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Progressive State Governments: An Assessment of First Communist Ministry in Kerala

Georges Kristoffel Lieten
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan. 6, 1979), pp. 29-39
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4367228
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

The debate on the possibilities and desirability of leftist state governments is on again since the spectacular victory of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal and Tripura. The assessment of leftist state governments is usually based on ideological predispositions and not on a careful analysis of its acts of commission and omission. The present article is meant to give an idea of the first communist ministry in Kerala. Generally the conclusion is a positive one, since real progress was made in various fields. The overthrow of the Namboodiripad ministry, however, undid many of these positive steps, though not all. The high level political consciousness in Kerala and the constant political and trade union pressure on the ruling classes could not be undone.

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