INDIA: Communists Fire on Workers

There it was, for all India to see: the Communists were beating up students, firing on workers.

These beatings and shootings, which sent a shudder of shock and disgust through all India last week, took place in the steamy, waterlogged southwestern state of Kerala, the Indian state under the rule of an elected Communist government. Trouble started in a series of scuffles between students and police in the coastal district of Alleppey over the restoration of a one-anna (2¢) student fare on the ferryboats. In the days that followed, hundreds of students, also protesting against higher tuitions and Communist textbooks...