Articles by G Pramod Kumar
Jun 10, 2019
Nipah virus: Kerala govt acted quickly, but recurrence a sign that state's once immaculate healthcare system is failingEpidemiologically, what the recurrence of Nipah in Ernakulam indicates is that the virus is still out there - probably in bats or in pigs - and it can hit back any time
Jun 03, 2019
How Tamil Nadu's regional nationalism, habitual secularism of a plural society in Kerala halted BJP's march in the SouthHistorically, the insurmountability that the BJP faces in south India arises mainly from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, but their stories of resistance — the politics, the underlying ideologies, and the circumstances — are completely different from each other. One is strongly based on self-respect and counter-nationalism while the other is based on the habitual secularism of a plural society and age-old Centre-Left politics.
Apr 18, 2019
Video of PJ Kurien translating Rahul Gandhi goes viral: Ridiculing ex-RS deputy chairman done in bad taste, betrays insensitivityKurien is a 78-year-old and, at the rally, he was unable to hear Rahul despite training his ears on him. For Kurien, who is of a certain age and the situation was made much worse by the huge din from the crowd, his repeated failures to get what Rahul was speaking made him probably nervous and led to those errors that indeed were serious
Apr 17, 2019
Kerala's 'ambulance baby' spectacle shows private players, aided by govt, are taking over public healthcare systemNothing wrong in seeking the help of a super-speciality private hospital with world-class amenities and experienced doctors and surgeons, but it did puncture the healthcare claims of the Kerala government.
Apr 15, 2019
Opinion polls say BJP will bag Thiruvananthapuram, but Shashi Tharoor may repeat 2014 win with help of 3 minority seatsBarring Wayanad that Rahul has chosen as a safe backup, the most high-profile and keenly watched constituency in Kerala will be Thiruvananthapuram. The reason is simple: the BJP thinks that it can open its Parliamentary account in the state from here, that too by toppling the two-time incumbent Shashi Tharoor.
Apr 04, 2019
Unprecedented reception to Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad shows just whom minorities will back in Kerala; BJP, CPM on backfootThe biggest takeaway from the unprecedented reception that Congress president Rahul Gandhi received in Wayanad on Thursday where he submitted his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections is that the minorities, particularly the Muslims, are going to firmly back the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).
Mar 25, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's minimum income guarantee scheme, if it comes to fruition, will be the biggest in the worldRahul Gandhi's blockbuster announcement of a minimum income guarantee scheme of Rs 72,000 per household per year if the UPA comes to power in the Lok Sabha election will be the biggest social protection scheme attempted anywhere in the world
Mar 14, 2019
Congress will lose more strategic assets to BJP if it doesn't finalise state-wide alliances, mount aggressive responseIf the Congress doesn’t finalise state-wide alliances soon and mount a counter attack that is high on realism, confidence and aggression, it’s likely to lose more strategic assets to poaching by the BJP and even runs the risk of being overrun in places where it has gained initial traction.
Jan 08, 2019
BJP's 10 percent reservation for upper castes unlikely to be a winner even among members of the communityWhat the BJP's sudden decision to provide reservation for the poor people among the forward castes conceals is its fallacious nature and the potentially complicated aftermath
Jan 04, 2019
Sabarimala row lands Congress in trouble in Kerala as 'BJP vs CPM' contest emerges from political polarisationWhile Kerala’s civil society as a whole stood together against the violence, the Congress has yet again failed to take a stand that’s different from that of the BJP.