Friday, May 13, 2016

Dystopian Kerala & Modi's Somalia


Mr.Modi’s Somalia comparison has for the past one week caught up much attention in this strip of land called Kerala (which , I’m sure historiographers(sic) of the Hindutva party would want to believe was allegedly carved out from the sea by a dreaded and conscientious  warrior, a Brahmin who detested Kshatriyas). The now infamous comment of Mr.Modi, who excels in sonorous rhetoric, laced half truths, innuendos apart from blatant lies and malarkey effectively aroused outrage in the State, but that seldom crossed the Western Ghats .Folks up north and elsewhere in the country wondered what the hullabaloo was all about and some may even have scampered to their computers to Google and find if Somalia in far away Africa suffered any tectonic shift. However  the chorus of protests over the PM’s comments  did create  some reverberation in distant Delhi among the minnows in the Modi government.

It was fun days over the past week, with an abuzz social media lampooning Modi and caricatures of his faux pass aplenty flying all over. I must admit that I missed no opportunity in sharing and commenting from my part- a contribution towards increasing the misery if I can, of one of the most disagreeable and detestable person to wrest  the Prime minister- ship of this country. Strong words? Cannot find any stronger ones, I must confess.

Now what I must address here is the allegation that Mallaus false pride was hurt by the comparison Mr.Modi made of Kerala with Somalia. Eventually Mallus hit bed with pleasure after satirising Modi’s comments with the economic and social index statistics of Gujarat.
 How true is the accusation? Indeed it is true to an extent. It is truer that than the truth of the hurt Malayalee pride, in fact it is the Mallus hypocritical heart that has been offended and hurt.

Keralites live in a house of wax- a house that is bedeviled with castes, superstition, sleaze, voyeurism, environmental destruction, cantankerous qualities and what not!  On the flip side agrarian and land reforms that communist ethos heralded, the social emancipation of a vast multitude of low caste, an universal education system, commendable health care, yet, I wonder if any Mallu even in his most ludicrous moment exclaim that Kerala is an epitome of Shangri-La. Century and more ago Swami Vivekananda painfully exclaimed that Kerala is a land of the insane. Many monsoons have since poured down on the land- communist social revolution heralded social and economic paradigm shift in the milieu, the Gulf boom created a tectonic transformation in the economics of the State. Today Keralites contribute 40 percent and more of the foreign remittances (i.e. Rupees 1 lakh crores). Ironically 3 million plus expatriates from other northern and north eastern states work in Kerala. All from States where IMR is abysmally pathetic let alone the plight of infants among Scheduled tribes.
Where does this place the Somalia of India?

As I mentioned I reveled in lampooning Mr.Modi. But the act was not out of hurt pride or obsessive hypocrisy , nor did I go to bed pleasurably for having mocked Mr.Modi, his gauche and inappropriate misleading comments, thus hoping to veil the supposed veracity of his statements. I savoured the pleasure of mocking a man who have apparently befooled the country and whose malarkey was laid thread bare by his own foul and boorish mouth and actions. A man who rode on to become the PM of the most populous country through means that was heart wrenching, and thrives on dispensation that is distasteful ,divide and rule.

The foremost issue that Mr.Modi raked up and which en masse the State took up in indignant chorus- was the mischievous and spliced , selective comparison with one of the most dystopian territories on the planet, “Somalia”. He claimed that “The unemployment in Kerala is at least three times the national average. Infant mortality in Kerala among Scheduled tribe community in Kerala is worse than that of Somalia. The State can meet only 13 percent of the requirement of their agricultural products. Even after 70 years after Independence, Kerala depends upon other states for 70 percent of its power requirements. Most of Kerala youth are forced to leave the State in search of jobs. Only through overall development can the State be brought back to its past glory.”      
 Past glory? I wonder what he was referring to.

It only requires little intelligence to understand that such has been Mr.Modi’s shenanigans and ploy, whereby he subtly proclaims wrong statistical data and spliced, selective data to mislead the audience. Instances during the previous general election were abundant. The specious statement over what black money stashed abroad can do to an individual Indian – who may stand to get Rs 15 lakh. More than a mouthful to fool the gullible!

The current plight of the Adivasis or the indigenous  forest dwellers of  India- the original inhabitants of the country even before the fair skinned Aryan invaders and later, the sacerdotal Hindus and the lesser ones  usurped their land is well documented statistically. The glaring indifference that Adivasis face in India is not an isolated case to be foisted on Kerala alone. True the mortality rate in Kerala is high among adivasis, but less than the national average (though that is not a status to pat one’s back). The fact is indifference to the original inhabitants has been not endemic to political parties or to Kerala.  And this Government with its mad Hindutva mind set has no reason to shed tear for the aborigines. Once electoral exercise is done with, scheduled tribes, scheduled castes and other non entities (as the RSS would see them) will be relegated into the septic tank. For, for a racial and religious purity that the Hindutva ideology calls for, there is no room for lesser beings.

Orchestrated bludgeoning of Universities & centers of learning and higher education is something that has been consistently practiced by fascists’ mobs (governments). This government under Mr. Modi has taken that exercise to newer levels. The matter is afresh in our minds and the process of clubbing into silence is going on.

As for the other falsehood Mr.Modi trumpeted, statistics on the Central Govt’s web sites of the economic survey gives enough information to rubbish his allegations. So copying them here is of less importance. A bakth yesterday stated indignantly that he doesn’t believe the statistics I quoted to rubbish Mr. Modi’s assertions. I   conveyed my empathy and told him that indeed with the Government headed by Modi one cannot even trust the official statistics to be true. For this government excels in rewriting and concocting everything and anything from cows to videos to economic data.

 This is what irks any conscientious person especially a Mallu , in the current context when a man with notoriety for presiding over a State government that did nothing to stop fanatic, religious madmen and marauders killing innocent people, goring and wrenching out entrails from human bowels, under whose watch gruesome killings which would shame Attila the Hun happened;  under whose watch his State actually went further down in Social Index parameters; a person who nonchalantly compared the Gujarat killings to a puppy being run over by a motor car, bays sententious statements and anguish at the plight of a Adivasis who have been hounded out in every State in India. If this is not hypocrisy , well what then does the word mean?

No, not over- his present government incessantly uses paramilitary and regular forces in the central heartlands of India to drive out the indigenous forest dwellers from their forest land so that the land can be given on a platter to his corporate benefactors. Why doesn’t Modi weep for the many tribes driven out of the Narmada valley when the monolith of a dam came across the Narmada to cater the over indulgence of Gujarat’s big cities and to quench the insatiable needs of big businesses?
Where is the inclusive development he speaks of? Rubbish utter, utter falsehood this comparison to Somalia!


10 comments:

Happy Kitten said...

No Modi lover yet to comment? :)

Amidst all this hullabulla we forget how Somalians must feel. I do not think they deserve either Modi's or Keralites disdain. We are indeed too boastful at times.

Kerala is not so great and things can change anytime. Sometimes I think we are still resting on past laurels.

Anilkumar Kurup said...

Happy Kitten,

Conceit and hypocrisy are bed fellows of Keralites.That is an admissible fact. It is not the disdain Modi or Keralites express for Somalians, but a sophist and a man like Modi shedding tears over deaths in Attapadi is what irks.

rudraprayaga said...

If I unfurl my real feelings you may think i am biased,Anil. Not that what we see and hear through medias is not at all the fact.In fact paid pieces of news are there in many a media.

Nearly for six decades India was in the sway of one family, as if there are none to hold its bridle. The mandate has come in favour of Mr.Modi, so let his good offices( or bad I don't know) may be made use of by our country. If he goes against the will of theirs, he will be annihilated very well by the people.Otherwise he will be lifted to their shoulders.Let's wait for the accomplishment(completion)of he tenure. A lot of fabricated stories emerge from his opposers and the medias clap for that.Vemule-Kanhaiyya activities are well paid by the Congress n CPI,it is heard.I am not an authority in this matter.

If the milch cows, Gulf & the US are not there for Kerala, it would have been worse than Somalia.And what he said was about the S.T's.They are being crushed in the clutches of intruders.Anyway ninetynine percent of what u highlighted is factual.Nice to read. (I am not a fan of Modi or his followers.

Happy Kitten said...

@rudrapryaga, Kerala is able to send milch cows only since the State got them educated and they felt capable to explore other shores. That does go in favor of earlier policies and the past political leaders of Kerala. Agree that Kerala is not doing enough but it is a small state and has limitations. Hopefully BJP and Modi has scared the present politicians into action.
As for Modi..yes he deserves a space just like any other elected leader.

Happy Kitten said...

@rudrapryaga, Kerala is able to send milch cows only since the State got them educated and they felt capable to explore other shores. That does go in favor of earlier policies and the past political leaders of Kerala. Agree that Kerala is not doing enough but it is a small state and has limitations. Hopefully BJP and Modi has scared the present politicians into action.
As for Modi..yes he deserves a space just like any other elected leader.

Anilkumar Kurup said...

@ rudraprayag,

I endorse Asha's comment. It is not for nothing that Keralites could fetch lucrative jobs abroad and also the blue collared ones. You see the strange migration of labourers and blue collared workers are coming into Kerala from the north and eastern states. What the middle east is to Keralites , Kerala is now to the migrant workers from Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.

True the plight of the tribes in pockets are bad, real bad but they cannot be singled out as an endemic disease of Kerala because the pan India average of the pitiful plight of adivasis is pathetic and worse. This govt have consciously cut back on grants and tribal welfare.
Modi govt has also gone back to cut aid to Scheduled castes too.
As for your doubts about what we hear about the intolerance in matters of food, faith, literature, speech etc are not fanciful or orchestrated by the Congress.

Vigilance is the cornerstone of democracy and if one doubts about the true designs of a fascist govt well we are in trouble
Finally we are dealing with a man , though democratically elected , who presided over the systematic killing of minorities.
Do you call the Gujarat program a fantasy too?

I hope you dont.
Look at the Hindutva agenda and the RSS ideology , then you will see the common pattern.

rudraprayaga said...

Anil, what I read in the day to day news comes here. I don't know which is true and which false because we can't believe the news sources also.

Now the ATS (appointed by the Congress govt.) says the Gujrat story(Hasrat Jehan& Pranesh) was instituted by the Congress to tarnish & punish Mr. N.Modi.

Vemule,Kanhaiyya etc are funded by the Congress and the communist.

And UP Govt. has submitted clean a chit for BJP's involvement, with regard to beaf-related murder.

In Kerala Muslim League and Kerala Congress are titled as seculars by all where as in the departments handled by those ministers contain only their people in key-posts.Let them participate in politics, but they shouldn't disdain other caste-parties.

And all the ones resist BJP tooth and nail from being in the offices the govt..Of course there are clashes between BJP and Marxists, but no intolerance case has precipitated.

And Vemule was the ninth such case in that University,where the earlier ones were not brought to light. All other things were also happening during the past decade and before also, but were not thrown light upon.

Albeit all these I would say some miscreants of NDA may be taking advantage and Modi should have expressed contempt.That is a main mistake on his part.I belong to a family of Congress people.The only thing I don't approve is conferring the power to one family.When there are numerous experienced brains,why don't they come to the forefront.

May be that my impression may be wrong, but I've inferred them from the information reached me.

Anilkumar Kurup said...

@ Rudraprayag

My first reaction to your observation was to leave it at that. But on second thought I felt that it was common over the world where ever fascism raised its head for people to believe that they are a celestial bunch and it is the mischievous elements that plant misleading things about them and allege them being fascist. Your doubts about the fascist dispensation of Modi are no exception. Hence a reply is necessary.
I’ll go point by point here. The Ishrat Jahan case will never see light as m,uch as the mystery surrounding the Ghodra train burning.
To allege that Rohit Vehmulle and Kanhaiya Kumar are funded to topple Modi or create unrest is as naïve a belief as the innocence of Modi in the Gujrat killings of 2002.
Yes Vehmulle was not the only Dalit to have killed himself. That tells the fact that regardless of political affiliations and governments Indians are casteist and racists. But now here befor has the Central Education ministry written to the Vice Chancellor of an University to ban the students ( read Vemulle) from the hostel, stop the grant given to him and turn the clock back in his life. As for the JNU episode who doesn’t know that vested interests (read the BJP and fringe parties) were instrumental in doctoring videos and physically attacking students? This is not the first time that JNU witnessed a leftist’s student surge.
Remember about FTII Pune which is now saddled by a novice and third grade actor who sits in the Chairman’s chair in the institute. His qualification he was the Yudhisthira in the soap opera Mahabarath. Also he sang paeans of Modi.


UP govt’s clean chit to Modi is as efficient as the UP govts obfuscation of the Muzafarnagar killings.. You see the BJP do not have to do all these dirty work. They employ their off shoots- Bajarang Dal, VHP, Ram sena., Hanuman sena etc. Then they could swear innocence. Don’t you see?

RSS ideology of racism and Hinu dominance is anathema to Marxist or communist ideology of inclusiveness and seeing people as one. There is no caste in communism. Hence communists are to be annihilated.
Why is Modi silent? What stops him from calling these elements and order to fuck away?.

As for the dynasty well the Congress still needs the label of Gandhi – Nehru clan, so thinks the members of the party. Hence the attempt to foist the idiot boy.
But it was time you turned else where to collect your information else as it was in Germany in the 1940’s it will be too late when one realises that after all Modi is a fascist and represents a racist, bigoted, fascist organization.

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