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PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE & MULLAIPERIYAR!


The GREATEST PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE ever discovered by the human mind, finds a place in the BIBLE at PROVERBS Chapter 26 Verse 13, which is as folllows:-

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

A slothful man’s interpretation of the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE is motivated by his own PROCLIVITY. The slothful man wants to be idle. He is IDLE not because he doesn’t have work, but he doesn’t see IMMEDIATE PROFIT in his labour. The slothful man by looking for IMMEDIATE PROFIT, has lost his WORK CULTURE. Work by itself is not paying, if WORK is to be profitable one needs a man with CAPITAL. Because, a part of the capital would turn into the WAGES for the workman’s LABOUR. It is that wages when wisely invested and utilized by the WORKMAN, over a period of time turns to CAPITAL in his own hands. But, who can wait with HOPE for so long and burn up 25 years of one’s LIFE? cries the SLUGGARD. So what does the sluggard do? CREATE FEAR PSYCHOSIS and indulge in  scare mongering that a LION IS IN THE STREETS. No need for any proof, just spread canards and unfounded theories. Can one  dignify this as  the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE? No, NOT AT ALL.

In the MULLAIPERIAR ISSUE (mullaperiyar for my brethren from Kerala, who have a penchant for slurring over  vowels and connecting consonants – eg. MULLAI + PERIYAR becomes MULLAPERIAR the ‘ai’ is slurred and in INCOME, the N+K  becomes NG), the principle pleaded by the Lawyers representing Kerala is that as a matter of abundant cautela, since the scientific community is not in unison on the invulnerability of the Mullaiperiar dam, and as this involves the life of the Keralites, the Mullaiperiar dam is to be decommissioned and a new dam is to be constructed!

Just a few weeks back, the news papers had reported that out of the 183 countries assessed by the World Bank, India is said to rank 182 in ENFORCEMENT OF CONTRACTS. Not surprising at all, as the reasons adduced are not only specious, but the solutions offered are too BIASED in favour of Kerala.

Look at the AGREEMENT entered into between the Presidency of Madras and the Maharaja of Travancore in the late 19th century. The avowed reason for building the dam was not merely to supply water to the districts of Madurai, Ramnad etc., but also to fish in the dam and use the waters of the dam for such other purposes as desired by the Madras state. The spin-off was that the then Tampuran was able to control the inundation of a few areas of the then Travancore state. So the spin off was not mentioned as an EXPLICIT BENEFIT to Travancore state, yet the benefit aspired, and utilized by the Madras state was to be paid for as  the Lease money. Then HYDRO POWER generation also started and the spin-offs for the ENDURANCE of Tamil Nadu had started accruing. In concession to the idle Keralites, payments was made as license fee for such generation and also the fishing rights were surrendered- all after DEMOCRACY HAD SET IN, IN KERALA after Independence. Now the benefits for Tamil Nadu is much more than the benefits which is accruing to Kerala. The land rates have sky rocketed and the tourism industry could do well with space around the periphery of Mullaiperiar. So KERALA WANTS TO RESILE FROM THE CONTRACT. AND IN KEEPING WITH THEIR NATURE are making a new offer of a new dam, when the matter for determination before the Supreme Court is whether the structure would be safe at 152 feet after reinforcement of the existing structure. SIMPLE. But the boys are boys and WANT to be boys, that is disheartening.

According to an Ex PWD Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Durai Murugan, the Government of Kerala DID NOT GIVE ELECTRICITY CONNECTION TO THE PWD SITE OFFICE at MULLAIPERIAR! Would an Ex- Minister lie on the face of records? Nay. Bot the present CM of Kerala says, “If the political leadership of both the states meet, the issue would be sorted out in 5 minutes!” What a JOKE? Here is a CM who instead of honouring the Supreme Court verdict gets a contrary bill passed in the Assembly calls for a meeting!

It is time the political honchos of Kerala sit together and FIND A WAY OF HONOURING A CONTRACT ENTERED BETWEEN THEIR TAMPURAN AND THE FORMER MADRAS STATE, instead of making these SLUGGISH REMARKS, which are devoid of any sensible content or intent.

It is time Mr. Oommen Chandy issues orders to the briefing officials not to resort to PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE, which is used PRIOR TO EXECUTIVE DECISION MAKING and NOT FOR RENEGING FROM CONTRACT,,WHICH HAVE BEEN IN FORCE FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.

Truly speaking, the only solution to this problem is that we from Tamil Nadu return Agastheeswaram, Kalkulam, Vilavancode and Thovalai taluks to Kerala and get back Devikulam and Peermedu taluks from Kerala…………..MY DEAD UNCLES WOULD RISE UP FROM THEIR GRAVES AND KILL ME, if i make this suggestion seriously!

But boys stop preening to attract girls and GROW UP, some day you have to become MEN and OWN UP TO THE CONTRACTS MADE BY OUR FATHERS and FOREFATHERS too!

 

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Mullaiperiyar issue!


The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a few weeks back, had got published an APPEAL in the major English Dailies on the Mullaiperiyar issue. The closing remarks in the said APPEAL, like the  scorpion, had the sting.

The sting of the APPEAL says that RESORT OWNERS have, in the periphery of the catchment areas, built up resorts and ENCROACHED upon the land leased to the erstwhile MADRAS STATE. It is insinuated therein that these encroachers are putting pressure on the Government in the name of Tourism Industry to ensure that the level of water in the Mullaiperiyar dam is not increased, so that their resorts don’t get inundated.

This allegation appears to be the only verifiable FACT which has come out of all the barrage that have been flung forth and back from both the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. For the life of me i do not understand why the Kerala government cannot verify this and rebut it, as this is a verifiable FACT. My opinion on this is that the people of Kerala live not on FACTS, but on IDEAS perceived as FACTS, whereas Tamil Nadu, the land of 3 Nobel Laureates in sciences and a mathematical wizard in Ramanujam,  has a very scientific approach to FACTS, .

For example, when the question arose as to whether MAGARADEEPAM was man made or a divine happening, most took the side that it was a DIVINE HAPPENING. Even a trustee’s statement saying that camphor was transported in huge quantities to make the MAGARADEEPAM happen on a particular day, place and time, was disregarded and his voice of REASON was silenced on the grounds that REASON should not be allowed to destroy a BELIEF which could be deleterious to the devotees of Lord Ayyappa. The realists stated that allowing a belief to dwindle agaist “reason” may kill the Religious Tourism industry of the state of Kerala.

Kerala believes that FACTS do not make up the TRUTH but that BELIEF should be sustained even at the cost of FACTS !

Another issue is that how could a person call another person’s OPINION as IMMATURE, without laying it open to the public the PROOF OF IMMATURITY? If i claim that an underaged boy was driving a car in a public road before he was 18, i have to prove it- isn’t it? I cannot bring in allegations of IMMATURITY without showing some semblance of proof , yet one malayali politician calls another Tamil politician as IMMATURE and the Tamil politician concedes and begs pardon!

LIFE doesn’t mean ‘existing comfort’ and therefore allow things to remain the way they are found. One should rise to the occasion and deal with issues like a MAN. No doubt, if the dam were to break much life and property would be at stake, but on the other side if water is not raised to a certain level the farmers in Ramnad district of Tamil Nadu may lose even the single crop that they cultivate per year. So a balanced approach is required. In this after all the years, the cultivable land in Tamil Nadu also must have increased, thereby requirement of water going up. This, the then TAMPURAN must have quantified in terms of tmc ft per year instead of giving the whole area to the then Madras State. I personally think that this issue is nothing but the FEMININE RESENTMENT of the matrilineal minds of the Tampuran worshippers who are unable to digest that there is a residual 870 odd years before the CONTRACT expires! So, they are busy inventing DOOMS DAY predictions and creating a FEAR PSYCHOSIS, to avoid facing facts squarely.

I personally believe that the only good thing that happened to Kerala was C P Ramasami Iyer, who not only brought industrialization but also a social change to partially dismantle the “caste based lunatic asylum” (courtesy: Swami Vivekananda) that Kerala was. Now the matrilineal boys are even taking credit for having offered Vice Chancellorship to Einstein ( which was again another CP’s effort).

The difference between a MAN and a boy is that a MAN is NOT AFRAID OF FACING FACTS OWNING UP AND DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE FROM A SCRATCH, whereas BOYS love to deflect, sublimate and look for reasons which are not fact based. The BOYS want a new dam- why? Simple, they LOVE STRATEGIES and not SUSTAINED HARD WORK! The boys want to spend their money on the new DAM and then enter into FRESH AGREEMENT with the Tamil Nadu government and make the MULLAIPERIAR (MULLAPERIYAR for the Boys!) a source of income! When the Mullaiperiyar dam was built, the then Tampuran, Visakham Tirunal (the boys were so enamoured of astrology that they named their Tampurans after the names of the stars under which the eldest nephew of the previous king was born!) begged the British to build a MULLAIPERIYAR dam so that the  flood waters in the catchment areas do not destroy their land and took the lease money for the submerged land. Now that the benefits are obvious, the boys want a LION’S SHARE and do not want the hard working Tamilians, who have maintained the structure for over a century to enjoy the fruits of it. The boys love their GOOD LIFE – they want to fleece tourists in the name of providing CURATIVE MASSAGES (in fact this is nothing but giving rest to the body, which the patient badly needs and the boys practise day in and day out – DOING NOTHING!), SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS (mantras, tantras and all other supernatural esoteric bullshitting!) and finally PILLOW STORIES (these are “strategies’ shared between spouses, as if others do not figure out what is possible in a given set of circumstances through STRUCTURAL THINKING). GROW UP BOYS, GROW UP! GET REAL.

Let us get to VERIFIABLE FACTS. The only VERIFIABLE FACT is whether the leased lands are  UN-ENCROACHED. If not, let us clear all the encroachments and then start looking from where the VOICES of DOOMS DAYERS emanate from!

Thamizh Nadu Assembly elections!


If an Indian believes that it is the Parliament elctions which are important and not the ASSEMBLY Elections, then he  is greatly mistaken. To put it in perspective, ASSEMBLY ELECTION means, ELECTIONS for the Goverment authorized by the Constitution of India to Legislate on issues mentioned at List 2 and List 3 to the SEVENTH SCHEDULE to the Constitution. But somewhere in the JINGOISM propagated in the name of Nationalism, our Indian folks have been led to believe that the Assembly elections are not of much consequence.

True development of a State (which is the basic building block of the Nation) depends on the Policies formulated, implemented and relentlessly pursued by the State. Each State of India has inherent advantages as well as challenges, for example Kerala as a state has always had a slew of cash crops and copious rains have kept the state fertile, but the challenge is HOW TO MAKE THE PEOPLE OF KERALA  A PART OF THE WORKFORCE OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE  and INITIATIVE? Let us contrast Kerala with Rajasthan which has severe shortage of rains and land which is uncultivable 9 months a year. In Rajasthan water is the scarecest and thereby CONSERVATION is in-built in their system. Kerala may fight for water with Thamizh Nadu, but the vegetation which one could see in Kerala gives one a feeling of the Amazon forest. That is Kerala. With 93% literacy and surrounded by plenty, the denizens of Kerala have built an “attitude” of SELF RESPECT. The first question which comes to the mind of a Keralite is WHY SHOULD I DO IT AND WHO BENEFITS MOST FROM ANY PROPOSED ACTIVITY. This leads to a lot of historical questions, like WHERE is he from? WHO is his father? WHAT is his caste? Is he a COMMUNIST? Does he believe in God? etc.. This preliminary screening by the literate leads to prejudoiced conclusions and hence their “attitube” could be downright NEGATIVE. KERALITES love their LAND, naturally as it is fertile and fetches cash even if one doesn’t do anything much with the land. A kind of lazy agrarian attitude.

Rajasthan people’s challenges makew them more hard working. One could find a certain eagerness to make things better for everyone. But the literacy levels are not comparable with Kerala. They keep their habits spartan, which is the beginning of CONSERVATION, which has finally led them to save money and identify hard working people and lend them money and in turn  get their returns.

Another typical state is Thamizh Nadu, where people are skilled and hard working, but their challenge is their attitude of being  ENTERPRISE AVERSE. They may start a hospital- if he is a physician /surgeon, but they would never ever build an ENTERPRISE without being skilled in that area. There may be business houses like TVS, AMALGAMATIONS GROUP which have huge market share in their line of business, but like ROME those were not BUILT IN A DAY. They have been sustained thru generations of relentless hardwork. As a people, Thamizhans do not want to take risks which COULD GO BAD. They contribute to the blossoming of the MANUFACTURING SECTOR, as they are assured of their INCOME from their skills and a regular life with enough time for family and entertainment. As a State having 69,000 temples, they are fatalistic in the outcome, buit rational in their social intercourse. 

So each State government has to build its own set of priorities  . And therefore ASSEMBLY elections are the backbone of the NATION. The issues wich are mentioned in LIST 1 of the VII Schedule are regulated, monitored by The Central Goverment, but no IMPETUS is provided the Central Government  with relation to the subject matters which fall in List 1. For example there are no melas for becoming research fellows or scientists in Space Technology, there are no advertisements for educating people on patents etc.. Persons of their own initiative reach those areas. A person who manufactures a central excisable product learns it by accident and starts paying Central Excise duty.  Such is SERVICE TAX etc etc. The Central Goverment does not have to educate people to enter into areas which fall within List 1. But the State subjects are opportunities which are propagated by the State and people in a state are educated therein. Therefore the State elections have a deeper impact on the day-to-day lives of its people.

With WELFARE STATE being given a different meaning by the political parties, even the freebies form a part of the governance. The Central government may grant loan waivers to farmers etc., but it is the State Government which gives TVs at 0 cost, rice at a rupee a liko, free noon meal  to kids at school etc. These actual deliveries which reach the population of a state are palpable. That is why we have the elections for a state which show that power is truly with the states when it comes to the development of the state.

The fight between the DMK Alliance and the AIDMK Alliance has reached a feverish pitch and the Election Commision is finding the goings on in the State of Thamizh Nadu curiouser and curiouser!

Kerala & its scenic beauty.


Kerala as a State of India is unparalleled in its scenic  beauty as a state with its verdant slopes and hillocks. The villages do not end and one town is contiguous with another. Especially if one were to have been raised in the other states of India, where one village or town or city ends and the other begins, there would be a clear demarcation in terms of  having lands with no houses between those villages/town/cities. But that is not the case with Kerala. A typical tropical region and having the coastal feel throughout with relative humidity higher than any other state.

This state has the highest literacy, as per the statistics  put out by the CSO. It is also very common to see TODDY shops  at an alarmingly short intervals while driving through the roads. I stayed in a town in Tamil Nadu very close to the borders of the state of Kerala. Had to take a flight from Thiruvananthapuram (the state capital of Kerala) and as i did not have much time, my driver took me through a route which is seldom used by people who traverse from Nagercoil to Thiruvananthapuram. He took me through POOVAR, which seemed like a valley surrounded by green hillocks with coconut palms, rubber plantation and other trees only home to the Kerala soil. The route from Poovar to Vizhinjam was absolutely breathtaking.

On this route i happened to see a place where there were a lot of taxis and auto-rickshaws parked near a TODDY SHOP. When i asked the driver, he told me that this TODDY SHOP owner had the licence to sell toddy/arrack/liquor in that area which was also abutting a fishing village. The owner of that licence   had hired all those taxis and autos for giving free lift to people from that village to his shop and back. Once the customers are “fit”, they are ferried back to the fishing village or to the nearest bus station so that the folks could get back to their destination. Some MARKETING! No wonder one could find Malayalis in the HR departments and the management in plenty all over the country.

Kerala is a tourist’s delight with its backwaters, house boats, hillocks, shrines, and non-vegetarian food. It is nigh impossible to have a decent vegetarian meal in a small town. One could have beef fry and mackerel/ sardine fry for lunch in any diner in Kerala. The best food item i have had in Kerala was the PHAZHAMPOORI. This is batter fried banana fruit and one could keep consuming any quantity without realizing that one’s belly is already full.

The driver was cribbing that the TOURISM industry had fallen in bad times and that he was in no position to get fabulous tips from his foreign customers. On the way up, he had shown me a FROGLESS POND! When i was sceptical asked him if he had ever tried to check up the veracity of the froglessness of the pond, he was quite stunned. He said, “Sir, in Kerala except social issues nothing else is questioned. Everything else is to be BELIEVED or IGNORED. We believe that the MAGARA DEEPAM goes off at the appointed time every year at the Ayyappan temple, lakhs and lakhs of Christians believe that speaking in tongues is sine-qua-non for being caught up in the SECOND COMING of Christ!”

He further continued, “If the pond is with frogs, what could i tell the foreignors and impress them with? So i have to engage those foreignors in small talk and i love to believe that story, and i fill my pocket with tips.”

TRULY GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, but which has bred a lot of un-toiling people. They seem to be lazy and enjoying the natural vacation granted by God. God bless Kerala.

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