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Church Versus The Left In Kerala

As the Chengannur bypoll hangs in the balance, the Church locks horns with the Kerala government over reopening of bars The Catholic Church in Kerala has sounded the war cry against the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government for its decision to reopen bars in all panchayats in Kerala which have a population of more than ten thousand. The first real battle in what looks like an all out war will be played out at the upcoming Chengannur bypolls to the state assembly.…

South Turns Against The Centre

Ruling parties of all south Indian States are at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over a variety of issues The ruling parties in Karnataka and in Kerala – the Congress and the CPM, respectively – are the inevitable rivals of the BJP. While Telangana’s ruling party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was lukewarm towards the Centre for around four years, they too have now upped the ante against the BJP-led NDA, demanding reservation for Muslims in the state which was turned down by the courts. The only allies were the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, which was part of the NDA and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu which has been deferential to the Centre since the passing of their party supremo Jayalalithaa in 2016. Now the BJP finds itself alone in the south, with both the TDP as well as the AIADMK deserting it. After a week of haggling, the Telugu Desam Party ended its four-year long association with the NDA following, what it called ‘betrayal’ by the BJP in keeping the promises made in Parliament – special status for Andhra Pradesh – during the historic debates on bifurcation of the state.…

‘Watch’ And Get Paid – The Left Ends Kerala’s Disastrous Labour Union Practice

‘Nokku Kooli’ has for decades been an accepted labour practice that has for long affected the state’s Ease of Doing Business image On May 1 this year, when workers worldwide observe Labour Day to commemorate the 1886 mass labour walkout in Chicago demanding eight-hour working days, headload workers in Kerala will ‘lose’ their most-controversial ‘right’. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, at present the sole Communist Chief Minister in India, who likes to present himself as a ‘doer leader’, has taken the bold step to remove the decades old and widely-criticised ‘Nokku Kooli’ system that has prevented industry and businesses from flourishing in the state.. ‘Nokku Kooli’ is a practice followed by unionists in Kerala, where the owner can load or unload the goods himself, but money has to be paid to the trade unions for ‘watching’ (therefore, literally ‘Nokku’) the movement of goods. As the Leftist CM sees it, ‘Nokku Kooli’ is affecting the state’s status of being investor-friendly and thanks to this, its ‘ease of doing business’ is in the negative.…

Right To Education Versus Right To Life

Kerala’s plan to fight anti-vaccine campaign by denying school admissions creates a flutter Kerala has drawn out its much awaited health policy and even before the ink had dried on the draft, it has already started ruffling a few feathers across the state. This is due to one clause which calls upon the state to deny admission to a child at any school if he or she fails to produce a vaccination card against his or her name that is becoming a subject of heated debate. Not just in government schools, but the policy, the first of its kind in the country, calls upon on all schools across the state, from those which follow the state syllabus to those in the CBSE and ICSE streams, aided or fully private, to fall in line. The state government though is yet to pass any legislation around the recommendation, has said that it would implement the policy as and when needed. “The expert panel which has chalked out the health policy has clearly recommended that government take such a step because every year the state is struggling to ensure a near total vaccination for the children in certain areas.…

Where The Left Can Do Little Right: Gulf Returnees In ‘No Man’s Land’

The stranglehold of militant trade unionism and deeply embedded historical Leftist practices renders Malayalees returning home from the Gulf vulnerable to the local powers that be In 2003, when Kerala organised its first Global Investors Meet, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while talking about Keralites’ Gulf connection, remittances, social progress and economic backwardness, cited the plot of a 1988 Mohanlal-starrer.  “I am told that there is a Malayalam movie called ‘Varavelpu’ in which your famous actor Mohanlal acts as a Gulf-returned Keralite. He invests his savings in a small business venture with high hopes.…

Malappuram’s Shame

Why Kerala’s Malappuram district consistently records the highest number of crimes against women Religion, patriarchy and literacy are the main reasons behind the high number of cases of crimes against women in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram district in Kerala, social activists and officials said. According to Kerala Police’s Crime Record Bureau provisional data , the number of cases of crimes against women in 2017 was 1323, which is the highest among the 14 districts in Kerala.…