THE 'SAVE KERALA' INITIATIVE

THE 'SAVE KERALA' INITIATIVE

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kerala This Week Ver 5.02, 2010

Some time back, one of the posts here queried the readers "Where is the only place in the world that a malayali will stand in a queue?" and there was a resounding flurry of correct answers - the state run alcohol shoppes! So this time we are asking a slightly tougher question. Where is the only place in the world that a malayali will show discipline as well as follow traffic rules? Ahh..This time we are giving you the answer as well instead of testing your 100% literacy yet again! The alcohol shoppe again!! Yes, most of the people in the line at the "beverages" outlet wear their helmets! What if it is for a certain level of anonymity. Yet, we refuse to wear it on the road..all because it is a law? What a shame it will be to fall in line, to obey, and all that silly stuff. Those are not for us greater beings, they say; those are just means to impose and restrict the "freedom" of the "common man".

So what if we overtake from the left, or park in front of a No Parking sign, cut through a one way lane? Is it not this attitude and arrogance that converts into road rage and sheer disregard for traffic sense that makes our state one of the toppers when it comes to road accidents and related deaths? Last week there was a report that a 75 kilometer stretch of highway down south kills nearly 150 people every year and injures others several fold. The state police needs to be commended for initiating several awareness programs as well as enforcement plans. However, it is important that we the people cooperate with these great initiatives. If you get caught by a cop, dont bribe him, dont say your dad is a politician, and dont make excuses - just pay the fine, get the receipt and remember the rule. Thats progress and the educated response which will take us forward.

According to an official report given in the news, Kerala has nearly 55,167 people infected by HIV. This information dissemination was a prelude to the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express, a wonderful awareness initiative against the spread of HIV, in the state later this week. Wonder if some people are perhaps misinterpreting the color red. As the saying goes, spread love and peace, not the virus!

Taking the piracy-walas head on, cops have initiated a strong campaign. According to reports, nearly 2,500 raids were made in a single month which fetched over 18,000 fake CDs! And apparently, repeated offenders will be booked under the Goonda act! Looks like someone is showing guts, and it is no wonder the cell is headed by a woman. Lets hope they also show the same mettle and turn on the heat against organized crime and the goons as well.

Talking about heat, the weatherman from our little state says that the sun is already blazing and the temperatures are rocketing along with the prices. There is no instruction yet on what we are allowed to drink this summer. Colas are banned, milk is short, and someone told me water is yet to come from Japan. No wonder theres a long line in front of the "beverages" outlet. Alright, let me get my helmet and go stand in line.


6 comments:

Santhosh P said...

MC, while admitting that Kerala has all the problems mentioned(and more!), I must say that this is not something unique to Kerala. Any society that doesn’t have a visionary leadership capable enough to go that extra mile and take bold measures to set things in shape – by implementing the right education system, right rules and regulations etc are bound to be in such a shape. How many schools in Kerala today teach civics as a separate subject? How many of our ministers can think practically and implement programs rather than clinching to impracticable old socialist clich├ęs? They cannot even do simple things like engineering the roads and electricity supply properly, what are we talking about here? I see only one way to save Kerala, the youth of the state come forward, change the rusty political system in the state, take some bold steps.

Anonymous said...

If the youth of the State come forward, who will vote for them? The rusty old politicians have the money and muscle power. I feel more women should join politics as traditionally it is Kerala women who have more balls than their men.

phoenix said...

On one hand we say we are superior, 100% literate with better health care etc. On the other hand we ask, traffic violations, violence on women, indiscipline happens everywhere. So why single out Kerala? Just goes to show the mallu tendency to defend anything said against them however ridiculous the argument may sound.

@Anonymous - ROTFL!!! Well said!

Jantareview Kerala said...

I have to agree with other commentors on the post, if you think keralahas problems, you haven't check out bihar and up lately.

saket said...

nice blog.

james decosta said...

If the youth of the State come forward, who will vote for them? The rusty old politicians have the money and muscle power. I feel more women should join politics as traditionally it is Kerala women who have more balls than their men.

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