REDS ARE DOWN BUT NOT OUT IN KERALA
By Douglas Hyde
CIONFRONTED by a determined United Front of all the main opponents, the Communists have been decisively defeated in the State elections in Kerala, S. India.
Former Ministers have been defeated and the Communist rank in the Legislature has been spectacularly reduced.
It was two years of violence and misrule by the Communist State Government which led to the Central Government's intervention and, after an interval, to the election of this week.
It was that same violence and misrule which brought together members of Congress, the Socialist Party and the Muslim League, Hindus, Protestants and Catholics in an anti-Communist Alliance.
By avoiding three-corner contests they were able to ensure the defeat of Communist candidates who had previously been returned by minority votes.
RED VOTE UP
The election created enormous interest among the mass of the people and the consequence is that there was a record high poll.
But it must not be forgotten that the defeat of the Communists came as a result of an electoral arrangement between the Parties who formed the Anti-Communist Alliance., and because of the great number of people who were prepared to vote. It did not come because the Communists lost support.
Indeed, despite all that was done during the two years of their rule, the number of people who voted Communist this time was greater than before. Communism still remains a powerful influence in Kerala.
The Party has more support than ever. Their numbers will be reduced only if the new Government is able to rid itself of the corruption which was a feature of earlier administrations, if it concerns itself with the welfare of the common people and is able to improve their lot.
In this the Catholics, who gave powerful support to the Alliance during the election, will have an important part to play.