But then, cruel fate snatched Patel away at a crucial juncture, and after his death, Nehru championed the Communist cause with unbridled haste. Again, the numbers speak for themselves. In 1954, the membership of the Communist Party had swelled to 75,000 and in 1956, to 125,000. Thanks to the protection and patronage given by the Prime Minister himself, they were able to form the first-ever Communist Government in Kerala in 1957 on their own merit.
Then there is the small matter of nuance here. While Nawab Nehru was a Communist at heart, he was, like all Communists, a dictator who could not tolerate any challenge to his power. Which is why he inaugurated the corrupt precedent of dismissing constitutionally-elected Governments using Article 356. That was how E.M.S. Namboodiripad’s government was summarily dismissed by Nawab Nehru in 1959.