Saturday, March 30, 2013

IPL and the threat to Indian sovereignty

Suddenly, IPL is opening up cracks in Indian sovereignty. A bad precedent is being set by blocking Sri Lankan players from entering Tamil Nadu, but allowing them to enjoy the rest of India. Everybody seems to be focused on the advantage it gives the Chennai Superkings, but nobody has picked up the Indian pride angle yet. 

India is already set to condemn the war atrocities of Sri Lanka which the Sinhalese majority in that country had managed to hide from the world for a long time. But apparently only Tamil Nadu feels outraged while the rest of India goes "Meh". If this pattern continues, we will have low morale across many institutions, including the Indian military.

What's next? If there is trouble in Bangladesh against non-Muslim Bengalis and they scamper to the West Bengal border, will the IPL only block the Bangladeshi players from playing in West Bengal? Are only Indian      Christians supposed to feel the pain when Christians are attacked in Egypt and Iraq? Are only Indian Shias supposed to feel the pain when a mosque is bombed in Pakistan? Are only Indian Sunnis supposed to be outraged when Syria starts gassing its own citizens?

This is a slippery slope. You can pretty much guarantee that Tamilians and concerned Indians will be protesting outside all cricket grounds in Maharashtra, Delhi and anywhere else they muster enough numbers. And it will not take long for BJP and Shivsena to represent the Indian side of the coin. IPL may be tax free, but it is merely a vehicle for filling up Congress coffers in various quarters.

Whatever happened to the solidarity that was shown during the South African apartheid era?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Owners vs Users of Water: aka Mullaperiyar

From the Times of India:


Controversy has dogged the masonry dam since its completion in 1895 by British engineers to address water scarcity in southern Tamil Nadu. The waters of Mullayar and Periyar that are dammed at Mullaperiyar originate in Kerala (then the kingdom of Travancore). The British government reportedly pressurised the then Travancore king to sign a treaty that provided for a 999-year lease of roughly 8,000 hectares of land to Madras Presidency to construct the dam. Water from the reservoir is taken down the steep, eastern face of the Western Ghats to Tamil Nadu, into Vaigai, a rain-fed river which is the lifeline of southern Tamil Nadu.
This daring piece of engineering turned an arid region into a fertile plain. With water, crops and cropping patterns changed. Ballads celebrate the contribution of chief engineer Colonel John Pennycuick who supervised the project. Villages here are dotted with Pennycuick Peravais (forums). Farmers in Cumbum Valley offer prayers before pictures of Cuick before sowing and harvest to this day. Mullaperiyar is not just a dam but an emotion here.
However, many in Kerala believe that Mullaperiyar water was forcibly diverted to Tamil Nadu. This grievance, often aired in irresponsible language including by senior politicians, is one reason why Tamil Nadu is wary of Keralas genuine concern about dam safety. At present, the dam is controlled and maintained by Tamil Nadu. But would Kerala cede sufficient water in the case of a new dam, which would also necessitate a new water treaty? Though Kerala swears it will, Tamil Nadu is not convinced.
Anybody have images of pictures of Pennycuick. No wonder Tamil Nadu never got in too deep in it's opposition of British rule. Tamizhians essentially lost all the Dravidian infighting wars and were receded to the desert portions of the South with no access to water. Only the British took care of their interests. Karnataka has already started diversity Mysore dam waters in a big way, including upstream. Let see how this plays out in non arid Kerala.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Nilgiri construction

From a Reader:

As we all are aware, the Nilgiris is a soil erosion land. In 2009 also people were affected very badly due to the landslides in the area. Like wise, the entire of Niligirs is unfit for any further construction of any nature.

Due to developmental activities large areas of forests have been cleared in and around the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. More human habitation has resulted in largescale road laying that connects even remote forest areas to the nearest urban centre. Construction activities like road building have unleashed widespread landslides and slope destabilization. Construction of the Kabini reservoir has submerged the valley between Nagarhole and Bandipur.
The rocks and boulders that make up the hills are held together by soil. When trees are cut down, their roots are no longer available to hold the soil together. A heavy rainfall is sufficient to make the rocks and boulders come hurtling down. Tea and vegetable plants are totally inadequate in preventing landslides.
We must understand and remember that once the balance of nature is disturbed or destroyed, it is beyond man’s capability or capacity to stop or prevent the disastrous chain reaction that will be triggered off destroying the entire human community.
I wish to bring to your kind notice about certain construction bigwigs in the Nilgiris.Bribing muncipal officers Construction work is going on in full swing in coonoor Bedford, Brooklands, Kottagiri, Ooty, etc areas where chances of landslides are very high.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Only one person in theater for the movie "Tamizh Padam"!!

Is it possible to be the only viewer in the theater for the screening of the movie "Tamizh Padam"?. Yes, if you happen to be in Cleveland, Ohio, USA!

Mr.Ambani has struck a deal with Phoenix theaters in the USA to distribute Indian films. The films have been mostly Hindi and they usually have an entire week run. However the Tamil movie was put in there with very little warning for only one show over the weekend. By the time people realized that the movie was on, the movie was already gone.

Hopefully there will be more awareness the next time around. The Tamil audience would have really loved the experience of a modern theater viewing for the movie.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Not a Kazhagam; a Kalangam

DMK does not stand for Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, it is for Dravida Makkal Kalangam. They are acting just like the villians seen in Tamil films, begging and bruising their way into minister posts so they can ravage the entire country and not just Tamil Nadu. Thanks Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for not acceeding to their demands.

Rather than keep interest of Tamil Nadu in mind, DMK is revolting because they cannot maximize their own corrupt revenues. If this falls apart, the progress of Tamil Nadu is in huge jeopardy. Hopefully some other party will ascend in Tamil Nadu soon. The two right now are just too corrupt for themselves and for the country.

Added later: An agreement has been struck and it looks as if the alliance will hold. The way the telecom sector was managed the last time around was shameful. Hopefully the DMK leaders will show more respect and love for the country this time around.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

How to fight terrorism?

As terrorists get bolder and bolder and more delusional, it is time to give them a reality check. Terrorists can never stop and will simply move on to the next target after one disappears. For example, terrorists elements within Sunnis go after Shias if they run out of other groups to hate on.

Here are the steps to fight terrorism
1> There are quite a few people, especially in the US, middle east and UK, that say, "We just send money to terrorist groups to get revenge". Report these people to authorities. Money is what drives terrorism.
2> Keep an eye out for people that have uncontrolled rage against other groups out of nowhere. These are the kind of people targeted for recruiting and action. Again, watch for the word "revenge". Report them directly or anonymously.
3> Watch out for people that say that terrorists are only against government and not the people. These are the people most likely to fund terrorists. Report them directly or anonymously.
4> You are likely to hear such words mostly from friends or other that share a common religious or ethnic background. Report them directly or anonymously. Terrorists are not followers of God, they are the devil incarnate. Hateful conversations from any religious group is bad.
5> Do not donate to charities unless you are absolutely sure what they do. Donate to Prime Minister or Chief Minister relief funds when in doubt.
6> Do not carry money on behalf of others when visiting India or Pakistan. Unaccounted money often ends up in the wrong hands.
7> Do not use hawala or unofficial channels to transmit money. The underworld fanatics get a cut out of those transactions.
8> Do not do unofficial bets on cricket games. Corrupt cricket officials get a cut out of those transactions and they are tied to extortion/terrorist groups. BTW, Pakistan will have a spectacular defeat soon just to mess up the spread, now that Javed Mian gets to select the whole team.
9> Walk away from conversations that are hateful. Terrorism begins in the intelligent mind and get implemented by mindless moron. Sindhi master, Punjabi blaster. (Reference: Mad Max movies)
10> Be the possibility of peace and harmony. This is the most important step. Ofcourse, kill a terrorist before he can do harm. But be an incarnation of peace otherwise.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Politicians representing an ethnic group or a state?....

That is a fair question, given that the DMK seems to be so keen of giving up all the privileges it has at the central level. It is fair to ask if they are acting in the interest of the greater good of India and Tamil Nadu.

DMK's primary interest should be the issues of Tamil Nadu. The Tamilians of Sri Lanka are a responsibility of the Sri Lankan government. The Tamilians of Bangalore are a responsibility of the Karnataka government. The Tamilians of Mumbai are a responsibility of the Maharashtra government. By ignoring the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu, DMK is doing a great disservice at a time when it could have gained the most in the last 50 years of so.

Such a lack of focus will keep Tamil Nadu in the fringes and a repeat what happened to them before the British took over the southern regions.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Krishna, Sudama, Rajnikant, apology

Rajnikant did the right thing by apologizing to the people of Karnataka for any hurt feelings that may have arisen due to his Hogenakkal speech. There is no point in having property damaged across the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and have the lives and properties of ethnic Tamilians and Kannadigas endangered. We are all Indians first. Rajnikant is probably most acutely aware of that fact, being an ethnic Maharashtrian that worked in Karnataka and then achieved fame in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Life is too precious to be sacrificed over a silly movie.

Plus the film is loosely based on Sudama and Krishna. So Krishna has to protect and not cause damage. Ofcourse a Tamilian who has lived most of his life in Tamil Nadu or a Kannadiga living in Karnataka would be either angry or gleeful as they have never been outside the well of their own state.

Actually it is nice to see some Tamilian anger; they have been worshipping filmstars blindly for too long and have been robbed silly in the process. The maximum prosperity that they achieved was possibly under the guidance of a non film star politician, Shri Kamaraj. The film star politicians and their minions have simply filled up their own tummies.

Plus Rajnikant was against the goondas that did property damage; he never said anything about Kannadigas in his original speech. The apology was the weapon that he used against the same goondas so that they do not get the opportunity to tarnish the image of Kannadigas even further.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ram Setu was destroyed by Lord Ram himself...

Looks like people did not read the Ramayana before arguing to keep Ram Setu as it is. Apparently, Kamba Ramayanam mentions that Lord Ram broke the bridge into three pieces, as per the new affidavit filed in court. The previous two ill-advised affidavits have been withdrawn. Since Kamba Ramayanam is based on the Valmiki Ramayana, the fact should be easily confirmed. And the satellite image does seem to show breaks at the ends and in the middle. Which brings into question the knowledge of religious groups. Maybe there should be some powerful religious authority in the Hindu fold that knows the religious texts inside out. Like Kirupaananda Vaariyar used to be.

As I had mentioned earlier, this is very similar to a light hearted "patti mandram" or discussions. No need to hurt feelings, but tell things in a nice way. The quote from Kamba Ramayanam is a good way to go about this.

Finally, a politician in Tamil Nadu has played some real politics. Too frequently, the Tamil Nadu agenda was ignored at the center based on the local alliances. Now we have DMK both with the Congress at the Center and without the Congress locally. And 6 or maybe 7 ministers. And keeping the country on track in the process. Probably for the first time since Thiru Kamaraj, doing something for the greater good and gaining a lot for Tamil Nadu in the process. You do not have to be a fan of Karunanidhi to appreciate what he has done. The next six months should be a time of golden rule for Tamil Nadu. The honeymoon will not last long, so things have to be achieved as quickly as they can possibly be.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ram Setu back on track?...

The Ram Setu project seems set to come off the back burner as a reward to the DMK for doing the right thing and standing by the Congress during the no confidence motion. It is a huge step in the right direction; people are dealing in the welfare of the country rather than cold cash.

The damage is more to the coral reefs than anything else. Plus the Ram Setu area can be turned into a religious attraction that can be travelled to by open sea.

This is something that needs to be done to convert Tamil Nadu into a coastal business area similar to Mumbai. The people in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu stand to benefit the most from this.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dam building is a complicated process...

Here is an incident where a misunderstanding between Maharashtra and Goa has bought dam construction to a halt. This goes to prove that dam construction is a complicated process and all the necessary legwork needs to be completing before digging and dredging begins.

Hope the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments use this as a lesson for the Hogenakkal dam project.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Why Ram Setu needs to be dredged...

I had indicated in an earlier post as to why Kalaiznar Karunanidhi was wrong in taking on Lord Ram on the Setu Samudram issue. He can use his oratory skills and convince people as to why it is Lord Ram's wish to actually dredge the canal and help India and people in the south. Here are my ideas in English; he can Tamilize it, I am sure.

- Ram left his empire in the care of Bharata; who in turn took care of Bharat for Ram. The time has come for Ram to pay back Bharat(India).

- This would be a great way of saying "Thank you" to the land of Sugreeva and Hanuman as there would be a lot of jobs created in Tamil Nadu. Roads are already being laid to take advantage of the port activity. (Or maybe they are being laid for the impending Tata activities).

- Ram wants Bharat to prosper. I am sure he does not want someone to guard the bridge like Bharat did while guarding Ram's empire with his sandals. I am sure he is not expecting such a sacrifice from the people of his empire.

- It is a reminder of a painful chapter of Ram's life that he would rather forget.

Feel free to add to it in the traditions of a "பட்டி மன்றம்" (Debate).

Friday, April 25, 2008

Corrupt and proud of it...

Here is a Tamil Nadu minister proudly claiming that he is corrupt. I am sure he is wondering what all the fuss is about and can probably give hundreds of examples of "others" doing similar things. The difference in this case is that he took the stink of corruption all the way to Rajya Sabha and talked about the same. His fortright behavior needs to be commended; hopefully appropriate legal action will be taken against him.

Another funny issue seems to be the actions against film stars for not attending the token fast. The dam issue is dead for another few months with Congress party deciding that it is time to shut up and both the partners in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka agreeing to it. So there is no need to pursue that dead horse any further. I guess the next set of riots will be somewhere in June/July. Whoever is in opposition in Karnataka at that point in time will get to burn some Rajnikant posters and Tamils will retaliate by torching a couple of Iyengar bakeries. That is a lot of irony and a testament to the ignorance of people.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

தமிழன் என்று சொல்லடா..தலை ஒழிந்து நில்லடா?

This article is about female infanticide and how we can work together to eradicate the issue. Why the title? I will explain after we discuss the ideas, right at the bottom of the post(for those who can't wait)

Spread these ideas and make sure that your voice is heard and these ideas are implemented.

- Free education for women upto college and even post graduate education in government run institutions (Similar plans are being implemented in many states)
- Males should stand up to their own moms and dads when they start chirping about unwanted female children. This is one area when where the male "புலி" are acting more like "பசு மாடு".
- Come down hard on eve teasing and harassment activities in states that practice foeticide. The harassment arises out of the same attitude that causes foeticide down the line. A few "நல்ல பைய்யன் s" will end up behind bars, but it will be a better lesson than reminding them that their sisters and mothers are women too. That carrot approach does not seem to be working well anyway.
- Create a feminine movement so that women feel a sisterhood towards each other and stand up for a woman in a neighboring house rather than turn a blind eye.
- Refuse marriage of women into households or be very careful of families that have only male children or a very high percentage of males. Chances are high that they did you know what. Again, a few innocents will be in needless trouble, but sometimes poisonous and normal snakes look alike and it is better to get out a stick and protect your own daughters and sisters.
- Do not provide any government incentives to families that have only males. Again the bad snake good snake logic applies. But that is OK. Consider it payback for all the dead female children.
- Provide extra incentives for families that have more than one girl child. This will help correct the gender balance in a few years.
- If you have a female child, rub it in other peoples faces by educating her and providing her the same opportunities as a male child. This is the one thing that makes female killing folks look foolish and dumb.
- Encourage marriage of males to educated women. A lot of mother-in-laws are scared of educated women as they cannot practice foeticide in those cases.

Now for the title of this article. The above were comments I had originally posted on the Tamil Nadu Orkut board as female infanticide prevention ideas. It was removed by the moderators whose belief in Tamil "superiority" caused them to delete the message rather than acknowledge and think about the social ill afflicting portions of Tamil Nadu. People in Salem, Dharmapuri and Madurai are Tamizhans just like any other Tamizhan.

Like an ostrich that buries it's head in the sand, such willful ignorance of the issues is not going to get the Tamil leadership and the Tamil populace anywhere. Even more disturbing was the fact that three of the four moderators are educated females. Now that is one sisterhood that is definitely not happening!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

தண்ணீர்..தண்ணீர்..தண்ணீர்..

Received from an anonymous source...

Here is an interesting link to the tussle of almost 150 years over the Cauvery waters between what started out as Mysore and Madras presidencies and now Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the last few rulers in the south and Tipu Sultan, the "Tamil" portions receded into the arid parts and Kerala and Karnataka received the more fertile parts, the only exception being the areas in the Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu borders.

The last 40 years have been especially fun, since Kannadigas have become more aware of their identity and started asserting it. The relatively obscure Mysore presidency became Karnataka and the political mismanagement of Tamil Nadu allowed it to become more economically stronger. The presidencies themselves were not linguistically divided, hence the relative lack of malice among the various South Indian ethnicities. Tamil Nadu's economic demise is owned in part to it's own "kick them out" movement related to the educated upper class, many of whom are now settled in Karnataka and speak poor Tamil and bear the brunt of being Tamilians there.

The Hogenakkal dam is an absolute waste of money, but it can be done. The maximum amount Karnataka seems to have released during drought times seems to be 19 TMC against a supreme court directive of 205 TMC. Even those were accompanied by torching Tamil Nadu related items or violence against ethnic Tamilians. Ofcourse the Hogenakkal dam is not needed if Karnataka releases the required amount of water. But that is not going to happen as the water is diverted at very high costs to other parts of Karnataka and there are no votes to be gained by letting the water run its natural course. If the water ran it's natural course, Tamil Nadu will definitely get more that what Karnataka finds in its heart to release. But that is water under the bridge now. Dam it!

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