There are more Che Guevara posters than even Mahatma Gandhi in Kerala.Kerala having achieved high human development,comprehensive land reforms and social development must have faced the negative side of communism as well.
Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
Thank you for the A2A.Whatever I reply here will be attacked and hence I shall earnestly try to be as politically correct as possible. For the records, I am a completely non-political person and besides enjoying the funny histrionics of our politicians, I never really pay any serious heed to their words or deeds. To me, they are all more of entertainers than administrators.Coming back to the original question… What are some of the draw backs of a long and deep-rooted communist rule in Kerala? (Please don’t mention strikes)I’ll tell you a few from my own personal experience…
- Nokku kooli – a new trend that is fast catching up in almost every city and town in Kerala. As is common knowledge, a majority of the blue-collar crowd of Kerala are supporters of the CPI (Communist Party of India). You could see them waiting to be called for labor at many junctions, etc. If they see a loaded truck going towards a home in the vicinity, they follow the truck until the destination. And they demand that the unloading be done by them. If the house owner declines their services (due to any reason – he’s not comfortable letting them take the stuff inside his house or he thinks that the charges they demand are too much), they linger around until the unloading is done and ask for nokku-kooli or viewing charges. If you argue with them as to why you should pay them if they haven’t done anything, they protest and make a scene and might even harm the poor truck guy. This has happened to us twice. Nowadays, trucks avoid areas where these ruffians keep watch and hurriedly unload their goods before they arrive. Their arguments – if you do our work, what work will we do? It’s our jobs that you are not allowing us to do. We have a family to feed…etc.
- Lack of labor force – Now in spite of there being such a huge number of blue-collar workers in Kerala, try finding someone to do some regular jobs at home – like climbing the coconut trees in your orchard or cleaning the septic tank. You’re going to have a tough time. Apparently, these aren’t ‘decent’ jobs for many. We have quite a fair number of coconut trees in our orchard and we have an old faithful come and fell our coconuts for us regularly. I don’t even want to think of what will be the state after him. What will we do? There is no other way to fell coconuts than to actually climb the trees. Or wait until they fall on their own…which can be hazardous. When asked, they have a simple solution – Cut the trees! Coconuts are available in the shops,no? Why do you want to have coconut trees? -_- It’s really none of their business to tell us to cut the trees or keep them. And who will want to pay Rs.25/- per coconut when you get hundreds of them for free from your own trees every year?
- Inquilab for everything – My father’s ancestral home is a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Bharathapuzha. I remember playing and bathing in the river as a child. Today the state of that river is nothing less than heartbreaking, thanks to the excessivethat is rife in Kerala. What is left of the healthy river bed now is just silt. And the river is already dead in many places. Even during heavy monsoons, the color of the river is a muddy brown. The risk of earthquakes has also increased manifold due to this. If anybody dares to question this, he might even get physically harmed. If the government questions their activities, they shout ‘inquilab’. This is our livelihood. Don’t try to take it away from us. We are poor. We have a family to feed. Inquilab zindabad!
- Indiscriminate strikes – This has become a national joke now. Kerala has become synonymous with hartals and strikes. Every other day there would be something. Somebody killed somebody, somebody insulted somebody, somebody was denied something, and so on and so forth. Many a time, people don’t even know what actually happened. Oh, are we having a hartal today? Good, I’ll go back to sleep. People have actually stopped caring for these anymore. It’s become a part of life.It is immaterial if the Communist Party is in rule or not. This culture is so deep-rooted now that it has become the culture of Kerala now. I have nothing against the Communist party or any of their ideologies. But as a Keralite, I just pointed out the difficulties faced by the common man. The Communist party was founded as a people’s party. It is unsettling that people are themselves getting affected negatively by their presence.Edit: I just noticed that you’ve mentioned ‘please don’t mention strikes’…Got a little carried away when I wrote the answer. Please don’t mind.