Mohanlal’s Open Letter to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: 5 challenges that require prompt intervention by Left-led Govt

By: | Published: June 22, 2016 5:00 PM

Kerala has a bright future but there are serious challenges that require immediate intervention...

This letter brings together some of the points that have been raised earlier in my blog posts. These are challenges that require your intervention.This letter brings together some of the points that have been raised earlier in my blog posts. These are challenges that require your intervention.

Kerala has a bright future but there are serious challenges that require immediate intervention – this forms the gist of an open letter written by Kerala’s ”superstar” Mohanlal to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

From garbage disposal to over-speeding, crimes against the elderly, women and children to safeguarding Kerala’s green heritage, the actor emphasized that prompt implementation is key and that while politics is the way to governance, there should be no politics underlying the quality of governance.

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The actor, whose blog posts touch upon issues of public interest, also released a seven minute pod-cast where he read out the letter. His rendering of the open letter is conveyed in a way that reflects the concern of an ordinary person than a super star. This has gone viral on social media.

Here is a translation of Mohanlal’s open letter to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan:

Respected Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan,

Sir,

This is a letter written to the Kerala CM, not by Mohanlal the actor, but by Mohanlal, as a person who lives in Kerala.

In the last few years, I have been a regular blogger. On the 21st of every month, I publish my hand-written blog posts. I like to write and share my thoughts on diverse topics that are mostly related to topics of public interest. Over the years, I have received appreciation for my blog posts as well as criticism. I accept both with equanimity.

This letter brings together some of the points that have been raised earlier in my blog posts. These are challenges that require your intervention.

Garbage disposal – Ask me what terrorizes Kerala today and my answer would be – garbage disposal. Stray dogs, diseases – these are triggered by the piles of garbage that line both sides of our roads. Residents, when asked why they dump their waste on roads, say in response, “Where will we dispose off this garbage?” This is a valid question. The issue of garbage disposal and the question on where to dispose garbage need to be properly addressed.

What can be done: Create adequate facilities for garbage disposal. Penalize those who dump garbage on roads and public places.

If we do not find a solution to the problem of garbage disposal, I cannot begin to imagine what the situation in Kerala will be in the next five years. I hope that you will take this “yajnam” forward as a “vratam” (vow) and tackle this problem.

Over-speeding and road accidents: Precious lives are lost on our roads than in world wars. Why are we unable to control this despite stringent laws?

What can be done: When Rishi Raj Singh had been Transport Commissioner, he had introduced speed governors to limit the speed of vehicles. Within months, the data showed encouraging results. The number of road accidents had come down. This teaches us a valuable lesson: where there is a will, there is always a way. Remove the licences of those who have caused deaths by road accidents. I expect some good decisions from you to tackle this problem. May the roads we travel through be untainted by blood stains – that is my prayer.

Improving Kerala’s road infrastructure: I do not need to tell you about the state of our roads as you travel by road more than I do. So much of our energy is wasted daily in our road travel, besides the mental torment that we undergo but we are unable to express it. If no action is taken now, we will be forced to walk as pedestrians in the next five years.

What can be done: Improving road infrastructure is the need of the hour. I have observed your commitment to boosting road infra, which is why I have mentioned it here. Infrastructure needs a boost, but implementation is key. We have seen so many big plans but none were implemented. I know that there are huge challenges ahead but it is when we confront these challenges that we truly grow and take us forward.

Cruelty to the elderly, women and children: I need not go into the details. This is a sad fact in our state which we all know about.

What can be done: It is due to the lack of stringent laws that crimes like these are on the rise. Care and protection for the elderly & women and safeguarding a child’s right to grow up in a healthy environment can be your mission to tackle this problem. There is no endeavor more noble than this.

Protecting the environment: We have very little to protect in terms of environmental protection. When water levels rise, we don’t even have trees to hold on to for safety.

What can be done: The government has to adopt a holistic approach to save Kerala’s green heritage which includes our rivers, trees, hills, mountains. Otherwise, Kerala will shrink to a green dot that will slowly stay and fade from our memories.

Sir, tackling these problems is not just for us, but for our future generations. As an actor and an individual, I pledge my support and service to you in all your endeavors and initiatives.

The first key decisions taken by your Govt soon after you took charge as CM have been good. This prompted me to write to you. A good beginning holds the promise of a good conclusion. May politics be the way to governance but may governance be free from politics.

Kerala has great expectations from you. I wish you and your colleagues all the very best.

Snehapoorvam,
Mohanlal

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