Are Communist trolls from Kerala scared of the BBC?

If you have spent any time on social media, you know there are certain red lines (pun intended) that you should never cross. One, you don’t question the Asaram Bapuji trolls. The second; and I can’t stress this enough, you don’t question CPM’s “Kerala Model.”

Because once you step on the toes of this sacred article of faith, nobody can help you. Not even Asaram Bapuji with his hotline to heaven. You must prepare for a lifetime worth of abuses and lectures within a short span of 24 hours. On everything from the glory of beef eating to foreign remittances to highest HDI (what exactly is that?).

By now, who hasn’t heard of the Kerala model of “hammering the curve flat”? The fanfare is captured by this fawning editorial from The Hindu, titled “The mark of zero.”

The story of this great victory was heard around the world, fueled by the patrons of the left liberal system: Washington Post, Al Jazeera and of course the BBC. In fact, Kerala’s Health Minister was so excited to speak to the BBC that she mixed up Goa with Puducherry and ended up telling foreign media that Goa does not have enough hospitals. Either way, it seems clear that Minister K K Shailaja was determined to show the BBC that she is better than the rest of us natives.

But amid all the fanfare and publicity, the data kept ticking. On July 20, Kerala reported 794 new cases from 13,495 tests, with a test positive rate of 5.88%. It may or may not be of interest that on the same day, Uttar Pradesh reported 1913 new cases from 43,401 tests, with a positive rate of 4.42%.

This was over two months after The Hindu wrote about “The mark of zero.” And over five months after the Kerala govt had successfully fought and contained the virus on Feb 14, 2020.

And with that the elite media’s torrid love affair with the Kerala model, begun on Valentine’s day, came to an end. The BBC’s headline was the most cruel of all.

Hear that? Talaq. Talaq. Talaq.

Let me state that I take no pleasure in this. I would never descend to the level of a Communist troll. I only want to take this opportunity to make a few observations.

Observation #1 First, like most BBC articles on India, this one on Kerala is unfair and hypocritical. Kerala has 3 crore people and so far about 14,000 confirmed cases of the virus and just 45 deaths. The BBC has some nerve going after Kerala when the UK, with its 6 crore people, has 3 lakh cases of the virus and 45,000 deaths.

That’s right. Kerala has seen 45 deaths. And the UK has seen 45,000 deaths. That we know of. In old age homes across the UK, literally thousands of people died from Coronavirus with nobody counting them in the death toll. That didn’t happen in Kerala. That did not happen anywhere in India.

Again, I take no joy in the plight of the UK. But as an Indian, I won’t take the insults to Kerala lying down.

Observation #2 Communist trolls should realize that BBC is not the friend of any Indian. Until now, their praise for the “Kerala model” was just a tool for them to take potshots at the rest of us, especially those who support the Hindu right.

So when the Communist minister went to BBC and started trashing the rest of India, the BBC was laughing at her just as much as it was laughing at the rest of us. Perhaps even more at her for being an Indian who is taking delight in making other Indians look bad.

And now that Kerala model has hit a rough patch, your imaginary friends at BBC have left immediately. And are laughing at *all* of us Indians as a whole. Again.

Dear Communist trolls, BBC is not your friend. No, they don’t think you are special. You belong with us, whether you like it or not. Incidentally, the same Soutik Biswas who wrote the article mocking Kerala wrote another fake news article years ago denigrating Gujarat’s GDP growth to make Modi look bad (and had to correct the headline and story when caught)

Get it? Gujarat or Kerala, CPM or BJP : BBC is nobody’s friend. They don’t like India.

Observation #3 Like I said, you don’t mess with the Kerala model when you go online. And you sure don’t have to wait for a Karnataka based right wing Bengali from Jharkhand to defend it. The Communist trolls descend upon anyone who dares to question the “Kerala model.”

But what happened yesterday? How come the BBC was not stormed with internet storm troopers armed with HDI data?

How come? Communist trolls having an off day? On strike, perhaps against the gold scam?

This says something deep and unflattering about the mindset of the Communist troll. Deep down, there is no superiority complex. There is only an inferiority complex. Towards the West in general and the colonizers at BBC in particular. That inferiority complex showed when the Communist minister was trying to impress the BBC by explaining how she is doing better than other natives like us. Today, when the Communist trolls refused to take on the BBC, that complex showed even more.

Here is a word of advice from a BJP supporter to Communist trolls. You can hate me as much as you want. But I am proud of Kerala. I am proud of India. You should be too. And learn to be bold enough to say this to the BBC’s face.

5 thoughts on “Are Communist trolls from Kerala scared of the BBC?

  1. The trouble with Kerala is that Keralites are their own worst enemies. Most Keralites know the true state of affairs – it’s actually a poor state which has little industry and depends mostly on fishing and tourism. There’s no other game in town – unless you count real estate and gold that only exposes the dark, seamy side of the state.

    Employment always was, and is, outside the state. In neighboring Karnataka or TN, for instance, aside from the Middle East which is fast unravelling.

    Yet, educated Keralites who post frequently on social media are not loath to sing eulogies of the communist government. In fact, they cannot stop themselves. Even when they know that they cannot repair their front gate without the local union descending on them and making threats. They waft eloquently about the “explosion of startups” based on a few hundred ventures who are yet to show their mettle. The hundreds really have to be compared at the tens of thousands in neighboring states or the birth of several Unicorns in Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad – even if these possibly don’t deserve all the attention. And the couple Unicorn startups that have Malayalee promoters or CEOs – well, these are not in Kerala but in Bangalore.

    For Kerala to show something different that these eulogists would very much love to show, Keralites themselves have to see the reality. Not blindly sing praises of the failed governments of the Communists and the Congress that come into power one after another with steady predictability. But, yeah, if they wish to continue to deceive themselves by all means continue to do what you’re doing – bury your collective heads in the sand. The “Kerala model”, howsoever you define it is a poor model for others to follow. It relies almost entirely on – outsiders. That’s the fact.


  2. BBC may have published this article to deflect attention from the gold smuggling racket in Kerala where the proceeds were used for funding terror. Indian liberal media also seems to have buried the news of the gold smuggling for terror funding.

    Ofcourse BBC is friend of no Indian including Mallus. After Indian independence (which in turn led to independence of other colonies), UK has gone back to being the cold rainy boring place it always was.

    But in this case it was deflecting attention. The last BBC article on the gold smuggling was on July 8, after that it has gone silent.

    India needs to have capital punishment for any kind of smuggling activity (gold, drugs whatever) because the profits from these go towards sponsoring all kinds of terror and cost innocent Indian lives


  3. BBC, NY Times, WaPo, etc. are anti-India for sure, but the most anti-India reports are authored by who? Our Jaichands of course.

    Perhaps Kerala’s Libertards are silent this time because the BBC is right. Kerala did go down the spiral of COVID-19 in couple of months. The bigger mistake was jumping up and down by Kerala’s Health Minister and making a mockery of her general knowledge about India’s geography.


  4. You can hate me also dude but India including Kerala or even Gujarat has a Long Way to go. Kerala has done well with Literacy, Health and Couple More Areas But where are the Industries as well as Jobs? Kerala’s Unemployment is High where People have to go Outside the State or even Outside the Country like Other Indians to Find Jobs (There are many reasons too for Indians going abroad which includes Better Opportunities for Higher Education, Jobs, Higher Wages and Salaries and so on including Love).

    KERALA MODEL – 0, GUJARAT MODEL – 0 too as Gujarat too Fails with Basics of Health, etc though Industry wise, Gujarat maybe doing ok. Kerala’s Main Source of Income (along with Tourism and Agriculture) has been Remittances which now faces Challenges. That’s been Busted as Kerala like the rest of India has been developing in a Haphazard/Chaotic Manner. Many have put their Eggs into Gold and Properties instead of Developing the State like Singapore (Singapore yes is small but let’s take South Korea another Asian Nation that has become Developed without Much Resources and which has High Population Density like Japan – both those nations used Competitive Advantages more than Resources where Singaporean Expats went abroad for working, brought the skills back home and developed their Nation). Gujarat too got busted with the Basics like Health.

    Now, I agree India has done well with FEW AREAS or even ORGANIZATIONS like RELIANCE even with chaos though instead of India trying to compete with the Rest of the World for A Lot of Things for Now, it just needs to Focus on Fixing Basics 1st which Kerala has done a bit and then can move along, which Kerala has to do (Literacy by the way is not enough for Skills especially in 21st Century where 1 needs Integrated Education and Skills as well as Indepth Research in Integrated Areas of Humanities including Arts and Social Sciences along with Formal Sciences, Natural Sciences and Professional Areas – for SURVIVAL in ANY AREA). If we take China, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore and so on – all these Nations went ahead of India in the Last 40 to 60 Years where they focused on BASICS 1st of Health, Education and so on – HUMAN DEVELOPMENT before they shifted more to MANUFACTURING, SERVICES, etc.

    Take a look at Electricity. India still has Power Cuts. Electricity was the Basics of Late 19th and Early 20th Century which was part of Industrial Revolution 2 and started in 1870s. It’s needed for All Sectors whether EDUCATION, MANUFACTURING, HEALTH, etc and is 1 of the FOUNDATION for 21st Century Technologies where the 100 DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES of 21st CENTURY were put up as a PERIODIC TABLE in 2018 (Can Google it – Periodic Table of Disruptive Innovations).
    The Other FOUNDATION for these 21st Century Technologies where 16 Already Exists and another 33 comes in by 2030 is the TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE which started in 1760s via Industrial Revolution. Awesome to have Metros, Improving Railways and Roadways BUT where are the Footpaths, Bicycle Lanes? The BASIC MODES OF TRANSPORTATION are Walking from Point A to Point B, Cycling from Point A to Point B, Jogging, etc (Take a look at Amsterdam that is part of Netherlands which has more Bicycles than Humans. Netherlands is 1 of the World’s Top Nations for HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT).

    Luckily, India did well with the beginning part of the 3rd Industrial Revolution though Cloud Computing Stage of Industrial Revolution 3, India faces challenges as APPS or SaaS haven’t been enough since PaaS or PLATFORMS took over from early 2000s which includes Facebook by 2005-2006. Take a look at your Smartphones or Tablets – those APP STORES are PLATFORMS where TECHNICAL or ANALYTICAL SKILLS AREN’T ENOUGH as need RELATIONSHIP BUILDING and CREATIVE SKILLS to get 3rd Party Apps on to the Platforms and these come from NOT JUST NATURAL SCIENCE and FORMAL SCIENCE areas but also from HUMANITIES including ARTS and SOCIAL SCIENCES where learn about Psychology, Cross Cultural Management, Neuroscience, Philospohical Thinking etc for Creativity and Relationship Building. Now, if 1 looks at WEBSITES via DESKTOPS and LAPTOPS, many of them are PaaS or Platforms. For example, look at Facebook on Desktop or Laptop BUT NOT VIA Smartphone or Tablet as 1 would be able to see that besides the 3rd Party Game Apps that Facebook has, it also has Productive Apps like Inoreader, Stitcher Radio, etc – apps which 1 can use right within Facebook. In fact, 10 years back, Facebook the platform that Microsoft replied to Google Docs via Docs app where 1 could create Office Documents including PDFs right within Facebook. Now, the Integration has been less but still quite bit there with Facebook – due to Walled Garden or Closed Ecosystem. Facebook isn’t the Only PaaS or Platform under Laptops or Desktops as Most Websites Today are PaaS or PLATFORMS. Couple of Others are Slack, Salesforce, Amazon AWS, Hootsuite, MS Azure, Google and so many more.

    Another BASIC that needs Improvement but which is Slowly Getting Done and Hopefully will change loads is the ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS – HELPS LOADS WITH TOURISM especially when INDIA has LOADS TO SHOW. PLASTICS has been least of India’s Problems when GARBAGE that’s more than PLASTICS has been all over India’s Land and Water (Improving that as well as Safety too, India could challenge THAILAND that Leads India Every Year for Tourism Numbers and is ranked amongst the World’s and Asia’s Best for Tourism due to BOTH Cultural and Natural Beauty. Philippines too has done well even though its Cultural History got knocked by Spain more than USA and Japan where the Spanish landed there before the Mughals landed in India – RANKED HIGH WITH ITS BEACHES and bit more).

    In addition, I will add these which are reasons why another BASIC, the Indian Education System including the Higher Education System have a long way to go to be the best even within Asia (The World’s Best Education Systems anyway are South Korea, Singapore, Japan, HK while Finland, Canada, Estonia are also there where as, the Indian one has challenges though when it comes to Higher Education, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, China including HK, Japan, Germany, etc are all there where Citations or Research Papers – Quality and Quantity – USA vs China for the Lead though Few Other Nations are there too for it):
    In 21st Century via Online Education whether Primary, Secondary or Higher Education, Many Nations AREN’T READY for Most of the Population while other Nations including India, there are many other issues TOO including the Rich vs Rest Scenario, Research including Quality being behind, Infrastructure, etc.

    Anyway, as an introduction, I am a person who started my Education with the Western one before landing with the Indian Educational System of Kerala State Board, ICSE, CBSE and Bangalore University (Christ College and now Christ deemed to be University) before landing back to the Western one including the University of Sydney (Also, studied at 2 Other Australian Universities).

    Coming back to India, there’s been a lot of the Spoonfeeding from Parents and Teachers to the Kids, Rote Learning System, focusing on 1 book or so for each subject including at Higher Education till at least 10 Years Back. In Developed Countries whether Western or Asian, right from the time Kids are Toddlers, Observational/Research side is put into them. For example, in Finland, kids are allowed to play where they are encouraged to Observe their Surroundings. This Observational/Research skills by having more CURIOSITY including finding things out ONLINE is encouraged more as they grow up in Developed Countries of West which Singapore, South Korea, Japan and others have got on too. Those kids are then encouraged to share that Knowledge in Class via Discussions starting from Primary Education which goes on to Higher Education. So, having just 1 Textbook isn’t Enough as Kids are encouraged to read from Academic Literature (Academic Journal Articles), Books, News Articles or Trends related to Topics studying etc. That’s where Online helps. Plus, Students are tested on Problem Solving, Collaborative sides, etc using VARK Learning.

    Also, reading in Physical World is different from Online 1. Online World,1 would do SKIMMING of article 1st and relate keywords, main topic side and important content to other Articles, books, videos, etc where 1 would then read and watch the full book, article, video, etc. Physical 1, 1 would just read the full book and they may not read other Books or Articles or watch videos that are related to it.

    Writing for the Web: Creating Compelling Web Content Using Words, Pictures and Sound is a Good Book to show how Digital differs from Physical including how to get the Attention side when Digital is DISTRACTIVE (Kindle without the Internet OR Distraction-Free Features on a Laptop including Disabling Notifications while Reading or Typing on a Laptop or Desktop helps). In fact, Technology used with EDUCATION SECTOR too has gone over to AR/MR/VR, AI, etc.

    Additionally, Integrated Education is also another aspect that Modern India has been behind with Higher Education, etc which has been needed for 21st Century Survival though during Previous Centuries, it has been used for doing well too. It’s nice that area has been catching up in India. My sister, for example, when she studied at a US Top 20 University, WUSTL, though her Major was Finance, she was Encouraged to take subjects from Arts and Science Schools and not just from the Business School. Even ones, that do just Finance or Accounting or MIS Majors within Business School are taught Basic Strategic Management Theories within those subjects like Porter’s 5 Forces, Gap Analysis, Competitive Advantage, Blue vs Red Ocean Strategy, Differentiation Strategy, etc which helps to understand Business area better even in the real world as Accounting and Finance too are linked to Strategic Management – like what is taught at Univeristy of Sydney.

    Finally, coming back to India’s case, Electric Power Infrastructure, Per Capita Income or rather Affordability (High Levels of Income and Wealth Inequality), Internet Speeds and Prices are few of the Issues for Online 21st Century Education along with Communicative side where it is easier to understand in local Languages in general. Online and Integrated Education with Global In-depth Research being sort of new in India will take time but Basics of Curiosity including via Encouragement of Researching and Finding Out on Own, Quality Learning via Collaborative Discussions and more, Communication need to be there no matter the medium if STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN.

    So, India, whether Kerala or Gujarat or whichever state or territory, has a Way to go if want to catch up with the Best Globally (Not Just in Asia) where it is BETTER TO GO FOR BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS than RED OCEAN STRATEGY OF COMPETITION.

    PS I’m interested in seeing INDIA improving and growing. I am a relative of Dr. Joseph George who was a Scientist and also a Pioneer of Birdwatching in India (If interested, can Google about him)


  5. Off topic a thread on the Balakot attack


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