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Kerala History: Glimpses from 1956 to 2011

Because it tilts more towards the generation that grew up in the 90s, so that’s what we are. Because there are multiple events and people and struggles we left out from our long list, we would like to hear your thoughts. Because rather than big events, we have focused on big patterns. And while we disagree on a lot many things here – political, cultural, developmental, social, and personal, I hope we all agree that Kerala got it mostly right in the past 55 years. Because Kerala is the No.1 state in India, here we go, and as always we would like to hear your thoughts.

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10 Constitutional changes and a mango lassi

…need a Prime Minister who can explain this to the nation. This is where I miss the Nehrus, and Vajpayees, and the Vishwanath Prataps of yester years. Manmohan Singh over the past years has alarmingly proved his impotence as a leader, and while we are at it, an honest impotent leader. The new-India seem to care more about the “honest” part than the political impotence part. The new-India does not seem to hate political impotence, they just hate politicians making more money than them.

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Kerala Elections 2011: Kalashakottu

The last 15 minutes of campaigning for Assembly elections in Peroorkada Junction, at the nerve center of the Vattiyoorkavu constituency in Trivandrum. K.Muraleedharan of INC takes on CPIM independent Cherian Philip in this VIP constituency encompassing AKG Center, Legislative Assembly, Cliff House, and Indira Bhavan.

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Kerala Elections: Do you remember 2006?

But if you are looking for a government which hits the right buttons with a 20 year vision for the state, which does not sell out our precious assets and our land, which has clear policies for human development and the ability to execute that on multiple fronts, which does not bow to the pressures of retrograde caste and religious organizations, which has a cabinet of people who know what they are talking about, which makes Kerala rank consistently as the best state in India – You might want to put some effort, drink some coffee, take a deep breath, and try to remember 2006.

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If history is any indicator….

I agree that human rights include the right to food and shelter, which the Chinese are trying hard to provide. But to quote an Indian revolutionary,

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.”

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Malayalam Cinema’s Mindspace

Now for the blockbusters from the past 22 years – 1988 – Chitram , 1989 – Ramjirao Speaking , 1990 – His Highness Abdulla , 1991 – Godfather , 1992 – Pappayude Swantham Appose , 1993 – Manichitrathazhu , 1994 – Commisioner , 1995 – Spadikam , 1996 – Hitler , 1997 – Aaram Thampuran , 1998 – HariKrishnans , 1999 – Friends , 2000 – Narasimham , 2001 – Raavnaprabhu , 2002 – Meesamadhavan , 2003 – Chronic Bachelor , 2004 – Sethuramaiyer CBI , 2005 – Rajamanikyam , 2006 – Classmates , 2007 – Kadha Parayumbol , 2008 – Twenty:20 , 2009 – Pazhassi Raja.

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Oil and Bhopal.

One of the saddest images I’ve seen. Full slide-show on NYTimes. And in tonight’s report Colbert said “BP is a foreign company operating in our country. Which shed our blood, and destroyed our land and livelihood”. Then he discussed punishing British Petroleum. In other news US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake said no […]

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Tharoor: One year since

It is more saddening to see that Tharoor is not exiting on his own, but being sacked around accusations of corruption. If he had resigned in protest against “the red tape”, or “allocation of funds to Kerala”, or even “ludicrous nature of Indian foreign policy” it would have been a worth while tenure. I do not understand when people say “tharoor is the new kinda politician”. I do understand that he never fit in, but that is not enough to claim that he is any different or any better.

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Ending terrorizing ourselves

Friedman has a beautiful piece on America’s priorities and the precariousness of the national psyche. In his OP-ED in times, Friedman talks about “my president, whose agenda can be derailed at any moment by a jihadist death cult using exploding underpants.” And what does the war on terror give us? Better drones, body scanners and […]

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