Letter 9: Ramayana month, Supreme Court’s COVID fight, sabka saath and What is Hindu rate of growth

In this 9th letter from the basement, we cover: the celebration of Ramayanam month in Kerala, Supreme Court of India tries to prevent 3rd wave of COVID in UP but not Kerala, Indian judiciary doesn’t believe justice delayed is justice denie, Modi government’s sabka saath policy on full display, Kerala’s 80-20 formula for distribution of minority scholarships, and a deep dive into what is called the Hindu rate of growth Continue reading Letter 9: Ramayana month, Supreme Court’s COVID fight, sabka saath and What is Hindu rate of growth

Kerala, Communists, Statues and Hypocrisy

In this year’s full budget of Kerala, CPIM state government has allocated 4 crores for construction of memorials to 2 politicians who died recently. One of them was a convict in a corruption case. The very same communists cannot stop ridiculing Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity in Gujarat as an example of government wastage. This attitude is typical of the Leftist ecosystem in our country. I discuss this in detail with examples in this letter from the basement. Continue reading Kerala, Communists, Statues and Hypocrisy

Pinarayi 2.0 and A Game of Thrones in Kerala

Pinarayi Vijayan was recently elected as Chief Minister of Kerala for a second term. Something that will be closely watched in the next 5 years is the developing power struggle within Kerala CPIM. The seeds of current power politics were laid ahead of the recent assembly elections when Pinarayi created an arbitrary rule and denied tickets to most senior party leaders and sidelined the few who got elected from inclusion in the state cabinet. In this vlog I examine this brewing game of thrones in Kerala politics. Continue reading Pinarayi 2.0 and A Game of Thrones in Kerala

Why is a Soumya from Kerala among victims of terrorism in Israel

In this vlog, I tell you about a very specific victim of the latest escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine and what her story tells us about Kerala. This victim I want to talk about is a young woman named Soumya Santosh. She was working as a nurse in Ashkelon city in Israel and was originally a resident of Idukki district in Kerala. She left behind a 9 year old son. Continue reading Why is a Soumya from Kerala among victims of terrorism in Israel

Post-election Violence in Bengal: 2021 season

As most of India is suffering under the 2nd wave of COVID pandemic, there is an additional humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the state of West Bengal. Following the recently concluded assembly elections in the state, supporters and active workers of the losing political parties, especially the BJP, are being persecuted and hunted down by the goon squads of the Trinamool Congress Party of Mamata Banerjee that won the elections. In this vlog, I examine the cast of characters in this tragedy and identify those who are persecuting Hindus of Bengal and those who have abandoned them after promising justice. Continue reading Post-election Violence in Bengal: 2021 season

BJP’s Sabarimala Conundrum

BJP has been trying to break into Kerala for a long time without much success. One of the reasons why BJP hasn’t been very successful in the state is because of the way votes are divided along religious lines between the two major fronts, UDF and LDF. In this year’s election particularly, BJP is determined to increase it’s seat tally in Kerala and media has … Continue reading BJP’s Sabarimala Conundrum

Kerala Elections 2021 and Sabarimala Temple

It’s election time once again in Kerala. A new state assembly will be in place by May of this year. Traditionally, the trend has been that every five years, the government in the state changes between Left Democratic Front or LDF led by CPIM and United Democratic Front led by Indian national congress. Since 2016, it is the LDF lead by Pinarayi Vijayan that is … Continue reading Kerala Elections 2021 and Sabarimala Temple

The Pinarayi backdoor employment scheme of Kerala

Youth in Kerala has been protesting in front of the state Secretariat for the last several days. They are protesting to demand honesty from the Marxist state government in recruitment for government jobs. They are protesting to demand an end to the backdoor employment to the CPIM party workers and family members. They are protesting to demand a future for them in the state. You … Continue reading The Pinarayi backdoor employment scheme of Kerala