The Brutal Honesty of Controversial Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (1960-2020)

Kim Ki-duk, September 3, 2013 (Photo: Getty Images) The celebrated director’s films put the spotlight on the lives of lower classes and outcasts like never before in the country's history. They were replete with gore, violence and sex, but they also exposed our hypocrisies I had left the Kerala film festival circuit almost a decade … Continue reading The Brutal Honesty of Controversial Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (1960-2020)

Kerala Looks to Buy Cuban ‘Wonder Drug’ Interferon

In a first, Kerala will shortly launch a testing drive to detect community transmission of COVID-19 besides setting up a surveillance mechanism to keep a tab on respiratory disorders using mobile apps, a senior state government official said, adding that the southern state will also approach the Centre to help it acquire Interferon Alpha inhalational … Continue reading Kerala Looks to Buy Cuban ‘Wonder Drug’ Interferon

Blood Plasma Treatment for Covid-19 Ready: Kerala Doctors

Almost a week before the US Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to facilitate the use of plasma of recovered Covid-19 patients to treat new cases, doctors and scientists in Kerala have prepared and submitted a protocol for such a therapy with Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). Doctors treating Covid-19 patients in Kerala … Continue reading Blood Plasma Treatment for Covid-19 Ready: Kerala Doctors

“In Kerala, the Fight against Covid-19 Is a People’s Movement” – CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister KK Shailaja have earned international accolades for their government’s coordinated fight to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, which reported the first case of the fomite-borne disease in India. For a state that tops in remittances from abroad, its links with the Gulf region and the … Continue reading “In Kerala, the Fight against Covid-19 Is a People’s Movement” – CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Calendar Crisis: Does the Number of Days an NRI Resides in India Matter?

A TAX-FREE SALARY IS THE BIGGEST attraction of working in several Gulf countries, which is why year after year, legions of Indians head to these small, hot, arid countries in search of jobs despite many having to leave families back home due to stringent visa rules. The latest Budget almost dashed the hope of uncut … Continue reading Calendar Crisis: Does the Number of Days an NRI Resides in India Matter?

Kerala: Maoists Warn Locals of Dire Consequences

In their continued efforts to win over tribal people and carve out a sanctuary for themselves in Kerala, Maoists have struck again this time, vandalizing a villa in the hill district of Wayanad, Kerala, set high on the Western Ghats. Forests in this region are connected to those in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu covering various … Continue reading Kerala: Maoists Warn Locals of Dire Consequences

The Truth About Northern Kerala’s Homoeroticism

PLACES ARE ONLY AS famous or infamous as their people and, over a period of time, a destination begins to take on the traits of its demography. Going by anecdotal evidence, in Malabar, which comprises a handful of districts in northern parts of Kerala, homosexuality is rampant. There may not be any sexual-orientation data or … Continue reading The Truth About Northern Kerala’s Homoeroticism

Kerala Faces an Uphill Task as Maoists Seek Sanctuary in the State

KOYAMOOPPAN, AS HE is reverentially called by his Tribal community, is more than a century old, but he doesn’t know his real age. “Yes, I am more than 100 years old,” he says after making a few calculations that receive a nod from his octogenarian wife who keeps a close watch on him. Notwithstanding the … Continue reading Kerala Faces an Uphill Task as Maoists Seek Sanctuary in the State

How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics

The Harivaraasanam rendition by Yesudas in praise of Lord Ayyappa was one of the first devotional songs I heard in my life. To the teenagers of my generation who grew up in the 1980s, it was one of the most exciting experiences whenever neighbours and relatives prepared themselves to visit Sabarimala, which appeared distant to … Continue reading How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics

Banning burqas in MES isn’t just tough, it is dangerous for its president Dr Fazal Gafoor

Fazal Gafoor is a ‘cosmopolitan’, if you apply the great thinker Benedict Anderson’s definition of the term. He speaks multiple languages, having been to primary school in Edinburgh where his mother and he had accompanied his father who had moved to the Scottish capital from Kerala to pursue studies in the 1950s. While Gafoor was … Continue reading Banning burqas in MES isn’t just tough, it is dangerous for its president Dr Fazal Gafoor