A snapshot of Kerala politics. Kerala Congress is a party of Mallu Christians and IUML of Muslims - between the two they own 30 seats in an 140 seat Assembly. CPI(M) and Congress share the remaining `secular` space. IUML in particular is becoming more strident as the percentage of Muslim population is rising in the state vis a vis Hindus and Christians. IUML is aiming to increase its clout by bifurcating the Muslim majority Malappuram constituency. There is no party in Kerala representing Hindus specifically BTW, they support Communists or Congress. Is Muslim League a dead horse? There is little in common between Jawaharlal Nehru and Ramesh Chennithala. The former is Indiaâ€™s most celebrated statesman-prime minister, the latter a khadi-clad Peter Pan in Kerala. Last week Chennithala, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, tried to emulate Nehru when he said the rump of Muslim League in Kerala (what is variously described as Indian Union Muslim League Kerala committee, Muslim League, etc) has become a liability for Congress. It was Nehru who dismissed Muslim League as a dead horse in the post-independence euphoria in 1957. (It is another matter that, two years later, he keeled over and the state unit of Congress struck an alliance with the League in Kerala). Now the dead horse is galloping faster than Congress in Kerala, threatening almost to wreck the United Democratic Front (UDF) coalition. Will the high command in New Delhi agree about what Nehru said in 1957? Why do Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi flog the dead horse? The Gandhis can hardly displease the rump of Muslim League in Kerala, for the Oommen Chandy-led UDF ministry leads a precarious existence even with the support of the League. So they will acquiesce, and League will continue to press their arguments. It is important to realise who flogged Nehruâ€™s dead horse into life. With a 25% Muslim population in the state, both the UDF and CPM-led LDF are wary of alienating Muslim voters. But one cannot understand the need for a Muslim League, in Keralaâ€™s cultural and social context, in electoral arena. Both Congress and CPM are quite accommodative of Muslim aspirations, so why strike a divisive note on the basis of religion? The answer should come from the Muslim community. League, however, has realized that only thing that matters in a first-past-post democracy is numbers in a given geographical area. Muslim League has 20 MLAs in 140-seat Kerala assembly. Leagueâ€™s critical mass lies in Malappuram, Indiaâ€™s first Muslim majority district. League has won 12 of the total 16 seats in Malappuram district and holds on to two parliamentary seats as well currently. Many now dread the Muslim Leagueâ€™s demand to divide Malappuram district into two, to consolidate their electoral gains further. To begin with, Muslim League had hardly any bargaining chips till 1969 when the Marxist chief minister E M S Namboothirpad, formed Malappuram district, carving out of erstwhile Kozhikode and Palakkad districts, ostensibly to put the backward region in Malabar on the highway to development. It was a mistake that fundamentally altered the political equations in Kerala. In 1957, when the Communists had come into power, they carried no crutches. Ten years later, CPM and EMS had to ally with the Muslim League to regain power with the United Front. Since then both the fronts had been desperately wooing League or more strident Muslim political outfits, to usurp power. Muslim League, which was earlier split into IUML and All India Muslim League (AIML), is now one party. But there are virulent strains in the form of Abdul Nazar Madaniâ€™s Peoples Democratic Party, Popular Front of India, Social Democratic Party of India, etc. The trend should reverse. It is high time both Congress and CPM discarded coalition politics and gunned for victory on their own terms. It is easier said than done. With Christian-community dominated Kerala Congress and Muslim League together winning almost 30 seats in the 140-seat assembly, to win 71 seats out of the remaining 110 seats is a huge challenge. But a beginning has to be made and in the long run Muslim League and Kerala Congress will realize that they cannot push their agendas by flaunting the community card for ever. Or better still, if there needs to be a coalition in Kerala politics it has to be a coming together of CPM comrades and Congress. There is little to separate Marxists from the Khadi brigade. If they can come together at the Centre to keep â€˜Hindutvaâ€™ BJP away, why not at the state level, to shoo away Muslim League Kerala committee and Kerala Congress. Prakash Karat, please take the question.