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காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போவது எப்படி ?

காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போவது எப்படி ? ஐந்து நாடகங்கள் மூலம் பார்க்கலாம்.

நாடகம் 1

பெருமாள் முருகனின் நூல் ‘மாதொருபாகன்’ தடை செய்யப்பட வேண்டும் சென்று சில ‘அறிவாளிகள்’ கேட்டுள்ளனர். இன்னும் சிலர் அதனை எரித்தும் உள்ளனர். அது இந்து மதத்தை இழிவு படுத்துகிறது என்பது இவர்களது குற்றச்சாட்டு.

தடை செய்யக்கூடாது என்பது ஆ.. பக்கங்களின் வாதம். என்னதான் இருந்துவிடப் போகிறது அந்த நூலில் ? குழந்தை பாக்கியம் இல்லாத ஒரு தம்பதியினர் ஒரு பழைய சம்பிரதாயத்தின் வழியில் குழந்தை பெறுகின்றனர். இது புதுமையான சம்பிரதாயம் கூட அல்ல. கிட்டத்தட்ட இதே முறையில் மகாபாரதத்தில் குழந்தை பிறப்பு நிகழ்ந்துள்ளது. இந்த நூலை எரிக்க வேண்டும் என்றால் மகாபாரதத்தையும் எரிக்கலாமா ? இவர்கள் கூற்றுப்படி பார்த்தால் கம்பராமாயணம், ஆண்டாள் பாசுரங்கள், சீறாப்புராணம் என்று பலவற்றை அழிக்க வேண்டும்.

நூல் தடை கோருவது முட்டாள்தனமானது. ஓரிரு நூல்களால் இந்துமதம் அழியக்கூடியது என்று நம்புகிறார்களா இவர்கள் ? 700 ஆண்டுகால இஸ்லாமிய தாக்குதல்களால் அழியாதது இந்த வாழ்க்கை வழிமுறை. 250 ஆண்டுகால ஆங்கில ஆட்சியில் அழியாதது இது. இந்த ஒரு நூல் தான் இதனை அழிக்கப்போகிறதா ? நாடகம் நன்றாக இருக்கிறது.

நூல் எரிப்புக்கு எதிராகத் தமிழ்ப் ‘போராளிகள்’ ஒன்று திரண்டனர். ஆர்.எஸ்.எஸ்., பா.ஜ.க.வின் ‘இந்து பாசிசத்திற்கு’ எதிராக அணி திரண்டனர். கருத்துச் சுதந்திரம் பாதுகாக்கப் பட வேண்டும் என்று பெருங்குரல் எழுப்பினர். ‘முற்போக்கு’ என்ற அணியில் இவர்கள் பாசிசத்தை எதிர்த்தனர். இந்த நாடகமும் நன்றாக நடந்தேறியது.
இந்த நாடகம் இருக்கட்டும். இன்னொரு நாடகம் பற்றிப் பார்ப்போம்.

நாடகம் 2

2013ம் ஆண்டு அமினா வதூத் என்ற அமெரிக்கப் பெண் அறிஞர் சென்னைப் பல்கலையில் பேச இருந்தார். அவருக்குப் பேச அனுமதி மறுக்கப்பட்டது. இதற்காக சென்னை வந்த அவர் பேசாமலேயே திரும்பினார். அவர் ஏன் பேசவில்லை ? அவர் இஸ்லாமியப் பெண்ணீயவாதி, அறிஞர். பெண்களுக்கு சுதந்திரம் வேண்டும் என்று பேசி வருபவர். அவர் சென்னைப் பல்கலையில் பேசினால் ‘சட்டம் ஒழுங்கு’ பிரச்சினை ஏற்படும் என்று காரணம் கூறி அவரது பேச்சு நிறுத்தப்பட்டது.

ஆனால் பாவம் அமினா வதூத். அவருக்கு ஆதரவாகக் குரல் கொடுக்க ‘போராளிகள்’ வரவில்லை. ஏனினில் அப்போது ‘தமிழ்ப் போராளிகள்’ காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போனார்கள்.

நாடகம் 3

இத்துடன் இன்னொரு நாடகமும் நடந்தது. சாஹித்ய அக்கதெமி பரிசு பெற்ற ஜோ டி குரூஸ் அவர்களின் தமிழ் நாவல் ஆங்கிலத்தில் மொழிபெயற்கப்பட்டது. நூல் வெளியாவதற்கு முன் அவர் நரேந்திர மோடிக்கு ஆதரவாகப் பேசினார். உடனே ‘நவயானா’ பதிப்பகம் நூலை வெளியிட மறுத்துவிட்டது. ஒரு நூலாசிரியருக்கு அவருக்கென்ற ஒரு தனிக்கருத்து இருக்கக் கூடாதா ? அவருக்குக் கருத்துச் சுதந்திரம் இல்லையா என்று ‘முற்போக்கு’ எழுத்தாளர் அமைப்புகள் போர்க்கொடி தூக்கவில்லை. ஏனெனில் அவர்கள் காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போனார்கள்.

நாடகம் 4

பல ஆண்டுகள் முன்னர் ‘சாத்தானின் வேதம்’ என்ற சல்மான் ருஷ்டியின் நூலைத் தடை செய்தது இந்திய அரசு. அப்போதும் இந்த ‘முற்போக்கு முத்தண்ணாக்கள்’ தோன்றவில்லை. ஏனெனில் அவர்கள் அப்போதும் காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போனார்கள்.

நாடகம் 5

சில ஆண்டுகள் முன்பு இடது சாரிகள் ஆட்சி செய்த மேற்கு வங்காளத்திலிருந்து பங்களாதேஷ் எழுத்தாளர் தஸ்லிமா நஸ்ரீன் வலுக்கட்டாயமாக வெளியேற்றப்பட்டார். அப்போதும் இந்த முற்போக்கு எழுத்தாளர்கள் காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போனார்கள்.

ஆக,  நீங்களும் காற்றில் கரைந்து காணாமல் போய்த் தேவையானபோது மட்டும் தோன்றும் ஆற்றல் பெற விரும்பினால், தமிழ் நாடு முற்போக்கு எழுத்தாளர் சங்கத்தில் சேருங்கள்.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Writers

 

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தமிழும் சம்ஸ்கிருதமும் ஒரு தாய் வயிற்றுப் பிள்ளைகள்!

தமிழில் சில முக்கியமான் கட்டுரைகளை எழுதி வரும் திரு.சுவாமினாதன் அவர்களின் நல்ல ஒரு கட்டுரை – தமிழையும் வட மொழியையும் தொடர்பு படுத்தி எழுதி இருப்பது. வாசித்துப்பாருங்களேன்..

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Writers

 

Christianity and Caste – book review

Brahmin Christians should adhere to the following :

  1. Should not eat out of the hands of Velala and Nadar christians
  2. Should not eat beef, fish and eggs in public
  3. Should sport a sacred thread
  4. Should Apply sandal paste on their forehead
  5. Should employ only upper caste Christians as their servants
  6. Should not eat or drink in public view.
  7. Should not be seen consuming alcohol.
  8. While on travel should eat and drink from behind a screen.
christianity and casteism

christianity and casteism

The above are the injunctions prescribed to Hindu Brahmin converts  who have become christian priests. And who prescribed these ?  Rev. Roberto de Nobili an Italian missionary in AD 1609. Don’t be surprised at the term ‘brahmin-christian’. These improbable classes did exist during the origins of Christianity in India and continue till date.

These and many more of such shocking truths are made evident by Prof. Sivasubramanian, the Marxist scholar and researcher in his Tamil book ‘கிறித்தவமும் சாதியும் ‘ ( ‘Christianity and Caste’)

You might think that the very purpose of getting converted to Christianity has been defeated if one still is a brahmin even after becoming a christian. That is precisely the case. Caste system has reigned supreme in Christianity in India, as it had been reigning supreme in Hinduism then and now. Caste has been a major classification even in Christianity. While seemingly opposing the caste system in Hinduism, christian missionaries have covertly and overtly converted hindus en-masse on caste grounds.

Prof. Sivasubramanian has done pioneering work in this regard. He exposes the depths of caste classification in Christianity and provides clinching evidence that spans 500 years of documentation. He is un-biased and objective and never deviates from the main point – Casteism and Christianity.

He compares the caste system in Hinduism and Christianity and concludes that caste behaves in the same manner, irrespective of the religion it is associated with.

He takes the case of a village called ‘Vadakkankulam’ in South Tamil Nadu, India and traces the history of the village church and the changes that happen to the church as time advances. We are treated to many pages of amazing evidence of the different caste based discrimination that was prevalent in the parish, how each community fought with the other on caste basis irrespective of the fact that Christianity was not supposed to have helped the cause of caste system, how different communities filed cases against one another and the case details and in the end, the stupidity of all that.

Vellala Christians file a case against Nadar Christians asking  Nadars not be seated in a particular place inside the church. Sakkiliar Christians appeal to the Fench / British authorities alleging discrimination by the Parish priest. Pillaimar Christians file a case against Nadar Christians asking them not to use their street. Prof. Sivam quotes as evidence many such cases and also provides detailed judgments to substantiate the prevalence of caste system in Christianity in India.

The learned prof also provides some interesting details on the methods used by the missionaries for conversion of caste hindus like the brahmins. He particularly quotes De Nobili, the Italian missionary who wore a sacred thread like the hindu brahmins. While hindu brahmins wore three threads across their body, De Nobili wore five – three to signify the father, son and the holy ghost and two more to signify Jesus’s body and soul. He ate out of the hands of upper caste converts, was vegetarian and sported a sandal paste on his forehead like caste hindus. Additionally he wore ochre robes and had a stick with a flag ( the stick is called ‘dhandam’ in Hindu ascetic order ). In every way, he wanted to resemble a brahminical sanyasi ( holy man) and thereby attract hindu brahmins into his fold.

De Nobili went further ahead and created a fifth Veda in addition to the four Hindu sacred texts. He called that ‘Yeasu Sura Vedam’. He wrote in Sanskrit so that Hindu Brahmins would get converted based on that feature as well.

Prof. Sivam’s book is a worthy read for anyone interested in the early origins of Christianity in South Tamil Nadu, India.

If you are encountered with a story that Christianity didn’t practice caste system and un-touchability, offer this book as answer.

The English translation of this book is available as ‘The crusade against caste domination in the holy family church at Vadakkankulam’ by Dr.Balasubramanian.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in English Posts

 

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Curd rice and pickle mean software and finance ?

Ram continued thus :

‘Bharat Ram cannot be a comic artist for the simple reason that he would need to earn his
living. And being a comic artist, a tambrahm cannot earn his living unless he is enormously wealthy’, he paused.

‘What has wealth got to do here ? Suppose I don’t bequeath anything to him, should he not be a comic artist ?’, I said, and added ,’ not only tambrahm, anybody that needs to live on comics alone without being wealthy would suffer. Is that not so?’

‘Not really. A tambrahm in that situation will suffer more than anybody else. And that is the essence of being a tambrahm’, he said with a vicious smile.

I waited for him to continue though I knew he was on the right path.

‘Saar, the very quality of a tambrahm is to be jealous all his life. And if a tambrahm has a
special quality that the rest of them don’t have, then 99% of the time the gifted tambrahm
would be destroyed just by being ridiculed and stymied by the rest of the crowd. What matters to a tambrahm is conformance. He expects the entire crowd to look, act and behave in the same manner. If one deviates citing special quality, he would be pulled down and trampled. And that would happen to the comic genius’, he said.

I didn’t like what he said for that was true.

Tambrahms want to look and behave alike. They have similar intelligence and are tuned to work in similar manner because they have similar up-bringing. A well to do tambrahm and an poor tambrahm have these similar characteristics. And they all have similar urge to overcome hazards and come out on top. And the means they adopt to do that are also similar. And so they conform to expected behaviour.

So, when a tambrahm has an unique trait and tends to behave in a peculiar fashion and hence does not conform to herd behavioural standards, he is trampled and crushed. So there this comic artist stuff for Bharath Ram would not be agreed in the community for tambrahms are expected by the tambrahm society to be either a software engineer or a finance professional and hence be in the US.

Probably software and finance are the byproducts of thayir sadham and mangai urukai ( curd rice and mango pickle ) – or so it seems.

Ram continued further.

( to be continued )

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in English Posts

 

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Cartoonist as a cartoon character in govt ?

I tried to continue after Ram’s bouncer on R.K.Laxman. I thought for a few seconds and hit on this.

‘Ram, what would R.K.Laxman do in Tamil nadu govt ? Where would he fit in? He is an artist, a cartoonist. What does a cartoonist do in a government job ? Normally government consists of cartoon characters and not the cartoonist himself’, I said triumphantly.

My reasoning was, being a cartoonist needed creativity and genius but being a cartoon character didn’t .

‘Saar, government has cartoon characters because people like Laxman are not part of it. Laxman is not part of it because he is not allowed to be part of it’, Ram said.

‘Who stops Laxman from being part of the government? Why does he need only to be a government employee? Why does he not play a role in the government itself by taking a part in the political system that creates the government?’, I said, admiring myself in the process.

‘Saar, you are being smart but not practical. When Laxman cannot even be a simple civil servant because he is excluded, how do you expect him to get elected and be in the government ?’, Ram said with logical cynicism.

‘You have a point. But if he would not join the government, he should not complain. He needs to fight in the street and dirty his hands, for he has been in his comfort zone for far too long’, I suggested, though not being convinced myself.

‘So Saar, that is why Laxman wants to go to America where they don’t scan his body to locate his thread but scan his head to see if he has a brain’, Ram said.

I wished I had said that. But I still continued.

‘Ram, your Laxman cannot escape from motherland just because he is being excluded. Should he not do his duty ?’, I said though I myself felt very feeble.

‘Saar, Laxman wants to play his role. But he is ridiculed and riled for what he is. People who are not what he is made of, rile him and reduce him to a piece of paper. So he escapes to America so that he can lead his peaceful life with curd rice and mango pickle’, said Ram in a boisterous manner.

Curd rice and mango pickle are staple diet of tambrahms. Give him the world and he would say it is not complete without the curd rice and pickle combination. True blue tambrahms love curd rice with un-ripe mango that is soaked in salted water. Salted lemon pieces could substitute mango, but that would be an exception than a rule.

I didn’t have an option but to agree with Ram. And I continued thus :

‘Ram, how does Bharat Ram’s career choice as a comic artist fit into the scheme of things here?’, I asked as a matter of fact.

Ram stared at his iPhone for a while and then started to answer.

( to be continued )

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in English Posts

 

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பீஷ்மருக்கு விருது

apr & MGRசிங்கப்பூர் தமிழ் இலக்கிய சமூகத்தில் இவரைத் தெரியாமல் யாரும் இருக்க முடியாது. பல இலக்கிய அமைப்புகள் இடை விடாது நடத்தும் விழக்களுக்குத் தவறாமல் சென்று பாராட்டியும், ஆலோசனை வழங்கியும் தமிழ் இலக்கியத் தரம் உயரப் பாடுபடும் இளைஞர் திரு.ஏ.பி.இராமன் அவர்கள் வெறும் 80 வயதே நிரம்பிய தமிழ் ஆர்வலர்.

எம்.ஜி.ஆர், கண்ணதாசன் முதலானோர் இவரது நண்பர்கள் வட்டாரத்தில் இருந்தவர்கள். சிங்கை ஊடகத் துறையில் பணியாற்றி ஒய்வு பெற்ற திரு.இராமன், பல நாடகங்களை எழுதி, இயக்கியுள்ளார்.

மாதவி இலக்கிய மன்றம், தமிழ் மொழி பண்பாட்டுக்கழகம், கவி மாலை, சிங்கப்பூர் தமிழ் எழுத்தாளர் கழகம், இலக்கிய வட்டம், வாசகர் வட்டம் என்று அவர் கலந்துகொண்டு ஊக்குவிக்கும் இலக்கிய அமைப்புகள் இன்னும் பல.

கலைமகள், கல்கி என்று பல தமிழகப் பத்திரிக்கைகளுடனும் அவற்றின் ஆசிரியர்களுடனும் நெருங்கிய தொடர்பு கொண்டவர் திரு.ஏ.பி.ஆர்.

சமீபத்தில் சிங்கப்பூரின் சிறப்பான விருதான ‘தமிழவேள்’ விருது வழங்கப்பட்டது.

பெருமைக்குப் பெருமை சேர்க்கும் விதமாக திரு.ஏ.பி.ஆர். அவர்களுக்கு சிங்கைப் பேச்சாளரும், கம்ப ராமாயண விரிவுரையாளருமான முனைவர் இரத்தின வெங்கடேசன் அவர்கள் தனது அறக்கட்டளையின் சார்பில் புதுவையில் ‘அறவாணர்’ விருது வழங்கி சிறப்பு செய்கிறார்.viruthu

இத்தனை பெரிய மனிதர், நான் எழுதும் பதிவுகளை விடாமல் படித்துப் பின்னூட்டம் வழங்குகிறார். அனைத்தும் விரிவான பதில்கள். ஒற்றை வரிப் பதில்கள் எழுதுவதே சிரமான இந்தக் காலத்தில், இத்தனை வயதிலும் முனைந்து படித்து ஊக்கப்படுத்தும் விதமாகப் பதில்கள் எழுதும் இந்த பீஷ்மாச்சாரியர் மேலும் பல விருதுகள் பெற்று உடல் நலத்துடன் வாழ ஆ.. பக்கங்கள் சார்பில் இறைவனை வேண்டுகிறேன்.

 
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Why R.K.Laxman can't get a govt job ?

‘What is Bharat going to do?’, Ram asked anxiously.

‘He wants to become a comic artist’, I said. ‘What ! Comics ? Why not an engineer?’, he exploded in surprise.

Bharat chipped in, ‘Because I want to write comics. If you want to become engineer, you become one’, he said and jumped off to play with his Lego pieces.

‘Oh no, you need to guide your child,Saar’, said Ram,’he wants to write comics ! How will he earn?’, he asked anxiously.

That is the basic problem. The instinct to safeguard livelihood so that once can eat one’s meal without having to starve. That is the primordial fear in any Tambrahm’s psyche. Tambrahm is an acronym for brahmins who are from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fear of survival, the fear as to from where the next meal would come, has been deeply entrenched in their psyche that this class of people have perfected the art of fearing livelihood.

And that makes them perfectly selfish. Let me continue with the conversation.

‘What is the problem in earning ?’, I asked as if not knowing what he meant.

‘What Saar, you don’t know the issues that we have to face in getting good colleges?’, he said. By ‘good colleges’ he meant good engineering schools run by the Government of India. These schools are rated high in the world and a graduate from one of these schools is bound to get an US visa either to study or work in the US. Most of the technical and software sector workers of Indian origin in the US would have been from many of these schools of excellence.

I tried to feign ignorance. So I said,’ What is the problem in getting into colleges? There are many now-a-days. And I need to see  what the child wants to do in life. Why thrust my opinion on him?’, I asked, for sure knowing that he would explode in explanation.

As expected he exploded.

‘Saar, have you acquired huge wealth ? Have you brought large swathes of land in Bangalore and Chennai that you can sell them to get into a college? How do you encourage your child to become a comic artist ?’. He couldn’t believe what he had heard.

He was mentioning the practice of the NRIs ( Indians that are not resident in India ) who buy land in the metro cities of India in the hope that once they decide to retire, they could sell land holdings to earn a post retirement livelihood. But he mentioned this in the context of planning a career for my kid.

‘Ram, I am not rich. But I don’t think I need to force any career option on the child. Let him choose his path. Any way, it is too early even to discuss about this with him’, I said.

‘So, Saar, please don’t allow him to choose such ridiculous jobs as being a comic artist. Make him an engineer and send him to the US. That is where we, tambrahms need to be in’, he pontificated.

That is the other problem with the tambrahms. If you are not in America, you are neither a Tam nor a Brahm – that is what they think. Therefore even during the first birth day of the child, tambrahm parents start dreaming about an American livelihood and IIT education for the child. Not knowing any of these, the child would be fast asleep in his bassinet.

I continued my talk with Ram. ‘So don’t you like R.K.Laxman’s cartoons ? Have you not enjoyed Madhan’s cartoons in Ananda Vikatan? Are they not brahmins ?’ I thought I had conquered Ram.

‘Saar, Laxman and Madhan are good, no doubt. They are brahmins, no doubt. But Ananda Vikatan and Times of India don’t have job reservation. That is why they got a job there. Suppose the Tamil Nadu government calls for a cartoonists’ position, do you think Madhan and Laxman would have got the job ?’

I had no answer.

But I continued in a different direction.

( to be continued )

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Why R.K.Laxman can’t get a govt job ?

‘What is Bharat going to do?’, Ram asked anxiously.

‘He wants to become a comic artist’, I said. ‘What ! Comics ? Why not an engineer?’, he exploded in surprise.

Bharat chipped in, ‘Because I want to write comics. If you want to become engineer, you become one’, he said and jumped off to play with his Lego pieces.

‘Oh no, you need to guide your child,Saar’, said Ram,’he wants to write comics ! How will he earn?’, he asked anxiously.

That is the basic problem. The instinct to safeguard livelihood so that once can eat one’s meal without having to starve. That is the primordial fear in any Tambrahm’s psyche. Tambrahm is an acronym for brahmins who are from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fear of survival, the fear as to from where the next meal would come, has been deeply entrenched in their psyche that this class of people have perfected the art of fearing livelihood.

And that makes them perfectly selfish. Let me continue with the conversation.

‘What is the problem in earning ?’, I asked as if not knowing what he meant.

‘What Saar, you don’t know the issues that we have to face in getting good colleges?’, he said. By ‘good colleges’ he meant good engineering schools run by the Government of India. These schools are rated high in the world and a graduate from one of these schools is bound to get an US visa either to study or work in the US. Most of the technical and software sector workers of Indian origin in the US would have been from many of these schools of excellence.

I tried to feign ignorance. So I said,’ What is the problem in getting into colleges? There are many now-a-days. And I need to see  what the child wants to do in life. Why thrust my opinion on him?’, I asked, for sure knowing that he would explode in explanation.

As expected he exploded.

‘Saar, have you acquired huge wealth ? Have you brought large swathes of land in Bangalore and Chennai that you can sell them to get into a college? How do you encourage your child to become a comic artist ?’. He couldn’t believe what he had heard.

He was mentioning the practice of the NRIs ( Indians that are not resident in India ) who buy land in the metro cities of India in the hope that once they decide to retire, they could sell land holdings to earn a post retirement livelihood. But he mentioned this in the context of planning a career for my kid.

‘Ram, I am not rich. But I don’t think I need to force any career option on the child. Let him choose his path. Any way, it is too early even to discuss about this with him’, I said.

‘So, Saar, please don’t allow him to choose such ridiculous jobs as being a comic artist. Make him an engineer and send him to the US. That is where we, tambrahms need to be in’, he pontificated.

That is the other problem with the tambrahms. If you are not in America, you are neither a Tam nor a Brahm – that is what they think. Therefore even during the first birth day of the child, tambrahm parents start dreaming about an American livelihood and IIT education for the child. Not knowing any of these, the child would be fast asleep in his bassinet.

I continued my talk with Ram. ‘So don’t you like R.K.Laxman’s cartoons ? Have you not enjoyed Madhan’s cartoons in Ananda Vikatan? Are they not brahmins ?’ I thought I had conquered Ram.

‘Saar, Laxman and Madhan are good, no doubt. They are brahmins, no doubt. But Ananda Vikatan and Times of India don’t have job reservation. That is why they got a job there. Suppose the Tamil Nadu government calls for a cartoonists’ position, do you think Madhan and Laxman would have got the job ?’

I had no answer.

But I continued in a different direction.

( to be continued )

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What saar, Hindi class not needed yeah ?

I met Ram after 10 years today in Singapore. We used to work together in Tokyo. The conversation went thus :

‘Saar, is your younger son Bharat Ram studying Hindi at school?’ He studies Tamil as his second language.

‘So, you mean your kid does not know Hindi?’ Yes, he does not know Hindi.

‘Saar, but what will he do when he goes to India?’ He will speak in English.

‘Saar, but Hindi is needed, right ? Employment opportunities..’

I said,’Boss, my son doesn’t plan to work in Delhi as a Hindi Teacher. He doesn’t need to know the language’, trying to cut him short.

‘Saar, but why does he study Tamil ? What is the use?’ he continued.

I was beginning to understand what he was hinting at.

‘So, what do you speak at home?’, I asked him.

‘We converse in English’, he replied. The pride was on his face.

‘So your son knows about Henry David Thoreau’, I asked as a matter of fact.

‘Well, who is this Henry, an English king?’, he asked.

Neither does he know who Thoreau is, nor does he know that Hindi is as alien to a kid as Mandarin is. I tried explaining to him the following :

It doesn’t matter what all your child studies at school as long as the mother tongue is taught at least as the second language. Children cannot think using an alien language, say English. But English is predominantly used everywhere and so most of the schools have English as the medium of instruction. And Singapore excels in that.

However, once the child is proficient in his mother tongue ( Malay, Mandarin, Hindi, what ever ), it is easy for him to acquire any language, be it Indian or foreign. So, please speak to your child in your mother tongue, get him comfortable in that, read him stories and after Primary 5, introduce yet another foreign language as a third language. Hindi could be one of them. He would have no difficulty in learning those additional languages as his basic grammatical constructs, his ability to visualize  and express abstract concepts in a proper cogent manner , ability to understand different sentence patterns etc would have developed adequately and hence he would be able to extend those to other languages that he would encounter later in his life.

I am not sure if he got it in full. But his stupidity was all the more transparent when he continued thus : ( to be continued )

 
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10 effects of consumerism to be aware of

I recommend every one who ha has atleast one cell in their brain that is alive, to read this post on consumerism.

 
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