Kerala is in the grip of a crisis that is threatening its future.
It is the only state where the majority of the population has yet to fully embrace the new dispensation, the first of its kind in India, with the majority still in a state of flux.
And the mood is deteriorating.
The BJP has been in power for four decades, but it has been unable to win over the electorate with a positive message and a positive economic strategy.
It has failed to create a coherent vision of development, to tackle poverty and corruption, to address the climate crisis and to address other social issues.
The mood is now so dire that the chief minister has even declared a state-wide emergency.
This is a serious crisis and there is no end in sight.
In this article we will try to analyse the situation, and also examine some possible solutions.
The key question is, why has the situation worsened?
In his last address to the nation in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about his party’s vision for India, saying: “We are committed to making India a modern, inclusive and prosperous country.
We believe in a prosperous India where everyone is treated equally.”
In a recent interview with The Hindu, the BJP leader stated that the “new dispensation” has not been implemented yet.
He further said that the state’s economy would take at least six months to recover from the “disaster”.
“The state is still recovering from the disaster,” he said.
“Our priority is to make sure that all of our citizens, whether they are from the north, south, east, west or central, are given fair and equal opportunities.
And to make the transition from the previous dispensation to the new one as smooth as possible,” he added.
He did not mention the fact that the states’ finances were in shambles and that the BJP had lost Rs 4,600 crore.
As an added irony, the Narendra Modi government is also the second state in the country after Kerala to implement a five-year drought declaration.
Since December, the state has been hit by drought, which is now worsening as the temperature rises.
Despite the fact the BJP has only been in office for four years, it has managed to take a lot of credit for the state being able to recover.
Its Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, has been credited with a lot, especially for the way he dealt with the drought, especially after the floods in the north-east and other states.
However, in a recent speech, he had said that he had made a mistake by saying the drought would be brought under control only after the state recovers.
According to the Indian Express, the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have also been criticised for making a poor showing on the drought front.
In Kerala, the mood has worsened further because of a political crisis that has been brewing since March 2019 when the chief justice of the Supreme Court, A.K. Antony, was removed by the BJP for allegedly being “too close to the Congress”.
The crisis has not only affected the BJP and the state government, it also threatens the functioning of the courts and the political process itself.
The courts are now facing pressure from the opposition parties to take drastic action against the ruling party.
The current crisis is a direct result of a situation that is so complex that it can be difficult to grasp.
In order to understand the situation in Kerala, it is useful to take the situation from the state and examine its main socio-economic and social dimensions.
The socio-economically, Kerala has been a key state in India for the past 60 years.
It has a large Muslim population and a large Christian population, who have been living together peacefully in harmony.
However, the main socio‐economic issue that has emerged in the state is the high rate of unemployment.
At the present, the rate of joblessness in Kerala is nearly 40 per cent, compared to a national average of 4.8 per cent.
Kerala is one of the poorest states in the world.
Over 40 per of the state population lives in rural areas, while almost 60 per cent live in urban areas.
These are not a mere numbers.
According to the latest census data, the number of people living in rural Kerala is about 30 per cent larger than the number living in urban Kerala.
Most of the rural people live in the towns of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Bannur and Bandelipam.
The majority of these rural people are of poor and working class backgrounds, while the urban workers and those in the middle class live in larger cities such as Kochi.
Apart from the urban working class, the majority rural people, who are mostly of the lower class, also suffer from the chronic lack of basic services.
There is also a shortage of health facilities and basic sanitation.
For these reasons, the people living on