My answers to your queries are as follows:
1. Pre-degree Board: Per se, the LDF did not object to it, but only suggested a detailed review and some modifications, which the authoritarians could not digest. Where was the hitch? They could have gone ahead despite the protests, but because of the problems within, they could not do it. You cannot blame LDF for that.
Later when the LDF came to power, they incorporated the changes proposed earlier in the delinking of pre-degree project and implemented as Plus 2. It is worth noting that the Plus 2 project has been widely appreciated by people from all walks of life.
The new grading system was wholeheartedly supported by LDF. Even in this, they proposed some changes, which were not accepted by the government. Did the LDF block its implementation?
Another one is VAT. Didn't the LDF support it wholeheartedly, despite some deficiencies in the provisions?
So the point is, wherever the LDF feels that it is good for the state, it extends full cooperation in implementing it. They oppose (that is why they are opposition) draconian rules such as liquor policy, self financing colleges policy, electricity tariff, transport tariff, etc., and they definitely get the support of the People. That is the reason why many of the proposals mooted by the government were withdrawn after a few days on seeing the public support to those issues.
Everybody blamed LDF for protesting against the self financing policy of the government. It was to urge the government not to succumb to the pressure. But the then CM Mr. Antony did not give any value at that time. On one side he informed the students, and the other side he assures the management something else. Isn't the agitation of the LDF students wing now proving right? You yourself can see the outcome of the self financing college policy. This year 100% students will have to pay the full fees recommended by Justice KT Thomas Commission. Even the merit students are not spared in this. Is it not a fallout of an unplanned policy making team, who establishes policies to satisfy their godfathers in the business community? Education has also become a highly profitable business now.
2. Computerization: Yes for sure there was insecurity feeling. It happens in every field. Even in your company, when something new happens doesn't it give you a scary feeling? It was the duty of the then government to assure the employees on this aspect. But later when an assurance on this count was given, they supported it fully. Do you think that if they continued their opposition vehemently, we would have achieved the computerization?
3. Do not degrade Malayalees like this? It was not because of Mallu Engish, that Malayalees became the principal secretaries to many PMs, including the current PM, one became the Chairman of a great company, Britannia Industries, etc. There are many Malayalees who are shining around the world because of their command over English language. They all have gone up from this soil. The LDF clearly understands the importance of English in the international field and that the main reason why many of their youths are abroad doing good job. You might have heard somebody saying this phrase, but do not put the blame on LDF. Everybody knows those who are talking high of English language even cannot deliver a speech in chaste English, that includes your favorite Congress Party leaders. Can Mr.Chandy or Mr.AK Antony deliver a speech like their counterparts in Maharashtra or Delhi? Who is stopping them from studying English? Is it the LDF?
4. Microsoft: They can establish anywhere they like. But aren't we talented in this area. There are many malayalees even in Microsoft. The contention of the leftists is that we should encourage our own people. Don't we have enough IT talents and IT companies, that can develop their own IT programs. Why we cannot encourage our own people to develop programs, rather than depending on others? Isn't that a real technological development, rather than following the programs of others? It is not that we should not deal with them. We should, only if all other local resources are exhausted.
By encouraging our own people, with experimentation and trial and error, we firmly believe that Kerala has a great talented workforce and can become better brains useful for our own land, than loaning it to somebody.
Bangalore and Hyderabad developed in IT field with their own people and not because of Microsoft.
Is it not the Left, who made the Infopark and Technopark in Kochi and Trivandrum. And see what the present government is doing to encourage those guys. Nothing. In fact those in the Infoparks are experiencing many difficulties because of the bureaucratic entanglement. Why they cannot provide adequate support to them.
Look at our Indian companies, such as Wipro, Infosys, Satyam, etc. Aren't they making good business with excellent programs? I heard recently that Satyam got a huge project in Jordan worth more than 1 million dollars. Is it not making us proud? Wipro has become an international name and they have some of the major contracts in Europe and Gulf.
Look at our space research programs. Haven't Indian brains doing this on their own, without any outside help. So we have enough brains and we should utilize properly. If we depend too much on others, we will not be having constructive brains, which others will exploit. That is the reason for brain drain. Stand on our own feet, whatever we are. It will make all of us proud.
Dear Friend, your statement that the left is 'taking the state decades behind', in the fast developing world is not true. Are we not in the forefront in other fields? Say for example, literacy, aren't we the most literate state? In health, mortality rate, population control, and many other fields, Kerala is the role model of other states and even other countries. Are these achievements because we are decades behind or because the left ruled us? Do not say that only if we play with computers we will be ahead of others.
It is not only IT, there are other fields which we should concentrate as well. Why can't the government find some land and give to some of the 'Green' people to make a revolution in the farming sector. Now we are fully depending on Tamil Nadu for vegetables. If we encourage our people, they can make adequate vegetables in our own land, where there is enough water resources and fertile land for cultivation.
Other industries also can come up or upgraded. Coconuts, rubber, coir, etc., are some examples and if we make some research and if the government gives some encouragement, we can boost up our business in these sectors as well.
Your contention that all leftists are brainwashed and follow only what the leader says. That is a wrong conclusion. Because of the literacy drive (of the lefts), we achieved more than 90% literacy, that includes your guys. Nobody can take the leftists for a ride. But in Congress, that is being done. What Soniaji says is the last word for all congressmen and what Oommen Chandy (of OC group) saying is the last word for the congress in Kerala. Even the KPCC president Thennala Balakrishna Pillai cannot say a word against him.
But in Left, or CPM, even the veteran EMS and AKG was opposed on many issues. Their pronouncements were not the last word. So please try to understand the party very well, rather than just uttering some words borrowed from MM Hassan or Antony or Chandy. Mr. AK Antony who opposes the left tooth and nail, is going to become a central minister with the support of this very left. What an irony?
Finally I should convey my thanks and appreciation to your nice reply.