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Changes in Planning Methodology

The trends in the utilisation of plan funds by the local self-government institutions in Kerala from 2012–13 to 2020–21 are analysed. Changes in the participatory planning methodology in 2016 have resulted in better utilisation of the funds after 2017–18.

Thinking with/against Joji

Malayalam film Joji can be read as working through a central dialectic between society and family.

An Evidence-based Inquiry into the Endosulfan Tragedy in Kasaragod, Kerala

A review of the literature on the toxicology of endosulfan and assessment of the various pesticide-regulating agencies worldwide, as well as a statistical analysis of the medical camp data and primary data of the 2015 Kerala Disability Census, is carried out to elucidate possible evidence for higher prevalence of disabilities and disorders in the endosulfan-sprayed areas in Kasaragod, Kerala. The enquiry does not indicate a higher prevalence of the health problems in the endosulfan-sprayed areas in Kasaragod, compared to the unsprayed areas in the place and elsewhere in Kerala.

Kerala Growers and their Interest in Rubber Cultivation

Using satellite-derived spatio-temporal changes in rubber cultivated area which was taken as a proxy measure of growers’ attitude towards rubber cultivation, we show that despite the drastic fall in rubber price since 2012, Kerala growers still maintain their interest in cultivating this crop. Both total area under rubber cultivation and its share in the total geographic area and gross cultivated area of the state registered a steady growth independent of market fluctuations in rubber price suggesting the robust base of rubber plantation sector in the state, contradictory to some pessimistic views. We postulate that rubber growers in the districts that witnessed an expansion in rubber area are likely to be more dependent on rubber cultivation to meet their livelihood. The socio-economic reasons behind the differential attitude of rubber growers from different parts of Kerala as the rubber market fluctuated merits further research.

Women, Priesthood and Religious Rights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

In light of the recent announcement by the minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments for Tamil Nadu regarding the government’s willingness to facilitate resources and training for women who wish to be priests in temples, the article examines the debates regarding the right of women to Hindu religious realm by revisiting the political episode of women’s assertion of their constitutional right to enter the Sabarimala temple in the neighbouring state of Kerala as well as the gendered dimensions of situating the protests within the larger histories of the self-respect movement and navodhanam .

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.”

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