Bad practice, good theory
In a recent article criticising the Indian left, Guha has the following paragraph:
[I]f the history of the 20th century teaches us anything, it is this — that parliamentary democracy is, despite all its faults, superior to totalitarianisms of left and right; and that the market is, despite all its faults, a more efficient and cheaper allocator of economic resources than the state. This history also teaches us a third lesson, one specific to this country — that, despite all their faults, Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar are thinkers more relevant to the practice of politics in India than are Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin.
On an unrelated (!) note, this month marks the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima-Nagasaki.
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