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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!

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DEMOCRACY in THAMIZHNADU!


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.

ADI UDHAVIRA MADHIRI ANNAN THAMBI UDHAVA MAATAAN!

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YaGM57RX6A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqaDGieIO1s&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88gtinB3YnM

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!

http://mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?Page=article&sectname=News%20-%20Nation&sectid=3&contentid=201103312011033103185485216c3566c

ALL THESE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS MAY BE BAD FOR THE INDIVIDUALS, BUT IT WORKS WELL FOR THAMIZH DEMOCRACY!

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