August 2, 2021

വെള്ളിടിയാകാൻ കേന്ദ്ര നയം, കേരളത്തിന് ‘ശത്രു’; സ്വകാര്യ ബസുകൾ ഇനി ഓടില്ലേ?

കൊച്ചി∙ ഇന്ധനവില കോവിഡ് കാലത്തിനു മുൻപുള്ളതിന്റെ ഇരട്ടിയാവാൻ അധികകാലം വേണ്ടിവരുമെന്നു തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ലോക്ഡൗൺ ഇല്ലായിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധന ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു നാലോ അഞ്ചോ പണിമുടക്കുകൾ ഉണ്ടാവേണ്ട സമയവും കഴിഞ്ഞു. കോവിഡ് മഹാമാരി അടങ്ങി, അടുത്ത വർഷത്തിലെങ്കിലും ജനജീവിതം സാധാരണ നിലയിലേക്കെത്തുമെന്നു പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാം. ബസ് ഒാടിത്തുടങ്ങിയാൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധനയുണ്ടാവും. അത് അത്ര കുറവൊന്നുമായിരിക്കണമെന്നുമില്ല. വരുമാനമില്ലാതെ വിഷമിക്കുന്ന […]
August 2, 2021

Falling number of public-transport buses in Kerala worrisome

The declining number of public-transport buses in Kerala over the past two decades has resulted in availability of buses nosediving to approximately 0.50 per 1,000 people, as compared to the national average of 1.33. The steep fall in the number […]
July 29, 2021

Bus route rationalisation report to be ready by March next year

The long-pending proposal to rationalise bus routes in the Greater Kochi area has got a shot in the arm, with Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) taking a decision to ready a project report in this regard by March 2022. The […]
July 24, 2021

Kerala SilverLine project: Long overdue or a recipe for disaster?

Like in the case of most dream projects, there is palpable excitement from the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government to commence work on the much-hyped semi-high speed rail corridor, known as the Kerala SilverLine Project. The chief minister, basking in the […]
July 12, 2021

Kitex saga: As Telangana gains, how much does Kerala stand to lose?

With the Kitex Group announcing its Rs 1,000 crore project in Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, it has all become certain that Telangana has gained from Kerala’s loss. The announcement that Kitex was moving its Rs 3,500-crore worth project from Kerala […]
July 1, 2021

Building airstrips in all Kerala districts to be cheaper than semi-high speed rail project

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For a state like Kerala which is blessed with rich biodiversity, the semi high-speed rail project will bring an inconceivable disaster to the ecosystem. The state, which is one of the most land starved in the country for development […]
June 11, 2021

Pandemic tales: Struggle is real, survival is tough

The fundamental issue for auto-taxi drivers is that the government has not declared them as a feeder service despite providing first and last-mile connectivity to the public transport system, said D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research. KOCHI: Dileep […]
June 8, 2021

Himalayan tasks in a post-pandemic Kerala

When we talk about the kind of challenges that Kerala is going to face post -pandemic, it can be differentiated into health, economic, and social. Vaccinating the entire population of Kerala is bound to be a major hurdle. Now, Kerala […]
June 4, 2021

Kerala’s high-speed rail project may turn into environmental disaster, flag experts

The project’s financial viability is questionable and the government needs to review its necessity, said D Dhanuraj, chairman of Kochi-based Centre for Public Policy Research. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has attracted flak for its first major […]
June 1, 2021

Reliance on apps and technology evoke mixed response

“Before the pandemic, none could have even imagined education turning remote and even our teachers learnt to hold a class over online platform only now. Gradually, the private apps also become universally accessible removing the current inequities”, said CPPR chairman […]
May 21, 2021

Pinarayi 2.0 | Kerala Cabinet formation reflects CPI(M) decision-making

There is a political message Pinarayi Vijayan gives to the public and his opponents by choosing a team of freshers for the Cabinet in the second term. He is consolidating his position in the party and is becoming the ultimate […]
May 17, 2021

CPPR Announced Results of ATLAS- CPPR South Asia Public Policy Challenge

KOCHI: Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) has announced the results of ATLAS- CPPR South Asia Public Policy Challenge. The first prize was secured by Bhishm Khanna for his policy brief on ‘Predictive Justice: Using AI for Justice’. The second […]
May 14, 2021

Women in Kerala Assembly poorly represented despite inheriting legacies like KR Gouri

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments “Many women have voted for LDF for the first time this election and the rival fronts would be forced to allocate more seats for women in future elections” in a news article published in […]
May 10, 2021

The Other Pinarayi

For decades, Kerala has been known for the adverse political climate it creates for development projects and especially ent­repreneurial initiatives. Pinarayi kept up the traditional focus on education and basic infrastructure, but also tried to come out of the traditional […]
May 7, 2021

‘LDF’s women voters grow’ in Kerala assembly polls

Four days after the state assembly polls, when the voter turnout was released to the public, the figures revealed an underlying pattern — the northern constituencies had remarkably high turnout of women, Kuttiadi topping with 86%, followed by Koduvally with […]
May 7, 2021

Decoding Kerala election results: How female voters powered LDF win

An axiom in psephology is that it is the female voters who decide whether a ruling coalition should return to power or not. In Kerala, where female voters outnumber males by 8.27 lakh, women played an especially important role in […]
May 7, 2021

LDF’s handling of COVID-19 in Kerala helped it retain power

The incumbent Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala retained power in the state largely due to the moves it took in the last year-and-a-half to tackle the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), observers said. Kerala, which has India’s most robust public […]
May 7, 2021

Muslim, Christian voters keep Left

Ever since the cobbling together of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala almost five decades ago (formed during a byelection in Nilambur in 1970 in the lone Christian pocket in Muslim-majority Malappuram), the front has become the political platform for […]
May 4, 2021

Kerala: More women now in assembly

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in news article published in The Times of India. He comments “More than other parties, Left has groomed its women leaders from grassroot level. Since the present government has already announced much of its […]
May 4, 2021

Challenges ahead for Pinarayi Vijayan in his second term

During his first term, Pinarayi Vijayan converted every crisis into an opportunity. Now, he has the unique chance to open a new path to governance and economic reforms Most of the pollsters who observed Kerala assessed that the campaign trail […]