| Government| Society |
From misguided attempts at prohibition and moral policing to scams in higher education and declining development, things in Kerala have been taking a rather sordid turn and hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. recapitulates some of the most recent developments.
| Economy | Government|
A PPP project, hailed as a milestone in logistic infrastructure development at the time of launch shows scant growth three years later, costing the Cochin Port trust dearly in the process. throws light on all that has gone wrong with it.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has come under heavy fire after several of his personal aides have been found to have close links with a fraudster couple who have embezzled huge amounts of money out of investors. provides a roundup of the sordid saga.
Dr Ilina Sen, well-known social activist and feminist scholar, who currently heads the Department of Women's Studies in Mahatma Gandhi University, Wardha, Maharashtra speaks in detail to M Suchitra about her husband's trial and her appeal to the Chhatisgarh High Court.
THE Kerala Cricket Association's plan to build a stadium designed to international specifications at Edakochi has run afoul of environmental laws.
History has shown us that the remedy for red terror isn't white terror, or any other kind of terror. From Telengana onwards, whenever extreme Left ideology was suppressed violently, it has resurrected itself. But the Centre and the state governments have paid no attention to either the lessons of history or even their own reports. The Prime Minister repeatedly states that the Maoists are the gravest threat to the nation's internal security. The Home Minister proclaims that operations would be intensified to crush the Maoists. Whether the real purpose of the war is ensuring national security or furthering corporate interests, the ones who die are invariably the poor. When the government talks of intensifying the offensive, it means only that more security forces, more Maoists, more common people will get killed.
Over 1400 families who had started living on the rubber plantation of Harrisons & Crossfields -- the Chengara struggle -- will now get land in a deal brokered by the Chief Minister in the presence of the Leader of the Opposition. takes stock
Cholanaickans are the only remaining tribe in Asia living in rock-cave shelters and they are the only surviving hunter-gatherer indigenous community in the country. The community is undergoing a conflict between its basic instincts and the beckoning calls of the outside world. reports
Jeffrey M Smith, an authority on genetically modified organisms and the author of Genetic Roulette, says that 65 health risks from GMOs provide irrefutable evidence. of harm. In this interview he explains why GM technology must be confined to the lab reports.
The new class VII social science textbook in Kerala has become the cause of clashes. Groups agitating against the book allege its content is anti-religion, while the state curriculum board says it
propagates religious tolerance. reports on the controversy.
Some sections in Kerala are already blaming the land reform law
for hurting big industrial projects; meanwhile around 10,000
dalit and adivasi families are locked in a struggle for the
original entitlements that never came, reports .
He was a zamindar by birth and a successful lawyer by training.
He charmed and transformed generations of youth and propelled them into social and political activism. Baba Amte, who passed away last week,
was a rare combination of sensitivity and courage,
The proposed Coastal Zone Management notification, which is expected to replace the existing Coastal Regulation Zone notification (1991), will
hit the coastline like a second tsunami, say activists. With the shifting of `zones', entire fishing communities will be moved out of coastal areas,
making way for unbridled construction in the name of `development' reports.
In Attapady block of Kerala's
Palakkad district, illicit liquor is taking a heavy toll among the adviasis. Addiction to the brew has led to many deaths and suicides,
even as a complacent and complicit administration looks on. reports.
27-year-old Ratnamma, a garment factory worker, was forced to deliver a baby on the streets of Bangalore. 20-year-old Gayathri was run over by
the bus belonging to the Bangalore garment factory where she worked. Garment workers in Bangalore are caught in an exploitative web, reports .
from Melbourne, Australia is a Consultant Endocrinologist to the UmonHon among other tribes as well as Visiting
Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Havana, Cuba. While on an Indian tour early this month, he visited the Athirappilly
waterfall, 70 kms from Kochi. It is his experience with the Adivasis of the near by Vazhachal forest area.
An expert working group established to create a roadmap for the state's new independent
Department of Environment has made recommendations to strengthen environmental conservation and protection. A number of state agencies,
especially the Pollution Control Board, have come in for strong criticism. reports.
Despite being enriched by two monsoons and
four rivers, Kerala's Kuttanad region has become `a desert of backwaters' after many developmental trials, says
Efforts to make learning more interactive and
more fun for students appear promising, but it may be too soon to judge if they are positively impacting children's performance in standard
tests and surveys. Meanwhile, teachers complain that these efforts have added to their already heavy burden. reports.
- IRENE FERNANDEZ, winner of the
2005 Right Livelihood Award (the Alternate Nobel Prize) was in Kochi recently. Daughter of pre-World War II migrant Malayalee parents, she
is a campaigner for migrant worker, plantation workers and women's rights. Irene is also a trade union organiser, environmentalist and the
central committee member of the National Justice Party of Malaysia. Veteran campaigner Irene Fernandez in conversation with about her work
among Malaysia's migrant workers
While the LDF government was quick to
ban colas in Kerala, it mounted only a mild defense when this was challenged in court by the manufacturers of the drinks. Ignoring
evidence of groundwater depletion and contamination, it argued only that the drinks were unsafe for consumption. and report.
M Suchitra Assaulted by Sand Mafia
M Suchitra, founder Editor of The Quest Features & Footage, now with the 'Down to Earth' and fellow journalist VM Deepa of Asianet were assaulted at Karur , Tamilnadu on 23 May while taking pictures of illegal sand mining at the Kaveri basin.
for a link to the report in DTE
The district superintendent asked the journalists to leave the state immediately. Strangely enough, he said the journalists should have taken proper permission from the district authorities before taking visuals of the river!!!
We strongly condemn the assault on the journalists.
The Quest Features & Footage
The thrust on chemical-free cultivation of vegetables that started as an experiment in the 90s has now evolved into a culture in Kerala's Kanjikkuzhi Gram Panchayat.
traces the growth and success of this initiative so far.
Government | Law |
Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts, waits in vain for his trial to be speeded up after countless adjourned sessions of court. recounts the circumstances and talks to Madani himself to discover how rules become exceptions in such cases.
The controversy over the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on ecological preservation in the Western Ghats has brought about a churn in politics in Kerala. It will not be a wonder if this will determine the decisions of the electorate in the Lok Sabha elections. reports
With the SC striking down the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act, concerns over the Mullaperiyar Dam could create tension anew between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Could a new study contain a potential solution to the issue? explores
A group of committed individuals in Alappuzha, Kerala are battling odds to revive cultivation of the unique Pokkali variety of paddy that had given way to the more lucrative business of shrimp farming. reports
Division bench of the Kerala High Court has ordered demolition of the seven star resort built on an islet in Vembanad backwaters, a Ramsar site reports
The recommendations of the committee constituted to look into the claims of endosulfan victims in Kasargod and decide on the need to set up a tribunal to settle those, appear to be largely sympathetic towards the Plantation Corporation and endosulfan manufacturers. reports.
A massive agitation is brewing in Kerala against the proposed widening of Natonal Highways 47 and 17. It is spearheaded by the NH47- NH17 Joint Action Council.
A 12-member task force has recommended to make elephant a National heritage Animal and to impose strict restrictions on trapping, taming, buying selling and transporting elephants. Elephants may not be available for temple festivals as of yore. However, animal rights groups are all in praise for the MoEF's initiative to end cruelty towards elephants.
Four years on, positives seem to be weighed down by negatives -- thanks mainly to the aggressive land acquisition for mega real estate projects by the ruling LDF coalition. State government's confidence at its low ebb? reports.
A high power committee appointed by the govt of Kerala has indicted Cocoa cola and has fixed the total loss due to their functioning at Rs 216 crores. The report has recommended the setting up of a tribunal for payment of compensation.
District collector orders land grab inquiry in Attappady, Kerala about the land deals of a Pune based company that buys land and installs windmills for the multinational Suzlon Energy.
Kerala's biodiversity board has asked Chief Minister V S Achutanandan to reject single window clearance for the 'High Tech City' project at the exhilarating Valanthakad island in the backwaters outside Kochi.
The Kerala government asked the Centre for Development Studies to suggest remedial measures to overcome the global melt down. A critique reports.
Kerala Assembly on July 24 passed a legislation prohibiting indiscriminate reclamation of paddy fields, the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Bill, 2007. The new Bill protects paddy fields, but farmers find fewer reasons to cultivate rice. reports.
The K N Panikkar committee recommended a change in a controversial chapter of a social sciences textbook that triggered violent agitation on the grounds that it promoted atheism and communism. has more.
Kerala's;s Left-dominated 141-member legislative assembly adopted a resolution on 11 July urging New Delhi to withdraw the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification of 2006. The resolution says the notification is "against the interest of Kerala State, nature, environment and people." reports on the controversy.
In Kerala womens worlds are made and unmade every day on TV channels as mutually contradictory messages on womanhood are aired. reports
How did two major operators in the POPs manufacturing-sector become part of India's official delegation to a conference which aims to eliminate their production and use? reports on the embarassing, but unabashed capture of officialdom by a
Recently, disaster struck all 53 families of the Chellipadam village in a Kochi suburb, when nearly 25
lorries, all carrying stinking garbage from the city rolled in with heavy police escort and dumped decaying garbage in their midst. The
villagers had to flee their homes unable to stand the stench. and have more.
38 babies died in one hospital in
Thiruvananthapuram over the past four months, shocking a state which boasts of the lowest infant mortality rate in the country. The much
discussed and extolled Kerala model of health development is ailing, reports
The Kerala government is proposing to
construct a new dam only a few kilometres from the site of one of India's great environment struggles in the Silent Valley National Park.
But cooked data and ignored court orders have once again invited the wrath of conservationists. reports.
50 years from the scene of action, it can be
safely said that the 28-month long EM Sankaran Namboodiripad government of April 1957 laid the foundation stones of the present day Kerala.
Whether the merits of the maiden government's reform attempts were consolidated in the following five decades is another story altogether,
A unique home-based palliative and chronic care movement is sweeping through Kerala. Thousands of trained citizens are volunteering two hours a week to take care of the chronically ill in villages and cities. Funding for this community-based scheme that has won WHO recognition comes in cash and kind from citizens, including schoolchildren, bus drivers, labourers and others reports
Trade liberalisation and the proliferation of Special Economic Zones are expected to provide livelihood opportunities for thousands. This
employment is expected to balance the huge revenue losses, large-scale displacement of farmers and regional development disparities resulting
from SEZs. But what are the working conditions that are actually being created in these zones? reports.
In a significant move, the Kerala government has decided to promote the production and marketing of organic food.
A community-based microcredit programme attempts to revive the economy of coastal Kerala's villages.