1000km Protest in Kerala
There is something wonderful about politics in Kerala: witness the 1000 km protest organised by the Communist Party of India – Marxist who persuaded 2 million Kerala activists to create a 1000 km protest against the federal government in Delhi. They are complaining that the government has broken its promises and is doing nothing for the working man.
Whatever your views on the party in question and everywhere you look in the world, Communist parties are either turning capitalist or disappearing entirely, here in Kerala Communism is alive and well and is an important ingredient in the Kerala political masala. For most lovers of the rough and tumble of political life, there is no more exciting arena than the politics of Kerala. Around the world, political ideologies have grown sterile and largely neoconservative, but in Kerala politics remains emotional and visceral and local people firmly attached to political debate.
India may have been characterised as the democracy of 1 billion voices but it is in Kerala that of those voices are most vociferous and passionate and despite this being a rather tranquil and backward state. Backward might be better thought of as backwater. In terms of politics it take central stage.
Long may politics in Kerala remain as argumentative, as engaged and is exciting. The world has a lot to learn from us.