AUDIO: PM Modi comparing Kerala with Somalia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under severe criticism from the people of Kerala after he compared the living condition of people belonging to Schedule Tribe in the southern state to that of those in Somalia.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2016 10:23 pm
somalia, modi somalia, kerala “Recently, there was a shocking picture published by the media. The picture showed Dalit boys from Perambur, known as stronghold of the Communist party, searching food in a pile of garbage,” said Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under severe criticism from the people of Kerala after he compared the infant mortality rate among the Scheduled Tribe community in the southern state to that in Somalia.

Targeting the ruling UDF government, the prime minister at an election rally in the poll bound state had on Sunday said, “The unemployment rate in Kerala is at least three-times higher than the national average. Child death ratio (infant mortality rate) among the Scheduled Tribe community in Kerala is worse than Somalia.”

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He also talked about the picture published in media showing Dalit boys searching food in garbage. “Recently, there was a shocking picture published by the media. The picture showed Dalit boys from Peravoor, known as stronghold of the Communist party, searching food in a pile of garbage.”

The statement didn’t go down well with the people of the state and its chief minister who lashed out at Modi for ‘insulting the state’ and asked him to show some “political decency” by withdrawing his remark.

Audio: Here’s What He Said

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    Vigneshan Iyer
    May 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm
    MADI.
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      Amit Padmawar
      May 12, 2016 at 7:20 am
      You stupid people listen to what Modi has said..he has mentioned Scheduled Tribe's child death rate and not w of Kerala's child death rate. Is Kerala full of Scheduled Tribes?
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      Elit Pathrose
      May 12, 2016 at 8:02 am
      How insane of you to judge people on the basis of their caste! Racist!
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        George Abraham
        May 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm
        Now it is confirmed his degree is fake!
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          babu
          May 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm
          He is a uneducated chaddi
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            mumbikar
            May 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm
            this is how uneducated this man is !!!! Kerala is a thousand time better developed in all ways compared to the fake gujarat model, which the PM is aware off, so he now shows his true colors !!!!!
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              mohan
              May 12, 2016 at 8:02 am
              There are many similarities between the African Nations that are mortgaged to World Bank or IMF and the present Kerala economy. The revenue generating industries are less in Kerala and agriculture is on its way out and farmlands are converted to commercial plots. Paddy cultivation has witnessed a steady decline after 1980. At the time of independence kerala was agriculturally self contained and never depended on other states for rice and vegetables. Today Kerala fully depends on other states for grains, Vegetables, fruits and poultry. The only revenue for the state is the income remitted by those working outside. The leaders of neither UDF nor LDF are concerned about the marginalized sections of the society who are living in utter poverty.
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                Shashi
                May 12, 2016 at 12:26 am
                It i true that the infant mortality rate among tribals is extremely high in Kerala. And you get indignant when Modi tell like it is. The ruling parties dont have any money left after looting the treasury. Malayalees wake up!
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