INDIA: Crackdown in Kerala

All week long, the tense and secret conferences went on in New Delhi. First, Prime Minister Nehru called at the red sandstone palace of President Rajendra Prasad. A few minutes after Nehru drove off, his daughter, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the new head of the ruling Congress Party, drove up. Later, President Prasad called on his bedridden Home Affairs Minister. Finally, the decision that Nehru has so long dreaded was made.

Last week, under a constitutional provision empowering the President to assume control of any state government that is unable to function in accordance with the constitution, Prasad formally took over...

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