ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lohia's Contribution to Socialist Politics in India

Rammanohar Lohia gifted muscle and blood to a socialist movement that was smarting at the defeat in the 1952 general elections. His emergence as a man of the masses gave a certain agenda to Indian politics. In his last days, Lohia said that tomorrow's leaders will not be national leaders but those of localities and villages.

Before Rammanohar Lohia’s emergence in Indian politics the socialist movement suffered from an overdose of Marxist rhetoric as also an element of abstract formulations. But politics is not only a construction of ideological formulations, it has to deal with social problems as also day to day situations.

Lohia provided flesh and blood to largely abstract formulations of the socialist movement.

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