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
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
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
Among the 58 ministers of the new Narendra Modi government, there is 1 representative from Kerala. I think that is one too many and Modi is being too generous to a state that has decisively voted against him by electing all 20 MPs from the opposition parties. That I am disappointed is an understatement. Like almost everyone, I too believed BJP would open its account … Continue reading Some notes on Lok Sabha 2019 results in Kerala
Despite claims of its supporters of standing up for equality and justice, communist politics has always been associated with violence, repression, authoritarianism and intolerance of dissidence. However, there is a tendency to romanticize and justify communist excesses as a deviation rather than its characteristic. Such exercises are generally supported by popular culture in movies, television and books. As also by politically motivated left-liberal academics. Here is my attempt to counter that propaganda.
Continue reading What is Communism
Kuttiyamma was cremated on a road. Other options available to Hindus in Chengannur, Kerala are donate the body of the dead to medical college or convert to Christianity and use the cemetery. How did Hindus in ‘progressive’ Kerala reduce to such pitiable state? Read on to know more. Continue reading In ‘progressive’ Kerala, Hindus can’t even have a dignified death
You may have seen many photos of Kerala’s CM recently. With Mamata, Babu, Kumaraswamy, Modi. But have you seen a picture of him consoling the families of landslide victims in his home state? No, those don’t exist. Want know why? Read on. Continue reading Kerala’s Chief Minister and the politics of tragedy
Have you ever heard of a public representative that gets her constituents arrested for demanding such a basic civic amenity as a bus stand? You wouldn’t have if you don’t know the leftists that are currently in power in Kerala. Read along for details. Continue reading India’s Left and the assault on democracy
BJP performed much below expectations in the by-election to Chengannur assembly constituency in Kerala. What are factors that have contributed to this failure of the party? Continue reading Notes On Chengannur By-election
The left-liberals woke up pretty late to the gruesome Kathua case. But once they found their motivation, there was no stopping them. What is it that motivated them to jump in so late into this case? Let’s examine. Continue reading What Drives The Left’s Outrage On The Kathua Case?