25 years on,a son does his fathers bidding
Here is a classic example of how red tape can spoil a career. A woman,who was recruited to state service in 1986,has managed to enter the permanent payroll only in 2012. P Aminath joined the state insurance medical service as a pharmacist through the state employment exchange. In 1987,then labour minister Baby John ordered that her job be made permanent. Twenty-five years on,it has been Johns son Shibu Baby John,the present labour minister,who had the order executed last month. Over the years,Aminath had moved from office to office meeting ministers,legislators and bureaucrats. In March this year,one of her petitions reached the younger John. By the time he executed his fathers order,Aminath had turned 49,leaving her with only seven years as a permanent employee.
Politics of religion
To blunt what they call the edge minority communities enjoy in Kerala politics,backward Hindu communities have floated a new political party,Kerala Peoples Front. Its key figure,Vellappally Nateshan,has roped in SC and ST communities too. Nateshan,general secretary of Sree Narayanana Dharma Paripalana Sangham and a prominent leader among backward Hindus,had initially tried to form a larger Hindu platform in Kerala,but upper class Hindu Nair leaders were not keen. Nateshan,in turn,is against going with the BJP,which he says is dominated by upper class Hindu leaders. Backward Hindus and SCs/STs form 40 per cent of the states population.
In a state where religious groups dictate much of politics,the Jacobite Christian Church last week asked legislators of the community to report before its head,Catholicos Mar Baselius Thomas. Three UDF legislators including minister Anoop Jacob reached the church headquarters in Ernakulam,where they got a dressing-down from the senior bishop over the raw deal meted out to the community in disputes with the Orthodox Church. The bishop warned the legislators about an agitation against the government. Senior Congress leader and UDF convener P P Thankachan sat with the legislators before the bishop. Later,CPM legislator Saju Paul too called on the bishop.
Uniform like armys
Police have arrested three youths from Kasargode,months after they had been found wearing a uniform similar to that of the Army during a procession on Milad-e-Sharief in Kanhangad. A case had been registered against around 50 youths for misusing the military dress code and forming an unlawful gathering. The march had been taken out under the banner of the Muslim Jamaat Council,an umbrella of various organisations. The council later apologised,saying there had been no intention to misuse the uniform but the youths had wanted to make the procession more colourful. The BJP had criticised the use of the uniform.