God’s Own Country is probably the State that witnesses the most number of hartals. So much so that hartals are even termed as the Malayali’s festival. Political parties are of the opinion that a hartal is the best mode to express protest against a particular incident. However, it is not clear for whom these hartals are being conducted. Is it for the public as claimed by the political parties? Is it to get their views approved? Is it to show aggression against the decisions of the establishment?
Political parties affirm that these hartals are a means to get the public their rights. But it’s high time these parties have a clear answer to the question – how can a problem be solved by creating another one? Are these hartals addressing the real problems of the public? There are solid evidences that are representative of the fact that hartals have done nothing but disturb and disrupt the daily chores of the public and also create huge losses to the State.
Despite being the first State to have banned bandhs, Kerala has not been able to bring any changes to the situation because these bandhs have taken a new face of hartal. The net result is the same – total shutdown.