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MCC in the Eighties


Madras Christian College in the early eighties catapulted my consciousness from the outer to the inner. The realisation that the outer was limited by my perceptional tools and that the ‘inner’ wasn’t thus circumscribed, dawned with a suddenness completely eclipsing my then prevalent notions of ICON SEEKING and WALKING ON THE FOOTPRINTS OF THOSE ICONS!
There was a Professor of English, Rajani, who was perennially dressed in tees and denims walking to take his classes in Selaiyur Hall from Thomas Hall, where he resided. His walk was measured, not stiff, but with a casualness, and his long grey beard blending well with his pensive look. Prof. Rajani was ready to entertain not only a new idea but had the honesty to admit that he hadn’t thought about it or that he’d blocked that view with a long- held set notion. A sort of intellectual honesty, unperturbed by opinions of the outer!
He was for me a symbol of the man who had turned to the inner, not through austerity, piety or self mortification, but allowing the experiences to seep into his consciousness untrammelled by pre-held notions and yet recording it for reference but uninfluenced by unmerited experience. My friends used to read their meanings into his attitude as him being ‘tolerant’ to others’ opinions and actions, yet for me that unblinking depth in his eyes showed that he wasn’t supercilious about those opinions and actions as being mundane or irrelevant but a silent realisation that each human was in his own stage of opinions in Life aspiring for something and evolving at his own speed!
That silent uncensorious move with his own Inner ploughing of a lonely furrow of his self set him apart from the rest of the Professors in the campus.
One day I walked into his apartment over Thomas Hall to the mellow flowing of Rachmaninov. Anyone could walk into his apartment and listen to his collection of jazz, classical or any other genre either brought or available there. When many in the campus wouldn’t have even heard of Bang & Olufsen he possessed a music system complete with LPs neatly stacked. Rachmaninov was new, utterly new to me, especially with that low drone of the double bass accentuating the bathos in that piece.
He waved us in.
That was the beginning of the realisation that each had only one Life, with no guarantee of either continuity of this Life or another, notwithstanding my Christian beliefs!
Unless spoken to, Prof was economical with his words and even when he answered, he triggered a curiosity in the other to explore and not merely to offload his knowledge or opinions on the other. In that atmosphere of chants and bells of Rachmaninov, the Prof said something, which rings in my mind even today:
The gamut and depth of one’s experience defines the silent accommodation of ideas and opinions set upon us. Let those overflow but never overwhelm as it is their’s and till felt, experienced and adopted, it ain’t yours!

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Language policy of TN & KL!


 The recently announced policy of KL in education is that schools affiliated to all boards SHALL teach and the students be tested in Malayalam! A policy which according to me lacks character both in its content and its timing. 

Reasons are:

Developing Regional languages and culture is mandated under the Indian Constitution, but imposing is NOT. If the CBSE, ICSE and IB students have chosen that board for the primary reason that they either do not belong to that state or don’t have Malayalam as their mother tongue, why should they be forced to learn a language which would have no functional use for their future? Secondly, there are students who migrate from state to state based on their parents’ professional demands, so why deny them a choice to their exigencies? 

As regards timing, when TN demanded that they would brook no COMPULSIVE methods of learning another language based on a majoritarian view of a special status accorded to a particular language the time limit of 15 years was expiring for English to be treated as Co-official language. But no such threats are imminent to Malayalam now. Things have settled down. TN has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that making kids learn another language is in no way going to facilitate its economy. TN resisted IMPOSITION, which was brought in blatantly through legislative policy changes. What KL is doing is IMPOSING its language on those who don’t want to make their wards learn Malayalam. It is nothing but a State majoritarianism, denying an opportunity of choice!  

The only way to preserve one’s culture and language is by GRANTING LIBERTIES to other cultures and languages to prosper side by side and not impose liabilities and grant undeserved incentives for acquiescing with majoritarian views. That Liberty is not only decent but in the long run inculcates in our culture the ability to defend when others impose or incentivise other culture or languages. 

KL has taken a regressive step. 

Unheard Melodies‼


Unheard Melodies! 
“But those unheard are sweeter” about melodies, and the General theme of unachieved pursuits having a greater appeal by John Keats in his ODE ON A GRECIAN URN had warped my head in pursuit of the unheard. 

It is not as much the itch to hear the unheard, but to survive the hearing and recount that experience to my brethren is the tougher part. 

In ODYSSEY, at Book xii, Homer narrates the consequences of hearing the unheard melodies of the Sirens thus:
Next, where the Sirens dwells, you plough the seas;

Their song is death, and

Unblest the man, whom music wins to stay

Nigh the cursed shore and listen to the lay.

No more that wretch shall view the joys of life

His blooming offspring, or his beauteous wife!

In verdant meads they sport; and wide around

Lie human bones that whiten all the ground:

The ground polluted

Homer’s “ground polluted” is the consequence of the death of the unprepared persons, listening to the melody of the Sirens and being led closer to enjoy the melody in proximity! Homer continues thus:
floats with human gore,

And human carnage taints the dreadful shore

Fly swift the dangerous coast: let every ear

Be stopp’d against the song! ’tis death to hear!

Firm to the mast with chains thyself be bound,

Nor trust thy virtue to the enchanting sound.

If, mad with transport, freedom thou demand,

Be every fetter strain’d, and added band to band.

The melody of the Sirens cannot be heard and dismissed with man’s sense of morality. The only option is FLEE! 
But what sets apart Ulysses from the rest is that he wanted to hear the melody. 

A life of toil, travails and turmoil would’ve been a compromised Life, if the melodies of the Sirens have not been heard. The survival method is to be learnt and implemented: TIE YOURSELF TO THE MAST AND GET NO RELIEF OF RELEASE FROM THE FETTERS FROM YOUR MATES! 
Ulysses pours wax into the ears of all his mates on board. Mates cannot hear the “unheard melody”. They are seamen drawn to danger like moth to the flames. Their enterprise is a must for your journey, but DON’T, repeat DON’T EVER USE THEIR IDEAS. Seal them off from the melody of the sirens so that they neither get attracted to the melody, nor do they understand the reasons for your imploring them to loosen you and unfetter you from the mast! 

The shore of the Sirens is past and a great Truth survives. 

A man who had heard the UNHEARD MELODIES OF THE SIREN AND YET SURVIVED TO LIVE WITH THOSE MEMORIES. 
What Ulysses lost was his ability to be appreciative of any melody which did not measure up to those of the Sirens he’d heard! A lifelong liability, to be worn as a Stoic with a knowing smile. 

That’s the fate of hearing unheard melodies! We all hear those melodies day in and day out, either with wax in our ears or fetters to our feet. 

Blessed are those with fetters than with wax‼

Of Queening Pawns


Queening a pawn! 
There are certain disabilities which are imbedded in a Pawn’s functions, naturally its structure is the least pivotal in a chess board. 

The disabilities are that it has only one direction to move and that’s forward. Come what may it can never ever turn around. Secondly, it can never cut a pawn or piece facing it and the prospects of it getting stuck is very high. Thirdly, it is the piece which is made a scapegoat or an intervener to protect another piece or square. 

Despite all these disabilities, the only glimmer of hope for a pawn is that if it were to reach the other end on its march, it become, rather transmutes itself into a Queen – the most powerful piece in a chess board! 

In the Greco – Roman mythologies there are humans who had been elevated to the level of gods, for their endurance based accomplishments. The outstanding example is Hercules. The tasks he had to perform were enormous and the troubles he had to face in pursuit of those tasks were not the ones which could be borne by human beings. When he completed those tasks, he became a Queened pawn. Moses spent forty years in the wilderness with his father in law Jethro and had forgotten his kingly skills of building pyramids, but once he stood before the burning bush and had his calling – Moses became a Queened pawn. 

David, the shepherd boy when he was chosen to fight Goliath of Gath on behalf of the Israelites and won the fight became a Queened pawn. 

But Ulysses despite being an astute warrior, able leader of men and tactful handler of situations, never got Queened. Because, Ulysses was already a Noble and most of all, he was totally human and made no resolution to spare himself from the temptations which offered themselves in great regularity to him. In fact I see more nobility in Ulysses than the queened pawns. 

To become a queened pawn one has to have grit and copious amounts of good fortune to suffer and survive, but to be NOBLE a man has to just have the leadership qualities to make his comrades comply with his demand of them pouring wax into their ears whereas keep his own ears clean to hear the seductive Sirens; but tell the same comrades to tie him to the mast and never ever untie him despite his struggles to be loosened from the mast. He heard the seductive sirens immobilised by his own prescience! That is Nobility! He heard the voice of destruction yet survived, through anticipation and preparation. Not for nothing Homer walks away with the title of the greatest Epic writer. 

How to slip into slavery? 


Very simple! Empower  another man to make laws regarding what you will eat, where you will stay, whom you will meet,  what and how you will dress!

The man to whom you gave the authority, is enjoying every moment, he enjoys your consent for him to make the laws. He starts experimenting based on his half baked hypotheses. His lawmaking becomes an experiment! His lawmaking is to establish an order to his liking. Procrustes had an idea!

What an Idea sirji!

Fit everyone in his bed. He wanted to fit all into his bed. Not longer than the bed nor yet shorter. Perfection was Procrustes’ mantra. Either way, the traveler gets stretched or truncated.

Procrustean methods also establish an order. An order which creates UNIFORMITY! The spin off is not known to others. When people die of truncating or stretching, the dead man’s chest is his. After all he took away a traveler’s belongings and money ONLY after putting him to rest in his OWN bed, in which he passed away!  WHAT COUKD PROCRUSTES DO?

Marvellous!

In a Democracy, Liberty could be over-ruled because  shortening of someone’s Liberty is going to provide employment to many.  Because shortening of Liberty could serve the interest of the many instead of the few! Because curtailment of Liberty ensures that girls’ parents don’t have to worry about their daughters being followed!

There is a thin difference between ENJOYING ATTENTION and UNWANTED ATTENTION. There are girls who are over 18 years of age and enjoy male attention. But their parents don’t want any of that stuff to take shape. They want their daughters to be with their books and assignments instead of giving room for the dawning physical pleasures. So how to control the girls who are self-willed and enjoy attention of the opposite sex? Do a Jeppiar on them. Segregate them and prevent any male- female interaction outside the classrooms!

Next, there are irresponsible drinkers who take to the wheel even when drunk! What to do? We are unable to control the rogues who get drunk and mow down human beings, so let us make it a reason for banning liquor on the national and state highways.

Purity for want of contaminating substance is no Purity. It is a showcased purity, something which cannot remain pure once the opportunity is available. Why deprive now and later regret the waywardness of People?

If liquor is not served in hotels and motels, we criminalise a product by location of no sanctity. If liquor is banned near religious places, near schools and other places of solemnity, there would be substance in it. But banning it on state and national highways would breed a new type of bootleggers who would sell liquor on highways, enjoy the patronage of a corrupt police force, etc. But that doesn’t inculcate in our brothers and sisters a sense of responsibility, which ought to be born out of a REALISATION. Courts do not view drunken driving strictly and bribes have replaced cancellation of licences. So take the easy route! Don’t wait for people to realise and alter their behaviour, just DEPRIVE THEM OF LIQUOR ON HIGHWAYS.

Easiest solution is that we look into the statistics and realise we need to alter ‘something’ and curiously that something always happens to be something which gives ‘pleasure’ ! Liberty and Pleasures are badly mated now.

Another way of looking at it is that when self control is lacking, you will not get your marshmallow! Go and be a good boy, silently in a corner. That’s the emasculating power of Democracy, where Liberties are sacrificed for statistical aesthetics!

MIT households in India! 


MIT households in India! 
Of late the Duties of citizens enshrined in the constitution of India has been taken so seriously that ‘building a scientific temperament’ is not merely a gratuitous advice of the Constituent Assembly, long ignored, but has become a spiritual prescription of all and sundry pontificating on WHAT NOT TO DO,  with a dire consequence to boot, if not followed. 

Each Indian household has become a workshop of the various hypotheses being tested in Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The only difference is that these household MIT workshops have become ‘UNSCIENTIFIC’ teepees of squaws and Indians pontificating to their young ones beliefs which have long been exorcised through reason. 

One of the alarms raised in the social media is: WHAT ARE THE 10 FOODS WHICH SHOULD NOT BE CONSUMED AFTER REHEATING? 

The pseudoscientific exposè is a WARNING with a specialised knowledge on what ought not to be consumed. 

Human mind being prone to veiled threats more than blatant ones, immediately responds through compliance. Collective compliance based on a hypothesis is the recipe for all SOCIAL, POLITICAL & RELIGIOUS PRESCRIPTIONS! 

These prescriptions may breed uniformity and for a while a chest thumping story would be narrated, as to why they are not afflicted with the disease, thereby glorifying  the consequence of NOT eating certain reheated foods! QED‼

Neat BS! 

Avoid and certain diseases would avoid you! This was the same formula purveyed by the cunning philosophers, religious leaders, political honchos and occupants of the upper hierarchies! 

There is nothing scientific about this! 
Proverbs 26 says: 

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.  

14. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 

15. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 

 16. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 

The reason for all such PRESCRIPTION is that they who prescribe are SLOTHFUL, GREEDY & UNSCIENTIFIC! 

Slothful because they are long used to making others work for their benefit, comfort and wealth. Greedy because they can’t wait to garner the resources which the society has to offer and make others to work without fair wages for their benefit. Thirdly, UNSCIENTIFIC because their hypotheses are structured to serve their sloth and greed. These unscientific propositions are tinged with the right amount of ‘fearful consequences’ to obtain compliance and thereafter based on statistical data on the percentage of compliance, obtain concessions for such compliant behaviour, which concessions, in Time are stabilised into Inviolable Rights! 

Society built in the above model would remain TURBULENT , as the foundation is not TRUTH VERIFIED IN THE ALTAR OF SCIENCE, but a compliant behaviour elevated to a TRUTH through pseudoscience! 

Let us beware of PSEUDOSCIENCE and the evangelists of such propositions! 

It is just like the OLA and UBER war of statistics on MARKETSHARE. Market share can never declare the truth if it is not EVOLVED through a natural process. 

Allow EVOLUTION, not micromanagement to suit your predicted results! 

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