Kerala's first McDonald's, in the Lulu Shopping Mall, Kochi.

Kerala's anti-US communists allow McDonald's to open first outlet

The opening of a new McDonald's outlet in India is not usually news. The fast-food chain already boasts 300 restaurants. But for McDonald's to open its first outlet in the communist-dominated state of Kerala is remarkable because the party there usually treats burgers, along with nefarious drinks like Coca-Cola, as emblems of American cultural imperialism.