Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Kerala This Week Ver 3.01, 2008

If you let it rot long enough, the stench will finally get to you. That is a lesson Kerala is learning, slowly, surely, and on a daily basis. The latest example is that - well, its actually today's example - a hardline, loyal party man had to finally call the spade from within his party, a spade, (and another spade, a monkey) giving the PB pre-poll jitters and sending the usually nagging lot to a huddle.

Whether it is due to his well-known rivalry against his arch rival within the party or a prelude to his almost certain exit with the image of a clean leader or actual respect for the constitution, the man stood up to refuse to politicize (and downplay) the charges of corruption levelled by the CBI against the communist party general secretary which includes siphoning off hundreds of crores of rupees in the pretext of getting us elecrticity and even a cancer therapy center. In any case, this single act requires appreciation, and kudos to the man for showing that he has a conscience (perhaps he discovered it a bit too late, or even searches for it selectively), but its something most of the other leaders, irrespective of the camp, appear to have lost forever.

While some of the party folks downplayed the corruption charges, most others childishly said its a conspiracy, blaming the central government and oppossition. Sadly, even some of the ministers criticized the CBI and said they will "deal with it politically", rather than legally. This is perhaps the saddest response any state can get, and even more painful is the fact that it reflects the state of Kerala today. If the people holding the highest positions of the government, supposed to uphold the constitution and ensure justice, respond this way, it is not suprising that the people of Kerala get no justice. It should not suprise us then why party workers rampage private and public property without second thought, party goons beat up police publicly, political leaders release criminals from jails by threatening cops. All this while the state rots.

If the UDF were in power today, and if these charges were against a member of the UDF or Congress, then all hell would have broken loose and the LDF party workers would have ensured that the government fell. But fortunately, or unfortunately, the UDF leaders appear to be less violent and are using the situation more as ammunition for the forthcoming elections. And rightfully so.

After hartal tourism and responsible tourism, now its the turn of paddy-field tourism. Students from Virginia, USA, landed in Kerala for a hands-on experience of traditional cultivation in the paddy fields of Kerala. May be a good idea, just in case we need people to work in our farms since all our hard working farmers are on the verge of suicide and the other lot are busy with party work. But if you are a party man and you have crores of money to invest, then we have better options such as entertainment parks, resorts, and even a "health and recreation center". The CPI-M, after "the successful launch of an amusement park in Kannur", under the banner of the Perinthalmanna Co-operative Health and Recreation Centre, is opening a Rs.40 crore center in 6.5 acres of land.

It also looks like the soothsayer's prediction of doomsday is finally nearing. It appears that the global economic crisis is forcing back Keralites from across the world back home, in hordes, even as the great professor is still working on the math, with some good help from the Planning Commission to make the numbers. While the people in Kerala are themselves struggling for even basics like water (the infamous Japan Bank for International Co-operation drinking water project has ensured that theres plenty of water on the roads from broken pipelines, but none for drinking still!), electricity (increasing power tarrifs and incessant power cuts and its not even summer), and making ends meet, wonder what is in store for us in the coming years.


Anonymous said... least achu was bold enough to stand up against the corrput lot, although i agree it may be because of his rivalry with the other man.

thanzeer said...

Well MC,
VS desrves much more applause for atleast trying to regain his conscious.You were always keen to criticise him but this time i beleive he is being fantastic by being firm with the Law.

He deserves much more words of appreciation from you.

And the other lot of ministers like Kodiyeri Chettan and Sudhakaran Chechi must be brought into the books for their infalammatory statements against the Court and CBI.

silverine said...

Its never too late. Kudos to the man!

PCM said...

I am not moved much by the posture taken by VS as that taken by the leaders supporting Vijayan. Even before the media spelt out the names of the three accused men added to the already present eight, what reason had Kodiyeri to come out with the comment that 'we will not allow VIJAYAN to be crucified'? The CPM channel was even then declaring that 'the names of the three are still unknown'.What reason had the spokesmen of PB to climb on to the top of the house and declare that Pinarayi is innocent? Were these people declaring that ACHAN PATHAAYATHILILLA? Why did Vijayan and his henchmen suddenly start attacking CBI and the Congress, instead of leaving everything to the court if he is innocent? If he is really innocent, he could have engaged the best advocates in the country and proved himself. Even today, he has not denied his complicity.
All this points to the fact that the CBI has strong evidence to prove him guilty. The talk of 'taking the matter to the streets' is the real culture of CPM which comes to the fore in all the examples you have mentioned.
Today, the Ex-director of Vigilance has categorically stated that Vijayan was not exonerated, but more evidence was required to implicate many other VIPs. He had recommended inquiry by a body with greater powers.

Anonymous said...

The developments in CPM involving corruption, mud slinging, posh living, utter disrespect of the constitution and the democratic system etc. are only very natural. These are bound to occur as the world witnessed in Poland, Soviet Union and other communist countries. V.S. definitely deserves to be applauded for his courageous stand.

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