‘Emerging Kerala’ will submerge Kerala: P Parameswaran

Published: 04th September 2012 02:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th September 2012 02:13 PM   |  A+A-

Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram director P Parameswaran has said that it is feared that ‘Emerging Kerala’ would end up by turning out to be a case of ‘Submerging Kerala’. “Kerala might lose its cultural identity by becoming an amorphous conglomeration of mega projects by vested interests. It might lose its ecological and cultural characteristics which had made it ‘God’s Own Country’,” he said in a statement.

There are many well-meaning people other than those belonging to the Left who have genuine suspicions about the motives behind ‘Emerging Kerala’. Kochi which is going to be the hub of activities like large-scale industrialisation is being planned to be developed as a large metropolitan city like Mumbai. It is already reported that large land mafias have started acquiring huge tracts of land in various parts of the sprawling city. Huge investment from the oil-rich Gulf countries is on the cards.

The result will be marginalisation, if not total annihilation of the traditional business communities of Cochin who have built up the city’s business enterprises and also given it a cosmopolitan harmonious cultural tradition. It will be a tragedy if those communities disappear in the mindless process of Emerging Kerala, he warned.

Kochi has a great potential to develop but it should be on the basis of its own organic and well-designed manner. It should not be a cancerous growth nor should it try to ape other mega cities.

Kerala Government, which had utterly failed in tackling even simple problems like waste management and water and power supply, will find complicated problems of large-scale urbanisation impossible to manage. The sufferers will be the public and the mafia the gainers.

According to Parameswaran, the role model for development is Gujarat with its long coastline, a chain of small harbours, goods transportation through sea, scientific management of river systems ensuring regular electric supply and irrigation.

“The Gujarat model can be successfully emulated by Kerala with its long coastline and more than 40 rivers. Instead of venturing into dangerous experiments, the Kerala’s political leadership should make an earnest effort to study how Gujarat has become an internationally acknowledged development paradigm,” he said.


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