The exponential growth of the market and production of Malayalam cinema, which has far crossed the carrying capacity offered by its native audience, is remarkable.
The bigots who put those bullets in Gauri Lankesh’s forehead did not just take a shot at a dare-devil woman journalist, it was indeed a shot at free speech.
The 'Foot-soldiers of freedom', by P Sainath's 'PARI', is a welcome move in archiving the first-hand narratives of the freedom-fighters for the children of our millenium.
Be it legacy, lethargy, or the loathsome VVIP culture, it has all added to the concept of entitlement being wrongly hard-wired into young minds.
It's better that 10 guilty men escape the clutches of law than that one innocent suffer.
Many people hold on to the belief that human memory blots everything that appears in front of the eyes, just like a video camera.
It’s incredible just how many medical myths we have about the brain. But the most common of them all is the idea that we only use 10 percent of it.
Despite centuries of scientific researches and studies, the world of dreams still remains a mystery.
Psychology is so popular among the masses not for it's therapeutic aspects, but for it's fictitious pseudo-psychological concepts depicted in the popular art forms.
Arundhati Roy's 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' is unabashedly political and too polemical for comfort.
There has never been a better time in India for cult figures than now. And it does not bode well for the nation.
Will a dalit ever become the supreme leader of either the Congress or the BJP? Will India ever get a dalit prime minister? If and when that happens, perhaps we can claim that we, as a nation, are serious about social justice.
Of the many gendered spaces around, none is so prominent and explicit as the Indian film industry, particularly in the southern states.
It's interesting to reflect on cricket's colonial history as well as what the game means to the people of the subcontinent.
A personal recollection of the experience of reading Arundhati Roy for more than 20 years now.
Anyone who argues against Kerala, vis-a-vis the situation elsewhere, please remember that there are 10 toilets in Kerala against the one over there.
Local brewing should be made legal and if possible, put under the control of co-operative societies formed for the purpose.
When we sit back in comforts of our living room and pass judgments on who is an anti-national, who is a patriot and who all are not, we should remember that all these terminologies have a history behind them.
There's no doubt about the fact that Modi and co. had sprung such a surprise on the opposition that they were shocked into inaction for some time.
The government doesn’t think twice before honoring a fallen soldier in Kashmir or Arunachal Pradesh or gunning down agitating farmers.
Outwardly, there is no ban on slaughter in India, but there is a covert ban that works equally efficiently.
What made them human beings greater than the rest of us? It is just the virtues that they practiced in their daily life.
Wherever we are, wherever we go, we as a people do not give away an opportunity to boost our ego and selfishness.
Inflation is not just an ice cream, my little one. It is the iceberg we ourselves built irresponsibly over time, thinking it'll give us ice cream in the end.
Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
I learned that poetry was not just a fairy dream song. It was a world where memories laughed and sang and cried out in pain.
The Facebook artificial intelligence project was not shut down because it developed a new language.
We have good educational institutions and many research institutions, but mostly such institutions work in isolation and not as part of an ecosystem.
The lack of good tech communities in the state is another major reason behind this phenomenon.
If groomed properly Kuldeep Yadav could develop into the trailblazing sensation and contribute to popularizing the art of bowling chinaman.
Anderson has matured into the most complete swing and seam bowler in contemporary cricket.
The off spinner did the star turn in India's maiden Test win over Australia at the Green Park in 1959.
West Indies virtually rose from the ashes to script a glorious victory in the second Test against England at Headingley.
India need Dhoni to continue till the 2019 ICC World Cup.
A tall and handsome Pathan, Durani brought to the game a sense of thrill and excitement every time he stepped on to the cricket field.
Talents like Sreesanth come rarely and it would be nothing short of a sin to allow them to go waste.
Prasanna and Venkat are role models not only for the present lot of cricketers but to all those who find themselves being denied their worth and recognition at many points in their lives.
Perhaps a time has come for lawmakers in cricket to have a relook at the provisions governing follow on.
Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant ton has the potential to transform women’s cricket in India in the same manner as Kapil Dev’s legendary hundred at Tunbridge Wells.
The success of Shastri as Team India coach would hinge on how effective he is in making the transition to fit into a supportive role.
The success of Dhoni, and to a smaller measure, that of Sangakkara, along with the emergence of Sarfraz should hopefully lead to rewriting the erroneous wisdom about wicketkeepers not being suited to captain the side.
India has produced some of the all-time great batsmen in cricket history besides being home to brilliant willow wielders who rubbed shoulders with the best in international cricket and emerged with enhanced reputations.
It was the loss of trust and mutual respect that caused the breakup between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble.
Longer the period for which a record is maintained, the greater would be the disappointment and angst when it is finally broken.
The positive mindset that has engulfed the succeeding generation of Indian players is the greatest legacy of the 1983 World Cup triumph.
Some incredibly talented players fail to survive in the rarefied atmosphere at the highest level after arriving with a bang.
His unique ability to sight the ball early coupled with the skill for playing it very late helped him tackle both spinners and fast bowlers with ease.
Every sporting endeavor invariably has a component that is more difficult and challenging than the rest.
India lost the Test match to England but Pataudi’s performances ensured that they were not disgraced and came out of the contest with their heads held high.
Even now it is only the exception rather than the rule for a player to be selected or rewarded for his merits as a fielder alone.
The BCCI should accept the new measures as the pressing need of the times and take up the offer of $400 million made by the ICC in good grace.
The BCCI's reluctance to lift the ban on Sreesanth even after the passage of time revealed that the original inference is incorrect is unjust.
When the game itself takes a back seat, it is only natural that silly errors, which speak of lesser effort on the part of officials, also occur.
What Kerala needs in the short term is not President’s rule, but an effective and disciplined police force.
The first ambassadorial house I moved into was in Fiji’s capital, Suva. Situated on a hill overlooking the Suva port was a real delight and the garden was big enough to hold 1,000 guests.
This is the first of a three part series on life in diplomatic homes abroad.
Ideally, an explicit assurance should have come from the summit on the H1-B visa issue, together with other gestures of cooperation, but the silence over this issue is not without a glimmer of hope.
Every visit by the Indian PM is a matter of celebration for the Indian community right from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru.
This is for the first time in recent years that aspirants belonging to high ranks have given IFS as the first option, marking a resurrection of the interest in the IFS.
Even at a time when India-Pakistan relations were at a low ebb, India took up the issue formally and firmly with Pakistan.
The reason for the media hype over Sabarinadhan-Divya Iyer alliance goes beyond the unusual nature of the alliance.
Whether the red beacon goes or not, human ingenuity will create mental beacons to remain more equal than others.
A slender thread of similarity runs through president Trump, PM Modi and CM Pinarayi across miles of land and sea.
Some of the most prominent Indian writers in English - V.S.Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and Shashi Tharoor are diaspora writers.
India and its diaspora have rediscovered each other and realized that they can help each other.
The search for some form of recognition to those who have done extremely well in their respective fields brought up a scheme similar to “Padma” awards and it was named Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Awards).
It will only be a matter of time for Indian Americans to feel comfortable under the new dispensation.
The dissatisfaction will persist in the Indian diaspora till a way is found to overcome opposition to dual citizenship.
As the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is about to begin at the end of this week, indications are that it is not likely to attract the kind of participation it used to receive in its early years.
The Indian diaspora appears to be heading for major challenges because of the new nationalism emerging in different parts of the globe.
Apart from athletics, Malayalee women have failed to achieve anything remarkable in other sporting disciplines.
The courts normally take a sympathetic stand when juniors try to present the case.
Cameras in courts will help avoid 'trial by media,' and enhance public confidence in judiciary, making the system of judicial administration more efficient and accountable.
Many names are floating around but it is hard to shortlist names for the next KPCC president.
Channels have been telecasting the visual of actor Dileep’s daughter returning from the jail after visiting him. Have you ever considered her privacy?
Police stations have a reception area and women help desk nowadays. The mere presence of women personnel has brought about a change in the language used by the police.
Of an interview that was an unmistakable sign of the evolving Pinarayi, a theme hotly discussed in the CPM.
Let us cull out what the five-judge bench actually held in the judgment on triple talaq.
Of the dress code that defines prominent leaders of Kerala.
The BJP knows that it has to guard against the anti-incumbency factor affecting the party's prospects in the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat next year.
Slanting sheets of rain and thunder deepened the aura of gloom as we reached our destination near Bhopal after plodding through mud and slush for a few hundred meters. A small house displayed defiant dignity even as some rainwater seeped in. The...
Extremist Hindutva, under the guise of Hindu nationalism, is trying to grow into the void.
Sadly, at present, the situation is that a person has to undergo merciless trial simply for the choices she makes.
The skin color doesn't make us better or lesser than anyone else. Performance, not one’s skin color, is what counts on the pitch.
Geographical distances dissolve in the virtual world and your child is just as exposed to the dangers out there as children in any part of the world.
The discipline and courtesy shown by mainstream media in publishing gory content do not seem to be applicable to social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
This is the third time Nawaz Sharif is stepping down as prime minister before the end of his term.
The BJP is worried that its bet on Kummanam Rajasekharan in Kerala has misfired.
When society stones a woman who is already broken, the injustice of this reduces the impact of the legal justice that the courts may offer.
Star power has become integral in winning elections, even for a cadre party like the CPM.
The damages on a building that is only a decade old and a lack of initiatives to repair it are unpardonable mistakes.
Like in all other segments of life, male domination is reigning supreme in filmdom with all its fierce manifestations.
Sriram has reasons to be happy. He could consider the promotion as a recognition for his good work, like Sreshta Thakur IPS, who was transferred for taking action against several BJP leaders in UP.
The talks about the next Lok Sabha election come even before Muslim League leader P.K. Kunhalikutty is sworn in as a Member of Parliament.
Senior citizens are an ignored lot in Kerala, despite spending a lifetime struggling to keep their family and society affluent.
Worshipping an animal, in any case, is no licence to unleash a crime against those who do not do it. Attacking someone's centuries-old food culture is all the more deplorable, too.
A bureaucrat is not showing the humane face of administration when he yells at a taxpayer citing some complication.
Boredom is pretty much constructive and can unleash great creative power in children.
We have to start working to save our land from being buried under heaps of rubbish, writes K.J. Yesudas.
In Kerala, in spite of the fact that we stand first in terms of literacy and education, we do not seem to be so uncomfortable with the fact that our children are getting addicted to internet and electronic gadgets.
The induction of Alphons Kannanthanam into the union council of ministers has wider ramifications that could impact the political flirtations in Kerala.
More perplexing than the understated hubris of the man-gods are the undeniable faith of the men and women that their faith-alterers can even defy the laws of classical physics.
The chances of an appeal against the verdict notwithstanding, Pinarayi has now emerged in stature both within the CPM and in public sphere.
Under Nihalani's eyes, the CBFC had become a guardian of the Victorian morality, to say the least.
Is justice being denied to the actor accused of conspiracy behind the sexual assault of an actress?
As the internet deepens its grip over the world populace and as stakeholders fail to enact regulatory laws, the only way out is self-restraint.
Next time, the comrades voice for press freedom, the Mascot Hotel episode is sure to frown upon you.
There is an eerie pattern in the shifting contours of political violence from Kerala's volatile northern region to the state capital in its southern tip.
The larger criminal in the actress attack case is still at large and will continue to evade the most stringent of penal provisions.
The police got a hint of Suni breaking down as he tried to get in touch with Dileep's manager Appunni through a coin-box phone on the jail premises.
After the actress was assaulted, information was selectively served by the powers that be for lesser mortals, in true cinematic style.
Making films have become easier with crowd-sourcing, mobile cameras, and the Internet. But some of the actors seem to be stuck in a mythical time warp.
As the police go to every place, as per Suni's whims, looking for the memory card, are we reminded of some Dileep films – those slapstick ones where the protagonist-thief takes the police for a ride?
The explosion that rocked Manchester Arena has proved that there’s more to Manchester than meets the eye: the true beauty of the city lies in its preparedness to shore itself up and endure.
Technology is a two-edged sword and if not used prudently it could prove detrimental to the individual and society.
The army is yet to draw up a field strategy to counter the non-combatant but prickly mobs.
The highest challenge of fighting Maoists is that the CRPF uses conventional techniques of combat against a guerilla group, which employs unconventional techniques.
Vilifying mental illness to score off someone is unbecoming of an elected leader. Is Kerala minister M.M. Mani listening?
The cross has suddenly become the favorite prop of a chief minister who is a staunch non-believer.
As the political whirlpool gets murkier, Panneerselvam has emerged as the chosen one who can consolidate and take the government forward.
If one law applies to the Pinarayi government, it is the Murphy's law – if anything can go wrong, it will.
The audacity with which the Left government initiated paddy farming in Metran kayal which had been lying fallow for eight years is unprecedented and revolutionary in nature.
The Hindu right wing group, which deems itself the self-appointed guardians of Hindu culture and tradition, has often employed violent ways.
The way the Kerala police handled the death of a 11-year-old girl in Walayar is a clear pointer to what's wrong with the law enforcement machinery under the LDF government.
'All hands outstretched with the intend to harm children are that of criminals. They deserve no mercy and the police will take stern action against them,' the CM's post said.
Despite all the media hysteria, campaigns and platitudes, the fact remains that International Women’s Day is just a sentimental import from the west.
Agriculture, no doubt, has reshaped human history, growth and development, and made significant progress in transforming lives and livelihoods across the planet. However, at the same time, it has been impacting our natural ecosystems and environment...
Modern agricultural practices have been transformed into a massive global industry from just simple crop and animal production practices over the decades.
The unacceptable and unhygienic practice of open defecation in rural India is an important socio-cultural, environmental and health issue that needs serious attention from all corners.
Clouded leopards are a medium sized cat species that inhabit a significant large habitat, ranging from the Himalayan foothills across parts of South China extending into South East Asia.
The Canada goose represents a majestic icon of the spectacular beauty of wild, continental North America and is represented by around eight sub species.
Red Panda is not related to giant panda but due to some superficial similarities it is also known by the name lesser panda or red bearcat.
There is no doubt regarding the importance of conserving key natural bee habitats and native wildflower plants for securing the future of native bees.
The Indian leopard (South Asian leopard) is Asia’s most populous and elusive large predator.
India proudly harbors some of the most spectacular and unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are known across the planet.
Modern agriculture, while being revolutionized by agro-chemicals, has also been jeopardized by the unrestricted, irresponsible use and unwanted over-application of the various agro-chemicals, particularly chemical pesticides and synthetic...
Home garden is a brilliant model of sustainable micro-agriculture at the local level that has significant long-term positive impacts on our immediate environment and ecosystem.
Our society has turned from agrarian to industrial with the progress in science and technology around the planet.
Snow leopard has earned the status of being ‘endangered’ in the IUCN Red List and it is estimated that only less than a few thousand are now left in the wild.
North America is a biologically diverse continent with unique agro-climatic regimes, spectacular ecosystems, majestic forests and impressive wildlife.
Also known as the keystone species, elephants play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.
Several species of wild birds have been showing signs of serious decline around the globe and are in need of immediate help and attention from their human co-inhabitants.
The global biodiversity around the green planet is facing monumental challenges to survive and thrive in spite of serious conservation efforts initiated at an international level.
Curbing illegal wildlife trade links, networks and wildlife black markets is a monumental task and a huge challenge for any country like India to venture and to be successful in the real sense.
Wildlife trade across the globe is slowly starting to develop into an alarming international black market.
Unless appropriate steps are taken, poaching can transform into one of the most dominant factor of our time wiping off precious wildlife species from various global biomes and ecosystems within next two decades.
Environmental education is an important approach in reaching out to people, or in more specific terms, our young and future citizens, educated section of the society and the elites.
The region can be easily defined as the most spectacular bio-diverse region of the world with numerous species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Transforming India is equal to transforming a significant part of the globe towards better environment, healthy ecosystems and efficient conservation of precious natural resources.
It is important for the policymakers and educators to redesign course curriculum and adapt to changes of our time; but at the same time retain the necessary parts of traditional disciplines to cater to future needs.
Pollination is the natural process of transfer of pollen grains from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower either by biological vectors (different species of animals) or non-biological agents (such as wind, air and water).
Afghanistan-Pakistan, the most vulnerable conservation priority areas for South Asia
A paradigm shift is necessary for addressing the conservation challenges and priorities of the region.
Most countries across the subcontinent unfortunately do not have any long term plan for conserving nature, environment, ecosystems, forests, wildlife and most importantly, their rich biodiversity.
Most unfortunately, the ground force that is responsible for the protection of India’s vast natural forests are the most poorly paid, trained, treated and taken care of – forest guards.
It is to be seen how effective the big-sized cabinet committee on economic affairs will be during a period of economic stress.
Prime minister Narendra Modi may be as pure as Ganga but his ambitious plan to clean and develop the country's longest river has never really taken off.
While military officers get a clothing allowance for regular and ceremonial uniform, bureaucrats of the level of joint secretary and above too get a fixed allowance.
For Yadav, political battles and political adjustments are part of a long career where he never built a mass base like colleagues in the Janata movement.
Post the monsoon session, busy days await the Modi govt that needs to take a call on advancing the financial year, revamping project implementation, saving the Ganga and a putting together a better speech for I-Day.
The outgoing Pakistan high commissioner's aggressive and even non-diplomatic style of functioning was blamed for the plummeting of ties between India and Pakistan.
Two women chief ministers have voiced concerns that China is stoking trouble in their states.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is certainly a canny politician who can weigh up situations well.
Parrikar, who won over small parties and independents to form the government in Panaji, is obviously missing his role as one of the four important ministers in Delhi.
Since 1976, no first meeting of a new US president with an Indian PM has been fraught with low expectation as the meeting between Trump and Modi.
All eyes are on the former RBI governor as he is expected to speak up on the state of the Indian economy on the day he completes a year outside India's 'first bank.'
In a clear sign that he has taken control of the party from his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi has made decisive moves on the leadership of the party in Karnataka.
The Modi government seems to have decided to clench its teeth and march ahead towards privatization of Air India.
Now, all eyes are once again on Poes Garden, close to the fortress of Jayalalithaa, where Rajinikanth’s bungalow is situated.
Tihar jail authorities insist that Chautala voluntarily wrote the examination when he was on parole for his grandson's wedding and that strict vigilance was maintained to ensure the octogenarian did not cheat.
Both PM Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif have used Sajjan Jindal as the back channel when formal contacts between the two governments have broken down.
An assessment by the external affairs ministry is that no unfavorable policy decision against India has been taken during the first 100 days of the president.
BJP president Amit Shah's core team is debating whether Raman Singh would be an asset or liability in the 2018 elections.
Modi and his core team are grappling with the rising tension between India and China.
Kejriwal should focus on making the AAP significant by ensuring that the party is not cut away from the doctrines established at the time of its inception.
Modi has kept the cards close to his chest, not revealing his mind even to his own senior cabinet ministers regarding probable presidential candidates.
The fear of bad vaastu haunts leaders when it comes to official residences as well as party offices.
Shashi Tharoor responded diplomatically to the online petition to project him as the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress in the 2019 elections.
Navjot Singh Sidhu says what he does in the night should not be anybody's concern.
Private school managements in Haryana have won a major battle against political parties, including the ruling BJP.
Public sector and private banks have decided to impose transaction costs on those who withdraw cash from their savings and current accounts in branches.
A diary belonging to Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) president K. Govindraj, unearthed by IT sleuths last March, has opened a pandora's box in Karnataka politics.
In the power struggle within the AIADMK, between Sasikala and Panneerselvam, the former lost more parliament members than MLAs.
The heat of the Uttar Pradesh elections has added more acidity to the mutual antipathy of prime minister Narendra Modi and the Congress party.
The Rajasthan civil aviation department's proposal to aircraft manufacturers to quote for a plane with a range of 3,000 km has raised many eyebrows in the Narendra Modi government.
The precious stones now account for 15 percent of the business in jewelry shops in Kerala.
Established scrap dealers lead a lifestyle that matches the rich and powerful in India.
Endowed with considerable power, the CEO has been the undisputed king within an organization, but not anymore.
Kabali's turnover could raise awe and envy: Even before its release, the film collected Rs 223 crore.
Baba's company's turnover of Rs 5,000 crore was a kick right on the business giants' faces.
What if the government is planning to deposit some money each month into your account?
Venture funding is not easy money simply because those who are investing are not going to invest without assessing a business.
A vote to decide Britain's continuation in the EU is slated for June 23 and the exit from the EU is termed as Brexit.
Both Narendra Modi and Raghuram Rajan have developed into brands that peg India on the global investment map.
P. Kishore writes about how Self Publishing has become a boom and how publishers are minting good money out of it.
Ventures that are started without much fanfare, in modest surroundings, would see a steady flow of customers, while those launched in prime areas with lots of advertisements could soon wind up.
If you have some old recipes, spruce it up with some exotic name and then market it.
There are some businesses that carry fancy names, but hardly make money. One of them is net release, something that film makers have been clamouring for a long time now.
An emerging segment with huge potential in the tourism sector in Kerala called mental health tourism.
Across the globe, women professionals are left with a difficult choice – family or career?
The central government has already identified Kochi as one of the hundred for the Smart City initiative.
Uber, which owns no vehicles, becoming the world’s largest taxi company, and Alibaba emerging as the largest retailer without possessing any inventory, are two good examples of the latest trend.
The world economy is so much integrated with China that a crash there would affect all nations around the world.
Billionaires are not hard to come by. So are billionaires who renounce their assets for the well being of society.
Big businesses have now condescended to the level of new generation business leaders because it is ultimately the deal that matters.
The profile of people entering government service is changing in a big way. Compared to people who joined government service because they were good for nothing else, new entrants know IT, have new ideas and are keen to work. The reason for...
Even though Kerala is touted as God's own country, we are actually Luddites’ own country. Even though they originated in England in the 19th century, their descendents are now in Kerala more than anywhere else. During the industrial revolution in...
When I went to a car workshop recently, it had only a chief mechanic and his assistant. I heard the sound of only small repairs there, which was once a famous service centre in the city. The mechanic is old, and he complained that it was hard to...
Those preparing for a government employment need to learn a lot. To perform well in PSC and UPSC exams, one has to learn about a host of government programmes and with the Centre announcing new schemes at the drop of a hat, it is becoming tough to...
Kochi: Of all living beings in this planet, man is different. Unlike other living beings, who don’t have any obligation towards life, man is eternally in search for a meaning to his life. He is not just satisfied with having just food and drink and...
Standing bars became popular in Kerala, when bars had their heydays in the state. People could go into a standing bar, buy a quick drink, gulp it on one go and then leave, neat and ‘fit’; it hardly took five minutes for the whole process to...
Revolutions in taxi segments are either very quiet and or associated with a lot of sound and fury. From a few years ago when people were afraid to hire a taxi for even going to the hospital to the modern times when apps are ruling the business, the...
Even though some would like to believe that Apple has lost some of its sweetness, the brand is the top name in the world in terms of brand value. In fact, four of the top brands are names that are based in Silicon Valley and they are: Apple, Google,...
A business entrepreneur in the Gulf happens to be an infamous baddie at home. He has earned quite a lot in the Gulf and goes around with his henchmen in luxurious cars. Of course, he is a good boy in the Gulf and would not dare to bare his dark side...
Tiffin companies make a killing by pampering the rich ones who think the sky will fall down if they miss one helping of protein or dietary fibre.
Do we have a right to have more than our fair share simply because we are in a position to grab it?
With health and the providing of healthcare being such a vital issue, there will always be questions about conflicts of interest in the healthcare system.
If our goal is to find a solution to the many problems that we face in the public and private sphere, a degree of flexibility, openness to the views of others, civility in debate, and a willingness to negotiate might garner us better results than...
Instead of fighting over riparian rights in rivers that are fast dying, what we need to do is to come together and revive these once mighty rivers and lakes so that everyone benefits.
The crowds at the new Streetscape Park in Kochi show how much we need open and green spaces. India’s urban planners should give priority to this need.
It's been 69 years since India got independence. And it seems appropriate to ask ourselves how we have fared in this mammoth task of nation building?
From having a handful of close friends to having thousands of followers … we've certainly come a long way. But at what cost ?
Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come, and it appears that being actively involved and investing in efforts to bring about change in our own communities is an idea that is here to stay.
Farmers, despite their sweat and toil in the sun, realise almost nothing while middlemen harvest the fruits of their hard labour.
Quite clearly despite our vaunted claims of social justice and gender equality we are failing at both in Kerala.
Every trick in the book is being employed by the ringmasters to convince a jaded audience to give the show another chance to impress.
What all does a mother note down in her diary during those two whole months of sheer bliss?
Like the Israelites, we, who have thus far been blessed by nature, will have to traverse a desert of our own making in the years to come.
Shalini Anna Dominic in her column writes about a new species that is taking over the urban Kerala.
Pinarayi's aim of progress can't be achieved unless law and order is effectively maintained and public tranquility becomes the new norm.
The CM has to reach out to all the apolitical social forces and the political opposition to create a generally peaceful environment that is required for progress.
The new government in Kerala should move fast before it loses momentum and popular goodwill.
If the LDF can provide a government that will impartially focus on corruption-free governance, inclusive economic development and justice to all, they are likely to be reelected after five years.
Kerala police have not moved fast enough to improve their data base, crime and criminal tracking systems and investigative capabilities.
The government will have to reach out not only to apolitical social forces but also to political opponents and recognize ground realities.
A vibrant democracy requires that the people should have the option of choosing one or the other of at least two national parties.
There is no dearth of power hungry saints in the Congress who work overtime to pull down their friends and colleagues.
The hopes of UDF and the dreams of NDA were dashed by the Left wave.
The gruesome murder of Jisha living in a one-room hut on government land in Kerala raises some questions which the state government and the Kerala society need to grapple with.
Kerala can become the shining star of development in India if our politics can become issue based rather than confrontational.
Unless we fix the school education before it is too late, the future of the Kerala will be bleak.
We need a dynamic govt that can move fast, not one that is lost in some ideological arid land or running to remain standstill as in Alice’s wonderland.
The focus on corruption in the election manifesto of LDF is a step in the right direction.
Current Kerala elections don't offer hope on this; only a groundswell of opinion will force a change.
Oommen Chandy has emerged stronger and taller from the standoff with the Congress high command. Can Pinarayi Vijayan do a repeat?
Do we not have the right to know before we make the choice who will be the chief minister if the front we are voting for comes to power?
We have seen political leaders who scream from rooftops about corruption in public life but never take any action when they are given power.
Amassing wealth through dishonest means does not entail social disrepute.
Will the people of Kerala be able to send these parties and their leaders to retirement homes in the forthcoming Assembly election?
What is unique about the Kerala coalition firmament is that people like R Balakrishna Pillai, TM Jacob and Baby John have been hailed as state-level leaders though their parties would not be able to come to power even in a panchayat on their own.
In the run-up to another assembly election, Keralites have the unenviable task of choosing between two fronts with only marginal differences in their programmes.
The nationalism that RSS-BJP propagate is chillingly reminiscent of how it was used by Hitler and Mussolini for their fascist projects.
Dialogues are debate of ideas and it is only through clash of ideas that civilizations advanced, it is this process that is under threat, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Radhika broke down when I met her. One could see the glow of anger against the injustice perpetuated by our society.
Sree Narayana Guru used spirituality as a propelling force for upward social mobility of the people, says CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.