Modi 2.0 a Wake-up Call for Kerala to Act Pragmatically
The people of India have spoken. A huge mandate in favor of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been delivered. From a business sentiment perspective, Modi’s re-election is a big thumbs up for all industries. The victory ensures continuation of policies initiated by the BJP government in the last term and precious another five years to see through some of the economic and social development programs and reforms which are midway in execution.
BJP has once again received a drubbing in God’s Own Country, in part thanks to minority consolidation voting en-masse for the Congress. The State’s ruling LDF has also been taught a painful lesson with 19 out of 20 seats going to the Congress and its allies. Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad also seems to have turned the tide in favour of the Congress.
It is especially sad for the tourism industry of the State as K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, did not make it to the new council of ministers of Modi 2.0. Everyone in the travel trade will agree that the last two years we have had an able administrator as MoS (I/C) Tourism. Alphons was accessible (a big deal in government), willing to listen and have a conversation. The minister was known to respond to ‘whatsapp’ messages directly and confirm appointments without the usual red tape involved.
My personal view is that we should have sent at least one credible BJP candidate to the Lok Sabha, for he would have certainly become a cabinet minister, to secure for the State what it truly deserves. Politics aside, Kerala’s parliamentarians need to now work across party lines to ensure our development agenda and momentum are not lost. I have said this before and I will say it again: while we may not have been ‘smart’ enough to always remain aligned with the ruling party at the centre (like Tamil Nadu for example) and transform our State, we should continue to leverage our parliamentarians with appeal across party lines and even national borders to our benefit.
Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor is a classic example of what can be achieved when one puts State before politics and party. May his ilk emulate him.
On the cover this month is a personality who adorned our front page two decades ago – to be precise, our second issue in the year 1997. Dr. J Hareendran Nair of Pankajakasthuri Herbals was fighting the system then. He is continuing his crusade even today – to secure credibility and respectability for Ayurvedic medicines, which Allopathic drugs are so entitled to.