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From 50 Years Ago: Kerela in Turmoil.

Editorial from Volume X, No 31, August 2, 1958.

As in other States, the Communist Government in Kerala is committed to work within the framework of the Constitution. In the matter of economic development, limits are set by the Plan prepared by the Centre, in the framing of which Kerala, or at least its present Government has had no voice. So what the people expected of the Communist experiment in Kerala was a clean and stable government, which was denied to quite a few States, particularly this one, owing to internal dissensions and group rivalries in the Congress Party. The more charitable view which one can take of the events of the last few weeks, culminating in police firing on the unarmed workers of a cashewnut factory at Chandanathope near Quilon, is that E M S and his comrades slid into the trap laid by their rivals. No dialectics can save them from the situation. Facts have to be admitted.

The Communists in Kerala under-rated the strength and character of the Opposition. No doubt, the Opposition derives its strength from vested interests, and it is led by humiliated and frustrated politicians.

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