: That Kerela receives subsidies should be no surprise. EVERY State in India (as in the U.S.) receives subsidies from the central government.
Don: Yet as long as it recieves subsidies, it can't be called a true success. It must be able to support itself to prove that its system works.
: A more important source of funding - to give you some free ammunition - is from remittances from around half a million working overseas - in the Gulf States for example.
Don: Free ammunition indeed. If it doesn't support itself it can hardly be called a success.
: But the importance of kerela is in where it started from some 40 years ago in comparison with other states in India, and how it compares with those same states today in a number of categories. The difference is striking.
Don: Is it now the equal of those other states? Keep in mind, it is much easier to improve something that is real bad than something that is fairly good. Also, it wasn't communist for all those 40 years, according to your post.