CEYLON: Jealousy Among the Marxists

For three years, Ceylon's frail-looking Premier Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike has needed all his considerable skill at compromise to hold together his United Front coalition. Chief threat: the unsettling presence in his Cabinet of pro-Communist Food and Agriculture Minister Philip Gunawardena.

A University of Wisconsin-trained Soviet apologist, Gunawardena used his powerful position to force nationalization of Colombo's port and bus systems and collectivization of many of the island's fertile paddy fields. Now he was setting up an island-wide system of cooperatives frankly dedicated to his declared objective: "All private enterprise...

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