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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!

Magaradeepam.


Whether humans cause the deepam or the deepam appears on its own without human aid, shouldn’t disturb a person who has no FAITH in the pilgrimage to the Iyyappan Temple in Kerala. It is purely a question of FAITH, yet if a person who doesn’t subscribe to that FAITH were to scrutinize the basis of MAGARADEEPAM on REASON, he ought to be a RATIONALIST with a ZEAL to spread SCIENTIFIC TEMPER on fellow human beings.

Except for RATIONALISTS, there is no REASON for anyone to question the “divinity” of the DEEPAM which goes off on Makara Sankranti. I have seen people belonging to other FAITHS criticizing the belief of the devotees of Iyappan especially with regard to the DEEPAM, which is think is nothing but a pot calling a kettle black. Any FAITH, has its bedrock a BELIEF which upo scrutiny would not stand the test of REASON. Where BELIEF comes in REASON has to end. They are  NOT  at VARIANCE with each otherALWAYS, in fact BELIEF is the CULMINATION of  REASON in certain cases.  For example, that the sun RISES in the East is directly percievable through our senses, but the TRUTH is that the Earth rotates on its own axis towards the Eastern direction and therefore APPEARS as if the Sun rises in the East. So the perception is overruled by a BELIEF in the discovered knowledge of science. But for our day to day living we need the sensory BELIEF more than the TRUTH. In the earlier case, we believe because with DILIGENCE we would be able to arrive at the scientific TRUTH by getting on to a rocket and “seeing” the EARTH from outside the EARTH. In the latter case, the Sun appears to rise in the East and it allows us to function our day to day lives with that belief- even though it is false.

Likewise, the FUNCTIONAL element in a belief is also the TRUTH, when it does not interfere with another’s LIBERTY or RIGHTS.

In the case of MAGARADEEPAM, there are millions of devotees who are not interested in knowing “scientifically” the reasons for the deepam. Don’t they have the LIBERTY to have a BELIEF in such an happening? They definitely do have the LIBERTY- then why do we disturb their FAITH and question the basis of such FAITH.

The High Court of Kerala asking for scientific proof for MAGARADEEPAM in the wake of the tragedy of the death of 102 persons, seems to me to be beyond the necessity of judicial determination. When pilgrims have been thronging, it is the duty of the local authorities, police, the state government to provide the infra-structure and also regulate the traffic for orderly conduct of the darshan on the given day. Merely because, a tragedy has happened the society cannot be allowed to scrutinize the REASONS for such aggregation of persons on one single day and discredit MAGARADEEPAM on scientific grounds and thereby hope to reduce the influx of devotees on that day.

Let us not merely respect others’ LIBERTIES, but also give all support and voice in protecting their LIBERTIES . May INDIA blossom as a land of LIBERTY.

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