Inside Kerala's Pathanamthitta, the best constituency in India
Pathanamthitta has India’s cleanest air, and HDI that match any first-world country, especially in child healthcare
Social movements against caste divisions, its culture and openness to foreign influences, have helped Kerala focus on development
Pathanamthitta, Kerala: In the heart of southern Kerala, where the road meanders around the edge of the Western Ghats, lies Pathanamthitta that shot to prominence because of the Sabarimala controversy. But there is a more important reason for the Lok Sabha seat’s claim to national prominence in the run-up to Elections 2019: the region in central Travancore has India’s cleanest air (among 123 major cities), and human development indicators (HDI) that match any first-world country, especially in health.