratic centralism and the ' colonial thesis' which took Marxism to a higher stage by discovering Imperialism.He also was the founder of 'revolutionary violence '.Significantly the comintern was founded in Lenin's time.

Today many comrades have violated Comrade Lenin's basic formulations by advocating multi-party system,era of 'maoism' ,'independence of mass organizations from the vanguard party'etc.Infact one of the reasons for the collapse of the Revolutionary Internationalist movement was it's lack of firm grasp of Leninist principles,particularly with regards to development of the party of the proletariat at a sufficient level.Underestimation of Lenin's tactical and strategic formulations led to the defeat of the Shining path movement in Peru and the CPN-Maoist in Peru.They underestimated the era of Lenin and took 'Maoism' as principal.The PCP gave one sided emphasis on Maoist military line while neglecting attention to Lenin's doctrine of Imperialism,massline and the proletarian party.Com.Gonzao overestimated the victory of peoples awes world over and negated the strength of Imperialism. Some intellectuals are critical that sufficient power  was not awarded in Lenin's era  to the Soviets and a standing army was not abolished.However they fail to measure the stark reality the Bolshevik party faced from enemies.Lenin did his utmost to promte revolutionary democracy in the first ever Socialist State.We need to study Stalin's work on foundations of Leninism.

On his birthday we must uphold the sword of Leninism against all wrong trends.Even if we uphold Maoism we have to recognize Lenin's fundamental tactics and strategy formulated for the modern era of Imperialism and proletarian revolution.Mao is the greatest marxist of his era and has taken Leninism to it's highest stage but has still not yet discovered a new era or replaced the Leninist formulations.Lin Biao wrongly called Mao Tse Tung thought the Marxism -Leninism of the era of total collapse of Imperialism Even the 10th C.P.C.congress declared that Leninism is the marxism of the era of Imperialism and proletarian revolution.The character of Imperialism changed from the colonial age ,to the time of the cold war but the era remained unchanged.In India 'Maoism' has been upheld but not something as principal.There are still comrades who oppose the formulation of 'Maoism ' replacing Mao Zedong thought or that Mao thought is the Leninism of today.Even the Chinese Communist party upheld Mao thought as a component of Leninism and not a seperate entity.Today there parties that claim that Maoism is the principal link and not Leninism like the C.P.I.(M.L.)Naxalbari.Without mastering Leninism no peoples war would succeed.Above all Lenin championed the mass line and opposed personality cult.Some comrades find fault with his banning of factions who fail to understand the situation Lenin faced with enemies all around him.Infact the C.P.C.under Mao contained factions which worked against it's centralism,like those of Liu Shao Chi and Lin Biao. Comrade Mao inspite of creating layers of revolutionary democracy as never done before failed to establish sufficient development  of  Leninism within his party which attributed to the revisionists grabbing power after his death in 1976..Remember how even Bob Avakian earlier considered Lenin's contribution as immortal.Only through strong grasp of Leninism were the roots of peoples war created in India.His teachings are also fundamental on the question of liberation of nationalities from a class -proletarian perspective like in India.
The formation of Revolutionary Internationalist Movement was a blunder which later on became defunct.Never forget it was the R.I.M.that always asserted that the present era was that of Leninism-of Imperialism and proletarian revolution.
Long live Leninism on Lenin's 144th birthday today!

Quoting the N.C.P.(Mashal)  in 1992:

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 from Miles Ahead

Gabriel García Márquez—March 6, 1927 (Colombia)-April 17, 2014 (Mexico).

 

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Whether this is a warning about FBI harassment, A history of the 1980s or just my ego-tistical take on this time period and the anti-imperialist campaigns—I can’t really say. So here it is. 

“Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people). This means that the ways should not be blocked on which a subversive majority could develop, and if they are blocked by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means.” - Herbert Marcuse[1]

For most of the 1980 decade peace groups were involved in Central American solidarity work. Most of that work focused on defending the revolution in Nicaragua and the armed struggles in El Salvador and Guatemala. Activists were able to get large crowds together from around the country to oppose President Ronald Reagan’s repressive policies in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

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Posted by on in Revolutionary Strategy

By Enaa

The previous two essays, 'The First Words of Common Sense' and 'Because We Want to Win, We Want the Means' were written to look specifically at some of the strengths of Blanquist theory and practice. While the weaknesses and deficiencies of Blanquism were not denied or glossed over, they were not given prominence. Too often, a focus by leftists on the weaknesses of Blanquism is meant to justify a conservative practice under a leftist guise. In this case, Blanquism is just an insult that reformers or revisionists call revolutionaries. Our focus on the weaknesses, deficiencies and omissions of Blanquism here has a different purpose - to look at what prevented Blanquism from realizing the goal it set out to achieve: the revolutionary seizure of power by the proletariat. To do this, it is not enough to look just at Blanqui, but to look beyond him to other communists who thought seriously about the conquest of power.

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The article below is from Free Speech Radio News.

 

HUNGER STRIKERS DEPORTED FROM TACOMA IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY

 

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As various people's movements grow in India including a Maoist insurgency in the countryside and a growing anti-rape movement, Narendra Modi, a leader of the fascistic Bharatiya Janata Party seems likely to become India's next prime minister. The Indian ruling class is throwing their support behind this fascist in the hope that he will ruthlessly crush these growing movements. It is very possible that Modi's election will serve to intensify the struggles between the people and the state. Let's watch these events closely. - Nat Winn

The following article is from the Guardian.

Narendra Modi as prime minister would roll back women's rights in India

If Modi is elected, the many struggles rocking India – including violence against women and state repression – look likely to intensify

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It is with sad news that Kasama has heard that the Brecht Forum will be closing its doors. The Brecht Forum was a Marxist School in New York City that has existed for 39 years and was a real fixture in the radical community. Many people young and old came to the Brecht Forum to take classes on radical thinkers and history, to learn about radical art movements and music, or to attend events on a broad range of subjects concerning the liberation of society.

It is always sad when a radical space is lost. Such spaces are real points of contact, where people young, old, and in between connect with others who are sick of the drudgery and alienation of our contemporary society and are thinking about how this world can be changed for the better.

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 by Mike Ely

I woke this morning to the news that Fred Ho has died --  his hard battle with cancer ending his much longer war with capitalism.

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Long live the memory of justice Chinnappa Reddy on 1st death anniversary!

 

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This is part of the series “Journals of a lumpen-proletariat.” The idea is to relate real working class experiences for the benefit of Marxists and Maoists who are studying the theories, but may not be familiar with the actual people these theories were intended to improve the lives of. Most of my 20s I spent as a member of the lumpen-proletariat class. I worked full or part-time jobs that paid only minimum wage. I tried to sell drugs to help stretch my money and to get drugs cheap or free. One year I landed a job working at the Stokely-Van Camp’s pork and bean factory in Lawrence, KS. It was one of the few times when I actually earned enough money to live comfortable. For that one half a year I was a member of the actual proletariat. (Real names are not used here and some details may be fuzzy as I am writing this from memory, mostly.)

I also joined the Teamsters Union while I was at the plant and it gave me an opportunity to experience actual class struggle through union activities.  By December of 1979, the Union and its members were tired of their contract coming up for approval right before Christmas. There was an issue of pay, but every union member agreed that the main reason talks broke down between the union and the company was a union demand for changing the negotiation date.

“No one wants to go on strike before Christmas,” a tall elderly man said at a union meeting I attended. “The company knows we can’t afford to go on strike before then and they use it as leverage to keep us from pushing our demands on them.”

There was real anger among the union members of the plant. The local newspaper,the Lawrence Journal World said the strike was divisive to the town. At one point a woman in the union complained that company official’s referred to us as monkeys. For people as myself it was a real eye opener to see these corporate rulers exposed as the creeps they are.

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by Miles Ahead

Haven’t we all experienced those moments—spurred on by not only events, but within literature (fiction and non-fiction), music, film, the arts, when something resonates so deeply, that it impacts our lives, view of the world, way of thinking, and that changes our consciousness--where there’s no going back? We may have an epiphany, and that epiphany isn’t necessarily based on an individual’s direct experience. There is something very powerful with a shared collective and cumulative experience—that goes beyond one particular story.

On April 5th, Peter Matthiessen, author of In the Spirit of Crazy Horse died.

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By Doug Enaa Greene

Originally published at Open Media Boston here.

As an enthusiastic participant in the Occupy Movement I recognized, like many others, that it was time to act and “do something.” Here was a movement that, however inarticulately spoke the language of class struggle and questioned the way wealth and power in society was distributed. Yet I could never really hide a certain level frustration with what we were doing at Occupy. Despite the exciting exchange of ideas and the feeling of being a part of something important, the potential energy of Occupy never acquired adequate forms of organization with a set goal. Although Occupy has long since ended, the problems of a organization and the goal remain with the wider left.

Today on 12th April  we dip our blood in memory of the late Comrade Anuradha Gandhy who expired exactly 6 years ago

She was .one of the greatest women comrades ever in the history of the Indian revolutionary movement who harnessed her entire energy towards the emancipation of mankind.She would traverse the most turbulent of seas with the coolest mind and relentless determination and no obstacle could block her endeavour in lighting the flame of Maoism.She had the creative flair of a poet ,the skills of a doctor and the theoretical mastery of a professor.Anuradha sowed the seeds for the sprouting of many revolutionary cadres resembling a red rose blooming.She was a powerhouse of energy and would inspire all sections of people.The author remembers the meetings of fronts like the Naujwan Bharat Sabha which she inspired.She proved that MLM ideology was not mechanical but a powerful creative treasurehouse.Above all she was not mechanical and was creative in her perspective.Her writings on the Dalit movement reflected this.I can never forget how she made so many red flowers bloom in the 1980's and 1990's.She withstood the most turbulent of seas,the steepest of mountains and the densest of jungles in treading her path and defying any obstacle .Her life was an abject lesson in the invincibility of Marxism-Lenism-Maoism and it's creative essence.Above all she depicted that it is revolutionaries who are morally the most spiritual of people.She was a thorn in the flesh for the ruling classes and their culture.Her vast reserves of energy carried her towards becoming the only women central Commitee member of the C.P.I.(Maoist)The  most remarkable journey she made was in Dandkaranya where she illuminated the red torch of Maoism more than ever before.

.Today comrades still remember her.She posessed the unique spiritual qualities of a revolutionary.Red Salutes to Anuradha Gandhy!

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In memory of Com.Gunadahar Murmu.

5 years ago on April 12th,2009 a veteran revolutionary comrade Gunadhar Murmu, expired who till his last breadth served the cause of the Indian revolution .Today cadres dip their blood in his memory. Throughout his life he was a crusader in establishing the mass line, treading the most turbulent or hazardous of paths.. Revolutionaries never forget his immortal  contribution in Debra in West Bengal. It is particularly relevant in light of deviations of the right and the left in the Communist revolutionary movement in West Bengal.In the agrarian revolutionary front no comrade practiced the massline as much as Comrade Murmu.

He was born in June 1927in Bela village of Debra and studied till the Higher Secondary certificate stage. After independence he became a member of the Communist Party of India and became the secretary of the Krishak Samitiin Debra area. In 1962 he built up the movement of workers, peasants, students and youth .However it could not develop into a revolutionary movement. He stood by China in the 1962 war and was arrested during the Indo-Pak war when he was upholding the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Later he was arrested for opposing the Indo-Pak war.

Gunadahr took a firm stand supporting the CPC in the great debate, upholding the general line laid down in 1963.

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