Kerala's amity and social harmony have come under stress and strain, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Tuesday as she advocated for a new development strategy for strengthening the bonds of brotherhood among people and the overall development of the southern state.
Kerala has been a role model to other parts of the country and indeed the world on how to preserve and promote social harmony and amity. This has come under stress and strain and future development strategy must have, as one of its basic objectives, the strengthening of the bonds of brotherhood/ sisterhood that have been the hallmarks of Kerala's wonderfully diverse society," Ms. Gandhi said in a message to a virtual summit organized by Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies is an economic think tank aligned to the Congress ideology, in the poll-bound state. The summit, Pratheeksha 2030, is the culmination of the Institute's elaborate and extensive consultations in India and abroad to prepare an action plan for Kerala's development over the next decade. Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the summit.
Referring to the much-talked-about Kerala Model of Development, Ms. Gandhi said today the state faces new, unprecedented challenges and it has been accentuated by COVID-19 pandemic and called for fresh thinking on economic growth and social security in the southern state.