INDIA: About-Face in Kerala

"Resign! Resign!" the pickets had demanded of the Communist government of Kerala, India's only Red-ruled state. Kerala's Communist Chief Minister, E.M.S. Namboodiripad, refused even to consider the demands from local Socialist, Moslem and Congress Party groups. Equally implacably, he continued to enforce a law tightening his government's control of private schools—a measure that had driven Kerala's numerous Roman Catholics and Hindu Nairs to league against him. In the first eight days of Gandhi-style, "nonviolent" demonstrations against the Reds, Namboodiripad's police three times fired into crowds, killed twelve people. By late last...

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