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DMK Vs. AIADMK


Once I happened to ask Zorba what was the difference between these two parties.

Zorba’s prolonged silence made me think that Zorba either didn’t know the difference or that he couldn’t find the right words to explain the difference.

Instead of answering me straight, Zorba asked another question: What is the difference between a Cavalryman and a Dragoon?

I said, I know vaguely the meaning of a Cavalryman – a combatant on a horse, fighting for his country or a cause.

In fact the word Dragoon seemed like a spelling mistake with an extra ‘o’ to a dragon.

Zorba said: There is a unifying factor – both use horses and mount those horses. But the unity ends there.

I was all the more curious to know the functions of a dragoon – my impatience to acquire that piece of knowledge made Zorba give a cynical smile.

Zorba said, if only had you understood the function of each of the components in relation to the task accomplished, you would be able to understand the Purpose of those components.

Let us take the horse, which is common to both a cavalryman as well as a dragoon. The fortunes of a cavalryman is closely bound up with the fortunes of the horse. There has to be a synergy between the horseman of a cavalry and his horse. They both have to fight together. The cavalryman has to turn the horse in a battlefield and manoeuvre it in such a way as to not merely protect the horse but to generate an advantageous position so as to lance an opponent or use his sword with optimal proximity with his target.

I agreed, but asked Zorba: but how is a dragoon any different?

Zorba said: For a dragoon a horse is just a means to reach the battlefield. His relationship with the horse is neither durable nor is the horse obedient and perceptive enough to wheel or turn or stall or amble or trot at the call of the dragoon. The dragoon uses the horse to reach the theatre of war, thereupon the horse and the dragoon are separated. The horseman is no more an horseman but an infantryman, fighting his enemies on his own skills, as a unit with the other dragoon who have dismounted their horses. Their relationship with the horse is contractual and not abiding.

If Alexander the Great named a city after Bucephalus, his horse, it was a homage paid by that great warrior statesman to the synchronicity of purpose achieved during the war with his horse Bucephalus and NOT BEFORE OR AFTER THE WAR.

A dragoon uses his horse and feeds it enough to carry the dragoon from one theatre to another theatre and the horse is never called upon to think upon the weal of his rider. In its free time it chews its provender and gallops to the next peg near the next theatre to be tethered for the horseman to become an infantryman and fight his battles and get back to his horse, if alive. If he dies or is injured another infantryman is recruited and the horse would do its duty within its limited remit with faithfulness. A dragoon’s horse has no loyalty or care as to who was on his back, he just needs his provender and rest. These dragoon horses are neither protected nor caparisoned after the battles are won. At best these dragoon could be called mounted infantrymen.

I asked Zorba, if those were the differences, which one is a Cavalryman and which one is a Dragoon?

Zorba said: I don’t know, but the horse stands for the Dravidian ideology. Find out for yourself and let me know.

CAVALRY MEN WILL COME!


Once in the middle of a forest lived a community consisting of men and women who knew not much beyond their chores and hunger. Their objective was to keep the wolf away from the door and silence their women into abject servility and motherhood annually!

The community had raised a lot of domesticated wild asses to ferry their firewood, take their clothes to the river and travel on their backs for small time hunting. So the village chief, who was bored of all these humdrum activities decided one day to have entertainment and suggested to the other villagers that they should promote some sporting activity to amuse and instil a sense of competitiveness in them.

After much haggling they decided to have a race which would combine the skill of men and the strength of the animals. It was decided that they would conduct yearly a race around the village with men on the backs of their animals! Some chose their bulls, some the domesticated donkeys and some a few domesticated wild horses. But before the start of the race the village headman and his cohorts consisting of the village barber, the village launderer and a wood-cutter who formed the grand jury wanted to give away prizes for the animals based on their usefulness!

The bulls, oxen, asses and horses were all lined up to determine prizes for their looks and grooming. The grand jury inspected the bulls and the horses and said these are not very obedient and they lack ENDURANCE to stay in the same spot for hours together and wait on their masters, even though they are muscular and powerful. So the asses and the oxen were shortlisted and the grand jury consisting of the village Headman, barber, wood-cutter and fuller decided that the ASSES were the best for the following reasons:

1. The asses have long ears and are easy to handle

2. The asses have great endurance of waiting in the same spot without moving an inch.

3The asses carry burden unlike the oxen which need a cart to be latched on to its upper neck.

4 The asses do not require maintenance and they could survive on scraps of paper and other rotting left-overs, which helped the ASSES to be determined as animals not competing with the villagers for the same food!

The results were announced and the ASSES let out brays which deafened the whole village for a while. The HORSES which were on the sidelines had a smirk on their faces and said: IF BARBERS, WOODCUTTERS AND FULLERS FORM THE  GRAND JURY, THEY DO NOT DETERMINE BASED ON THE POTENTIAL OF THE ANIMALS, BUT BASED ON THE PRESENT USEFULNESS OF THE TAMED BEASTS.

SOMEDAY, THE CAVALRY MEN WILL COME AND CHOOSE AS THE BEST OF THE BEAST, AS WE CAN PROVIDE QUICK MOBILITY AND NIMBLE TO TURN IN ANY DIRECTION, TAKE COMMANDS BY THE PRESSURE APPLIED ON OUR BODIES BY THE LEGS OF THE SKILLED CAVALRYMEN AND MORE THAN ANYTHING WE CAN JUMP ALL REASONABLE OBSTACLES!

As was wished by the horses, one day a band of CAVALRY MEN, like Gabbar and his gang in SHOLAY, landed up in this remote village. Those who had tamed wild horses took to their backs and fled, but the ox owners, ass owners and bull owners were no match to those horse mounted cavalry men. The village was looted and pillaged, valuables were taken away and their women molested and raped. Even children were not spared. The cavalrymen left without a trace.

The next day the Headman assembled the village general body meeting and after consultation passed a following resolution:

EVEN THOUGH THE COST OF MAINTENANCE OF THE HORSES ARE ON THE HIGHER SIDE, THEY GIVE GREAT PROTECTION. SEE OUR BRETHREN WHO VANISHED WITH THE GOLD AND THEIR WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON THE HORSE BACKS! THE HORSES PROVIDE MOBILITY WITH SPEED AND ARE AMENABLE TO MAN’S SURVIVAL UNLIKE THE OXEN, BULLS AND ASSES WHICH ONLY SHARE OUR BURDEN. THEREFORE THIS ASSEMBLY RESOLVES THAT HENCEFORTH THE HORSES SHALL HAVE PRIMACY OVER THE BEASTS OF BURDEN AND BE CALLED THE FRIEND OF MEN!

Just like these village men, we in our lives tend to depend and value the beasts of burden more than the HORSES which take us faster towards our quarry, in the event of the threat being unmanageable, they take us away faster and make us more combative and able. But all these will be triggered only when cavalrymen surround us and pillage our small cocoons!

In every sphere of life, if we are unprepared THE CAVALRYMEN WILL COME!

 

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