INDIA: Communists in Office

India's Communists won their first major electoral victory in the steaming southwestern Indian state of Kerala last March, but few politicians in New Delhi were inclined at the time to take the matter seriously. The Communists were behaving so correctly, and besides, as required by law they were careful to get the approval of New Delhi for most of the changes they wanted to make. Soon Britain's Manchester Guardian, reflecting the bemused judgments of Indian intellectuals, was talking euphorically of "constitutional Communism" in Kerala.

"Something for Everyone." Working ostentatiously within the legal limits of the Indian constitution, Kerala's Communist bosses...

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