No comrade's 'past' is for ever. This is an important juncture when many committed comrades within CPIM are having grave doubts and concerns regarding their party's practices. Prabhat Patnaik is another such. Even the late Comrade Dipankar Mukherjee had, not long ago, read CPI(ML) Gen Sec. Dipankar Bhattacharya's piece in EPW (polemic re Patnaik's Left in Decline write up) and reached out, coming to meet Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya. He wanted a positive dialogue with CPI(ML) and was closely watching the latter.
The 'breaking point' comes in different ways for different comrades. It is not easy for any one to leave the party where they imagined they would spend their entire political life. We should hail Comrade Prasenjit's stand. Belatedly, it is true, he has realised/raised many of the points which AISA had been making from the beginning. Surely this is to be welcomed? Hope it leads to more serious dialogue and thinking among all genuine Leftists, about the direction of the Left movement.
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