The state of Kerala is fascinating in many ways.
This lush green coastal beauty is deservingly called God's Own Country.
A drive through the state almost never shows any distinction between urban and rural regions.
The houses generally reflect a good standard of living and even the cities do not seem to have beggars on streets.
The good standard of living and the scenic beauty of the state do not seem to motivate Malayalis in general to work hard in their own state.
They stopped cultivating labour-intensive rice paddy and shifted to coconut and rubber plantations long ago.
Like Punjab, Kerala imports farm labour from Bihar.
Kerala has succeeded in keeping most industries out. It never joined the rat race that Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu indulged in to attract investments. Neighbouring Karnataka's extraordinary vigour in wooing investments in recent months indicates that it has taken some serious lessons from Gujarat.
But not Kerala.
On the contrary, the state seems to be quite content with not attracting any new industrial investments.
Image: Kerala's famous backwaters.
Images courtesy: Keralatourism.org
Text: Mahesh Vyas, Business Standard
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