What i love about Thamizhnadu is that there CAN BE no such thing called COLLUSION between the TREASURY BENCHES and the OPPOSITION. That is the only safeguard for DEMOCRACY. In the name of CO-OPERATION there are instances galore, where the Government of the day would make the opposition an accomplice to their doings. This could happen even if the OPPOSITION itself feigns ignorance as to why it AYED a motion! The common man is never gonna know about the SETTLEMENT reached between the legislators on top. AND THE LAW PRESUMES THAT ANYTHING DONE BY THE GOVERNMENT IS DONE RIGHTLY- to rebut that one has to produce the proof to the contrary. And, the STANDARDS OF PROOF is so stiff that there is no possibility of proving the same. In Thamizh Nadu there can be no such collusion between the TREASURY BENCHES and the OPPOSITION, as they are irreconcilably POLARIZED.
So the COMMON MAN in Thamizhnadu has and will INTUITIVELY choose two LEADERS who COULD never ever collude with each other.
It is a sort of PREVENTIVE ACTION.
If POLITICS is the ART OF THE POSSIBLE, then as a responsible electorate certain possibilities are to be PREVENTED. That preclusion, is in the interest of DEMOCRACY.
Once both the leaders get elected and are on top and outside the earshot of the public, their collusive whispers should not give sleepless nights to the electorate, because of their LEGISLATION and decisions . The people of Thamizh Nadu are clever, but how this is achieved considering the vast number of voters, is still a mystery to me.
I think there are certain FUNDAMENTALS to THAMIZH NADU politics.
ADI UDHAVIRA MADHIRI ANNAN THAMBI UDHAVA MAATAAN!
Roughly translated, it means NO BROTHER CAN HELP LIKE A SOUND HIDING! It means, to learn self-help techniques, the best way is to get hit!! If someone has the patience one should go through the following 3 links of YOUTUBE, which show a 10% vote-catching party supremo in Thamizh Nadu, VIJAYAKANTH, beating the hell out of his own party candidate who dared to climb the ladder in his caravan to correct Vijayakanth who , while introducing him to the local electorate, had called him by some other name. The TEMERITY shown by a candidate now (pre-election)- by daring to climb the ladder in the caravan- might result in CROSS VOTING, ACCEPTING FAVOURS FROM THE OTHER PARTIES, horse trading etc later. This bashing has a CATHARTIC EFFECT on the other candidates of his party more than the one who was at the receiving end. The second link shows VIJAYAKANTH admitting before another crowd, that if at all he had beaten anyone, then he was his own party man and not somebody else’. SO MUCH FOR DISCIPLINING which is the norm in Thamizh Nadu politics. The HIERARCHIFICATION is BRUTAL and RELENTLESS.
I am reminded of an anecdote: Napoleon was on his horse and the place was windy and consequently wind blew his hat off. Down fell the hat and no officer was around. You see, the French are very snobbish about their dress and they don’t appreciate people below a certain rank touching those, so Napoleon the General calls out the soldier and says to him “CAPTAIN, FETCH MY HAT”. So thereby the foot soldier got promoted. Napoleon promoted him to fetch his cap, but Vijayakanth humiliated him before giving him an opportunity to become a legislator. But in both the instances they received what they did not deserve!
The third LINK is for those who know English but do not know Thamizh.
So getting back to our DEMOCRACY, Thamizh people know that if you get the leader right, his FLOCK is sure to follow.
And Vijayakanth is not the only one who had done this or started this. There has been a story that a Leader summoned a person, who dared to get familiar with his girl (who is supposed to have been an actress then), to his resting abode and splintered his back. The same leader is supposed to have summoned then an up and coming Hero and harassed him to that extent that hero went mad (or feigned madness) for a while.
Another adage in Thamizh is : AYINDHIL VALAYADHADHU AIMBATHIL VALAYUMA? (what doesn’t bend at 5 will it bend at 50?) So i suppose the disciplining effect imparted on the juniors at a very early stage gets them to be more disciplined. They learn the hierarchical structure faster than the serfs who serve their Feudal LORDS.
Today (ALL FOOL’S DAY), DECCAN CHRONICLE has reported: Speaking at a meeting in Virudhunagar, Stalin said, “It is a common error on the part of party leaders to forget the names of their candidates, and normally people will rectify their mistake. But look at Captain, he started punching the poor young man who tried to correct him,”.
There is a saying in THAMIZH : AADU NANAIJIDHUNU OONAI AZHUDHUCHAAN (the wolf shed tears when the goat got drenched in the rains!). Stalin’s concern for the bashed seems more to keep up Stalin’s veneer of HUMANENESS, before the gullible men, women and kids!
Each is fishing for votes thru different means in Thamizh Nadu. BOMBAY MIRROR reports that Election Commission contended before the Madras High Court that cash was transported thru police vehicles! Does one call it an allegation when the Election Commission makes such statements before the High Court. And why did the defendant not ask for proof? – The TN Government knows that the Opposition in TN could not have done that, after all TN POLICE falls within the jurisdiction of the CM who holds the Home portfolio! So why insist on proof and get one’s own name sullied? GOOD MOVE. And why did not the EC bring out the proof and display it for the world to see? That is even more intriguing!
ALL THESE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS MAY BE BAD FOR THE INDIVIDUALS, BUT IT WORKS WELL FOR THAMIZH DEMOCRACY!