articles by G Pramod Kumar


Nipah virus: Kerala govt acted quickly, but recurrence a sign that state's once immaculate healthcare system is failing

Epidemiologically, 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


How Tamil Nadu's regional nationalism, habitual secularism of a plural society in Kerala halted BJP's march in the South

Historically, 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.


Video of PJ Kurien translating Rahul Gandhi goes viral: Ridiculing ex-RS deputy chairman done in bad taste, betrays insensitivity

Kurien 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


Kerala's 'ambulance baby' spectacle shows private players, aided by govt, are taking over public healthcare system

Nothing 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.


Opinion polls say BJP will bag Thiruvananthapuram, but Shashi Tharoor may repeat 2014 win with help of 3 minority seats

Barring 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.


Unprecedented reception to Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad shows just whom minorities will back in Kerala; BJP, CPM on backfoot

The 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).


Rahul Gandhi's minimum income guarantee scheme, if it comes to fruition, will be the biggest in the world

Rahul 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


Congress will lose more strategic assets to BJP if it doesn't finalise state-wide alliances, mount aggressive response

If 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.


BJP's 10 percent reservation for upper castes unlikely to be a winner even among members of the community

What 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


Sabarimala row lands Congress in trouble in Kerala as 'BJP vs CPM' contest emerges from political polarisation

While 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.


Equating Periyar with Lenin is BJP's political immaturity: It's suicidal to reject Dravidian principles in Tamil Nadu

The BJP's near-impossible task of finding traction with the people of Tamil Nadu could only be done within the framework of Dravidian politics


After Tripura debacle, CPM's national fortunes rest on money sent from West Asia to Kerala

In simple words, it’s not ideology or any progressive policies but West Asian capitalism that will keep the rump of the CPM or rather communism alive in India. When the remittances start falling, we will see the real test.


'China is using a debt trap as a disciplinary tool to run Maldives': Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed tells Firstpost

Exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed speaks to Firstpost about anti-India designs in his country, Chinese influence and much more


With the Padma Vibhushan, 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraaja and his music move a step closer to immortality

Having been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan on 26 January 2018, composer Ilaiyaraaja has entered the pantheon of all-time greats in Indian music.


Understanding the cult of Sanjay Subrahmanyan, reigning superstar of Carnatic music

Allowing for differences in scale and demographic, the fandom surrounding musician Sanjay Subrahmanyan is comparable to that of superstar Rajinikanth | #FirstCulture


Pinarayi Vijayan's ill-founded obsession with development in Kerala is uninformed and devoid of realism

Vijayan, hailed by his supporters as a "double-hearted" man for his supposedly steely resolve, seemingly likes to live by his word and hasn't gone back on what he has said in the assembly or elsewhere.


Infosys, Wipro, TechM layoffs: No easy way out of the mess as threat of hi-tech, Trump gets real

Pink slips are being handed to the employees with a demoralising advise that they hadn’t performed well. When it happens to be people in their 30s and 40s, it’s far more devastating


Swachh Survekshan Survey 2017: Why Kerala must take its dismal ranking very seriously

Kerala claims to be the cleanest and greenest state in India, assuming exotic sobriquets for itself, but for the second year in a row, it hasn’t impressed the Union Government’s Swachh Survekshan Survey


Kerala DGP TP Senkumar's reinstatement makes CM Pinarayi Vijayan lose face

Bringing back a man, that he disgraced as no chief minister in the state has ever done, as the head of police force will be a huge embarrassment for Vijayan


Merger of AIADMK factions and purge of TTV Dinakaran: Is this all part of a BJP script?

In roughly two months since he fired the first shot against VK Sasikala on the sprawling sands of Marina Beach in Chennai, rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam (OPS) seems to be winning his battle