Wednesday, October 05, 2005

On mallus....

For an outsider, it appears that, though the people of Kerala have become richer with money from Gulf, their thought processes have not kept pace with their increasing wealth; they still think poor. They invest their surplus more in ostentatious non-productive assets than in productive enterprises. Gulf money has not brought entrepreneurship but a culture of dependence on those who toil elsewhere. By conventional economics, the large amounts of foreign exchange Kerala has been earning should have translated into rapid economic growth. It has not; so the problem is not money.....


........According to a well-known anecdote, Dr Varghese Kurien did not set up his path-breaking dairy project in Kerala because there are too many Malayalees there. Apparently, one or few Malayalees are better than many more of any other breed, but in large numbers they become less able. They are like the nucleus of an atom: they are stable in small sizes; when the size becomes large, they become, like uranium, dangerously explosive.


So says Mr. P. V. Indiresan, in Hindu Business Line.

True?

I would say yes to the first part, but not sure about the second part though...

7 comments:

പാപ്പാന്‍‌/mahout said...

About assertion 1: I don't know. It could even be true -- so far there has not been any real effort to make the NR Malayalees invest in enterprises in Keralam. Of course we are not counting the general economic boost brought in by the Gulf money -- the building boom etc. Even ostentatious purchases provide employment and livelihood to people down in the food chain, I would think.

Assertion 2 is just plain stereotyping. Does he mean that there is a critical mass of Malayalees that once crossed results in general sloth and laziness? Pure bunkum, I would say. Keralam has its own problems, especially regarding the labour environment etc. That has nothing to do with Malayalees, per se. True, no one is doing anything much to change the environment, but "we are like this only".

If we follow the author's argument, the Gulf Malayalees should already have this "ability" problem -- they are numerous enough, one would think, to reach the magic mark. I think given the right work environment, the average Mallu is as good as a person from any other state. It is Kerala, the God's own country, that is the root cause of all our trouble :-(

wtfdude said...

my friends dad who lives in kerala owns a chopper

പാപ്പാന്‍‌/mahout said...

A perfectly reasonable thing to own if that man has a rubber estate or something that needs large scale spraying :)

tony said...

Nice to see u been updating, here after a long time.
Problem there is not because mallus are not enterprising enough. It is how things have been. ABout enterprise, the booming tourism is a Huge entreprise, and so the numerous Money managers. problem is believe lies in the root of the money. mallus went to the gulf to the work and thats what they do and remain as. When Gujjus go to Africa and and UK and USA, they went to do do business, to open a shop, a motel and whatever they..so they come back and do the same when they have the money.. mallus being workers, want to retire with their gulf money.. Just my thoughts

Uma said...

Speaking of non-resident Mallus there are mainly two tyoes:-
1) Rich NRI's who went to the Americas and Europe, mostly make big money and do not wish to come back.
2) Samll time NRI's who went to the Arab Gulf whos not only leave behind their kith and kin but also their souls and minds in India. They are mostly manual workers and remit majority of their earnings back home to support and sustain their family. They would have savings near to nil and when they get back on vacation after two, three or more years they might be spending some extra money for entertainment but that's all their entertainment in life is.
Its basically the government's failure to set up some form of a trust fund or co-operatives aiming to garner the small time saver's money and utilise it for the State's development. Otherwise nothing is going to happen in our State.

Anonymous said...

we dont c too much of entrepreneurship bcos most of the gelf NRIs are ppl from lower and lower middle class who have made it to the midle and upper middle class and they dont have the drive/c the need to go any further. Also remember that even a few years in the gelf will take itz toll on any person,driving himn to a state where he just wants to invest his money in some safe place (that includes under the pillow also) and relax.
As for the II part,i think the author is refering to the fact that when many mallus get together, we have an union and all the problems associated with it.

Ganapathy said...

I did my B'Tech in Kerala...was suppossed to be there for 4 years instead I eneded up staying ther for 4.5.

What I cannot understand is the mallu fascination with collective failiure. I mean isn't pulling your whole batch down for 6 months with a strike the same as you missing 6 months of class?