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

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SOUTH-Kerala Coalition

SOUTH Kerala Coalition Mohit Sen THE protracted negotiations to bring the Congress into the Ministry in Kerala are indicative of the unsettled balance of forces within that party and a certain lack of clarity on the perspective of the changes that have taken place within it. It is to be noted that the Congress is arguing with the United Front on the number of Ministers and on the distribution of portfolios. There is no argument on the problems of programme nor on whether there has been any lag in the implementation of what was commonly agreed to between the Congress and the United Front, No DISPUTE And it is precisely in this position that all the contradictions of the present position of the Congress are focused. The absence of any controversy with regard to the programme as well as the record of the Ministry is not because these are of no significance to the Congress. On the contrary, it is because there is really no dispute between the Congress and the United Front on these issues. The radicalisation of the petty bourgeoisie in Kerala and the strength of the Communist movement has been reflected in the great change that has taken place in the Congress. The land reforms that have already led to the abolition of landlordism and which were promulgated at a time when the CPI(M) was the dominant party in the ruling United Front, were not only not op- posed by the Congress but welcomed by it. The youth wing of the Congress in Kerala was prepared for direct action in the form of seizure and tilling of the land of the recalicitrant landlords of Kuttanand when the latter threatened not to raise any cropos in protest against the demands of the agricultural labourers. This is a new kind of Congress and the newness is the product of important objective processes which have had an impact on the mind of the intermediate strata as well as of the subjective factor of the Communist Party which has adopted realistic United Front tactics.

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