“The closest I can get to describing Ram Guha is that he is an intellectual entrepreneur. He might well have become an economist, joined the Bank and showered advice on the poor of the world. But he became a Marxist and went to Calcutta to empower the poor. The Marxist research institute he joined there was very good; it cured him of Marxism — though not of Marx, whom he here calls ‘the forerunner and inspirer of the greatest social theorist of them all, Max Weber’.” From The Calcutta Telegraph, a late but welcome review.

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