For more than a year now, the Government of Kerala has been making an earnest effort to revive interest in agriculture and restore it to the former glorious days. The effort reached a highpoint yesterday with the CM and his cabinet colleagues making a song and dance of planting paddy saplings to usher in the paddy cultivation project.
The joke of the century, I should say – the commies trying to revive an activity that requires dedicated and disciplined cooperation from the labour force!
I hate prophets of doom. And I hate myself for being one when I say that
large scale agricultural can never again be revived in Kerala. Unless
- the unions are dismantled
- draconian laws are put in place to deal with truant workers
- and draconian laws are enforced to ensure that labour interests too are protected.
Unless these steps taken, no sane person will want to plant even as many sapling as the CM did yesterday. No one will invest in a big way in agriculture knowing fully well that agriculture in Kerala was destroyed, not by errant weather Gods but by unionised labour and its manipulation in a manner totally hostile to the success of any farmer-entrepreneurial activity.
And these commies are responsible. Kuttannad, the once granary of Kerala metamorphosed into a wasteland, thanks to the commies playing dirty populist vindictive politics.
Some poor souls, being saddled with paddy fields , continue to engage in cultivation with all its unsurmountable problems. But with last years bumper crop going under water because of the party workers manipulating the use of harvesting machines to make a quick buck, they suffered mammoth losses. They are now completely fed up.
What in god’s name does the govt. think the people of Kerala are? Fools? Does the government think it can induce selective amnesia in the people to forget the deep hurts that fester in the collective consciousness of the people?
Let the government rein in their unions. Let the government give assurance to protect the farmers from the rowdyism and clout of the party workers and the unions.
The day any government does that, that day Ellavarun padathilleku project will succeed.
The present culture in Kerala can be summed up this way:
He who walks hates the one who rides a cycle.
He who has a cycle hates the one with a scooter.
He who has a scooter hates the one who has a car.
He who has a car hates the one with bigger car.
He who has a car hates the owners of lorries and buses but unlike the earlier cases, are helpless ‘cos the lorries and buses have the backing of mafias and unions.
He who who works hates the employer/mothali.
The hater is the all powerful ’exploited' proletariat.
The hated is the ‘privileged’ bourgeois
In such a hate filled unproductive ambiance how can any one invest in cultivation which involves a special bonding of all stakeholders?
The commies need to apologise to the people of Kerala for introducing this highly unproductive hate- work culture into Kerala.
Now, is DR. Jekyll trying to rein in the Hyde, the monster of his own creation, who has been on the rampage, destroying everything that comes in his way.
Are the Marxists, by any chance, suffering from pangs of conscience? Are they, after all, trying to apologise for the predicament they have brought the state to?
If they truly want to do it, let them set up commandos to shoot Mr. Hyde down before the monster completes his destructive spree started a few decades ago.