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.
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.
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.
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.
sufferers will be the public and the mafia the gainers.
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
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