For too long in this country, developments that have taken place in Kerala have not been front in centre in the rest of India.

India’s most literate state has been an icon, but has not been given its due. Today, Kerala is in the thick of massive conflagration. As blood is being spilt on the streets as RSS and Left cadres wage war, their doyens are now in the middle of the biggest power game possible.

At the core are extremely serious issues. Thousands of cases of love Jihad have been reported, dozens of youth from Kerala are being enticed into fighting for the IS in Syria and Afghanistan. Between the political war and the threat of India’s enemies, Kerala is now on the immediate frontline, but for the wrong reasons. It’s up to its politicians, across the spectrum, to prevent and urgently prevent a descent into chaos.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has already had much to criticise the Kerala government of Pinarayi Vijayan. Now it’s about a threat to India. After Bhagwat raised the red flag on ISIS and love Jihad, the Kerala CM has hit back. Accusing the RSS of betraying India, an incensed BJP now plans to have Amit Shah to fly down to begin a Yatra. The bottom line is serious. Amid the war for power within, there are enemies lurking from without. To win power, we must win the peace. That’s the challenge, that’s debate we must have. In the Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj ke khilari’ based on Munshi Premchand’s famous story, Two men are so caught up in a game of chess…that they forget hell breaking out around them and the British sneaking in. We need to ensure that the same doesn’t happen in Kerala. The Kerala government tonight has a responsibility, to its people. While the cm is busy taking potshots at Mohan Bhagwat, it’s up to him keep a firm eye on his state. While cadres are fighting on the streets, will they have an eye on ISIS? Here’s what’s happened, then we have that debate.