COVID-19, far more efficiently than inflation, has devalued money. Now, nothing seems enough.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a hard task master. Vijayan and his new-look cabinet will get no time to settle. The number of infected is soaring, hospital beds and ventilators are dwindling and vaccines are hard to come by.
The two propellants the BJP has used to achieve some measure of success in Kerala – Narendra Modi and Sabarimala – seems to have lost their potency.
The incumbent LDF government has returned to power with 99 seats, equalling the highest tally mobilised by the UDF led by A K Antony in 2001 when it was freshly ushered in.
The 2020 local body poll results provided the first telltale signs that the Pinarayi Vijayan government could retain power.
There are serious corruption charges but there is no apparent anti-incumbency. Caste and religious factors are at play, yet the poor man's welfare seems to be the dominant theme.
Onmanorama asked 25 random voters in Kollam constituency their assessment of the Assembly contest. Everyone, without an exception, said the same thing: “It's a tight fight, neck and neck”.
Onmanorama went deep inside the estate and talked to young and retired workers. Almost all knew Supal, the CPI candidate.
Onmanorama asked random voters in nine of the 11 panchayats that make up the Konni constituency to tell us the first thing that came to their mind about the three main contenders.
Once a card-holding CPM member, Sasikumar Varma is now deeply distrustful of the party.
Kadakampally's Sabarimala comment was the stray gunshot that broke the ceasefire.
Even 64 years after Kerala was formed, female representation in the Assembly has remained stagnant.