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The Eagle taloned man

With the wings, did you soar?

Upon soaring, did you widen your horizon?

Upon widening, did you sight more?

Upon sighting more, did you choose?

In choosing did you show taste?

In showing taste, did you retain your strength?

With your strength did you swoop?

With the swoop, did you clutch her in your talons?

With the talons, did you take her to the craggy top?

In the craggy top did you feast your being?

Well done, good & faithful man, Enter her and rest.

Have we accidentally found a cure for blood clot?

After going through all the nonsense relating to the covid vaccines, i have to paste two screen shots which are two parts of the same write up in a media report:

This means that as per a study, for 5,000,000 persons the total number of instances at the rate of 1 case per 1000, the total number of such instances ought to be 50,000.

Now let us get back to the previous paragraph, which is as under:

So out of 5,000,000 people who had received AstraZeneca vaccine, there were only 30 cases of ‘thromboembolic events’.

Now of we use our logic, in fact in the normal course there should have been 50,000 cases on a population of 5,000,000 whereas only 30 persons had had ‘thromboembolic events’ ! What a miracle!!

If nothing else, the vaccine appears to have avoided ‘thromboembolic events’ in respect of 49,970 cases on a conservative average.

Should we not celebrate this?


Statistical b.s should stop somewhere.

As it is, the greatest principle is that do not apply the general principles to the particular and vice versa.

Where are we heading with corporatised policy making?

The context:

Give me the Straws- demands the Farm Owner.

There is bound to be a super bull or a super stallion in every farm. But the farm owner does not want to give the credit to the Super bull or the super stud for having sired the pedigreed offsprings. Hence the stud farm owner collects all the semen from these studs into numbered straws and keeps it frozen for further staggered sale and building up a brand name for the farm.

The bulls and studs are NOT INTERESTED IN the farm owner’s artificial insemination processes or his commercialisation. The bills and stallions are interested in the Cows and Mares.

Get the Cows and mares into the farm, the studs want to perform NATURAL INSEMINATION to not only spread their genes, but also to let the cows and mares know who COVERED them. Covering is important than SIRING!

Leave an imprint or so the Super Studs mused.
One day the Studs saw that the farm owner was speaking respectfully, to the point of obsequiousness, to someone at the other end. The Studs were surprised and launched on who that person at the other end could be who could elicit such obsequiousness from their master.

Some days later it was rumoured that the farm had been sold and that a new Entity had bought the farm. The Studs got to know that whom they believed to be their owners were nothing but FARMHANDS who had been given the charge to maintain those Studs well and generate income to the farm.

The Studs realised on that day that the whole income of the entity, had been derived only by their activity! All that opulence and show which the farmhands indulged in, were out of the channelised and commercialised natural urge of those Studs.

Conflation of spending tax money & Belief in social justice in Tamil Nadu

The election narrative in Tamil Nadu by the DMK party is that that while they were in power, they had empowered the socially backward social outcasts and that they had consistently devised economic programs for the upliftment of the economic conditions of such voiceless people.

The other party AIADMK, predominantly relies on their efforts at upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden without any discrimination.

Both are right in what they claim and assert. But as a voter one has to clarify what powers the electorate actually vests the elected MLAs with? Once we establish that fact, it would be easier to find out, what could each have done with such power.

Legislative power relating to the State list and the Concurrent List are the domains on which the MLAs could legislate on. The power to tax and spend such taxes and also to borrow in the name of the state, and leaving a debt for the state to take care off is also within the power of that legislature. But the important power is the power to legislate and make laws to maintain law and order and fulfill the hopes as expressed in the Directive Principles of State policy.

Enduring power is the legislative power to empower the socially backward classes, or so the DMK thought, having championed the cause under the teachings of EVR. India has a peculiar issue of caste, which by its very design could be empowering or debilitating. It is in empowering and liberating of those the depressed classes which was concentrated by DMK, while it was in power and it had ensured that much legislation had been carried through and implemented, which granted positive discrimination in favour of those depressed classes. However, the generations which had laboured under those unwritten caste rules had passed away and the legislations made in those days have reduced the gap which existed then leaving no scope for the younger generations to be guided by them except in small towns and villages of Tamil Nadu.

That should be seen as the period between 1967 to 1976. Which the late Kalaignar Karunanidhi used to describe as the ஒளி நிறைந்த ஒன்பது வருடம்.

Thereafter came the period of Puratchi Thalaivar MGR, which lasted from 1977 to 1987. During his regime much dole was measured out from the state government exchequer. It was a reign of providing relief to the masses from their day to day economic burden.

Yet, MGR brought in a special quota for persons purely based on economic consideration, which had a negative political repercussion, which he quickly withdrew. By then MGR had understood that he shouldn’t make any attempt to dilute the benefits legislatively granted to the downtrodden castes. Any accommodation on economic considerations was seen by the voting public as the usurpation by the upper castes of the facility created by the DMK legislatively.

I’d like to quote the Indian Express on this:

MGR further declared that certain percentage of reservation would be provided to poor among the forward communities. However, he backed down after the AIADMK’s virtual rout in the Lok Sabha polls of 1980.

The MGR government issued an order (G.O.Ms.1156), dated July 2, 1979, fixing Rs 9,000 as the annual income ceiling for BCs to get the benefits of reservation. To justify the G.O, the government cited the recommendations of the Backward Classes Commission, under the Chairmanship of AN Sattanathan, submitted in 1970. Then general secretary of Dravidar Kazhagam K Veeramani (now president) and late DMK president M Karunanidhi immediately opposed the move and, with many other leaders, spearheaded protests against it.

They argued that the order was unconstitutional and unreasonable, and said, “The Constitution clearly defines the beneficiaries as socially and educationally BCs. Introducing an economic element will be a wrong remedy to a malady which is essentially social.”

So the fact is that, MGR’s belief was not that strong relating to those that were held by MK. But MGR made a little tweak to the Dravidian narrative by earning a name as a generous giver, devoid of caste considerations. Even today AIADMK continues to be in the same mould.

Dr. J Jayalalitha tried a legislation on conversion, which in 2002 was thought of to be an effort to get close to a national party, the Ordinance was “Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religious Ordinance, 2002”.

These areas of carving out a quota for the economically backward, and prohibition of forcible conversion had already taken deep roots within the AIADMK, however they could not be made into enduring legislations as the people reacted, though at the nudging and instigation of the ever vigilant DMK, against such dilution of social justice, and Liberty to convert and be converted.

These have crystallised well and now what these two parties stand for is very clear – as each had allied with national parties which are in alignment with the core thinking of either the DMK or the AIADMK.

I am not sure if Dr. J Jayalalitha would have got the reservation of 69% for the Backward classes placed in the IX Schedule of the Constitution in 1994, had she been assured of her place with the masses, which she acquired subsequently in the 21st century!

So this election is very interesting in the sense that the real fight is between what these two Dravidian parties really stand for. That each of the Dravidian parties is vying with the other to dole out largesse out of the tax money is inconsequential. Tax money has to be spent anyway on maintenance, implementation of programs and infrastructure building. Corruption is not an issue in Tamil Nadu, though political parties accuse each other for the optics, and TN is the only state which electorally handed over the state exchequer to a person convicted by courts. I believe that there are provisions within the Constitution for remitting sentences and pardoning convicts, which i believe should have been exercised by the State when such is the will of the people, however to grant a pardon using those provisions in a corruption case would have definitely harmed the polity more! Anyway no attempt was made on those lines.

When people are not bothered about corruption and elect a party whose supremo had been convicted, one must arrive at a conclusion that those who had been accused and convicted were not corrupt above the plimsoll line mentally demarcated by the public; or that people thought that those who were themselves as culpable, cast the first stone and took advantage of the system, or that corruption was absolutely inconsequential.

From the narrative which is expressed, an outsider is bound to believe that the votes would be cast on what is being uttered. But i for one believe that Thamizhans and Thamizhachis collectively think differently from what is touted during elections by parties in justification of their alliances. The conflation, of the legislative power and the tax money spending power, doesn’t work with the Thamizhs.

I am impelled to quote what G K Chesterton in his essay had to say while contrasting the French with the English:

Let a fool hate France: if the fool loves it he will soon be a knave. He will certainly admire it, not only for the things that are not creditable, but actually for the things that are not there. He will admire the grace and indolence of the most industrious people in the world. He will admire the romance and fantasy of the most determinedly respectable and common-place people in the world. This mistake the Englishman will make if he admires France too hastily; but the mistake that he makes about France will be slight compared with the mistake that he makes about himself. An Englishman who professes really to like French realistic novels, really to be at home in a French modern theatre, really to experience no shock on first seeing the savage French caricatures, is making a mistake very dangerous for his own sincerity. He is admiring something he does not understand. He is reaping where he has not sown, and taking up where he has not laid down; he is trying to taste the fruit when he has never toiled over the tree. He is trying to pluck the exquisite fruit of French cynicism, when he has never tilled the rude but rich soil of French virtue.

Relief & hardening of the heart.

This is the third plague. Pharaoh was testing Moses on two grounds:

1. Whether what Moses uttered was replicable by his magicians?

2. Was Moses merely taking advantage of the knowledge Moses had about the times of certain events which were to take place, and passed it on as an act which would happen only when it was being WILLED by Moses?

The first two plagues were ordered to be replicated by the Pharaoh’s magicians and they replicated it. The effect was that they further aggravated the misery – just to show the Pharaoh that what Moses did, has nothing to do with the Divine, but possible ‘at will’ by human magicians.

The third plague is the infestation of lice, as in the previous two, the Pharaoh orders his magicians to replicate the infestation, but they couldn’t.

Pharaoh, has doubts, maybe Moses is more skilled in the enchantments of the Chaldeans and magicians, so why concede? After all it could be display of superior skill, which though is not obedient to the Will of the Pharaoh, yet is merely a skill, which could be honed through practice and knowledge. So why attribute the infestation of lice to the Divine?

But with every plague, the Pharaoh was forgetting that his people were suffering more! He didn’t mind it, the Ruler has to rule out that the plague was not a gimmick of a clever charlatan using the name of his God!

Every time Pharaoh reaches the boiling point because of the plague, he calls for Moses and obtains Relief. After every Relief, the Pharaoh’s heart hardens.


To come to a reasoned conclusion that the difficult situation was not a target aimed at oneself but a random unpleasant event which happened and one was unfortunately caught therein – is the primary thought of all hardening!

Christians, including me are not alien to such reasoning, in our own little spheres the impact may not be national, as in the case of the Pharaoh, but to believe that the Pharaoh was wicked and that we are better human beings, is a fallacy we weave unto ourselves and stay smug.

We do not believe that we were the target of the plague, based on a faulty logic that since my neighbour and whole lot of others have also been subjected to the same plight. We believe that we were merely caught up with the rest and the event had to happen anyway! This is how we succumb through reasoning leading to the HARDENING of OUR HEARTS.

One of the biggest reasons for HARDENING OUR HEARTS is to look if others are also inflicted with as much misery as we are? And if we find that others are also entangled in the same misery, we harden our hearts and like the Pharaoh invite upon ourselves a worse plague than the previous one!

Let us have the humility to discern and concede, where we enjoy the fruits of free labour and efforts of other human beings without adequately compensating them for their efforts. Most importantly, let not RELIEF take us back to our fallible reasoning.

Create a trustworthy system, don’t make me trust a person whose trustworthiness is in his own control!

That seems to me to be the end of human trust.

We have reached a point of no return – we have realised that we have reached a fork, where we are unable to decide if the institutions, like banks, we created are doing their jobs efficiently or do those who hold the controls manipulate it to serve their interests, or is it truly the inefficiency of the mammoth institutions which are inflicting those losses to individuals?

It is easy to accuse that those institutions are untrustworthy or that we have discovered that they are manipulate-able, therefore we as individuals have started looking for systems which are efficient but at the same time not capable of being controlled by private undisclosed factors.

In the process Internet came in as a system which became a source for transmitting information to a targeted address. Into this was dovetailed all economic activity and the old inefficient and untrustworthy institutions cloned themselves and took tremendous control.

The internet which gave Liberty, was used for enslaving the masses – their data is being collected without their own permission, but which is of value to the data mining companies which are able to predict the trends and sell such information to businesses, which target those persons who are more likely to buy those products.

Bitcoins, rather cryptocurrency, is another invention which is a byproduct of Blockchain technology, which provides a distributed ledger system with consensus of the majority of those verifiers being the point of approval.

How long would this remain that way? The blockchain may continue that way, but the spin off of that blockchain would be a cryptocurrency which would be tamed, tethered and taxed.

We as human beings are burdened with multiple tasks that, we in exhaustion, finally hand over our Liberty to a few, who subsequently become greedy and don’t perform their tasks as trustees, but as owners of the trust property!

The time has come when even the crypto currencies would be routed through exchanges, which would be brought under the regulatory framework controlled by a few – whatever be the political system of the country.

Humans, according to me, have this uncanny knack of picking up the strangling neck-chain and wearing it themselves, just as my Doberman which senses that he would be taken out for a walk to sniff the streets, Would by surrendering his Liberty!

All are Esaus in one form or the other!

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