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Kerala Elections 2021

The victory of the Left Democratic Front in the elections to Kerala legislative assembly needs to be contextualised within certain key social and economic developments that the state witnessed in the last five years. While doing so, certain narratives that have emerged in the media about possible factors responsible for the LDF victory need to be critically engaged with.

Political Significance of Assembly Election Results

The recent election results negate the politics of dominance cherished at the centre.

Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme in Kerala

Demands to launch an urban employment guarantee scheme similar to that of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been gaining traction for a while. Kerala has been a front-runner in this regard by launching the Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme way back in 2010. At a time when the entire country is seeking an urban counterpart of the rural employment guarantee scheme, the potential and pitfalls of its urban version need to be looked into.

Kerala Deluge

The role of the dams in reducing the damage during the 2018 floods in Kerala is looked at. Responding to the critiques, the authors note that the dams have produced enormous social, economic and even several ecological benefits and point out that benefits of the dams can be enhanced by improving weather forecasting capabilities.

Left Democratic Front Victory in Kerala’s Local Body Elections

The ruling Left Democratic Front clinched a colossal victory in the local body elections of 2020. A close reading of the results shows that people are more inclined to the forces that are sensitive to their real problems and needs in everyday life. It also reveals that the welfare measures of the government have eclipsed the corruption charges levelled against it.

Interpreting Kerala’s COVID-19 Numbers

Through a series of data visualisations, the authors attempt to describe Kerala's COVID-19 trajectory, the state’s policy response and how to assess its pandemic performance. Using demographic, economic, social (particularly public health) data, the authors provide context on the vulnerability of the state to outbreaks, show how to use comparative indicators, and account for district-level variation and reporting errors. Finally, the authors examine what has changed in the consequent waves of the pandemic and discuss the enduring strengths of the “Kerala model.”

Gendered Desire in Kerala

An effort is made towards writing the immaterial and intangible coordinates of gendered sociality and connectivity into narratives of gender and development that conventionally operate on premises of quantitativeness and measurability within discourses of developmental economics. The question of whether gendered desire can be used as an index to interrogate development paradigms has been raised. Further, the shifts in sociocultural landscapes amidst a digital media revolution that has made possible new kinds of affordances around gendered, affective and networked publics has been addressed and a tentative theoretical investigation into possibilities of bringing an affective modality into developmental matrices is presented.

Impact of the Kerala Congress(M) on the Left Democratic Front

The Kerala Congress(M) holds the capacity to alter the equilibrium of coalition politics in Kerala. However, for the Left Democratic Front to benefit from the KC(M)’s entry into its fold, an extended harmonious partnership at the grassroots level is necessary.

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation

This paper is a modified version of the MA dissertation submitted to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras by Sreelakshmi P. The authors gratefully acknowledge the helpful comments and suggestions from an anonymous referee, which helped them to Improve the paper. The authors are also grateful for the various comments they received during the review meetings of the project.

Kuttanad and Covid-19

Aided by the Government of Kerala, the farmers in Kuttanad are continuing to show resistance through cooperation and resilience.

Challenges in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a rethinking of the contours of state intervention, especially in social sectors like health. The argument for rolling back the state has become questionable even among mainstream commentators. Kerala’s experience shows how public investment in healthcare and a participatory mode of governance with empowered local governments can help in pandemic mitigation. A truly federal set-up with shared responsibilities between the centre and states is better suited to deal with situations like the present one rather than a centralised system.

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