There Are So Many Lessons to Learn from Kerala: The Eleventh Newsletter (2021)

18 March 2021 — Tricontinental

GenderBudgetCover Ajunath 1Anujath Sindhu Vinaylal (India), My mother and the mothers in the neighborhood, 2017.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Indian farmers and agricultural workers have crossed the hundred-day mark of their protest against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They will not withdraw until the government repeals laws that deliver the advantages of agriculture to large corporate houses. This, the farmers and agricultural workers say, is an existential struggle. Surrender is equivalent to death: even before these laws were passed, more than 315,000 Indian farmers had committed suicide since 1995 because of the debt burden placed on them.

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Red, red Kerala hails Pinarayi’s leadership

16 December 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Jubilant communist party supporters savour massive election victory in Kerala’s local body elections, December 16, 2020

Malayalis attribute high importance to democratic elections in general, but the elections to the local bodies and the state assembly are of exceptional importance. Like in any part of the world where the roots of democracy and representative rule run deep and devolution of power percolates down to the grass roots, it is the local bodies in Kerala that affect people’s day-to-day life most directly. Having said that, of course, given the high literacy level in the state, Malayalis also make their point on the state of the nation whenever election time comes.

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Kerala’s Covid story is hard to replicate

19 April 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (C) during a press meet in connection with Covid 19, Thiruvananthapuram, March 23, 2020

The Times of India featured a tantalising commentary last week titled Kerala shows the way: Decades of investment in public health is helping the state control Covid-19. The title is self-explanatory. The commentary showered fulsome praise, rightly so, on Kerala’s success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak.

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