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From each according to his ability, To me according to my need

Posted by anandrr on December 28, 2007

The Economist talks about the slums of Dharavi, and one quote made my day. Talking about young Marxist Raju Korde:

A decade ago, he bought his slum-house, on the western edge of Dharavi, for 450,000 rupees. Its value has almost doubled. “I am a Marxist and also an entrepreneur,” he says, a trifle defensively, in the nearby office of the Communist Party, seated beneath colourful portraits of Stalin, Lenin, Engels and Marx.

Most people don’t understand this about us Communists. We take our cues from our masters in China and the erstwhile Soviet Union. Externally, Communism might be about “from each according to his ability…” and that sort of rot, but at the core it’s about making as much as you can while you still can and then sitting on it. See also The Economist’s glowing profile of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

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One Response to “From each according to his ability, To me according to my need”

  1. PS said

    Is this sarcastic, or am I missing something?

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