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Q. Countries like China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba etc which have already completed people’s democratic revolution are generally equated with the erstwhile Soviet Union and termed as socialist countries. So far as my knowledge goes, it is only the USSR which had completed the socialist revolution and became the only country where there was no class exploitation and social oppression. No other country in the world could achieve this as yet. I think my presumption is correct. If so, is it correct to club all these countries together and term them, even loosely, as socialist countries?

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Q.  Recently, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court asked the government of India what steps it was taking towards formulating a Uniform Civil Code.  Is this not a step in the right direction and what is the CPI(M)’s stand?

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Q. Why is the CPI(M) criticising the Indian government’s stand on the Nepal Constitution? Has there not been injustice done to the Madhesis which is a legitimate concern for India? How the deadlock caused by the agitation by the people in the Terai region would be resolved?

B Sanyal, Varanasi

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Q A Marxist party is supposed to be opposed to religion but in Loklahar's issue in hand (and also in People's Democracy) I have found news reports of "Roza Iftar" organised and 'Eid Celebrated in Sriram Colony'. You had also brought out an issue on "Babri Masjid". But in Dipawali issue, I saw call for class struggle. Is Marxist party's opposition to religion is limited only to Hindu rituals and Brahmanical norms?

                                                                   Bhavesh Marolia

Sadulpur, Rajasthan

 

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Q The common criticism about the Communists is that they have ignored the reality of caste in India and harp only on the class factor. How does the CPI(M) view the question of caste and what is its role in fighting caste oppression?

R Ramachandran, Coimbatore

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Why is the CPI(M) opposed to the RTI (Right to Information) Act being made applicable to it?  The Central Information Commission has ruled that political parties should be brought under the purview of the Act yet the political parties are refusing to accept the decision?

 

S Kameswari, Hyderabad

 

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