SATFENDRA NARATAN MA^UMDAR, formerly Member of Parliament (CPI), is editor of the Bengali journal MULLTATAN.
E M S NAMBOODIRIPAD is member of the Politbureau, Communist Party oflyidia (Marxist).
Dr M P PARAMESWARAN is a scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay.
HARIHARAN POO JV JAR is assistant editor, FREE PRESS JOURNAL,
RAJENDRA PRASAD is research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
N RAM. is research scholar in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University-, working at Madras, and Vice President, Students Federation of India.
AJIT ROT is editor, MARXIST REVIEW, Calcutta.
FROM THE EDITOR
LAST September the armed forces of Chile shattered the hopes of 'la via Chilcana/ the Chilean way of 'peaceful transition to Socialism.' What are the implications in general, and for India in particular, of the tragic turn of events in Chile ? This issue of the SOCIAL SCIENTIST opens with a reappraisal of parliamentarism and 'peaceful transition' in the light of the Chilean experience. As contributions to the seminar on Chile and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism organized by the Indian School of Social Sciences, Calcutta, the three selected papers that follow reflect a wide range of views and assessments on the subject.