E MS MAMBOODIRIPAD
How Not to Study Marx
DELIVERING the Foundation-Day Address at the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, in October last, Dr K N Raj, the well-known Indian economist, had called upon his brother social scientists in India to apply what he called the 'Methodology of Marx5 in studying the problems before them.
Indicating as this did the impact of Marxism-Leninism on the scholars of social sciences in India, this was no doubt welcome to us, the Marxist-Leninists in the country. Unfortunately, however, the content of the whole address was an attack on Marxism-Leninism. Not only did he denounce the 'grotesque and mechanical fashion in which many who call themselves Marxists have used the tools of analysis developed by Marx9. He also went on to point out the various 'limitations9 of Marx^ assessments and conclusions.
Making a critique of that address, the present writer had tried to show in a note1 "how the pseudo-Marxist analysis made in the Address is a scarcely-concealed effort to bestow leftist respectability9 to the basic policies of the ruling classes—the policies in whose defence the revisionists, particularly the Right CPI, are making vicious attacks on the CPI (M) and other revolutionary forces.99