In the tradition of an earlier generation of pioneering Soviet studies of economic development in modern India by Reisner, Pavlov, Goldberg, Levkovsky, Melman and other Soviet scholars, the book under review provides a bold and interesting attempt at elaborating the line that originated in the 20th Congress of the C.P.S.U. in 1956—bold because it attempts to view the process of economic growth in the perspective of class relations and interesting because the well-worn incantation of the ‘non-capitalist path of development’ does not appear on a single page of this rather wide-ranging study by a Soviet economist.
It is not our intention to summarize the very interesting empirical material presented in this book which must be evaluated in detail. We would essentially be focusing on the analysis of the Indian industrialization process presented in this painstaking and detailed study and the apologetic and absurd conclusions which are dictated by the ideological-political position of modern revisionism in relation to India.
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