I read “The Hindu” daily and i see a lot of south Indians criticizing him in the editor’s column. Even on the JNU incident.
Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
Thank you for the A2A.
Honestly, I don’t consider myself qualified enough to comment on the personal choices of such a huge strata of society. For the record, I’m a strictly non-political person too.
But in my own home state, Kerala, I have observed that people have a fairly neutral attitude towards the PM. Keralites have always had a neutral attitude towards whatever happens in the Centre. They are more focused on issues pertaining to State politics. When the General Elections happened, there wasn’t any hoo-haa about it. People went about their daily chores with a shrug. But come the State Assembly elections, and the whole state goes into a frenzy! Campaigns and processions and whatnot! It’s a totally different scenario.
If you switch on the evening news on any Malayalam channel, all you get to see (at least for 60% of the program) will be detailed news about the politics of Kerala. National news is but a perfunctory addition. So I reckon the people of Kerala aren’t really affected as much as the rest of India probably is about whether the Union Cabinet is led by the BJP or the Congress or any other political party as such.
Kerala has historically remained aloof from National politics, and would probably continue to do so in the years to come. We have our own set of problems to tackle before we poke our noses into national level problems.