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From 50 Years Ago: "Question Mark Over Kerala"

Editorial from Volume IX, No 13, March 30, 1957.

The tiny State of Kerala is making history. For the first time in any country, Communists have been voted to power through the democratic electoral process of the ballot box. The Communist success in this State has been variously explained. Some have even drawn comfort from the fact that it is not by a majority vote that the Communists have come to power. Though they won 60 out of the 126 seats in the Assembly, and Congress only 43, the total votes cast in favour of Communist candidates were only 20,59,548 as against 22,10,251 for the Congress. It may also be argued that the Communists have come to power on the strength of anti-Congress votes, rather than on votes for them. Such hairsplitting, however, is now only of academic interest. Within the next ten days, a Communist ministry will take over the administration in the State. The question that is uppermost in the minds of the people both inside and outside the State is, what next?

There is no reason for panic. One basic difference between the Communist Government in Kerala and such Government in other countries is that the former will have no military backing. This is definitely going to influence the policy-makers of the party. They have already assured the people that they will work within the framework of the Constitution and should not be expected to go much beyond the Second Plan on the economic front, except to insist on a ‘fairer deal’ for Kerala. What will, then, be the difference between a Communist and Congress Government? The Communist answer is ‘a clean and efficient’ administration. How the Party will set about to achieve it will be watched with great interest.

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