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Showing posts with label Kerala. Show all posts
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Chronicles of Poomalli Mana in Ayurveda

Introduction

Have you heard of Poomully Mana? If not, it is one of the well-known Namboodiri families in the state of Kerala. In Malayalam language, Mana means the family house of a Namboodiri or Kerala Brahmins. The house is located in a place called Urakam in the Peruvanam village in Thrissur district of central Kerala. According to the information available on Kerala history, this family has a lineage of over 900 years. This family has found mention in the Aithihyamala, a collection of centuries-old stories from Kerala.

poomully ayurveda center


Family Tree

The Poomully family had built the original Ammathiruvadi Temple in Thrissur district. As the years past, the family handed over the ancestral wealth of the temple to the presiding Goddess and hand over its reign to the Cochin royalty. Later, the family moved to a place called Peringode in the present-day Palakkad to concentrate on the work it is famous for even today. The members of this illustrious family are famous exponents of Ayurveda, music, kalaripayattu and other cultural and art forms prevalent in Kerala. Some of the better-known members of the Poomully Mana are listed below.

poomully mana
  1. Late Sri Poomully Narayanan Namboodirippad: He is often referred to as the father of Aaramthampuran. He himself was a famous Rig Veda practitioner.

  2. poomully narayanan

  3. Late Sri Poomully Raman Namboodirippad: He was an exceptionally talented Carnatic musician who practiced under the tutelage of famous Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar.

  4. Late Sri Poomully Neelakandan Namboothirippad: He was the most famous and inimitable Ayurveda practitioner. In fact, the illustrious family is eternally indebted to this man for its name in the field of Ayurveda treatment. Apart from this, this talent had developed the expertise in Veda, Kavyam, Tarkam, Meemamsa, Vedanta, Kalaripayattu, Visha Chikilsa, Yoga Shastra, Hasthy Ayurveda, toxicology, Natyashastra and many performing arts. Hence, he is referred to as the “Arivinte Thampuran”.  In Malayalam, it means the legend of knowledge. In fact, he had received the acknowledgment for his expertise in Meemamsa from none other than Jagad Guru Sree Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt.

  5. poomully aaramthamburan
Family Expertise in Ayurveda

No doubt, Poomully Neelakantan Namboodirippad is regarded as the "Aaramthampuran" and "Arivinte Thampuran". Due to his untiring efforts, the Ayurveda treatment way became more popular across the country and globe. He successfully developed a novel treatment method based on principles of Ayurveda. He coined it as 'Kutipraveshika treatment'. This is a rare Rasayana treatment procedure to be recorded in the last century. The first of these attempts took place at Poomully Mana some years back. In 1953, Poomully Vasudevan Namboodirippad had undergone this novel treatment under the supervision of Poomully Aramthampuran and Vaidyamadham Valiya Narayanan Namboodiri. Even today, the descendants of his lineage practice the Ayurveda way of treatment successfully.

poomully ayurveda treatment

Treatment Facilities

In Malayalam, the Kuti is nothing but a padippura or a building. The facility that was used for developing Kutipraveshika treatment is still retained as the treatment center by the younger generations of this illustrious family. Currently, it is used for preserving ancient manuscripts and accommodating the consultation blocks of practicing doctors. Other parts of the Poomully Mana are used for both outpatient and inpatient consultations and treatments. The senior physicians accommodate the junior doctors to work under them. This enables the junior doctors (BAMS) to enhance their practical knowledge in the Ayurvedic way of treatments, medicine preparations, dietetics, and hospitality.Today, Poomully Mana has grown into an Ayurveda hospital where common men as well as several renowned personalities from within and outside the country visit seeking Ayurveda treatments from renowned physicians.

poomully facilities

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tale of Kalazis or Ship Workers from Calicut

Introduction

Kalazis have been part of the construction sector of Kerala for over a decade. They have come to rescue people who have got stuck with the movement of heavy objects in the construction and other sectors. When the hi-tech equipment fails completely, these people come with traditional equipment, such as pulley and steel ropes, to lift heavy objects to the required heights and safely place them on the pedestals intended for them. They have never failed in their missions. That is why their demand has been increasing with each passing day. They have travelled far and wide to help people move heavy objects. In this blog post, we will look at their work and ponder on how they accomplish seemingly difficult tasks so easily.

kalazis at work

Who are Kalazis?

They are traditionally a group of people actively involved in the shipping sector. Their primary responsibility is to bring the ships meant for repair to the dockyard from and push them back to the sea. For this purpose, they use traditional equipment such as the pulley, steel ropes, metal platforms, etc. They also effect the movement of parts of the ship to the workshop for repair. These ship parts are then moved back to the ship with their help using traditional equipment. Apart from these, they undertake outside work on request. Till date, they have travelled to different places on request to move heavy objects. People from different fields have called them to move heavy objects when other methods, including hi-tech machinery, failed miserably. They have traveled far and wide on the invitation to take up different types of jobs. They always carried this traditional equipment with them. Their mental calculation, meticulous planning and the reliance on the strength of the team made sure that the work they undertake is accomplished without fail. They hail from places such as Beypore, Chaliyam, Kallayi and Farooq in Calicut district of North Kerala.

kalazis

Kalazis At Work

Kalazis plan their work meticulously. After observing their place of work and looking at the objects at their disposal, they sit and decide what course of action they have to take. Planning is never a one-sided affair. The team members actively chip in with suggestions. The team leader analyses the suggestions and takes a call on what to do. Their planning always banks on the huge volume of experience they have in this field. They use metal platforms, pulleys, wooden stubs, steel or metal ropes, etc. The meticulous planning, team effort, and their stamina combine to produce a highly successful concoction at work. The team has successfully lifted vehicles, including the train bogies, at the accident sites and rescued people. They have lifted heavy objects in high-rise buildings where the cranes do not have access. They have even moved heavy machinery to the 682-meter tall clock tower in Mecca and did the repair work on a high-rise platform. They have also lifted an aeroplane that has skid out of runway at Calicut International Airport. Their expertise was utilised in moving heavy KSEB transformers up the hillock at Sabarimala in Central Kerala. They had traveled with equipment uphill for their installation near the Sabarimala Dharma Shastha Temple.

kalazis use pulley

Thursday, 8 December 2016

KSRTC’s Answer to Modi’s Surgical Strike on Black Money

Introduction

The cash-strapped Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is struggling for past two years to pay the salaries of employees and pensions of retired-hands. The country’s Oil Marketing Companies have told the KSRTC to clear the dues that have accumulated. Yet, the cash-strapped organization has remained afloat due to the liberal help from the State Government and the borrowed money from consortium of banks including Canara Bank and Federal Bank. Against this backdrop, the transport corporation has come out with an out-of-the-box idea to tide over the crisis. It has decided to issue different travel cards for the benefit of its customers. In this blog post, we will look at the new initiative rolled out by the transport authorities for the benefit of travelers in Kerala.

ksrtc bus travel

Prepaid Cards

KSRTC has come out with the prepaid cards to help the commuters to travel in a hassle-free way. These cards offer unlimited travel for a month. The customers get the option of renewing the cards by paying the required money after every month. The prepaid cards available are in the range of Rs. 1000 to 5000. These cards can easily be recharged either online or offline by visiting the nearby bus stations. On purchasing the cards, the identity number of the commuters will get printed on the prepaid cards. The commuters need to show both these prepaid cards and their original identity cards issued by the government authorities for the verification by the conductors. KSRTC hopes to bring down the number of incidences of clash involving passengers and conductors with this new system. Moreover, the cash transaction can also be avoided to a possible extent.

ksrtc prepaid cards

Four Types of Prepaid Cards

Depending upon their use, the commuters can buy four types of cards. The details of the card use will also be provided at the time of their purchase. They have to take note of these instructions for the hassle-free travel across the state.
  1. 1000-rupees Card: This card is called as Bronze Card. The commuters can use it for travel in ordinary and limited stop services within a district.

  2. 1500-rupees Card: It is called as the Silver Card. With this type of card, the commuters can travel anywhere in ordinary and limited stop services in the state.

  3. 3000-rupees Card: This type of card is called as Gold Card. It is primarily meant to attract the long-distance travelers. They can travel anywhere in fast and super-fast buses.

  4. 5000-rupees Card: This is the most premium card available from KSRTC. Using this, people can travel in all types of buses, including AC Volvo buses. However, KSRTC Scania travelers cannot use any of these cards.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Why Major Political Parties in the Kerala State are Against the Scrutiny of Cooperative Banks?

Introduction

Of late, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M)-led Kerala Government is doing everything possible to scuttle the probe initiated by the Central Vigilance Department, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and other probe agencies to scrutinize the accounts in the banking entities and societies in the cooperative sector of the state. There has been a long-held belief that many cooperative societies and other entities that do not come under the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines often flout the rules issued by the central bank under the patronage of the major political parties in the state – CPI (M) and Indian National Congress (INC). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government wants to see how much of this is true. The major parties in the state actually should have come out in support. In this blog post, we will see why these parties are dead against the probe by the central agencies.

kerala cooperative bank

Major Political Parties have Stake in Cooperative Entities

According to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and Income Tax Department, the state cooperative societies and banks have stashed large amount of unaccounted money in many accounts. Many of these accounts are opened by the well-known politicians of the state. According to the latest statistics available in the public domain, nearly 30% of the total amount available in the cooperative sector is black money. In the state, only the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) or INC-led United Democratic Front forms the government. When these fronts alternatively form the government, they make sure that their people occupy the key portfolios in these cooperative entities. Under the patronage of the parent parties, these politicians conveniently flout the RBI guidelines on every aspect of banking and lending and accumulate large stashes of currencies in their respective accounts.  Department of Cooperation of Kerala Government does the final audit of these entities. Hence, the department under the political mentorship make sure that the illicit stashes of currencies are Okayed.

cooperative banking

Open Flouting of Rules in Cooperative Sector

Take the case of Kannur. On the day of the withdrawal of 500 rupees and 1000 rupees currencies, the unknown persons had transferred a large amount of money to Primary Cooperative Groups. This was widely reported in the media widely. According to some party insiders, many top politicians in the state have multiple debit cards through which they en-cash money at will. When the transfer of large fund takes place, the people concerned should have revealed the source according to one of the guidelines issued by RBI. In all these transactions, these people have not shared any with the bank. This is the reason why the central agencies want to probe the transactions taking place in the cooperative agencies of the state. The political parties claim that the cooperative societies, groups and banks directly deal with the grass root-level people. If that is the case, how very huge amounts of money are getting deposited in these entities when the people at grass root level are making only small-volume transactions. Following the way shown by the major political parties of the state, even the business groups, other non-governmental entities and private individuals with large savings deposit their ill-gotten money in these entities expecting high interest rates in return.

unaccounted money

Cleaning Up

The master-stroke of the Narendra Modi Government at the centre has put these entities in stress. While announcing the demonetization of 500 rupees and 1000 rupees currencies, the Central Government has put in certain conditions for exchanging the withdrawn ones with ones that can easily be tendered legally.  Along with this RBI has come out with a list of bankers who can legally exchange the notes. Due to the disrepute of the cooperative entities in the Kerala State, the Banking Ombudsman of the country did not give any freehand to them. They are not even allowed to transfer the money they have in their accounts to their accounts with the public sector banks through RGTS.  RBI wants to first check these accounts before giving its permission for these entities to freely do the banking transactions.

currency demonetization

Ramifications for Political Parties

This has put the major political parties in the state in a soup. According to some political analysts, the CPI (M), which has a large amount of unaccounted money, cannot pay its leaders and grass root workers as it has put all its money in the cooperative sector where it has full control. Similar is the case with the INC, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Communist Party of India (CPI), etc. to name a few. These parties need to exchange the notes before giving to their workers and leaders. Here is the catch for them.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Kerala Plans to Revive Historic Canal Connecting Kollam and Kovalam

Introduction

In the run-up to the draft preparation for Trivandrum Smart City project, the Kerala Government is mulling over the revival of the ages-old Varkala TS canal. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government has asked the former Chairman of Delhi Metro Corporation E. Sreedharan to do a viability-study. Within short span of time, the report from the Delhi Metro guy would be submitted to the government. The government has sought to revive this project to promote green-friendly transport that is cheaper and economical. In this blog, we will be looking at the new measures the Kerala Government has taken to ready this waterway for the public transport of men and material.

new ts canal

TS Canal Revival Plan

Over the past few years, the successive Kerala Governments were unsuccessfully trying to revive this neglected canal that provided the main stream of transport for the people in the pre-independent era. However, due to one reason or the other, these governments had to shelf this plan. With the funding getting available under the Smart City project, the incumbent Kerala Government is trying to revive the ages-old Varkala TS canal that provides vital waterway connection between Kollam and Kovalam. However, there was a hitch in the project involving Sivagiri and Chilakoor tunnels. This was one of the reasons why the previous governments could not make any headway in this project.  The incumbent Kerala Government has sought the views of E. Sreedharan on widening the Sivagiri and Chilakoor tunnels. Before submitting the report, the Delhi Metro man visited the above said canals to look at their widening prospects. Mr. E. Sreedharan had the expertise in laying of 83 kilometers of tunnels in 92 locations for Konkan Railway in the western coast of the country.

old ts canal

Varkala TS Canal Project

This ambitious project is to revive and widen the 722-metre Sivagiri tunnel and the 350-meter Chilakoor tunnel that form the important part of 60.5-kilometer Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam section of the grand TS canal. The government wanted to build this canal to extend the National Waterway III up to Kollam. Widening of these two canals will make sure the hassle free movement of bigger vessels and barges through the proposed waterway between Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. The government also seeks to finish the adjacent Kollam-Kottapuram stretch of West Coast Canal before its impending date of commissioning. In order to revive the canal for hassle-free navigation up to Kovalam, the authorities have to take up a lot of work in the form of dredging, widening and reinforcement of banks along the stretch. The Kerala Government intends through this exercise create a 14-meter wide and 2-meter deep waterway on the 12.7-kilometer stretch to enable the larger vessels to cruise nicely.

artist impression ts canal

Government's Grand Plan

By completing this project, the government will be able to set up a parallel waterway along the western coast for cheaper transport of men and material. With this in mind, the government had taken steps to speed up the development and revival of waterway from Anchuthengu Kayal to Nadayara Kayal. It has also taken steps to revive the two tunnels at Varkala and Reach II from Thazhevettoor to Ramanthalay.  The total cost of the stretch in the Varkala-Anchuthengu corridor is Rs. 9 crores. This stretch of waterway will then add to the Kollam Kottapuram part of National Waterway III to link the north and south of Kerala.

grand plan

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Can We Depend Upon Other States for the Food?

Introduction

Kerala has been a consumer state for a long time. Due to the developmental pressure and increase in population, the cultivable lands have been converted to the lands for development of high-rise buildings. This has been happening in all major cities in the southern state of Kerala. Due to non-availability of land for development some portions of backwaters have been reclaimed as land in commercial capital of Kerala. There are many reasons why people are leaving the traditional farming occupation to go to the cities. In this blog, we would be looking at the reasons why this change is happening.


vegetables

Kerala as a Consumer State

People with acres of land have left the farming due to the non-availability of people for doing agriculture related jobs. Even if people are ready to come, they ask exorbitant amounts as compensation. As a result, the farming has become a non-viable occupation for them. Due to this reason, Kerala has become a consumer state, depending upon the availability of vegetables and other eatables on other states, especially Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The consumers in our state have no control over the conditions of the agricultural produce that come from across the borders. The people of the state have to depend upon whatever food brought to the state. 


consumer state kerala

Bane of Being a Consumer State

People of Kerala state have long left the occupation of agriculture due to non-viability of the salary structure and the changing weather patterns. As a result, the consumers of the state need to depend upon the food brought from other states. Due to many reasons, people of the state do not have control on many things to ensure the availability of quality of food.

consumer state disadvantages
  •  Food Quality: There is no control on the food quality. Whatever the food that comes from across the border has to be eaten by the consumers of the state. There is no provision in place to check the quality in the markets of the state.


    food quality

  • Stoppage of Supply: Whenever there is some protest against the state, the political parties of the neighbouring states or supplier states stop the supply of vegetables, provisions, rice, etc. This leads to the increase in price due to the non-availability of these food items.


    supply shortage

  • Dependence on Middlemen: The stockists of our state need to deal with the middlemen who bring the supply to our state. These middlemen charge big commissions for the service rendered by them. Over the period of time, they have developed a nexus with the peers across the borders to ensure higher pricing.


    middle men

  • Hoarding: The middlemen and some stockists in the state encourage hoarding. They stock the loads coming from across the border in the anticipation of higher price. Many a times, the stored food items begin to stale over a period of time, causing huge loss to the exchequer.


    hoarding

  •  Transportation Costs: Since the food items such as vegetables, fruits, rice, wheat and other grains need to be transported from other states, we have to pay for the transportation costs. The transporters at times strike the work demanding hike in the transportation costs. This gets adversely reflected in the things we purchase in our state.


    transportation costs

  •  Fuel Prices: Every year, there has been a steady increase in the fuel prices, especially that of diesel. Citing these reasons, the transporters and the middlemen hike the prices of food items. The poor and hapless consumers of the state have to pay the exorbitant amount to get their daily quota of food items to prepare food at their homes.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum – Journey Through Police History

Introduction

This museum traces the history and evolution of the police force in India as a law enforcing agency. It is dedicated to the fond memories of the man who was responsible for the integration of the princely states of pre-independent India into an Indian Union. Yes, you have guessed it right. The museum is in the name of the great barrister and statesman Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Situated just opposite to Kollam Railway Station, the police museum showcases the pictorial representation of the force in different points of time. A visit to the museum premises helps the visitors to travel back in time to the important milestones in the growth of the police force in our country. This museum is maintained by the Kerala Police to educate people about its evolution and work.

police museum

Kollam Police Museum

This police museum was dedicated to the nation in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This was done to remember the contribution of this great statesman who stitched together Indian Union with iron hands. It was inaugurated in the year 2000. It is located in Kollam city, just opposite to the Kollam Railway Station. The museum has been organized into a number of sections to enable the visitors to get the gist of the exhibits.  The visiting hours of this police museum is between 9:00 AM in the morning and 6:00 PM in the evening on all days of the week throughout the year.

kollam police museum



  •  Arms and Ammunition: This section of the museum has on display the arms and ammunition that were used in the 18th and 19th centuries AD. They include bullets, machines, guns, and other types of weapons used by the police in above mentioned periods of time.

    ammunition
  •  Police at Work: There is another section that provides the detailed description of various aspects of work done by the police forces today. This information is given in the form of chart and flow diagrams. These charts tell about the DNA testing, and bone and fingerprint identification procedures undertaken by the force.

    police work
  •  Awards and Medallion: Yet another section of the museum is dedicated to people who got the medallions and awards in different aspects of law keeping. The list also has people who got the awards posthumously.
  • Police Dogs: This section has wonderful snaps of police dogs in different postures when they are at work. Some of the snaps provide the funny side of these dogs when they are idle.
  • Martyr’s Gallery: This section in the museum shows the members of police forces who did the supreme sacrifice for the country while in duty. The captions of these martyr portraits depict the place and date of their death. The captions on these portraits also talk about the operations in which they embraced the death with dignity and valour.
Statue of Vallabhbhai Patel

On the premises, the visitors can see full-mast statue of Vallabhbhai Patel made in concrete. This 1.1-ton statue was sculptured by a serving police officer. It was dedicated to the nation in the month of January in 2005. The name of the police sculptor is Santhosh. He is currently severing in the police force as the Police Constable. This beautiful piece of work shows that police forces have people with a creative bend of mind. This statue is located on the front side of the museum.

sardar vallabhbhai patel statue

Monday, 8 June 2015

Has Kannur Distiict in Kerala Become Battleground for Political Parties?

Introduction

The God’s Own Country has been the cynosure of everybody’s eye for all good reasons. There has been development in the information technology and medical industries. This has led to the flow of money to the state exchequer. After having discussed the strides the southern state of Kerala has done last two decades in various social parameters, it would be prudent to talk about the banes the society in this state is bearing due to the bad kind of politics that is being played out in the state. The northern parts of Kozhikode and the whole of Kannur have become the battleground for political parties. In these two northern districts, the political parties play dirty games with the activists of other parties.  Due to this reason, these two districts have become notoriously infamous for the violence.

political violence

Culture of Violence in Kannur

Though all political parties are responsible for violence in these two districts, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI (M) has come into the bad light due to certain activities of its own like the killing of its cadres in bomb making units. The Kannur district is a safe haven for all goons who work for various political parties. CPI (M) is more prominent in this violent culture.  Some of the leaders of this party have been known to harbour the goons to settle scores with their opponents in other political parties. The Communist party has its own party villages deep inside the Kannur district where even the law enforcement agencies of the state don’t dare to step in. It is believed that many of these villages have weapon making units that make the country-made guns and bombs.  Fearing the backlash from the communist party, other parties in the state have also started patronizing such goons to safeguard their interests in the district. Otherwise, they would be wiped out from the district due to the strong presence of CPI (M). Normal people who don’t have any allegiance to any political party are mute spectators to this situation as they don’t want to enter into any tussle with these elements.

bomb making

Clandestine Weapon Making in the District

The people with political affiliations get the country-made weapons freely. The only thing is that they need to approach the correct persons. In the past, there were reports of people getting killed while making weapons and bombs. Though many have some experience in bomb making, sometimes tragic incidents like that occurred in the district on June 6, 2015 keep happening.  These local weapon and bomb making factories happen far off from the public glare. Most of the time, these incidents were reported near the house of sympathizers or the local leaders. The communist party has a network of informers in Kannur district. Hence, any move by the outsiders or the law-enforcing agencies would be easily passed on to the people who are likely to be affected. This is the reason most of the time the enquiry into these incidents seldom yield results. It looks as if the parties have a stranglehold on people. The locals are even ready to die for the party ideology.

home made bombs

Way Forward

The locals have to come out of the shackles of the party ideology and think independently to get a decent existence.  Most of the time, they become the pawns at the hands of leaders who play a game of chess in the state’s political arena. The government should do the needful by giving the youngsters the employment opportunities and rehabilitate them in the larger society. Unless the will comes, this dirty game of politics is going to continue unabated. When people get better opportunities, they don’t stick to this parallel administration run by the party leaders and come out to lead independent and peaceful life.

rehabilitation

Friday, 5 June 2015

Fate of Bar Bribery Case in Kerala

Introduction

With the legal counsel for the government giving an opinion in favor of the Finance Minister of the Kerala State K.M. Mani, there are speculations in the electronic and traditional media that the authorities in government worked in tandem to ensure that the case is re-directed to save the skin of somebody in the political circles.  As expected, the opposition parties in the state have started a scathing attack on the government to milk mileage out of this development in the run up to the Aruvikkara Assembly Constituency by-election, which became vacant due to the untimely demise of the former speaker of the State Legislative Assembly G. Karthikeyan.

bar bribery case

Cover-up from Top in Legal Cases

Like many cases that had occurred in the past, this case is also going to be completely wiped out from the memory of the general public unless something drastically comes from the legal luminaries when it goes for hearing in the courts of Kerala. There have been claims that were recorded in the media about the political appointments of people in certain positions in the government. This trend has been followed by the incumbent governments at different points in time. Irrespective of the political affiliations, the governments have been doing this to help the leaders to go scot-free, irrespective of whether they are truly responsible.  It had happened in Palmolein Oil Import case, Ice Cream Parlour case, etc. As soon as the government senses something wrong, it appoints persons affiliated to a political stream of thought at key positions and seeks opinions from them to make the ordinary citizens believe that things have happened naturally. However, the truth is just the contrary. These political appointees make sure that the leaders who are likely to be affected get a respite by giving their opinions in favor of their masters.

legal case cover up

Status of Bar Bribery Case

It is alleged that the standing legal counsel C.C. Augustine has been appointed by the government at the behest of Mani group leaders to save the party’s supreme leader. The opposition parties allege that the legal advisor has paid back for his appointment in the government by tailoring his opinion in favor of Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani. About two days back, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) officer in charge of the case expressed confidence that there was enough material for prosecuting the accused in the case. Moreover, the driver of the complainant Biju had passed the lie-detector test with his statement that he saw the money changing hands with his eyes. We have to wait and see how things unfold when the VACB director takes his final stand on this matter after proper scrutiny.

corrupt polticians

Bar Bribery Case

The story is that the Kerala Government was trying to enforce the ban on sales of liquor in the state after it received adverse comment from the honorable Kerala High Court. As per the formula arrived at the meeting of the member parties in the United Democratic Front, the complete ban on sales of liquor would be introduced in the state in phases so that it could meet the deadline issued by the honorable Kerala High Court. When this formula was being executed, some of the bar license holders in the state made an allegation that K. M. Mani, the Finance Minister of the state, took bribes from the bar license holders to the tune of Rs. 2 crore and selectively ordered the closure of bars in the state. One of the bar license holder Biju Ramesan, the president of Kerala Hotel and Bar Association, came out with the complaint against K. M. Mani and Kerala government. Since then, the government had ordered a vigilance inquiry into this matter.