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A new apartheid?

This is new apartheid – the one that the post-2014 hindutvaites and current liberalism vendors practise in equal measure.

Veer Savarkar was a tyagi beyond all means. The kind of torture he had endured in Andaman cannot be visualised now-a-days. He was a hero and will continue to be one of our greatest heroes.

Mahatma Gandhi is yet another hero that has no parallel, yet. Same goes for Sardar Patel and equally for Netaji. And Pt. Nehru doesn’t fall behind. All are our national heroes, satyagrahis are role models in their own ways.I fail to understand why, as a citizen, I cannot admire all the above leaders. How to glorify Gandhi and deride Savarkar? How to eulogise Rajaji, yet talk ill of Nehru?

Who decides that a citizen who praises Pt. Deen Dayal Upadyaya should only cast aspersions on, say, VOC?

Why should we look at the world in binary? I might have a different opinion on the Mahatma’s views on Jews. Yes, he was wrong on his advice to Jews that they should surrender themselves to Hitler. But how can I forget his strong adherence to the dharmic way of life? How can I not take cognisance of his lasting love for Ram? How can I forget that, but for Gandhi who made the freedom struggle a mass movement, people’s participation, more so women’s participation, would not have happened?

If there was one person who had a magnificent, yet, saintly appeal to the largely illiterate masses during the pre-independence era, it was Mahatma Gandhi. He symbolised the austere practices of Jainism and the devotion of Vaishnavism. Not only did he transmute these philosophies of yore into the national stream, but also ensured that such thoughts and practices were used as tools to fight the British.

A casual reading of Bharathi’s works shows the intensity of his love for Bharat. VOC’s sacrifices cannot be replicated yet again. Jai Hind Chempakaraman Pillai is a legend. Vanchi is a hero. Period.

For me, all those who fought for freedom are national heroes and merit my admiration and respect. There could be a variation in their contribution, but each one contributed and sacrificed their lifetime in jails and endured other discomforts.

Any talk of disrespect to any tyagi of yore, including Tirupur Kumaran, Vanchi nathan, VOC, Bharathi, VVS Iyer., Arvind Ghosh, is only a reflection of skewed education and malicious propaganda. Not to mention mortgage of intellectual capacity to intellectual mediocrity.

Love of Tamil doesn’t mean any national leader can be insulted.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2021 in English Posts

 

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Supporting a nationalist cause

He is the typical Sangh Hindutva warrior, the kind that doesn’t speak but acts.

The type that didn’t become a sangh enthusiast post 2014, but has been toiling hard for the cause since the time he became knowledgeable in these matters.

This one, typical of a sanghi, doesn’t boast in online media nor seeks favours from his connections. He has been speaking sangh ideology in the land where sangh is detested by the ruling class.

He speaks hindutva to those that consider the word ‘Hindu’ anti-Tamil and hence anti-Dravidian. He is the one and only Subbu, popularly known as ‘Dravida Maayai’ Subbu, whose real name is V.R. Balasubramaniyan.

Formerly a sub editor with The Indian Express, Subbu shot into fame after his eye-opening narrative in the three series book ‘Dravida Maayai’, in the land where the late Annadurai’s ‘Arya Mayai’ was considered as a godless gospel. 

Subbu has been in the background for warding off many intellectual onslaughts on Sanatana Dharma.

Following are some of the books that he has written:

1. Dravida Maayai – Our Paarvai. This series consists of three books that analysed the Tamil Political scene from 1917 to 1981, from a hindu point of view.

2. Arunagirinathar – A brief history of the Saint Arunagirinathar

3. Thamizar Puthakangal – A collection of articles from 108 eminent Tamil writers that showcased 1000 Tamil books.

4. Thankapa Thakkam – A collection of articles in various Tamil magazines.

In addition to being a writer and a collector of books, he is the following too:

1. Member, Managing Committee, Sri Rathnagiriswarar Temple, Besant Nagar, Chennai

2. Editorial Advisor, ‘Kaavalar Voice’, a Tamil magazine

3. Advisor, National Journalists Welfare Association

4. Member, Consultative Committee of the National Book Trust, Govt of India

5. Advisor, ‘Potramarai’, a cultural forum.

Does the above sum up what Subbu has done? No. I have written what I know. There are several background activities that Subbu has been involved in for the cause of hindutva in particular and dispelling the darkness of dravidian politics in general. Despite my several attempts to get him spill out the different campaigns for the cause of India, he remains stoic in his silence, out of modesty. A rarity in these outrageously advertisement oriented times.

Subbu with LG
Subbu with Annamalai

So, why have I written about him? He needs help from all nationalist Indians for a noble cause.

A connoisseur of books, many of them rare, Subbu needs just this one help from us, fellow Indians – cupboard space to store the hundreds of rare books on hindutva, till his lifetime. Having not been a pursuer of wealth, Subbu has spent most of his life in the pursuit of knowledge and collection of books. 

Seventy year old Subbu is building a research center named as aadharam knowledge center for which he needs space as well as the means to store. Essentially he needs help in renting out space and that costs Rs 25,000 per month. As he lacks a regular income I would recommend you to contribute to the cause of hosting the rare collection of books by donating as below. It could be one-time payment or regular commitment. If you would want to directly procure and gift steel book shelves that have glass doors, you could write to him directly. 

These books contain a treasure trove of information that would help nationalistic journalists and authors in general and students in particular for their M.Phil and Ph.D. theses.

Address: V.R. Balasubramaniyan 

14, Ashtalakshmi Street, Muthulakshmi Nagar, Chitalapakkam, 

Chennai – 600 064

subbupara@gmail.com

Bank Name: City Union Bank, Chennai, Chitlapakkam

Account Number: 500101012240413

IFSC: CIUB0000295

Account Type: Savings

Name: V.R.Balasubramaniyan

G-Pay Number: +91-9884271376

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2021 in English Posts, Writers

 

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The Family Man 2 – a layman’s review

Shrikant Tiwari, a TASC (NIA) agent, hunts down LTTE terrorists to save the Indian Prime Minister. Amidst flying bullets, we see epithets and F-words and cuss words raining cats and dogs. When characters aren’t using cuss words, they shoot or travel by a Mahindra Scorpio. That is Family Man 2 for the lay man.

Manoj Bajpayee, true to his skills, plays Shrikant Tiwari exceptionally well. While the Prime Minister Ms.Basu is modelled on the lines of Mamta Banerjee, she talks about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ schemes. Basu’s meeting with Sri Lankan President Rupatunga resembles the Modi-Xi meet at Mahabalipuram, for the event is quite recent. Modi’s many overtures to Tamil Nadu finds a mention in Basu’s saying so – ‘maine ithna kiya in logon ko’. Basu doesn’t spot the bindi, a prominent symbol of bengali hindu women. Here again, Mamta Banerjee sneaks in.

The series is a thriller yet has its scenes of cryptic humour. The scenes were Talpade, Shrikant’s assistant, drools over Umaiyal, the police officer from Tamil Nadu, are a treat to watch. Shrikant’s personal life, full of troubles, is an un-welcome distraction though.

The series talks about ISI-LTTE links. Though the LTTE had tried to get help from Palestinian rebels, it has not been fully established that the now defunct LTTE had anything to do with Pakistan’s ISI. Reality was that Pakistan had hobnobbed with Sri Lankan govt to needle India.

The characterisation of the female terrorist, Raji, merits attention. Played brilliantly by Samantha Akkineni, Raji, though the tough fighter that she is, has a soft corner for the Pakistani agent Sajid. This is depicted not so explicitly but becomes visible when, on hearing about his death, Raji stops her dinner midway and moves from the scene abruptly.

The characters of Bhaskaran and Deepan are modelled definitely after LTTE Chief Prabhakaran and LTTE’s chief ideologue Anton Balasingham. However the events that take place are not true. It is true that Balasingham’s words did not carry weight with Prabhakaran in the post 9/11 world and that ultimately led to the obliteration of the LTTE.

Muthu, the TASC office from Tamil Nadu is played brilliantly by Ravindra Vijay. When Talpade talks about ‘South Indian Food’, Muthu asks, which state in South India as there are five states that comprise of South India.

The attention to detail in the series merits attention. When Raji goes into Jebaraj’s home, the poster in the background displays the ‘Eelam’ geography and talks about remembrance. The clock shows 8:15 when Tiwari’s family has its dinner and later, when Tiwari and his wife have a chat, clock shows 8:45. Many such items show the efforts the crew has put in for the production.

A treat to watch – Family Man 2.

P.S.: The executive producer’s name is Rahul Gandhi. And the irony shows.

 
 

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Right to Privacy is not Absolute

Center has said that no right, including fundamental right, is absolute in the WhatsApp suit.

I know that Congress would jump like a cat whose tail has been cut.

Lest they do so, let me remind that this amendment to the constitution, to restrict the scope of fundamental rights, was first introduced in Parliament by none other than Pt.Nehru on 10 May 1951 and it was made into a law on 18 June 1951.

Nehru amended Article 19(1)a of the constitution to limit “abuse of freedom of speech and expression” as a result of “Romesh Thappar vs The State Of Madras” case of 26 May 1950.Nehru said freedom of expression is subject to ‘reasonable restriction’ and passed the amendment. And he did the right thing.

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the then Jan Sangh leader said, “Maybe you will continue for eternity, in the next generation, for generations unborn; that is quite possible. But supposing some other party comes into authority? What is the precedent you are laying down?”

Mukherjee was prophetic. What he said in 1950 has turned true now. What Nehru initiated, Modi follows. So, nothing unconstitutional about it. If this move is unconstitutional, then let us begin with first amendment.

Additional protection to Modi govt’s action is that while Panditji amended the constitution to expressly restrict freedom of expression of the media, Modi is doing this, on the orders of a lower Court, only on intermediaries and not on the media.

If you know some Congress spokesperson worth the name, let him know this.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2021 in English Posts

 

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How Tamil Media ‘fights’ for righteousness

PSBB incident has to be taken seriously. Erring teacher, management should be dealt with as per provisions of law. Corollary is to extend the same to St.George School’s activities and the list of other schools where Pandora’s box has been opened.

A year ago, singer Chinmayi Sripada pointed to an English article on the sexually predatory activities of popular Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu and asked if someone could translate that into Tamil. Kalachuvadu Publisher Kannan Sundaram had recommended the translation, writer Perumal Murugan had also supported that in Facebook posts. Later Chinmayi published a video where she pleaded that the article be published in Tamil, and action be taken on the lyricist.

I read the 2400 word article, a fairly detailed one that had interviews with several of Vairamuthu’s victims and sought permission from the author to translate. The author seemed to provide permission, posted comments sounding so in Kannan Sundaram’s post. I assumed that she would, translated the first part of article (1200 words) and sought for publications to publish that. None ventured. Only Kathir News and Valam came forward. (Puthiya Thalaimurai tried reaching me, but I wasn’t interested).

Meanwhile I had also published the translation in http://www.amaruvi.in, with due credits to the original author and the publication. The posts became viral hit in a few hours and the blog was inundated with requests for second part.

Then the magic happened. They had presumably threatened the original author who asked me to take down the article. I argued that she had provided consent in Facebook and I was waiting for an email confirmation. Then came the reply: ‘We have engaged a Tamil writer to translate. Hence desist from publishing your translation as it is copyrighted’.

I wrote back, saying I had already done the translation in 3 hours and they could publish the Tamil version of mine. They refused, saying they had already paid the other writer.

I had reached out to Chinmayi on Twitter as I had done the translation based on her moving video where she had asked for translation. She replied with a smilie. I took that as an expression of her helplessness in the left liberal male chauvinistic media world.

It has been a year now. The other Tamil writer is still translating the 2400 word article.

Meanwhile the Tamil media, we are led to believe, continues to ‘fight’ for righteousness, virtue et al under the euphemism ‘Aram’

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2021 in English Posts

 

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Giving back..

A colleague from Singapore and I decided to buy oxygen concentrators and donate to needy Covid positive patients that needed oxygen support. We bought two, shipped it to Chennai and here is what happened:

It was a different experience when I handed over the first Oxygen concentrator received from Singapore to an unknown beneficiary whose brother-in-law just managed to survive ventilator.

The person’s eyes turned moist, voice quivered when he said, ‘You don’t know what this means to us. Thank you’.Once his brother-in-law recovers, he would hand over the concentrator and it would be ready for another needy patient.

Handed over the second oxygen concentrator received from Singapore to Bharathi Seva Sangam that works with Chennai Corporation to bring relief to Covid patients. This org has converted G.K.Shetty Vivekananda School at Ambattur as a Covid ward and provides care for patients. this concentrator would be used for patients according to doctors’ advice there. Donation: Ravi Rajaram, Sinagpore.

Perfectly understood why Bharath Matha called me back from Singapore.

P.S.: Anyone wishing to take part, contact me in the Telegram group.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2021 in English Posts, Writers

 

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Attention Seeker

Arvind Kejriwal, the anarchist Chief Minister of Delhi, wants all flights from Singapore to be cancelled for fear of ‘Singapore Variant’ virus, for which Vivian Balakrishnan , Singapore minister has responded strongly by conveying the govt’s displeasure to the High Commission of India in Singapore. Later Indian External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar has said that Kejriwal doesn’t speak for India.

Singapore has been of great support to India during this Covid crisis. While IAF flew to Singapore to bring Oxygen tankers, the Singapore Air Force, on its own, flew down to India to deliver essential medical equipment and oxygen.

The IIT-IIM Network in Singapore has sourced several millions worth medical equipment and oxygen concentrators from Singapore to India.In a personal capacity, I am trying to fly down some oxygen concentrators from Singapore using my friends’ circle.

Irresponsible and chaotic politicians like Kejriwal should be shown the doors as soon as possible for the sake of India.

There is a method in Arvind Kejriwal ‘s daily madness.

Cry on TV for beds, get them. Cry on TV for oxygen, get it. Cry on TV for vaccine, get it. Now, nothing to cry about on TV.So, cry about about non-existent #singaporestrain

Damn foreign relations, damn diplomacy, damn country.I need my 15 mins, on TV, every day.

A blot on IIT, that is Arvind Kejriwal.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2021 in English Posts

 

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Drishyams – a review

Drishyams – a review

Drishyam -2, sequel to the super hit Drishyam, a malayalam blockbuster, is a continuation of the the struggles and tirades a peace loving minority community family has to go through in this new India run by fascist forces of the majoritarian kind. 

The films not only portray the daily trials and tribulations of a quiet family and its head, but also the daily terror of having to prejudge every moment of existence so as to protect themselves from the aggressively poised officialdom run by the majority maniacs.

While in Drishyam-1, Mohanlal, as George Kutty, had to go to extremes to safeguard the peace in his family, he continues to do that in the sequel to ensure peace and respect to his family. The extents to which a malayalee christian has to go, not to do something spectacular but only to provide a decent livelihood for his family, speaks volumes about the precarous nature of polity in India that is increasingly becoming intolerant towards the minorities. 

Drishyam-1 came about in 2013.  That the writer, Jithu Joseph, had to come up with a sequel in 2020 paints the picture of India post 2014 – the decisive year when India took a draconian turn towards the right and gave up all pretences of being a secular nation safe for the minorities. 

The depiction of the characters speak for themselves. 

Geetha Prabhakar, an IPS officer, is married to a Mr.Prabkarar, an IAS officer. While the IAS controls the civil society, the police wife, in the form of IPS, instills terror in the minds of the cinema loving and not-so-educated George Kutty. It should be noted that this depiction of the people in power, though done subconsciously, presents the India of today, where  the bureaucracy is held by the same group of people who want to destroy the tranquility that prevails in the lives of the minorities, that too, in a progressive state like Kerala.

The extent to which the IAS-IPS duo go to bring trouble to the  peace loving George Kutty family is seen in the manner of purchase of 2 acres of the latter’s land. By using their financial clout, Mr and Mrs Prabhakar ensure that Saritha and Sabu infiltrate into the serene lives of the Goerge Kuttys. 

The Prabhakars are even able to influence the top rungs of the policy hierarchy (Thomas, Phillip) and use them to seek vengeance on the George Kuttys. A tale of damaging the enemy’s eye with his own hand – a device expertly conceptualised and executed by the vengeful Prabhakars, even when they are out of the police and bureaucratic force. One shudders to think what would have happened if the Prabhakars had been part of the bureaucratic setup.

The majoritarian maniacal side of the Prabhakars manifests itself yet again when it makes Thomas, the Inspector General of Police, to begin digging the local church cemetery, much to the consternation of the local bishop. The Prabhakars wouldn’t rest before they disturb those that are awaiting their day of redemption too.

In Drishyam -1, the eatery owner, Ikka, a kind and elderly muslim man is cheated routinely by Sahadevan, a police man. While Ikka can’t retaliate, Sahadevan continues to harangue the former. In Drishyam -2, Ikka continues to be kind and even provides employment to Raghu, a differently enabled worker. Ikka is so kind that he even advises Jose, a on-time-criminal, to find a new livelihood.

While in Drishyam-1 Rani, George Kutty’s wife is practically illiterate in English, even after six years, she continues to be so in Drishyam -2. This is the true state of the minorities in India. Neither can they progress nor can be be educated. While George Kutty has moved on to become a theatre owner, one should not forget the struggles he should have undergone to come up in life. We also come to know from Rani that George Kutty has had to take huge loans to become what he had become. We also need to understand that Rani had to continue to labour and peel the coconut by hand so that the family could come up in life and send the second daughter to a convent.

To sum it up: Drishyam 1 and its sequel are the microcosm of the current state of affairs in India where minorities live in constant fear of their lives and properties. The two movies are nothing but the personification of the India that the country has become since 2014.

P.S.: I expect to be appointed to the editorial board of either The Hindu or Puthiyathalaimurai. 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2021 in English Posts, movie review

 

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Desaadanam – movie review

Desaadanam – movie review

This film can’t be made in Tamil. Thank you Mollywood for producing such a poignant movie on a subject that has never been spoken about in the south indian movie scene. ‘Desaadanam’, the poignant movie that doesn’t shout yet delivers the cornucopia of human emotions in a non-intrusive manner, is a delight to watch.

Panchu, a namboodiri brahmin boy of 8 years or so, is so gifted that he is well versed in the dharmic school. His excellence attracts the attention of a religious order of the Advaidic thought and the pontiff of the Mutt asks for Panchu’s ordainment as the next Acharya.

The trials and tribulations of a loving family that consists of an octogenarian grandfather, a caring father and a doting mother are depicted in a most elegant manner in the movie.

Scenes where the child performs the annual remembrance rituals for this family members who are alive and to himself (Atma Shradham) when he moves from joyous childhood to a sudden monk-hood would move viewers to tears. Just in case you understand the Sanskrit mantras recited in those scenes, the effect would multiply manifold.

While parental emotions are to be expected, the portrayal of innocent friendship that Panchu has with Devikutti, a girl of his age, is authentic. While the children fight for some nuts earlier on in the movie and try to snatch from each other, once Panchu becomes a monk, she accepts a sweet from him as a holy prasad. Metaphors such as this galore.

Music is soothing to the ears, with the background scores non existent in most places where deep human emotions are adequately sufficient to carry forward the scenes. In such frames the music director makes his presence felt by the absence of his music. Well judged.

The movie doesn’t preach, fight for perceived injustices and abuse the viewer’s senses but is a treat to watch. The movie has won a national award, and rightfully so.

Don’t miss it, at any cost. Available on Amazon Prime.

Once you watch, write a line in this site about your experience.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2021 in English Posts, movie review

 

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Dayananda School contd’

I had been to Dayananda School yesterday as I had wanted to know things first hand.

Located in the foothills of Yelagiri hills ( near the Vainu Pappu Observatory), Kurusilampattu is a writer’s paradise. While clouds kissed the hilltops and created a permanent shield of pleasantness, the school stood majestically at the same time painting a sordid melancholy hue.

The school has Singapore curriculum based teaching for classes upto 8 and later shifts to TN State Matric Board. Special books sourced from a publisher in Mumbai are used to train the children. The school buses, numbering 7, are not operational due to Covid and hence would need Rs 50,000 per bus to become operational once schools are allowed to reopen after COVID.

I don’t want to write anything more on the school except publish some pictures and a short video of my interview with the founder Shri.Saravanan. I leave it to your conscience to help the 927 students realise their dreams.

To sum it up: The school needs a sponsorship of Rs 10,000 per student per year. This would help the school tide over the current salary payment crisis enforced due to COVID. Once schools reopen, parents would start remitting fees and that would help stabilise the situation.

A reader-friend, who had accompanied me , was so taken in by the situation and the works on the ground that he has taken it upon himself to support as many students as possible through his friends’ and office network.

If you know of any other school that provides Singapore curriculum based education upto class 8 in this fee range, I would like to visit that. It is a challenge.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2020 in English Posts, Writers

 

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