The Lakshadweep administration, unfazed by the widespread condemnation against their ‘reforms’, has launched yet another drive – to shift all its offices functioning in Kerala to the island.According to Lakshadweep islanders, this is an attempt to completely “disconnect from Kerala”. Lakshadweep, which has historically had close ties with Kerala, if disconnected from the ‘mainland’ (as they call Kerala) would create a new host of problems for the people of the island on a daily basis.
The Lakshadweep Research Collective, a group of scientists and citizens, has urged the President of India to withdraw the proposed Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation of 2021 (LDAR) because it is “highly problematic and will work against Lakshadweep’s ecology, livelihood and culture”.
The Kerala High Court on Thursday reserved orders in the anticipatory bail application filed by Lakshadweep filmmaker Ayesha Sultana, who was booked on sedition charges in Lakshadweep, but granted relief to the filmmaker by directing police to grant interim bail in the event of her arrest after interrogation. The court also directed her to appear before the Kavaratti police for interrogation on June 20. In the event of arrest after interrogation, she should be granted interim bail, Justice Ashok Menon said.
Several BJP leaders in Lakshadweep, led by general secretary Abdul Hameed Mullipuzha, have resigned from the party in protest against Lakshadweep party president Abdul Khader’s sedition case against filmmaker Aisha Sultana.
In the backdrop of widespread condemnation of controversial draft reforms that will impact the unique socio-economic fabric of this island, the Lakshadweep administration continues to blithely slap new orders in the pristine archipelago. In the latest order, dated June 2, 2021, under the guise of the need for “intelligence gathering”, a government servant will henceforth have to accompany the fisherfolk from the island whenever they go out to the sea.
As the fate of an ecologically sensitive, beautiful coral archipelago located off the Malabar coast hangs in the balance, a group of 93 former bureaucrats have written a strong, long letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (June 5), expressing their “deep concern” over the “alien and arbitrary policy” making in Lakshadweep
The Lakshadweep administration’s move to cut meat from the mid-day meal menu in Lakshadweep is reportedly part of a larger commercial plan – to hand over the entire scheme to a Bangalore-based NGO, Akshaya Patra, run by ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), an organisation that has already been criticised by food rights activists for the deficiency of nutrition in the meals provided by them.
Amid the widespread discontent and protests in Lakshadweep over the new proposed regulations, the administration headed by Praful Khoda Patel has blithely gone ahead and instituted another 'anti-people reform' involving the emergency use of air ambulances.
Social media users, including the film fraternity from Kerala are kicking up a storm over the allegedly draconian regulations proposed by the new administrator Praful Patel of the idyllic island of Lakshadweep.
As politicians and celebrities join the sea of protest against drastic ‘reforms’ in Lakshadweep, the call to recall Administrator Praful Patel gets louder; he is accused of targeting the Muslim population in the island
Even amid growing concerns over the impact of global warming and climate change on coastal areas, Puducherry and Lakshadweep have been chosen as the first locations for sustainable development of ocean resources through an India-Norway collaboration