Simply standing

In an irritated jibe at MN Roy, who had gone to meet the Chinese Communist leaders as a Comintern representative in the late 1920s, Mao once recalled: “Roy stood to the Left of Stalin but his problem  was that he simply stood’! Maybe Mao was being uncharitable but when one thinks of our secular ideology-warriors, having long been one of them and seen our daily irrelevance, I cannot help saying that though our secularists stand at the right place, their problem is that they simply stand.

— Aditya Nigam, “Winning Delhi Elections – AAP, Gandhi and the Ideology Wars,” kafila.org, February 13, 2020 (h/t Lakshmi Krishnamurty)

Simply standing

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