Let Insignificant Issues Not Hijack Our Focus at This Juncture
With the Supreme Court in overdrive mode to correct inherently flawed, overtly biased and utterly irrational beliefs, practices and legal positions – what we expect elected governments and legislatures to be actually doing – it has been interesting times indeed. Unfortunately, the so-called ‘judicial activism or overreach’ has resulted in national and regional discourses being hijacked by childish debates on personal choices and biological cycles rather than serious conversations around the state of the economy and key industries. Kerala has been no different. The Sabarimala verdict has changed the focus from Rebuilding Kerala post the catastrophic floods that tormented the State to the highly polarising yet contextually irrelevant issue of temple entry of women of a particular age group. Thankfully, the Kerala Chief Minister has categorically stated that his government is not filing a review petition and will implement the SC order in tune with the spirit of the rule of law. Arguments on TV debates especially have bordered on the ridiculous and the outrageous as self-appointed experts and spokespersons attempt to stoke religious sentiments and foment indignation to secure social media limelight and earn TRPs. Our economy is in shambles and the industry, especially the MSME sector, has been badly hit. Deepu Aby Varghese spoke to MSME players and trade body leaders to understand the harsh ground realities. Read the story on page 14. Not to forget the tribulations of tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes, valuables and livelihood. Rebuilding Kerala cries for our full attention now. This has to be top priority and the news headline. Not Sabarimala. Not Section 377. Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) has shown what our rightful priorities should be. The Tourism Ministers at the Centre and State, along with the private industry have been batting on the front foot to tell the world that Kerala Tourism is open for business. The sense of urgency and the deeply collaborative efforts seem to have paid off well if we go by the unprecedented response to the 10th edition of KTM which concluded recently. This is how we should be as a nation and State. This is what being responsible, literate and progressive is all about.