INDIA: Decision in Kerala

During weeks of hot and heavy campaigning, all eyes in India were on Kerala, a hard-up state whose 16 million inhabitants make it as populous as Canada. The question was whether Kerala, which voted Communist in 1957 and endured 28 months of chaotic Red rule, would vote Communist again. After all, the Reds had not been thrown out at the polls but removed from office on orders from New Delhi. This time the non-Communists were taking no chances. They borrowed freely from successful Communist tricks ranging from parades of painted elephants to torchlight processions. In the most Christian (24%)...

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