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Not so proud.

This is with reference to the letter 'Education the key' (GDN, August 15).

'Proud Indian' is correct when he mentions that Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India but he must also realise that this is not education in English.

Kerala does not say that all it's literate population takes lessons in English and that they are competent in it.

One reason why Keralites unlike Goans and Punjabis, as mentioned by Proud Indian, flock to the Gulf is because they cannot pass the screening, which is mandatory to work or travel to the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Hence they are destined to move to the Middle East where no such screening is required.

The writer speaks about lack of opportunity in Kerala due to high levels of education. This cannot be true because Kerala has less industrial and commercial growth. It is not considered a place worth investing due to the Communist regime and problems created by local people and politicians.

Many companies that opened units in Kerala were forced to shut down.

Keralites do not move out of Kerala in search of opportunity but in search of work.

Even if they do move out in search of opportunity then why not try in the rest of India, in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad or Pune?

Why doesn't Kerala with all its literacy not have one developed city which can be compared to those mentioned above?

Proud Indian mentions cleanliness and that state-of-the-art infrastructure does not exist in Kerala.

I think he was comparing the buses in Kerala, which are filthy, dirty and badly maintained to bullock carts.

The railway lines are few, trains are not clean, roadways are dilapidated and there are no good highways. This sure is not state-of-the-art. The writer compares Keralites to north Indians.

For your kind information, Orissa does not come in north India, Uttar Pradesh comes in north central India.

I think you should remove the word 'proud' from your next letter.

You compared Kerala with Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and the Indian states, which rank lower in terms of development and education.

Why don't you try and compare it to states such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, which also come in South India.

Proud Indian speaks about the high standards of life, which can be seen in Kerala.

We don't need to go to Kerala to see the standard of life followed by Keralites, we can see it here in the Gulf. I am not sure what your standard of life is based upon or compared to. On the whole, I do not want to speak about the rest of India and Indians, but wanted to stop you from spreading false and distorted facts.

P Shirodkar

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Date:Aug 20, 2009
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