Political Movement in Kerala

Left-leaning politics usually advocates for more social freedom (pro liberal socially) and restricted economic freedom (anti-liberal economically). Kerala has had a left-oriented polity, and hence, should have had a population that favors more social freedom and less economic freedom. The latter, of course, is the case and Kerala has traditionally had an opposition to the neo-liberal ways of the center. But, somehow restricted social freedom in Kerala is something that is weird and unexpected, given the left nature of politics in Kerala, and heavily politicized population there that is probably due to the terrible party-politics in Kerala, where people have used “penvishayam” as an easy way to defame the other party. Either the party politics should grow up or Kerala’s population should decouple their life from the day-to-day party politics.

The first coalition government in Kerala was formed in 1960 and was headed by Pattom.  Since the dawn of the history, Kerala has remained an integral part of the Indian subcontinent. In 198o’s two main political coalitions were formed; leftist Left Democratic Front led by Communist Party of India (*Marxist) and the Centrist United Democratic Front led by the Indian National Congress. Since then coalition have alternated in government with neither front able to gain re-election for a second term. Clashes between supporters of the two coalitions have occurred periodically.

Both INC and CPI(M) have accused the other of corruption, promoting or condoning political violence and the general breakdown off law and order during their period of government. Direct action and political violence like Bandhs and Hartals has become the characteristics of Kerala societyin India. With these Hartals on a regular basis, the state treasury of Kerala has suffered losses of thousands of millions of rupees.

Most of the fight in Kerala is between RSS and CPIM . The deadly attack on each other since a few years ago is on the rise leading to an attack on Party headquarters. The state of Kerala is though socially cohesive with transgender being accommodated and a campaign of ‘Kiss of Love’ staged by non-violent protestors was against moral policing.

 

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