Comrades, we face a stormy and difficult time in the intense struggle for socialism in our country and in this period of sharp class struggle throughout the world, especially in the colonial East. In such circumstances, if we deem it possible to discuss the question of the ‘Asiatic mode of production’, then it is primarily because we are concerned with the political conclusion to be drawn from the theory of the Asiatic mode of production. I believe that the interest shown in our discussion by the public at present is obviously dictated by precisely these considerations, that is to say, considerations of a practical nature.