Friday, April 27, 2007

Island trouble

This is a subject which I have never touched before but going through repeated articles and the coverage it gets in the Media gives me a second thought. It's the issue of the rebels operating from the island nation..

And as a tamil the issue becomes more close and naturally it becomes a issue of greater importance. The general mis-conception about the tamil rebels is that it is a terrorist organisation. I don't have any special incident and chain of event which can be correlated and substantiated for the start of war in the early 80's. But at some point or other I have heard that tamils in the island nation has been stripped of basic rights and marginalised. Some bad points to note are something like tamils were not allowed to rise beyond certain ranks in armed forces,civil forces. and suffered untold miseries..

When the rebel mission was started, India's iron lady was in the seat of power and the rebels were trained and equipped by our own country. I never come across the stories and theories beyond this Indira's step..But this rebel group has grown into sizes which grabs bbc's prime space in it's website when it launched the first ever air attact..

If one start to think of the time and position which forces one to launch and run a rebel group in search of a separate statehood and to fight for it's sovereignity is only when the group is pushed to the brink..But the positions unwound differently with Rajiv taking a different stand by sending IPKF to tame the group which has been groomed by his own mother. I personally feel that the rebel group's greatest blunder ever was the assasination of Rajiv in 1991 and to add insult to the injury the rebel group leader's note that it was a painful incident.. Goes by the tamil proverb that says" pillayum killitu...thottilayum attura kathai..." I don't beleive the rebel group will ever gain India's confidence atleast in the near future..

In another dimension we need to look after the plight of the tamil breathern's in the east and the war torn decade..A very simple example is the students missing out academic calender in case of a war emergency...Simply put who ever speaks tamil will yearn for a quicker solution. for the island breatherns....

Plunder in Bengal

Nandigram has opened the Pandora's box with speculations coming out up to direct remarks from CPM that it won't go for replacing Budhadeb. This again raises the very basic questions regarding SEZ, that do we really need them? With heavy tax sops,numerous incentives and all these at our farmer's cost. With the CPM's politbureau howling for a development with human face and the state in west Bengal moving forward swiftly with no second thought for the planned SEZ. The state is already notorious for the special interest it showed on the Indonesia based salim group.

Here what the lefts in the state will cleverly argue that WB will the development cycle if it fails and says nay to the "FDI in state" optiona and missing the IT boom..True, but it should never lose the base line and that's what I fear is happening in WB currently. The lefts really had a dream run last two years with more direct communists in the parliament after the early years of independece and a emphatic victory in their bastion WB and tripura. I remember voting for Mohan from Madurai when he contested from the MK headed alliance in TN. Sure it's fact that people like Nallakannu,Mohan and other communists in the state are noted for their simplicity and staraight forwardness these incidents wreaking a havoc and sure will have some impact at least in the near future.

With singur not being settled out and pushed to the back burner and Nandigram in the news this year is especially bad for the communists, With wal-mart and other big ones are already drawing plans I feel Lefts should reframe their strategy..

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Irony of Fate

Much has been written about the reservation, but it is very much unfortunate that the supreme court staying the 27% reservation for backward classes in the premiere central institutions. It's always like the downtrodden and voiceless keeps on crammed down out of their space and their voice strangled..The elite and privilaged who represents a very minimal percentage of the urban class got the coverage more than needed in the more voyeurisitic indian media which has slipped long back from the thumb rule of journalism that it has report news..Now days news and snippets are manufactured fakely to propel the urban centric TRP ratings and aiming costlier advertising slots..After all each and everyone knows well that news will not be happening round the clock, 24X7 or live.. A well to do educated, abundantly salaried knews nothing more than to swap through news channels as if looking for more news to match for more snacks he gobbles...Resulting in news being manufactured for the hungry urbanite resulting mentally obese audience always gaining self-pleasure in going through fallacies and analysing unnecessary details..

No wonder that these fluent english speakers and their obvious kids from AIIMS,CMC's,Jipmer's got more media coverage for whom manufacturing news becomes easy with better english speakers rather than the poor ruralite who will be provided with education in his mother tongue by the state, for whom simple uni-colour uniforms are unaffordable, for whom schools are never reached in Power air-conditioned high-end sedans, for whom a full tutor is a dream or mere luck if he gets one,for whom school is more a place revered for the un-balanced mid-day meal, with politicians more concerned with whether to add egg or not in the mid-day ration rather than a better improved infrastructure, for whom schools are either squeezed with his mates or classes usually going in tree shade, for whom basic sanitary needs in his school is always denied or unaccessible, for whom additional tutions is only imaginable and to top it all finishing the school will become an acheivement..

But for the elites school is always packed with programs with strong business motives of the promoters promising soft-skills, yoga, swimming and all related stuffs.. Where one register for high end coaching class right away from the day he joins class VII where he would be familiarizing himself with physics,chemistry and maths, and taking N mock tests, n+1 guides, N+N tutions and infinity guidance and still two solid years preparing only for the 3/6 hours entrace exams and still complains that he is being denied the right of equal oppurtunity...with thousands and thousands of inequalities being present in the way he learns, trains and tries and gets guidance for the admission...
And atlast the elite,privilaged,more straight forward urbanites starts pester the government and state that injustice has been meeted out to them... This is simply "Irony of Fate"