ABVP : A Critical Reappraisal

ABVP : A Critical Reappraisal

Writing this part of the 3 part series on the ABVP has been the most difficult. I was apprehensive of the kind of reactions this piece would stimulate by all readers in general and ABVP workers and sympathizers in particular; for after publication of the last part a fortnight ago, […]

 

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