– Aparna Patwardhan
Across the world, Communism has been synonymous with a dictatorial regime, bloodshed and extermination of opponents. But today, Communism is almost dead. In Russia, there is no Communism left and in China, it has metamorphosed into something else altogether. Yet, Communism still exists in Kerala and the Communist party (CPM) has been democratically elected to form the government.
The party first formed a government in 1957 in Kerala and held sway for five decades. It gave the party time and influence to establish its cadre and territorially declare party gramams (villages), party booths and party streets. These Communist colonies cruelly eliminate every ideological and political opponent that dares enter their vicinity. In fact, the methods adopted to eliminate are extremely violent so as to deter opponents. It is ensured that the local administration is subservient to the party command and that the police take orders only from local Communist leaders. Read more