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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.


Is Tamil Nadu the RICHEST state in India?

There is a concept called Distance between the States, which determines in an affirmative /socialistic way the forwardness and backwardness of  States in India, which is the pivot used in determining the  allocability of central revenues to the different States in India.
TAMILNADU has been apportioned 4.02% (14th Finance Commission) of the allocable central revenues, instead of 4.97% (13th Finance Commission) for the previous year/s, as per  the Finance commission.
I think not.

Feeding lazybones with sumptuous free meals leads to eternal liabilities in the long run.

Let us take the states which have been determined for allocating LESSER PERCENTAGE of central revenues over the previous determination by the Finance Commission:SHARE OF


Sl. No.        State             13th FC             14th FC          Diff in %age        Diff in %age over                                                                                                                                    the  previous FC


1.          Uttarakhand              1.12%                   1.05%                0.07%                  -6.25%

2.          Himachal                  0.78%                  0.71%                0.07%                  -8.974%

3.          Odisha                       4.78%                   4.64%               0.14%                  -2.92%

4.          Assam                         3.63%                  3.31%                0.32%                  -8.815%

5.          Rajasthan                    5.85%                  5.49%               0.36%                -6.153%

6.         TAMILNADU          4.97%                   4.02%            0.95%           -19.11%

7.          Bihar                          10.92%                   9,67%              1.25%                   -11.44%

8.          Uttar Pradesh          19.68%                  17.96%             1.72%                   -8.73%

9.         United Andhra           6.94                      6.74%               0.20%                  -2.88%


There are 9 states which are going to receive lesser percentage than their previous year/s allocation from the Union’s Revenues
Is this reasonable considering the fact that TN’s contribution to the national income must be over 10% of the allocable central revenues.
If new schemes are brought out and successfully implemented by the state government & inflation is defeated through shrewd planning by TN,  instead of rewarding socialistic measures successfully implemented, formulas are INVENTED TO DOWNGRADE THE MORALE OF A SUPER STATE.
What a pity my countrymen!
No other state is being penalized this much, just because they are successful!

By getting 20% less than the previous year’s central revenues, TN should consider itself the RICHEST STATE IN INDIA! or is it DISCRIMINATION?



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!


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!


To the best of my understanding, which though not considerable, there is no provision in law to compel the Governor of the State or the President of India to  recognize a pre-poll alliance and thereby call the person most likely to command the majority of the house and offfer him/her the first opportunity to prove  majority in the House. However, we have followed a convention that the PRE-POLL ALLIANCES are RECOGNIZED and given much WEIGHT.

In the recently concluded elections for the State Assembly, there was a PRE-POLL ALLIANCE between AIADMK and DMDK (Vijayakanth’s party). Upon declarations of results it was found that AIADMK had enough numbers to form the government without the support of its PRE-POLL ALLIANCE partners. So, after the results, DMDK, by virtue of it having more MLAs than the DMK, decides to sit in the OPPOSITION and its Leader Vijayakanth is made the OPPOSITION LEADER. What a FARCE.

What is the idea of giving the OPPOSITION leader the status of CABINET MINISTER? Simple, in electoral politics the voice of the opposition- which has also got a minimum amount of seats- should not be allowed to go UNHEARD. That i think is the principle. If the PRE-POLL alliance partner of the WINNING SIDE sits as the OPPOSITION leader, how would the DEMOCRATIC SPIRIT be fulfilled with that arrangement?

This is not the first time that this has happened. But not framing RULES or LAWS on this point would be deleterious to DEMOCRACY! I hope our LEGISLATORS recognize this and take prompt action……………


Before reading this blog it is imperative to go through my blog dated 29/04/2011 to fully appreciate my point of view. The link is given below:

When i wrote my blog mentioned above, i had access to the post poll analysis conducted by THE HEADLINES TODAY! Which CATEGORICALLY stated that the DMK had caught up with the AIADMK. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” That was the perceptive Benjamin Disraeli! How true, i had given my reasons as to why the predictions by HEADLINES TODAY would never come to pass.

There were at least a dozen of my friends who had asked me why I had to take sides where i COULD go wrong. My answer was simple: i wasn’t taking sides, in fact i couldn’t be bothered as to who ruled Thamizh Nadu, as i as an individual have to still give Rs 50/- to get my community certificate or get a certified copy of any public document from the registrar’s office. So things are not going to change for me, yet as an INDIVIDUAL empowered by the CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, i am at LIBERTY to express my opinion on another opinion. Only thing was that HEADLINES TODAY had bolstered their prejudiced/ half baked wishfulness through the instrument of STATISTICS.

I merely said that their interpretations were wrong for reasons enumerated in my earlier blog.

By hindsight, i stand VINDICATED. There was not merely a WAVE but a TSUNAMI.

Look at the figures 201/234 in Thamizh Nadu. 225/294 in West Bengal. If we work out the percentages AIADMK and its allies have taken 85.897% of the Assembly seats and in Bengal ( i hate the tag “WEST” in  BENGAL as the state is geographically located in the Eastern part of India and it is time we as self-respecting Indians call it Bengal- like PEPSU states became just PUNJAB and not EAST PUNJAB!) TMC and their allies have taken 76.53% seats in the Bengal assembly.  So the point is , what happened in Bengal is a WAVE and what happened in THAMIZH NADU is TSUNAMI!

Secondly, when you put a Thamizhan under a microscope, do not rule out the possibility that he is scrutinizing the OBSERVER through the very same lens through which the observer is observing! A Thamizhan knows the paid young boys and girls sent with a questionnaire to quiz his preferences and how the data thus collected is freely given to anyone willing to pay for it. More than anything else a THAMIZHAN is more apt to give you an answer you EXPECT him to give- not necessarily the TRUTH, all because he knows that TRUTH could be verified but OPINIONS are beyond another person’s verifiability. A Thamizhan is no idiot to give his answers for you to build up your credibility and bank balance! He knows why exactly you ask him those convoluted questions in repeatedly after asking some inane questions.

You may call it ORG, MARG, FARG, TARG for all he cares, yet he is not going to give his opinion unless he believes you and you give him an assurance that you VALUE his opinion. That is why the OPINIONSTERS miserably fail in Thamizh Nadu. Good luck to them in future.

The MEDIA seems to be angry that it has not been able to get the scale of the win right. However CNN-IBN  and one more TV channel predicted the win of Jayalalitha. They were closer to the TRUTH. Simply put, their interviewers built a rapport with the interviewee to get that far.

The winner in Thamizh Nadu is THE ELECTION COMMISSION of INDIA. The way they curbed the flow of cash, contained booth capturing and other activities deleterious to DEMOCRACY is truly commendable. If hooligans and hoodlums are allowed to control the election process,  DEMOCRACY dwindles to FEUDALISM. The bold decision to replace the DGP of Thamizh Nadu during elections not only showed who was in CONTROL but also sent a strong message to all and sundry about  the goings on in the state.

The meaning of SECRET BALLOT is fully fulfilled only in the state of THAMIZH NADU. The THAMIZH people have shown again that there is no need to show their hand to these marketing agencies which peddle the details collected as statistical “truths”!



HEADLINES TODAY TV has come up with a post poll analysis of the assembly elections in THAMIZHNADU. EXIT POLLS have been banned by the ELECTION COMMISSION and therefore the Psephologists have invented a method, which according to the WEBSITE takes samples by visiting houses randomly and asking the persons who had voted what their choice was.

Headlines Today News

This method of visiting houses is the WORST METHODOLOGY, as, now that the voter’s identity had been established and his house located by the sampling agency, there is 100% chance that a person who had  taken gratification for voting in a particular way, but voted according to his opinion- which would be against the interest of the gratifier- would not disclose the TRUTH.  And believe you me, the voters of Thamizhnadu disguise their preferences better than any other state in India- plz recall the Assembly elections subsequent to the Parliamentary elections of 1980! MGR won immediately after losing the Parliamentary elections.

Any sensible person would be able to assume, as to which party must have gratified more! Further everyone knows which of the two sides is likely to infuse terror in the hearts of the person who had taken gratification, and not voted according to the illegal contract!

According to the site DMK gets 48% of the voteshare and AIADMK gets 47% of the voteshare. Translated into seats DMK is supposed to get 130 seats and AIADMK 105- 120 seats. Well, this seat projection based on the voteshare seems the second blunder the HEADLINES TODAY POLL suffers from. The margins are not important for winning a seat and in fact a huge margin in a few seats may increase the voteshare but not proportionately translate into seats.

There is a third FALLACY which is being floated: THIS HIGH TURN-OUT OF 82% voters is a PRO-INCUMBENCY WAVE. Seems very unlikely. When Late KAMARAJ  gave a clean, efficient and growth oriented administration in the mid sixties, the people of Thamizhnadu were fully aware that Kamaraj was doing all that because of the pressure kept up by ANNA, besides their animosity for the  puppeteering from Delhi! So the electorate went and executed the improbable in 1967. Kamaraj’s PADUTHUKKONDAY JAYIPPEN- was nothing but a vain boast of a Right man caught in the wrong CAMP. The surge in the percentage of polling was a silent RESENTMENT of the puppeteering plus a PRO WAVE in favour of C.N.ANNADURAI. If anyone is willing to let himself believe that a 10% surge in polling is to ensure that the DMK and its allies MUST BE RETURNED to power, i have my pity on him. (if AIADMK loses then the argument would be that there  was rampant rigging by the winner, and therefore the percentage of polling went up!!).

The 80% voting is , according to me, a surge by the people of Thamizhnadu to dislodge a party which gave the people a fraction of what it made itself! It is a vote of silent resentment. It is a vote for a change and most importantly to deprive a person, of  a successive term to prevent him from covering up the deeds of the last term!

Let us see, and FRIDAY the 13th of MAY might exorcise a lot more than all our speculation.


Any statute empowers an officer or a body of persons with a PURPOSE. But when the officer or the body of persons APPLY or USE the powers vested in them, to ascertain  whether  they are relevant  to the purpose or not is TYRANNY.

I’d like to give an example, for greater clarity to the aforesaid statement.

On the HIGHWAYS in Thamizhnadu, prior to the elections there were Election squads, Income Tax squads and even maverick state police squads which indiscriminately stopped all the cars passing through the highways and conducted a check. There were instances where a car would be stopped and just as the vehicle is about to stop, a cameraman would start rolling his camera. The passengers are asked, sometimes, to get off their cars and a thorough search is conducted. Then if nothing is found, they are told to leave , without even as much as an apology for the time lost and the inconvenience caused.

Once during my trip, i told the CRPF cop who stopped me, that he could search, if he could arrange for 2 independent witnesses and hand me a panchanama, after the search of my car. The cop called for the sub-inspector on duty and the sub-inspector asked me if i was an officer. I told him i was an Indian and he needs to know nothing more unless he compels me under some authority of law to divulge more. For reasons best known to him, the sub-inspector saluted me and politely told me, “Sir, sorry saar. We are under orders to use our powers to curb the flow of cash during elections.” I ain’t no Anna Hazare to give a crash course to the other passengers who were piling up with their cars behind me. With notions of my LIBERTY left intact by a wise officer, I left. Had he insisted, i’d have asked him the empowering statute and also walked back with a NIL panchanama and educated a whole lot of brother Indians during the course of the search, to be assertive about their RIGHTS.

Now getting back to our concept: the officer is well within his rights to curtail my LIBERTY, if he has reason to believe that i was in possession of unaccounted money, contraband etc.. He could conduct a search, but he should also furnish me with a statement of the proceedings as I have a RIGHT to be informed of the LAW under which my LIBERTY was curtailed.

The police would not be able to comply with all the procedures, as there would be a stampede and a deleterious law and order situation if vehicles were to be  be allowed to mount. And knowing the police, they would not have cyclostyled format of NIL PANCHANAMAs to hand over to the recalcitrant suspects, to hand over to them signed copies of the panchanama  immediately upon completion of the search of the vehicle. The police is more apt to tell the persons who want a panchanama, to wait and thereby detain them endlessly to fulfil a useless formality. Hence, most of the persons would choose to be wise and leave showing the boot and all of their respective cars.

So in the instant case, the POLICE officer stopped all the cars to DISCOVER persons who were carrying cash and thereby prevent them from using unfair means. But it was a  WHOLESALE suspicion which was let loose on umpteen individuals based on a SUSPICION. There was NO INTELLIGENCE or INFORMATION. Yet ignoring the INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, the police without even following the PROCEDURES laid down by the Law had obstructed and defied the LIBERTY of the INDIVIDUALS.

In effect, the POWERS vested in a police officer by a STATUTE was used by him WITHOUT  ANY JUSTIFICATION  (no intelligence or information)  to curb the LIBERTY of many individuals merely to discover an odd person carrying cash and  then write a lengthy PANCHANAMA which says that “upon credible information etc. etc” post facto the discovery made through fishing expedition.

This whole sale  trampling of the Liberty  by the POLICE and individual waiver of RIGHTS by the Individuals have made India a very tolerant country with laws becoming unenforceable and feudalistic application of authority.


What i love about Thamizhnadu is that there CAN BE no such thing called COLLUSION between the TREASURY BENCHES and the OPPOSITION. That is the only safeguard for DEMOCRACY. In the name of CO-OPERATION there are instances galore, where the Government of the day would make the opposition an accomplice to their doings. This could happen even if  the OPPOSITION itself feigns ignorance as to why it AYED a motion! The common man is never gonna know about the SETTLEMENT reached between the legislators on top. AND THE LAW PRESUMES THAT ANYTHING DONE BY THE GOVERNMENT IS DONE RIGHTLY- to rebut that one has to produce the proof to the contrary. And, the STANDARDS OF PROOF is so stiff that there is no possibility of proving the same. In Thamizh Nadu there can be no such collusion between  the TREASURY BENCHES and the OPPOSITION, as they are irreconcilably POLARIZED.

So the COMMON MAN  in Thamizhnadu has and will INTUITIVELY choose two LEADERS who COULD never ever collude with each other.

It is a sort of PREVENTIVE ACTION.

If POLITICS is the ART OF THE POSSIBLE, then as a responsible electorate certain possibilities are to be PREVENTED. That preclusion, is in the interest of DEMOCRACY.

Once both the leaders get elected and are on top and outside the earshot of the public, their collusive whispers should not give sleepless nights to the electorate, because of their LEGISLATION and decisions . The people of Thamizh Nadu are clever, but how this is achieved considering the vast number of voters, is still  a mystery to me.

I think there are certain FUNDAMENTALS to THAMIZH NADU politics.


Roughly translated, it means NO BROTHER CAN HELP LIKE A SOUND HIDING! It means, to learn self-help techniques, the best way  is to get hit!! If someone has the patience one should go through the following 3 links of YOUTUBE, which show a 10% vote-catching party supremo in Thamizh Nadu, VIJAYAKANTH, beating the hell out of his own party candidate who dared to climb the ladder in his caravan to correct Vijayakanth who , while  introducing him to the local electorate, had called him by some other name. The TEMERITY shown by a candidate now (pre-election)- by daring to climb the ladder in the caravan- might result in CROSS VOTING, ACCEPTING FAVOURS FROM THE OTHER PARTIES, horse trading etc later. This bashing has a CATHARTIC EFFECT on the other candidates of his party more than the one who was at the receiving end. The second link shows VIJAYAKANTH  admitting before another crowd, that if at all he had beaten anyone, then he was his own party man and not somebody else’. SO MUCH FOR DISCIPLINING which is the norm in Thamizh Nadu politics. The HIERARCHIFICATION is BRUTAL and RELENTLESS.

Vijayakanth\’s bashing

I am reminded of an anecdote: Napoleon was on his horse and the place was windy and consequently wind blew his hat off. Down fell the hat and no officer was around. You see, the French are very snobbish about their dress and they don’t appreciate people below a certain rank  touching  those, so Napoleon the General calls out the soldier and says to him “CAPTAIN, FETCH MY HAT”. So  thereby the foot soldier got promoted. Napoleon promoted him to fetch his cap, but Vijayakanth humiliated him before giving him an opportunity to become a legislator. But in both the instances they received what they did not deserve!

The third LINK is for those who know English but do not know Thamizh.

So getting back to our DEMOCRACY, Thamizh people know that if you get the leader right, his FLOCK is sure to follow.

And Vijayakanth is not the only one who had done this or started this. There has been a story that a Leader summoned a person, who dared to get familiar with his girl (who is supposed to have been an actress then),  to his resting abode and splintered his back. The same leader is supposed to have summoned then an up and coming Hero and harassed him to that extent that hero went mad (or feigned madness)  for a while.

Another adage in Thamizh is : AYINDHIL VALAYADHADHU AIMBATHIL VALAYUMA? (what doesn’t bend at 5 will it bend at 50?) So i suppose the disciplining effect imparted on the juniors at a very early stage gets them to be more disciplined. They learn the hierarchical structure faster than the serfs who serve their Feudal LORDS.

Today (ALL FOOL’S DAY), DECCAN CHRONICLE has reported: Speaking at a meeting in Virudhunagar, Stalin said, “It is a common error on the part of party leaders to forget the names of their candidates, and normally people will rectify their mistake. But look at Captain, he started punching the poor young man who tried to correct him,”.

There is a saying in THAMIZH : AADU NANAIJIDHUNU OONAI AZHUDHUCHAAN (the wolf shed tears when the goat got drenched in the rains!). Stalin’s concern for the bashed seems more to keep up Stalin’s veneer of HUMANENESS, before the gullible men, women and kids!

Each is fishing for votes thru different means in Thamizh Nadu. BOMBAY MIRROR reports that Election Commission contended before the Madras High Court that cash was transported thru police vehicles! Does one call it an allegation when the Election Commission makes such statements before the High Court. And why did the defendant not ask for proof? – The TN Government knows that the Opposition in TN could not have done that, after all TN POLICE   falls within the jurisdiction of the CM who holds the Home portfolio! So why insist on proof and get one’s own name sullied? GOOD MOVE. And why did not the EC bring out the proof and display it for the world to see? That is even more intriguing!


Bullfights & Jallikattu

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The BIG NEWS is that the Democratically elected body Generalitat de Catalunya, has decided that BULL FIGHTING should be abolished in the provinces of Catalonia. The verdict was keen and there were abstentions, which had it been on the side of those who voted for BULLFIGHTING would still have lost the vote. Therefore to call the vote a COMPREHENSIVE one in favour of abolition of BULLFIGHTING would be apt.

The reasons cited have been varied, but the one reAson that stands out among the various voices of opinion is the one by the Catalan Regional President, Jose Montilla: “LET SOCIAL CUSTOMS EVOLVE TO THE POINT WHERE BULLFIGHTING WOULD VANISH ON ITS OWN, RATHER THAN LEGISLATE AN END TO IT AND DENY PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHETHER TO GO THE RING. I VOTED AGAINST THE BAN BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN FREEDOM.”

The context in which this was uttered by Mr.Jose Montilla was that in Barcelona there was only one functional bull ring and the other one in the whole Catalonia had fallen in disuse and is being converted into a mall.

The ANIMAL ACTIVISTS have been making bullfight an issue for long on the grounds of CRUELTY to the BULL. The unkindness unseen and practiced with greater enormity has escaped the voice of the Animal Activists. I am reminded of Thomas Macaulay’s quote on puritans and their  hatred for bear baiting:“The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”

Let us come to the one of the States of India, TAMIL NADU, where in the southern and central districts there is a sport called MANJU VIRATTU or JALLIKATTU, which majorly involves the bull and the youth who try taming the bull by either clinging on to the hump of the bull for a certain period of time or un-entangle the prize which is usually tied to the base of the horns of the bull. These bulls are not ordinary bulls. They belong to a breed called KANGEYAM, named after a town in Tiruppur district of Tamil Nadu. They are raised not for “covering or studding” purposes, they are raised with their feral traits untainted. On the day of  Maattu PONGAL these bulls are let loose either from an enclosure and the vain and able bodied youth cling or unties the trophy from their horns and exhibit their valour. There is hardly any violence used against the bulls. In fact the bulls have done more harm to the men than the other way round. The most famous place where this BULL TAMING is conducted is ALANGANALLUR.

The following link would visually revolt even a staunch supporter of the Spanish Bull fight!

But even though there is no  harm or harassment to the bulls,  some who champion the causes of  these bulls have gone to court in India have obtained stay and the issue is still an unsettled one in Tamil Nadu.  Pl read the following article to get a feel of it!

Animal Welfare Board of India seeks stay on Jallikattu from Apex court

Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has moved to the Supreme Court seeking stay of the bull fight popularly known as ‘Jallikattu’, which is held in Tamil Nadu during Pongal festival.

According to Animal Welfare Board the organisers of Jallikattu have not complied with the safeguard norms issued by the court, while allowing the celebration of the festival.
The petitioner has prayed to the court to restore its stay order, dated January 11, 2008, vide which the bullfight was banned by the court.
During Jallikattu, bulls are forced to drink ‘arrack’, a type of wine and red chilly powder is thrown in their eyes, and they are forced to run and fight when they are in great pain. Therefore, it is nothing but torture of a hapless animal and according to the Board, it is inhuman.
The petition was mentioned before a bench, headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, for an urgent hearing. The Court, however, declined to give urgent hearing and told the council for the petitioner that let the case come in de course.
The Jallikattu is going to be organised on Pongal day in different parts of Tamil Nadu.
The petition is coming up for hearing on January 30, 2009 and by that time Pongal will be over.
The petitioner has annexed a press clipping that large number of people were injured in bull fight last year and they have also annexed a photograph showing how the animals were tortured during Jallikattu.
The petition is likely to be mentioned for urgent hearing on January 9.


So even non issues are promoted in the altar of the organizations, which have run out of issues. That is exactly why i subscribe to the opinion of Mr.Jose Montilla. Let it EVOLVE and do not LEGISLATE on such matters.

Further, a person in another state would not have any interest in preserving the CULTURE of Tamil Nadu, since Jallikattu is an integral part of the Pongal festival of Tamil Nadu, the persons from other states should not interfere in such issues, otherwise they’d just be like the puritans and bear-baiting as juicily said by Thomas Babington Macaulay!




With this evening all voting, hopefully, would be over. Why HOPEFULLY? Because there is every possibility that some re-polling might be in the offing for the captured booths etc etc..

What is interesting is that there is a screen that has been held between the Electorate and the Political Parties and that SCREEN will be lifted from this evening on. If politics is the ART OF THE POSSIBLE, one will get adequate dosage of that adage from now on.

What was the purpose of the screen?

Very elementary, in TAMILNADU Jayalalitha does not want to be seen to be close to the BJP, as that might irk the minority voters and before the end of elections,  if that hand is opened, it would be like showing your hand when TRUMPS are still held by your opponents.

The above theory is very well exemplified by the allegations made by the LJP leader Mr.Paswan, when he said that Mr. Nitish Kumar had shed his  SHEEP’S CLOTHING and  shook hands besides sharing the dais  with Mr.Modi of Gujarat after the last voter had cast his vote in Bihar.

Before the polling is complete every POLITICIAN is wary of disclosing that he/she is PRACTISING THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE! But after the Elections, he/she trusts the Amnesia of the voters and practises it consummately.

Mrs.Jayanti Natarajan of the Congress, when asked by Vikram Chandra of NDTV, as to whether INC would align with AIADMK, if the AIADMK+ were to obtain  30+ MP seats in TN, this morning  (13th May, 2009), she was uncomfortable answering the question but REAFFIRMED that DMK were their partners and they (INC) do not have such ideas. Well said.

All these stances taken by the spokespersons of the political parties are nothing but SCREENS that have been held by the Political parties to keep the fence sitters and believers of news channels lulled into a feeling of smugness.

Once the screen is lifted this evening, the News channels would start churning out the various possibilities as they would no more labour under the Supreme Court’s advisory of not publishing opinion polls before the last vote is polled. I am very much sure that the NEWS Channels are not going to reveal anything that our Politicians have not already thought through.

The interesting scenario would be in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as the state assembly elections are also held simultaneously. Besides the distinction shown by the voters (like voting for one party for Assembly and another for the parliament), the post election scenario of alignments, realignments would be interesting to watch. Mr.Naveen Patnaik is in a real bind- whether to RETURN TO THE VOMIT or form an alliance with the INC!!

THE TRAGEDY is that all the HORSE TRADING, PLEDGING SUPPORT, GIVING LETTERS OF SUPPORT, MAKING PRO STATEMENTS are all going to be done in the interest of FORMATION OF THE GOVERNMENT. After all we Indians will have to have a Government.

Waiting for the screen to be lifted and the ACTORS enact their parts with consummate style and lull us again (hopefully) for another 5 years is a mounting temptation hard to contain for me.


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