This is a point, which I think Keralites should learn. The state cannot be a "consumer state" for ever. Socialism, parippuvada-ism etc. have made sure that Kerala buys every thing from outside. Infact even the rice we eat. If these do not reach the borders for some reason, the state would go for a six. The only solace is that there would also be a few enterpreneurs who will lose money because their products etc. dont reach the end customers. I dont think TN farmers also would like to see plaintains, eggs, poultry all sitting idle because it cannot move across the borders.
I really don't see this "consumer" state as a problem. Indeed, I would encourage it and make Kerala focus on it's comparative advantages (not Prippuvada-ism and Socialism of course) and trade. I pray that the politocos see sense and implement the GST and the interstate movements of goods and services (it is ridiculous, every state in India behaves like a hermitically sealed country and tries to "protect" industries within the state boundaries) and that these check posts and octroi posts at Hosur and Kerala /TN/, TN/AP and every state border is removed forever. USA got that part right when it made interstate commerce a federal subject right at the beginning.
True, TN farmers need markets outside TN as well and Kerala as the most proximate market for south TN produce is extremely important. The relationship is symbiotic. And no , sorry to disappoint Dileep and Bade Mian, neither TN nor KA have any excess to ship to Kerala.
On the contrary, much of the produce in Bangalore and most of southern KA comes from TN, specifically Ooty/Kodai kind of areas and other areas in TN like Erode etc, which is a total dynamo when it comes to veggies, eggs, poultry, milk and meat prodn. Elections in TN, heavy rains in TN and the effect in Bangalore is immediately felt. There really is no getting away it.
Folks like Sachin have an alternate route, albeit a bit longer
. We can go via the Karnataka->Kerala border at Muthanga or Tholpetty. Only problem is the longer distance, and night travel which is banned. Infact we took this route to avoid Vaikol*
and his chums at Walayar.
True, you can go via KA, but that route is a total PITA (pain in the A$$) , longer (distance wise, time wise much much more because of not Golden Quadri std roads) etc and lets face it, that single route and railway line in no way can take the kind of traffic that Kerala generates (both road and rail) and if going to AP/ East coast, that sounds plainly silly.
Vaiko and similar ridiculousness apart, this "rasta roko" business as a means of political mobilization and agit prop must be totally banned and made "verbotten" in Indian politics. I cannot imagine any other civilized democracy where this "Rasta Roko" business and being a total disruptive nuisance is an accepted political method.
And oh, the first place to start that ban would of course be in the DPRK(erala) and the PRP(People's republic of Paschim Banga) , given the amount of man hours , nay years that gets wasted due this kind of Commie agit prop.
* Can this word be added to the BR dictionary. The word means "hay" in Malayalam
Now, now.. Don't start a fight over that.
. The folks on the Tamil side will jump in and say that the word (Vaikol == hay) is Tamil in origin and Malayalam itself is descended from "old Tamil" and all the rest of it.