‘Collective action needed’
‘Cannot afford to continue depending on other States’
‘Situation could be worse if financial crisis grows’
KANNUR: There should be a collective initiative to achieve industrial development and food security in the State, Assembly Speaker K. Radhakrishnan has said. Inaugurating a two-day seminar on ‘A century of socio-political transformation: Kerala past and present’ which began on the Sree Narayana College campus here on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the State could not afford to continue its dependency on neighbouring States for grains, meat, milk and vegetables.
If the present financial crisis grew the situation in the State could be worse, he said adding that the State should achieve self-reliance.
The seminar is being organised jointly by the Political Science and History Departments of the college.
The Speaker said the State’s achievement over the past century was its transformation from a place being dubbed as a ‘lunatic asylum’ into a model State.
The State had recorded social and political progress, he said adding that the Communist government that had come to power in 1957 introduced land reforms. He said the social and political progress in the State was great.
He said 42 per cent of the population in the country was not able to write even their names, while the State had achieved near-total literacy.
College Principal P.C. Salim presided over the function. Ramachandran Kadannappally, MLA, offered felicitations.
The seminar, sponsored by the University Grants Commission, was being organised as part of a multi-disciplinary inquiry about the inner dynamics of society, the organisers said.
Papers on the social reform movement in the State, westernisation of the State’s education system, anti-imperialist movement, democratisation of education, agrarian reforms, role of the Communist movement in the State, coalition politics, united Kerala movement, decentralisation and women and Dalit movements would be presented at the seminar, they said.