Event / Webinar on Maariyattam

Webinar on Maariyattam: Exorcising Pandemic in a Ritual Way
13 January 2021 (Wednesday)
3:00 p.m. IST (India)

About the speaker: Dinesan Vadakkiniyil is Assistant Professor, Government Arts & Science College, Uduma, Kasargod.

Organised by Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), Thiruvananthapuram.

More info: http://kchr.ac.in/articles/212

 

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Book chapter / Relations between Kerala and Sri Lanka

Bajpai, Lopamudra Maitra. ‘Time, Palate and History: Relations between Kerala and Sri Lanka’. In India, Sri Lanka and the SAARC Region: History, Popular Culture and Heritage. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2021.
Abstract: The connection between Kerala in India and Sri Lanka can be traced across history, folklore and oral traditions, rites, rituals and festivals, architecture and lifestyle, and also the palate and food.
The connection can be traced to ancient times when a Sri Lankan king visited the Chera country in Kerala during the Pattani festival at Vanchi in the Kerala region; was perhaps the contemporary of Senguttuvan Chera, according to the Sangam poems, and can be dated to either the first or last quarter of the 2nd century CE (depending on whether he was the earlier or the later Gajabahu).
The Pattani cult (of the deity) is said to have been brought to Sri Lanka by Gajabahu.

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Journal article / Empathetic Networks in Malayalam Short Films from the Gulf

Mini, Darshana Sreedhar. ‘Transnational Ethical Screens: Empathetic Networks in Malayalam Short Films from the Gulf’. Film History 32, no. 3 (2020): 141-69.
Abstract: This paper explores the emergence of ethical and empathetic modes of transnationality in the specific context of Malayali diasporic media in the Middle Eastern Gulf.
Through a combined analysis of short films, literature, advertisements, bureaucratic policies, and ethnographic vignettes, this paper looks at the figure of the migrant labourer as both a social force and a media object around which ideas of justice and empathy cohere.
I argue that such film and media constitute a mediated vision of ethical transnationalism—one that bypasses the red tape of the state and instead emphasizes an affective recognition of the other.

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Journal article (OA) / Gender Roles in Kalaripayattu Practices

Mandakathingal, Ashitha. ‘Gender Roles in Martial Art: A Comparative Analysis of Kalaripayattu Practices in India’. Women’s Studies. Published ahead of print, 23 December 2020.
Excerpt: Although the immediate catalyst for the momentum to revitalize this ancient sport is centred on an elderly woman, there is nonetheless a deep-rooted gender gap as regards practising, performing, and teaching Kalaripayattu in Kerala, as this is a male bastion.
There are only a handful of women out there in this field even today despite the state’s much-talked-about gender liberation more than a century ago.
Unlike in Kerala, the mushrooming of Kalaris and the large numbers of women practitioners and performers in the metropolitan cities in south India such as Chennai and Bengaluru are noticeable.
The healthy numbers of women performers in the Kalaris in these metropolitan cities challenge the conventional idea that this martial art is inherently masculine and not suitable for women.
This paper is a comparative analysis of the gender differentiation seen in Kalaripayattu in the Kerala society and the metropolitan spaces of Bengaluru and Chennai.
It seeks to demonstrate how gender differentiation in Kalaripayattu is related not merely to the nature of the practices of that institution but is rather the result of the continuing influence of social and geographical spaces on masculine and feminine roles.
More info and full text (OA): https://doi.org/10.1080/00497878.2020.1843039

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Book chapter / Bhadrakali and Formation of a Regional Goddess in Kerala

Brussel, Noor Van. ‘Bhadrakāḷī: Slaying the Demon in the Backwaters’. In A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses: Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond, edited by Michael Slouber, 19-41. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2021.
Excerpt: The narrative consists of two chapters translated from The Glorification of Bhadrakāḷī (Bhadrakāḷī Māhātmya), a Sanskrit text of the ‘regional Purāṇa’ type, which mixes local narratives and perspectives with transregional myths and themes.
It tells the tale of the demon Dārika and his destined death at the hands of the fierce goddess Bhadrakāḷī. In this way, it is part of an enduring motif in Hindu myth and art: that of demons being slain by fearsome goddesses.
While the text in its current version likely dates to the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, the first reference to a fierce goddess battling a demon called Dārika already appears about one thousand years earlier, in the Tamil epic Chilappatikāram.
The Hindus of Kerala developed the Bhadrakāḷī narrative into a multifaceted framework of legends, rituals, songs, and performance traditions.

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Journal article / International Tourism and Economic Growth of Kerala

Lekshmi, R. S. Kavya, and Hrushikesh Mallick. ‘Contribution of International Tourism to Economic Growth of Kerala: A Subnational-Level Analysis in India’. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. Published ahead of print, 15 December 2020.
Abstract: The study attempts to understand the contribution of international tourism on economic growth at a sub-national level (i.e. for Kerala) of the Indian economy.
By exercising the Johansen cointegration test and Vector Error Correction Model on the annual data from 1980 to 2017, it reveals the existence of a positive long-run association between tourism and economic growth.
It finds that an increase of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) by 1% leads to almost a same percentage increase in Gross State Domestic Product (by 0.97%) in the long-run.
Thus, it suggests that tourism has a significant potential of unleashing the economic growth of Kerala and this is found to be robust with the use of alternative econometric estimation methods.

 

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Book chapter / Latin Catholic Church and neoliberalism in Kerala

Raoof, C.K. Abdul. “From mobilisations to mediations : Shifting trajectories of the Latin Catholic Church’s engagements with neoliberal development projects in Kerala.”
In Change and Mobility in Contemporary India : Thinking M. N. Srinivas Today edited By Sobin George, Manohar Yadav, Anand Inbanathan.

Routledge, 2019.  ISBN : 9780429345074

Abstract : The role of religious and faith-based organisations (FBOs) in the development processes has been widely accepted in India and they played and continue to play significant roles in several developmental and political activities.

This chapter takes the developmental and political interventions of Latin Catholic Church (LCC), which has been playing an active role among fish workers in the coastal regions of southern Kerala, as a case in point to address some of the following questions. What have been the trajectories of FBOs’ developmental interventions?

What determines their approaches on a particular socio-political and development issue? How do FBOs mediate between people and the state? Does the state use the moral authority and power of such organisations to pacify the discontent of people against neoliberal state projects? If so, how?

More info : https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/mobilisations-mediations-abdul-raoof/e/10.4324/9780429345074-13

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Book chapter / Urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Vaddiraju, Anil Kumar. ‘Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Rapid Urbanization and Dispersed Urban Growth’. In Urban Governance and Local Democracy in South India, 57-71. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2021.
Abstract: This chapter presents the trends of urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The chapter argues that the urbanization process has been more dispersed in both states than that of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
We also argue that the dispersed pattern of urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu makes it a more inclusive development process.
After discussing the trends of urbanization in both the states, we present a case study of one city in Tamil Nadu, namely Salem.
While there is no doubt that the urban development process in Tamil Nadu is even, dispersed and balanced, the problems in cities such as Salem are more or less in accordance with the problems we found in other cities such as Dharwad.
Urban governance also did not show much difference between that of cities such as Dharwad as the cities were basically governed by bureaucracy.

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Book / India Migration Report 2020: Kerala Migration Surveys

Rajan, S. Irudaya, ed. India Migration Report 2020: Kerala Model of Migration Surveys. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2021.
ISBN 9780367625566 / Hardback / 504 Pages / GBP 96
About the book (edited): India Migration Report 2020 examines how migration surveys operate to collect, analyse and bring to life socio-economic issues in social science research.
With a focus on the strategies and the importance of information collected by Kerala Migration Surveys since 1998, the volume:
• Explores the effect of male migration on women left behind; attitudes of male migrants within households; the role of transnational migration and its effect on attitudes towards women;
• Investigates consumption of remittances and their utilization; asset accumulation and changing economic statuses of households; financial inclusion of migrants and migration strategies during times of crises like the Kerala floods of 2018;
• Highlights the twenty-year experience of the Kerala Migration Surveys, how its model has been adapted in various states and led to the proposed large-scale India Migration Survey; and
• Explores issues of migration politics and governance, as well as return migration strategies of other countries to provide a roadmap for India.
Table of Contents
 
1. Large Scale Migration Surveys: Replication of Kerala Model of Migration Surveys to India Migration Survey 2024
S. Irudaya Rajan, K. C. Zachariah and Ashwin Kumar
2. Keeping up with Kerala’s Joneses
Balasubramanyam Pattath
3. Remittances, Health Expenditure and Demand for Health Care Services
C. Valatheeswaran and M. Imran Khan
4. Remittances and Asset Accumulation among the left behind Households
Pooja Batra
5. Impact of Male Migrants, and their return, on Women Left-Behind: The Case of Kerala, India
Jurany Ramirez Gallego, S. Irudaya Rajan and Arjun Bedi
6. Socio-Economic Dynamics of Gulf Migration: A Panel Data Analysis
Shibinu S.
7. Why do Migrants Transfer Money? Motivations of Remittance from Emigrants
Arya Rachel Thomas and Archana K. Roy
8. Reintegration and Future Plans of Return Migrants
Afsal K. and Reshimi R. S.
9. Emigration and its Effect on the Labour Force Participation of Women in the Left-behind Household
Roshan R. Menon and R. B. Bhagat
10. Transnational Migration and Gender Attitudes: An Exploratory Analysis
S. Irudaya Rajan, Ginu Zacharia Oommen, George Joseph, Syed Usman Javaid, Jennifer Solotaroff and Luis Alberto Andres
11. Labour Migration: Decision to Migrate and Choice of Destination
Anu Abraham
12. Keralan in Circulation: Field Observations from Kerala and Dubai
Kellee S. Tsai
13. The Alcohol Paradox: Revisiting the Kerala Model of Development
Ajit Dayanandan, M. Rajesh and George Joseph
14. Financial cost of international migration from South India: What does data spanning three decades tell us?
Ganesh Seshan
15. Exploitative or ethical? Understanding the labour recruitment practices in the 21st century from Kerala
C. S. Akhil and S. Irudaya Rajan
16. Remittances and Overseas Migrants Economic Shocks: Evidence from Kerala’s Recipient Households after 2008 global crisis
Eugenia Canessa
17. Cultural Production of Narratives as Counter-Archives in Kerala Gulf Migration Studies
Priya Menon
18. Migration and Asset Accumulation in South India: Comparing Gains to Internal and International Migration from Kerala
Ganesh Seshan
19. Tracing the changing Economic Status of Kerala households: The KMS Experience
Udaya S. Mishra and S. Irudaya Rajan
20. The Janus-faced dilemma of Migration as Adaptation: The Impact of Rapid-onset Floods on Labour Migration in Kerala, 2018
Jessica Li
21. Climate Change, Migration and Development: The Aftermath of the 2018 Floods in Kerala
S. Irudaya Rajan, Stephen Taylor and Aneeta Shajan
22. Impact of Migration on Financial Inclusion and Local Financial System in Kerala 1
Jafar K.

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Event / Webinar on Kerala’s Tribes and COVID-19

Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, is organizing a webinar.

Topic: ‘Covid-19 and Scheduled Tribes in Kerala: Strategies and Responses
Speaker: Abhilash T., Assistant Professor, CDS, Thiruvananthapuram
Moderator: Jayaseelan Raj, Assistant Professor, CDS, Thiruvananthapuram
Date: 18 December 2020, Friday.
Time: 3:30 p.m. IST
Event link (WebEx): https://bit.ly/2JtrZbY
Meeting ID: 126 787 6000
Password: CDS1234
About the webinar: This paper critically examines the policies adopted by the Kerala government in order to address the concerns of scheduled tribes in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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