In continuation with the ongoing discussions on the Rural Realities around the country, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), Kerala organized a Panel Discussion on “Rural Realities |Kerala | Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on May 20, 2021, as the second wave of coronavirus pandemic is engulfing the length and breadth of our country, India, and hitting the heartland of our country which is the rural areas.
The IMPRI team informed the discussion by locating for the event participants the situation of COVID 19 in India and Kerala. The team also provided an insight into the geography and Socio economic conditions of the state. The rationale was to provide the participants with an overview of the state of Kerala.
Sreenath Namboodiri Assistant Professor, Chinmaya Viswa Vidhyapeeth, Eranakulam shared views that first surge of the virus did not saw community spread as compared to the second surge and hence the second wave needed contact tracing to which Kerala was much more ready and experienced.
He further stated that all of these things has led to a position where we see some kind of nationalism coming up in Kerala which has given a more of community sense to the people thereby giving boost to bureaucrats, society and civil society to perform well.
Another important aspect of the state is the investment that has been put in the stem education which has led to better understanding of digital modules in every family of the society. However he says that the gap between Rural and urban economy has been widened by the pandemic in the state.