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

Some notes on results of Kerala local body election 2020

Few days back, on 16 December, results of the election to the local self-governing bodies (panchayats, municipalities, corporations, etc) were announced. These elections are generally considered a dress rehearsal or an opinion poll for the election to the state assembly in May next year. As the table below will show, however, the results were not commensurate with the noise each front generated.
In my view, the result is a reflection of the political realignment of different religious and social groups happening in Kerala. This realignment is what has helped CPIM and LDF overcome the sort of corruption and criminal behaviour allegations which have never been seen in the state’s political history. Continue reading Some notes on results of Kerala local body election 2020