ஆறு மாத இடைவெளியில் மீண்டும் ஒரு தேர்தல் களத்தைச் சந்திக்கிறது தமிழகம். நம் கழகமும்தான்.
தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்கள் முப்பெரும்விழாவில் குறிப்பிட்டதைப் போல, ‘சரித்திரப் பிரசித்திப் பெற்ற தோல்வி’யை, சட்டமன்றத் தேர்தலில் நாம் சந்தித்தோம். பேரவையிலே பிரதான எதிர்க்கட்சி என்ற தகுதியைக்கூடப் பெறமுடியாத அளவுக்குப் பெரும்தோல்வி. தி.மு.கழகம் 1957ல் தேர்தல் களத்தை சந்திக்கத் தொடங்கியதிலிருந்து வரலாற்றுச் சாதனை படைக்கும் வெற்றிகளையும் குவித்துள்ளது, படுமோசமான தோல்விகளையும் சந்தித்துள்ளது. தேர்தல் முடிவுகள் என்னவாக இருந்தாலும் கழகம் ஒருபோதும் நிலைகுலைந்ததில்லை. இப்போதும் அப்படித்தான்.
உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல் களம் அழைக்கிறது என்றவுடன், கழகத்தினர் ஆர்வத்துடன் விருப்ப மனுக்களைக் குவித்தனர். எத்தகைய நிலையில் இப்படியொரு ஆர்வம் என்பதுதான் நம் அரசியல் எதிரிகளையும் ஆச்சரியப்படவைத்துள்ளது. சட்டமன்றத் தேர்தல் தோல்விக்குப் பிறகு, கழகத்தினர் மீது அடுக்கடுக்கான பொய் வழக்குகள், கழகத்தினரை மட்டுமே குறிவைத்து கைது செய்வதற்காக நிலஅபகரிப்பு தொடர்பான அரசாணை, கைது செய்யப்படும் கழகத்தினருக்கு நீதிமன்றம் ஜாமீன் வழங்கினாலும் அவர்கள் வெளியே வரமுடியாதபடி தொடர்ச்சியான பொய் வழக்குகள், எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலாக குண்டர் சட்டத்தின் பாய்ச்சல், எங்கே கைது செய்யப்படுகிறார்களோ அங்குள்ள சிறைச்சாலையில் அடைக்காமல், அவர்களை ஊர்ஊராக அலைக்கழித்து, தொலைதூரச் சிறைக் கொட்டடியிலே தள்ளும் கொடுமை, சிறையிலே கழகக் கரைவேட்டி கட்டுவதற்கும் தடை என்கிற அளவுக்கு ஒரு கொடுங்கோன்மை நடந்துகொண்டிருக்கிற நேரத்தில்தான், உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தலில் போட்டியிடுவதற்கு ஆர்வத்துடன் கழகத்தினர் விருப்பமனு அளித்தனர்.
பொய் வழக்குகளைப் போட்டால் கழகத்தினர் மிரண்டு விடுவார்கள், பயந்துவிடுவார்கள், வெளியில் தலைகாட்டத் தயங்கி ஒதுங்கிவிடுவார்கள் என்றெல்லாம் ஆட்சியாளர்கள் பகல் கனவு கண்டார்கள். நெருக்கடி நிலைக்காலத்தில் மிசா சட்டத்தையே எதிர்கொண்டு வளர்ந்த இயக்கமல்லவா இது! தற்போதுள்ள அறிவிக்கப்படாத நெருக்கடி நிலை கழகத்தினருக்கு எம்மாத்திரம்? அதனால், தமிழகத்தில் நடைபெறுகிற ஹிட்லர் தர்பாருக்கு உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல் மூலம் பாடம் புகட்டவேண்டும் என்கிற உணர்வுடனும் இயக்கப்பற்றுடனும் கழகத்தினரின் ஆர்வம் வெளிப்பட்டது. அந்த ஆர்வத்திற்கு அணைபோடாமல், கரைஅமைத்து ஒழுங்குபடுத்துவதுபோல தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்கள் ஒரு முடிவினை எடுத்தார்.
நாடாளுமன்ற-சட்டமன்றத் தேர்தல்கள் என்பவை மதசார்பற்றத்தன்மை-நாட்டின் வளர்ச்சி-மாநிலத்தின் நலன் ஆகியவற்றின் அடிப்படையிலானவை. அவற்றுக்குரிய வகையில் கூட்டணி அமைப்பது என்பது அவசியமானது. உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல் என்பது உள்ளூரில் பொதுமக்களின் அடிப்படைப் பிரச்சினைகளுக்குத் தீர்வு காண்பதற்காக நடத்தப்படுகிற தேர்தல். அதில், கூட்டணியைவிட பொதுமக்கள் பிரச்சினைகளே முக்கியம். எனவே, கழகம் இந்த உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தலில் தனித்துப் போட்டியிடுகிறது என்று தலைவர் கலைஞர் அறிவித்தார். அந்த அறிவிப்பு, கழகத்தினரின் காதுகளில் செந்தேனாகப் பாய்ந்தது. உள்ளத்தில் தேனருவியாகக் கொட்டியது. தேர்தல் பணிகளில் மேலும் அதிக சுறுசுறுப்புடன் பணியாற்றத் தொடங்கினர்.
தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்கள் எடுத்த முடிவு, தமிழக அரசியல் களத்தையே புரட்டிப்போட்டுவிட்டது என்றால் மிகையில்லை. ஆறுமாத காலத்திற்கு முன் நடந்த சட்டமன்றத் தேர்தல் களத்திற்கும் தற்போதைய உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல் களத்திற்கும் எத்தனை வேறுபாடுகள்! மாற்றம் வேண்டுமென்று யாரையோ நம்பிப்போன கட்சிகளெல்லாம் தற்போது ஏமாற்றத்தின் உச்சத்தில், கூட்டணியைவிட்டு உதிர்ந்து விட்டன. திக்குத் தெரியாமல் நிற்கிற கட்சிகளும் உண்டு. அது அவர்கள் நிலைப்பாட்டின் விளைவு. மாற்றுக்கட்சியினரின் நிலைகுறித்துப் பேசுவது கழகத்திற்கு உடன்பாடனதன்று. கழகம் எப்போதும் மக்களைப் பற்றி சிந்திக்கிற இயக்கம்.
மாற்றம்.. மாற்றம் என்று திட்டமிட்டு செய்யப்பட்ட பொய்ப் பிரச்சாரத்தில், மகுடிக்கு மயங்கிய பாம்பாக ஆன தமிழக மக்களின் இன்றைய நிலை என்ன? ஏமாற்றத்தைத்தவிர வேறெந்த மாற்றத்தை அவர்கள் பெற்றார்கள்?
சமச்சீர் கல்விக்கு எதிராக ஜெயலலிதா அரசு மேற்கொண்ட நடவடிக்கைகளால் , இரண்டு மாதங்களுக்கு மேலாக ஒவ்வொரு வீட்டிலும் உள்ள பிள்ளைகள் பாடப்புத்தகம் இல்லாமல் தவித்தார்களே, அதுதான் ஆரோக்கியமான மாற்றமா? கழக ஆட்சியிலே நாளொன்றுக்கு அதிகபட்சமாக இரண்டு மணிநேரம் மின்வெட்டு என்ற நிலை இருந்ததை தேர்தல் பிரச்சாரமாக்கி ஓட்டு வாங்கியவர்களின் ஆட்சியில் இன்றைய நிலவரம் என்ன? ஒரு நாளைக்கு குறைந்தபட்சம் ஆறு மணி நேரம் மின்வெட்டு. நியாயவிலைக் கடைகளில் மலிவான விலையில் வழங்கப்பட்டுவந்த பருப்பு உள்ளிட்ட மளிகைப் பொருட்களின் விநியோகம் உண்டா? மண்ணெண்ணெய் முறையாக வழங்கப்படுகிறதா? ஏழைகளின் உயிர்காக்கும் கலைஞர் காப்பீட்டுத்திட்டம் என்னவாயிற்று?
மக்களின் அடிப்படை நலனுக்கானத் திட்டங்கள் அனைத்தும் இந்த ஆட்சியிலே ஆழக்குழி தோண்டி புதைக்கப்பட்டு வருகிறது. மக்கள் மனம் வெதும்பி இருக்கிறார்கள். உள்ளாட்சியிலாவது நல்லாட்சி அமையாதா என ஏக்கத்தோடு எதிர்பார்க்கிறார்கள். அவர்களின் எதிர்பார்ப்பிற்குரிய ஒரே இயக்கமாக இருப்பது தி.மு.கழகம்தான். தமிழகத்தில் உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல்களை முறைப்படி ஐந்தாண்டுக்கொருமுறை நடத்துகின்ற அரசாக தலைவர் கலைஞர் தலைமையிலான கழக அரசு செயல்பட்டது. 1996ஆம் ஆண்டில் பெண்களுக்கு உள்ளாட்சி அமைப்புகளின் அனைத்து நிலைகளிலும் 33 சதவீதம் இடஒதுக்கீடு வழங்கி, தேர்தலை நடத்திய அரசுதான் கழக அரசு. அன்றைக்கு 6 மாநகராட்சிகளைக் கொண்டதாக தமிழகம் அமைந்திருந்தது. திருச்சி, கோவை, சேலம், நெல்லை ஆகியவை முதன்முறையாக மாநகராட்சித் தேர்தலை சந்தித்தன. அதன்பின் 2006-2011 கழக ஆட்சிக்காலத்தில் உள்ளாட்சித்துறைக்கு அமைச்சராக பொறுப்பு வகிக்கும் வாய்ப்பினைத் தலைவர் கலைஞரை அவர்கள் எனக்கு வழங்கினார்கள்.
தமிழகத்தில் உள்ள அனைத்து மாவட்டங்களுக்கும் சுற்றுப்பயணங்கள் மேற்கொண்டு உள்ளாட்சி நிர்வாகப் பணிகளை வேகப்படுத்தும் பணிகள் நடைபெற்றன. மாநகராட்சிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை 10ஆக உயர்ந்தது. வேலூர், ஈரோடு, திருப்பூர், தூத்துக்குடி ஆகியவை புதிய மாநகராட்சிகளாயின. பெரும்பாலான நகராட்சிகளில் பாதாளசாக்கடைத் திட்டம் செய்லபடுத்தப்பட்டது. வறண்ட பூமி எனப்பட்ட ராமநாதாபுரம் மாவட்டத்திற்கு கூட்டுக் குடிநீர்த்திட்டத்தை செயல்படுத்துவதில் உள்ளாட்சித் துறை விரைந்து செயல்பட்டு வெற்றியைப் பெற்றது. அதுபோல சென்னைக்கு கடல்நீரைக் குடிநீராக்கும் திட்டம் மீஞ்சூரில் வெற்றிகரமாகத் தொடங்கப்பட்டது. நெம்மேலியில் மற்றொரு திட்டம் இறுதிக்கட்டத்தில் உள்ளது. போக்குவரத்து நெரிசலைக் குறைப்பதற்காக பல மேம்பாலங்கள் கட்டப்பட்டன. 1996-2001 கழக ஆட்சியின்போது சென்னை மாநகராட்சியின் மேயர் பொறுப்பை வகிக்கும் வாய்ப்பைப் பொற்றிருந்தேன். அப்போது 10 மேம்பாலங்கள் கட்டத் திட்டமிடப்பட்டு, 9 மேம்பாலங்கள் கட்டி முடிக்கப்பட்டன. மீதமிருந்த பெரம்பூர் மேம்பாலத்தை ஆட்சிமாற்றத்தின் காரணமாக காழ்ப்புணர்வோடு செயல்படுத்தாமல் இருந்தார்கள் ஆட்சியாளர்கள். 2006-2011 கழக ஆட்சிக்காலத்தில் அந்த மேம்பாலமும் கட்டி முடிக்கப்பட்டு, போக்குவரத்து நெரிசல் பெருமளவில் குறைந்தது. தியாகராயநகர்-மகாலிங்கபுரம் மேம்பாலம், கலைவாணர் மேம்பாலம், ஜி.கே.மூப்பனார் மேம்பாலம் என சென்னை மாநகர மக்களின் வசதிக்காகக் கட்டப்பட்ட பாலங்கள் இன்று எல்லோருக்கும் பயனளித்துக்கொண்டிருக்கின்றன. தொலைநோக்குப் பார்வையுடன் மெட்ரோ ரயில் திட்டப் பணிகள் விரைவுபடுத்தப்பட்டன.
போக்குவரத்து நெரிசல் இல்லாத மாநகரம், அனைத்து கட்டமைப்பு வசதிகளையும் கொண்ட சிற்றூர்கள் என்பது எனது கனவுகளில் ஒன்று. அதனால்தான் உள்ளாட்சித் துறையின் கீழ் ஊராட்சி மன்றங்கள் வரை பல திட்டங்கள் செயல்படுத்தப்பட்டன. கப்பி ரோடுகளைக்கூட காணாமல் இருந்த கிராமங்களில் சிமெண்ட் சாலைகள் அமைத்தது கழக அரசு. ஆரம்ப சுகாதார நிலையங்கள், பள்ளிக்கூடங்கள், ஊராட்சிகள் தோறும் நூலகங்கள், மின்வசதி, குடிநீர்வசதி, போக்குவரத்து வசதி என அடிப்படை வசதிகளைக் கடைக்கோடி கிராமங்களுக்கும் வழங்கிய அரசுதான் கலைஞர் தலைமையிலான கழக அரசு.
குளிர் நிழல் போல விளங்கிய கழக அரசுக்கும் கடும் பாலைவனம்போல ஆக்கிவிட்ட அ.தி.மு.க அரசுக்குமான வித்தியாசத்தை தமிழக மக்கள் இப்போது உணர்ந்திருக்கிறார்கள். மாற்றம் என்ற பெயரில் கிடைத்துள்ள ஏமாற்றத்திலிருந்து உடனடியாக விடுபடமுடியாது என்றாலும், உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தல் முடிவுகள் மூலம் ஆறுதலையும் தேறுதலையும் பெற முடியும் என நினைக்கிறார்கள் தமிழக மக்கள். அவர்களின் நம்பிக்கைக்குரிய ஒரே இயக்கமாக இருப்பது தி.மு.கழகம்தான்.
உதயசூரியன் பிரகாசித்தால், இருள் விலகும் என்பது அவர்களுக்குத் தெரியும். மக்களின் துயரத்தையும் கண்ணீரையும் துடைக்கும் கரமாக கழகம் எப்போதும் இருக்கும். ஆர்வமும் வேகமும் இணைந்து களம் காணும் கழக வேட்பாளர்களுக்குத் தொண்டர்கள் அனைவரும் துணை நிற்கவேண்டும். கண்துஞ்சாமல் களப்பணியாற்ற வேண்டும். அதிகாரத்தையும் மாநிலத் தேர்தல் ஆணையம் எனும் கைப்பாவையையும் காவல்துறை எனும் ஏவல்துறையையும் வைத்துக்கொண்டு வெற்றிபெற்றுவிடலாம் என ஆள்வோர் நினைக்கலாம். அதற்கான வாய்ப்பும் சில இடங்களில் அமையலாம். ஆனால், மக்கள் சக்தி என்பது மகத்தானது. அந்த சக்தி நமக்கு ஆதரவாக இருக்கும்போது, எந்த அதிகாரமும் உடைந்துபோகும்.
கழகத்தினரே, இளைஞரணியினரே, துணை அமைப்புகளைச் சார்ந்த தோழர்களே..தோழியர்களே.. அயராது உழைப்போம். உள்ளாட்சித் தேர்தலில் வெற்றிக் கனி பறிப்போம். அதனைத் தலைவர் கலைஞரின் கரங்களில் சேர்ப்போம்.
October 7th, 2011
Let us celebrate the Tamil New Year – The auspicious day of Thai Pongal with fanfare.
- Greetings from Deputy CM Thalapathi M.K.Stalin
All over the world, the ushering in of a year is calculated as the birth of a New Year. But, the Tamil New Year is celebrated as the making of a new history – the salvaging of a buried history. Our leader, Chief Minister Kalaignar is the founder of this historical achievement. Only the Dravidian movement can pride itself of transforming the auspicious day of Pongal for the Tamils, into the day of uprising for Tamil Nadu.
When festivals symbolic of alien cultures were being celebrated here, it was the DMK that made the celebration of Pongal symbolic of the land of Tamils, and as a festival that went beyond caste and communal differences. Due to this cultural revival, all over the world people are celebrating the auspicious day of Pongal with enthusiasm – Enthusiasm that is the result of the efforts of Thanthai Periyar, Arignar Anna and our leader Kalaignar.
Just like his victorious effort towards salvaging our culture, Kalaignar has been victorious in salvaging our history too. Due to the influence of an alien culture, we have been following the recursive calendar that starts from the year of ‘Prabhava’ to the year of ‘Atchaya,’ instead of following a calendar that chronicles the history of the Tamils. On the basis of this 60-year calendar, so far, the first day of the Tamil month of ‘Chitirai’ has been celebrated as the Tamil New Year day. Not only is this a cultural contravention, but it has also created a climate of historical discontinuity.
For example, if the first day of the Tamil month of ‘Chitirai’ in 2008 falls in the year of ‘Virodhi’ then the first day of the Tamil month of Chitirai in 2068 too will fall under the year of the ‘Virodhi.’ Instead of a linear time line, this 60-named nomenclature of the years has only created confusion in dating the history of the ancient Tamil race. We have arrived at 2010, as the thousandth anniversary of Raja Raja Chola’s Big Temple in Thanjavur, based on the English calendar. If we had followed the hitherto Tamil calendar, then we would have ended up arriving only at sixty years. To avoid such discrepancies and confusions, Kalaignar has initiated the Tamil year calendar that chronicles the history of the Tamils in right earnest.
I have to explain a bit of history to the young people of Tamil Nadu. In the year 1921, during a conference at Pachiappas College in Chennai, where Maraimalai Adigal and 100 other scholars had participated, it was formulated that the first day of the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ will be promulgated as the Tamil New Year and in the same vein, it was established through research findings that Thiruvalluvar was born 31 years before Christ. On the basis of the promulgations of the Tamil scholars, in the year 1971, the DMK government under the aegis of Kalaignar had decided that the time line of the Tamils will be followed as B.T (before Thiruvalluvar) and A.T (After Thiruvalluvar). In 1972 it was published in the Gazette and was brought into force. Similarly last year, Kalaignar implemented that the first day of the Tamil month of Tamil ‘Thai’ will henceforth be referred to as the Tamil New Year. Hence, according to the Thiruvalluvar Calendar, this Tamil New year will read as A.T 2041. This whole explanation is only to make our young people understand the significance of the Tamil New Year.
The young people of Tamil Nadu must celebrate the salvaging of the symbols of our history and culture. It has now become a practice to welcome the English New Year with fun and fanfare. Celebrate the first day of the month of the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ with hearts filled with love and warm wishes. Share wishes for the Tamil New Year, along with Pongal wishes, with all your friends and relatives. Send your wishes through SMS messages on your cell phones. Pass on email greetings. This is our New Year. Celebrate this as The New Year of the Tamils with zeal and happiness.
On the auspicious day of the New Year and Pongal coming together, let it be celebrated as the festival of the youth, across villages, towns and cities. The young normally participate in different sports activities, as part of the Pongal celebrations. Any form of sport strengthens the body and mind of the young. This year too, I request everyone to conduct such sporting activities as New Year – Pongal sports events. In a similar fashion, the young, the women and the old can come together to participate in literary programs and cultural festivals, adding colour and pride to our Tamil New Year festivities.
Our Chief Minister Kalaignar has been implementing welfare schemes that enhance the Tamils and Tamil Nadu. Kalaignar takes care of the overall welfare of the Tamil people – Right from the One rupee rice scheme that quells their hunger pangs to the life saving advanced medical treatment through Kalaignar’s Life Insurance Scheme, a lot of path breaking schemes have been implemented, by him. Just as much as a mother cares for her children, Kalaignar who cares for the Tamils – He also cares to salvage the Tamil language’s history and cultural symbols and, the exceptional qualities of the Tamil race to the rest of the world. The World Classical Tamil conference to be held in July, at Coimbatore will highlight the superiority of Tamil, to the world.
Let us stand by our leader Kalaignar who has dedicated his life for Tamil, the Tamils and for the welfare of Tamil Nadu. Let us celebrate the Tamil New Year that was salvaged by him. Let happiness fill the homes and hearts of the Tamils. Let there be a swell of cheer and prosperity. Happy Tamil New Year – Pongal wishes.
The first day of the month Thai is Tamil New Year
Let the Tamils celebrate with happiness and cheer!
January 12th, 2010
In a democracy, the will of the people, is the will of God! The people of Tamil Nadu have once again delivered their judgment and the DMK has once again won emphatically.
The people of Tamil Nadu have proved with these results that the governance in Tamil Nadu is compassionate and, one which implements benignant welfare and life-saving schemes, unbiased in their reach.
The assembly by-elections have once again reinforced that the DMK government lead by Kalaignar will remain the armor of the Tamils. As they say, “one grain suffices to test a whole pot of cooked rice”, the results of the assembly by-elections are useful in assessing this able governance. These exemplary results from Vandavasi in North Tamil Nadu and Tiruchendur in South Tamil Nadu are representative of the outlook of the entire state of Tamil Nadu.
With every passing day, Kalaignar – a remarkable leader, who puts even “rest” to rest, protects the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu, with a new scheme and a new achievement. In all the constituencies, these schemes are the real DMK candidates. Yes, though every constituency has a DMK candidate, the people of Tamil Nadu vote, believing that, Kalaignar is in the fray – Kalaignar, the leader who has implemented such useful schemes.
Only the DMK and its coalition partners have the courage and right to seek votes in the name of achievements. The DMK came to power with the adage, “We do what we say,” and we are used to seeking votes by talking about what we did. While campaigning for 5 days in the constituencies of Vandavasi and Tiruchendur, I placed the DMK government’s achievements in the forefront. People welcomed these warmly – which was an expression from their heart. I could feel that every family had benefited from these schemes implemented by the DMK government. That is precisely why the people of Tamil Nadu stand stead fast by the DMK.
People have brought the opposition’s lies to naught. They ignored all those for whom politics is just a pass time. Last time, the AIADMK, boycotted the assembly by-elections. This time around, it has been proven that it is the people who have boycotted the AIADMK. They entered the electoral run-up with fear and blabbered about money, all the time. In fact money was the only thing in their minds. But Kalaignar plans for benefits to his people, all the time. He implements schemes towards that end, without wasting any time. The entire nation wonders at this 86-year young person’s tireless service and trend-setting schemes. The people of Tamil Nadu approve and appreciate those achievements.
The results of these two assembly by-elections are diamonds in Chief Minister Kalaignar’s crown. Now, his crown is bejeweled with “diamonds” i.e. electoral victories from the people of Tamil Nadu. These results are yet another approval by the people to continue Kalaignar’s achievements – The stamp of approval by Tamil Nadu that this victory march for the DMK will continue in the coming general elections too.
These by-election results have also encouraged the DMK government to maintain its good work. These victories give me a lot of strength to stand by our tireless leader and work towards executing this huge responsibility. Immaterial of victories or defeats, Kalaignar has given the will power to every one of the cadre, to carry on their service to people. So, the DMK’s single focus has always been Tamil Nadu – Whereas to a few, Tamil Nadu gets on their radar only during elections. Rest of the time, it is only Koda Nadu.
This compassionate governance in Tamil Nadu has implemented a lot of good schemes, showering love on all. Let this compassion and love live on, and let us continue to serve in perpetuating a benignant Tamil Nadu.
December 23rd, 2009
In the beginning, there were no castes. And when they came, somewhere in between, they ended up becoming a curse on mankind. Casteism, corrupted the Tamils. Thanthai Periyar says that the word ‘Jaadhi,’ a word from the north of India, does not have an equivalent Tamil word, as Tamil Nadu was never the seat of casteism. Ovvaiyaar, chastises that there are only two castes – the superiors or the ones who are the givers and the inferiors, or the ones who do not give away. Tamil Nadu does not believe in the superiority or inferiority of an individual, by way of one’s birth. These were forced on us, much later.
The Dravida Kazhagam gave a clarion call in support of those who were suppressed by divisive casteism, and worked towards their equal rights. This feisty call for equal rights was taken to a political platform, and was given the much needed push through governance by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, founded by Perarignar Anna. Dr.Kalaignar defines the origin of the word ‘Jaadhi’ in Tamil, in his inimitable and simple style – ‘Sadhi’ meaning deception, added to it a feisty leg and ended up as ‘Jaadhi’ Isn’t caste, just a way of dividing people, especially the Tamils, the Varnasharama way?
The Dravidian movement educated the Tamils, that they have been divided by the deception called ‘casteism.’ Kalaignar has brought about many reforms to correct this situation. To help the deprived communities, the underprivileged, and the backward, many welfare schemes were introduced. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhaga governance had created a separate department for the backward, 20% reservation for the Most Backward communities, a sub-reservation for the arunthadhiarhal, reservations for the Muslim minorities, passed an order that allowed temple priests to be ordained from any community, supported inter-caste marriages and introduced many more useful schemes. Since women were suppressed even in the so-called forward communities, Kalaignar introduced a law that gave equal rights to property for all women, making Periyar’s dream a reality. Periyar dreamt of a society that sans casteism. Kalaignar’s Samathuvapuram scheme was the seed that was sown to make his dream come true.
‘Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapuram’ plan, a tribute to Periyar’s memory was launched during 1997, the 50th anniversary of Indian Independence, as a revolutionary scheme that had the potential to create a society without castes and communities, and where everyone could live in harmony. The Tamil society, exhibits casteism in everything – right from weddings, to family functions, to social get-togethers – it is ripe with casteism. In such a background, talking of creating Samathuvapurams or “communities in harmony” is like treading a stone-riddled path with nothing to protect your feet. But Kalaignar, treads the path, courageously.
In each one of Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapurams, 100 houses have been constructed. Out of these 40 are allocated to Adi Dravidars, 25 to the Most Backward communities, 25 to Backward communities, and 10 have been reserved for other communities. The minorities as well as forward communities are a part of this “other communities.” These Samathuvapurams, will not be modeled on Tamil Nadu’s prevalent practice of housing caste-based Hindus in developed areas, and backward communities in marginalized slums. All plot reservations are mapped in such a way that, every Adi Dravidar’s house will be sandwiched between people from other communities. This enforces a need for the members of the Adi Dravidar community to interact with members of other communities, in the Samathuvapurams. These Samathuvapurams, by creating common waterworks, common places of worship, common crematoriums, are creating a new generation of Tamils who begin to use common resources right from cradle to grave. 145 Samathuvapurams have been built during the DMK governance, between the years 1997 and 2001. As a new government came to power, the Samathuvapuram scheme was crippled for the next 5 years – What more can one expect from someone who thundered in the Assembly about her caste, and one who believes in her genetic superiority and one who would never be allowed to back a scheme that was named after Periyar, by her cronies.
The year 2006 saw Kalaignar and DMK back to power. A whopping 14.5 Crores was allocated for the maintenance of these Samathuvapurams. As a tribute to Periyar’s lifetime of a glorious 95 years, 95 Samathuvapurams, were planned for, and announced during the Governor’s address. 29 Samathuvapurams were created during 2008-09, 30 more were added during 2009-10 and work is afoot to lay out the remaining 36 by 2011.
I consider it an honor, for the opportunity to inaugurate Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapurams. Whenever I have gone to inaugurate Samathuvapurams at Tiruchy, Cuddalore, Karur, Namakkal, Thiruvallur, Thirunelveli, Thiruppur, Salem, Virudhunagar, Dharmapuri, I have also unveiled Periyar’s statue at the entrance of these Samathuvapurams. During those moments, I have pined, as much as Kalaignar does, for the day when Tamil Nadu itself will be one large Samathuvapuram.
Tamilians identify themselves with their castes – Castes identify families. Castes identify relatives. Castes identify places of living. Even politics are identified by castes. If we can identify ourselves as Tamilians, rather than with our castes, then no power can outsmart the Tamils. Samathuvapurams, are the first step towards creating this bondage.
The Samathuvapurams being created in the land of the Tamils, should be created in the hearts of the Tamils. Caste differences should be uprooted. Any form of caste-based clashes should be avoided. Tamil Nadu should raise itself to becoming one large Samathuvapuram.
The DMK government follows Tiruvalluvar’s saying, “பிறப்பொக்கும் எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் ” Kalaignar invites you all, for the ninth World Tamil Conference, in Coimbatore with these golden words. Let us forget our castes and let us come together as Tamils, for the World Tamil Conference. Let the World Tamil Conference witness the largest congregation of Tamils, in harmony!
November 11th, 2009
My dawn wakes up to the warm greetings of Tamils – greetings that come with a sweet heart and a cheery face – Greetings that are growing exponentially – Greetings that are pouring in person, through the telephone and e-mail. Tamils across the globe are reaching out their greetings through the web site as well. All these bouquets are being extended for this new responsibility of being the Deputy CM – a position that the honorable CM, Kalaignar has bestowed upon me.
As Kalaignar had rightly pointed out, this position is not in any way superior to my wounds during MISA imprisonment, as a DMK worker. To me being a senior party worker – a committed worker to the DMK is the most coveted role, than anything else. I only consider this as another opportunity to serve the Tamils. I consider the appointment of being the Deputy CM and as a consequence, the allotment of new departments, in the same vein. It is with pride that I am taking on this responsibility of sharing the work load of my leader who works tirelessly for the progress of the Tamil society.
When I had the honor of becoming the first elected mayor of Chennai, I had executed many beneficial schemes, purely with the city’s needs and growth plans in mind – it was heartening to see that these were much appreciated by the people. Similarly, in my role as Deputy CM, my prime wish is to serve the cause of the Tamils, work towards their prosperity and well-being and create positive mechanisms for the benefit of the State.
In a fast-growing world, industrial growth is of paramount importance. DMK’s goal is to make Tamil Nadu the No.1 state in India in industrial growth. In the past 3 years, Kalaignar who was in charge of industries had created many new job opportunities. According to university research notifications, the state of Tamil Nadu is said to have attracted the maximum foreign investments. I consider it my duty to quicken the pace of this industrial growth, following Kalaignar’s growth plans.
While new industries and industrial parks become the pride of the State, it is also important and imperative, that new employment opportunities must be created for our people. Young people of Tamil Nadu expect good employment opportunities. It has been decided that all subsidies and benefits will be provided only to industries that create employment opportunities for our young people. This will make sure that while industrial productivity increases, employment opportunities for our young people of Tamil Nadu too will be on the rise. Our industrial policy is being framed with these twin benefits in mind.
In a bygone era of governance, large business houses were paranoid of starting industries in Tamil Nadu. DMK had changed that image completely. Today, Tamil Nadu, under Kalaignar is being touted as the most conducive environment for starting any industry. It has been decided that a single-window clearance will be implemented. This is envisaged to help anyone wanting to set up industries in Tamil Nadu, and to do away with operational inefficiencies and irregularities, if any.
While paying attention to my new responsibility as industrial minister, it is ensured that all welfare schemes under rural development and local administration continue to be as effective, as in the past 3 years. The jewel in the crown is the launch of the mega drinking water project, fulfilling the drinking water requirement of the three districts of Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Pudukottai. Despite being a coastal town, Ramanathapuram was often drought-ridden and is now immensely benefited with this project. Such accomplishments will continue in other districts as well. The Hogenakkal water supply project is in full pace and will address the drinking water needs of the people of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. I am also glad to share the news that very soon, with the commissioning of the desalination plant all the drinking water needs of people of Chennai too will be taken care of.
Kalaignar’s governance has a vision of not only reaching the basic needs of water, electricity, health care and education, but also has the vision to work and improve upon industrial growth, infrastructure facilities and transportation across the state. I am glad that I too have a part to play in executing this vision. I promise to accomplish these tasks in the appropriate fashion.
Our leader Kalaignar has always worked for the uplift of all sections of people, including farmers, weavers, laborers, government employees, women, the young, the minority communities, people from marginalized societies, the poor and the down trodden. My goal is to tread in his path and work for the steady and clear growth of Tamil Nadu. I will need to write a few volumes, if I were to list all the achievements and in-the-pipeline schemes, of Kalaignar’s rule – this one notification will be too short for that.
It is DMK’s duty to address the needs of the people who voted it to power. In a democracy, the government does not belong to those who are governing – It belongs to the people. In this new capacity as Deputy CM, I seek your help. I welcome your participation. Young people, women, and public from all quarters – do share your views, ideas and opinions on strengthening this golden rule of Kalaignar.
With your help, I would like to aid Kalaignar’s governance and add a feather to his cap. I am given the post of Deputy CM. But being the Deputy to my people is my pride. As one among you, with your good wishes, and guidance, I will continue my service to people.
June 30th, 2009
When the world was reeling under recession, Tamil Nadu was saved by our leader Kalaignar!
Recession – What does it mean to us?
“Recession” is a panic word to the world. The past few months have witness many layoffs, in both the developed and developing nations across the globe. Today, I want to share my thoughts with our young people, about recession – how, India has fared under the dynamism of Shrimati Sonia Gandhi and the UPA lead-government under the leadership of Dr.Manmohan Singh, and how Chief Minister Kalaigner’s Tamil Nadu has taken on recession – and what must be done to overcome the downturn, prevent layoffs and emerge successful.
While there is no denying the global meltdown, in the Indian context we need to act wise and smart to overcome such situations. So what is recession? A recession is a decline in a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for two or more consecutive quarters of a year. The current recession also experienced a slow down, right from mid 2008. What causes it? An economy which grows over a period of time tends to slow down as a part of the normal economic cycle. An economy typically expands for 6-10 years and hits recession for about six months to 2 years. But, as reported by the media, India as an emerging economy, has defied recession to a great extent because of sound administration and farsighted policies.
Indian and Tamil Nadu economy
Does recession have a different upturn to the Indian economy which has shown a robust and consistent growth trajectory in the last 3 years, despite the global slow down? Sure it does.
In the year 2008, we saw a record 9.2% of GDP and external commercial borrowing has slowed considerably, and foreign direct investment (FDI) has held up relatively well. The heartening news is that the foreign currency reserves remain adequate compared to the country’s gross financing requirement and imports. All of these measures point only to one thing – Strong leadership at the State and Centre – A leadership that has the vision to forecast global conditions, and safeguard the welfare of the people, at all times.
As a major constituent of the UPA government in the centre, union ministers from Tamil Nadu have played a key role in shaping these fiscal policy measures. Various industrial houses have set up their units throughout Tamil Nadu, thereby creating several thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities for our young people and have resulted in an overall growth in the neighboring areas. When the world was reeling under recession and layoffs, there were growing opportunities in India, especially in Tamil Nadu – thanks to the people-centric policies of our Chief Minister Kalaignar.
In the last 3 years, many MNCs have setup their operations, in Tamil Nadu, resulting in increased employment and production. Automobile industries, cellular companies, IT organizations and many sunrise industries have shown a healthy uptrend, here. An increasing number of IT parks are being established in Chennai and in other major cities of Tamil Nadu. This has created ample international opportunities for all those young people trained for employment in the IT and ITES industries. Employment opportunities have also become manifold through the many SEZs established in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
As a progressive thought leader, Kalaignar has insulated the people of Tamil Nadu from the global meltdown by increased government spend on welfare measures and subsidized delivery of essential goods. Kalaignar, has always insisted on welfare schemes and food security measures that address the basic needs of the people of Tamil Nadu While we do not have a social security system in place, Kalaignar’s policies have ensured that a de facto social security system, in the form of subsidies and welfare schemes was always in place – Welfare schemes like, one kilo rice at Rs.1, medical insurance for Rs.1 Lakh, a monetary assistance for women’s marriage and for pregnant women, welfare scheme for the educated unemployed youth, pension for the old, a 7000 Crore loan waiver for farmers, interest waiver for the regular remitters, retail goods at subsidized prices are some of Kalignar’s achievements that have saved the people of Tamil Nadu from the global recession.
In the near future, I foresee India as an economic super power, which should enable us to implement a system that will provide quality health care and social security to our masses – our farmers, our laborers and our working classes, whose tireless efforts continue to build our nation.
In this context it was heartening to note that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had highly commended India’s strong economic performance in recent years. This is a result of our sound macroeconomic policies and continued progress with structural reform. In fact, we are confronting current global economic and financial crisis from a position of strength. All the economic indicators and surveys reveal that we are likely to fair better than any other country in the world, in the next couple of years. But is it fair to assume that the global recession means nothing to us? My pragmatic answer would be a big NO.
The next steps
The global recession does mean something to us. It would be a blind folded statement and a state of denial to believe otherwise. However history shows us that the strongest nations have built their economy and infrastructure during recession and emerged super powers during the next upturn. This is the most opportune period for us to prepare ourselves for the long haul, in the following areas:
Agriculture: India lives in its villages, said Mahatma Gandhi. Agriculture is still the mainstay for our villagers. We will continue to focus on agriculture – a clear policy that was implemented right from the day we came to power. When Kalaignar took his oath as Chief Minister, the very first order that he had signed, was the cooperative loan waiver for farmers – right at the dais. The DMK government offers subsidy for procurement of seeds, fertilizers, farm equipment, topping it with free power and support for almost all aspects of agriculture. We understand that an agriculturally self-reliant and food secure India, is fundamental to our success in the next decade.
Information Technology: The private sector, especially, the IT sector has been hit, as much of their revenue comes from exporting services to USA and the rest of the world. But the overall Indian exports to the United States account for just over 3% of GDP. India has a healthy trade surplus with the United States. While the Indian IT sector is not in a recessionary mode, there is a slow down. For all my friends in the IT sector – entrepreneurs, technocrats and employees alike – my suggestion would be to look at using our vast knowledge base and expertise that we have gained over the last two decades, experienced human resources to take on innovation and product development as against being service providers to the world. There is no denying the exponential growth that this sector had, until the global slow down happened. But looking at it positively, adversity has a way of making a futuristic statement to talented technocrats and entrepreneurs. We are still looking for that one technocrat and entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu who can showcase to the world that we can house our own home-grown IT transnational – the next Google, Apple, Microsoft, Sun or Cisco. Isn’t this something that needs your attention, my dear friends in IT?
With almost zero systemic hurdles in Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of Dr.Kalaignar, there is nothing that should stop the technocrat, come out with the one big idea – the one idea that can provide the evolutionary shift in the way we perceive our service delivery in this sector. I am eager to hear from all of you, your thoughts on making this possible. Please use the Comments section on my website to share your thoughts with me.
Manufacturing: Manufacturing industries provide plenty of job opportunities – both blue collar and white collar jobs. Our government continues to provide ample support to various small, medium and large manufacturing units, not just to set up facilities in Tamil Nadu, but also to churn out products that meet international quality and safety standards. If the recent reports on the Chinese toy manufacturing companies are anything to by, it is imperative that we focus on improved quality and safety standards. To be successful in the international arena, higher quality and better safety standards will be the key.
The Banking sector and the Consumer: While the western world is resorting to stage funded fiscal stimuli to manage the financial crisis as the only way to avoid a prolonged recession, India has stronger policies in place, to protect our banks and public savings. While most of the western world’s banking and financial giants bit the dust, all our nationalized banks, NBFCs and financial institutions serving a 1 billion population, came out clean – an awe inspiring fact for the rest of the world. India as a nation is marching strong with its steady GDP, improved production, greater capacity utilization, considerably higher consumer spend and greater employment in the public and government sector.
Chief Minister Kalaignar’s schemes, the dynamism of Shrimati Sonia Gandhi and the policies of the UPA-led government under the leadership of Dr.Manmohan Singh, have insulated India and Tamil Nadu from the impact of the global recession. But for the cooperation of all Indians and the people of Tamil Nadu, this would not have been possible. I believe that if our young people can come together and work harder, we have the power to overcome any global challenge. I visualize such a progressive state and country. And I have the faith that it will soon be a reality.
April 15th, 2009
Greetings from Thalapathi M.K.Stalin
The festival of Pongal and the associated festivities are symbolic of the joy and happiness of the Tamils. This year, Tamil Nadu’s CM, Thalaivar Kalaignar is bound to make it two-fold. He has legalized and implemented,our age-old practice of marking the first day of the Tamil month of Thai, as the Tamil New Year. The Tamil Nadu government has successfully revived the sayings of our learned ancestors and the age-long history of the Tamils, which has been long lost due to various conspiracies.
During this Tamil New Year, when the Tamils have revived their cultural icon, Thailaivar Kalaignar has made the celebration of Pongal in every home, lot more zealous, by distributing rice, jaggery, cashew, elakkai and dry-grapes, to every house hold. The women of Tamil Nadu have received these as offerings from the paternal home, as they would, from a brother. In every home, it is the day of such profound happiness.
In the last two years, Tamil Nadu has witnessed several schemes. Under the stewardship of Thalaivar Kalaignar the Tamil Nadu government has implemented many schemes, addressing the needs of the people at the grass roots – one KG of rice at Rs.1, wedding assistance for the less-privileged women, financial assistance for pregnant women, loan waiver for farmers, monthly stipend for the unemployed youth, agrarian land for the landless poor – schemes that have been implemented with the doting care of a mother.
Tamil Nadu has witnessed, exponential but steady growth in the form of special economic zones, IT parks in many cities, support for self-help groups and growth in the computerized industry leading to many opportunities for the educated youth. The Victory at Thirumangalam is a certificate of appreciation by the people of Tamil Nadu as they experience the benefits of such good governance. Such victories will continue in the future too.
While everyone plans for the next election, Thalaivar Kalaignar plans and executes schemes for the next generation. The young generation must realize that, and participate in public service. Arignar Anna, a personality held in awe even by the American Universities, used his skill and expertise and strived for the growth of the Tamil society.
In the year of Arignar Anna’s birth centenary, as an elder brother, I welcome members of the younger generation to come forward to use their skills and expertise to the growth of Tamil Nadu.
On this auspicious day of Pongal, when the people of Tamil Nadu are in joyous celebration, our goal is to spread this spirit of goodness, to our Tamil brethren all over the world. Our happiness will be manifold when our Tamil brothers return to peaceful living in our neighboring strife-torn Sri Lanka. We will strive for it, peacefully and non-violently. We will stand by the tall leader of the Tamils, Thaliavar Kalignar, and work towards a better life for all Tamils.
Let us continue to tread our ideal pathway. Let the hearts of Tamils resound with happiness. My Greetings to one and all – Happy Tamil New Year and Joyous Pongal!
January 12th, 2009
- Christmas greetings of Thalapathi M.K.Stalin
The horrendous acts of violence world over are threats and a great challenge to the humanity. Measures to control and contain those indulging in violence are being taken in various ways. At the same time, the duty and responsibility of protecting younger generations from turning to the path of violence, rest with all.
The Christmas Day, marking the birth of Jesus Christ, is the most appropriate day to tell the younger generations that indulging in violence and conspiracies as outbursts of annoyance, despair and hatred will never yield good results and that only acts of love and compassion have achieve longstanding victories in the world.
Even when he was crucified for the ‘sin’ of emanating ideas for the change of humanity, Jesus Christ pleaded for pardoning his tormenters and his life underlines humanitarianism beyond the limitations of religion. That is why historians have divided the period of human society on the basis of before and after the death of Christ. Even after 2000 years, the life of Jesus is imparting valuable ideals for the present generations also.
Let us realize that violence will not be a solution to local and international problems and only through acts of love and compassion can the problems be solved, and pledge to tread that path. In the good rule in Tamil Nadu during the past two and half years, various schemes flowing from love and compassion have been implemented. The list of such schemes in the interests of human society, like Re One a kg. rice, monthly financial assistance for pregnant women, financial assistance of Rs.15,000 for the marriage of poor girls etc., is endless. It is relevant to point out such compassionate schemes on the Birthday of Jesus Christ.
Remembering on this day the involvement and implementation of schemes in the interests of Christians by the Government led by Kalaignar, who is concerned about the welfare of minorities, I convey my greetings to all sections of the Christian community. Let violence and plots go away and love and compassion flourish!
December 24th, 2008
I am satisfied that the Youth Wing has accomplished one of its historic duties. I am glad to be sharing that feeling through my web site with you. This is the opening ceremony of Perarignar Anna’s centenary celebrations. Amidst people who use Anna’s name and image, as a saleable ticket, DMK is a true Dravidian movement that is being guided by our leader, who implements his policies, the way Anna’s soul would desire. The Tamil society understands this, well enough. The DMK Youth Wing is ardent in taking the lead over the other wings, in implementing our leader’s wish of celebrating Anna’s centenary year, with pomp and splendor, all through the year.
In the Youth Wing convention held at Nellai, a resolution was passed to conduct competitions that will enhance the skills of the students of Tamil Nadu. The party’s policy is to implement such resolutions passed during these conventions, all across the state. In that, the Youth Wing will normally stay at the forefront. To kick start Anna’s centenary celebrations in an efficient and effective manner, elocution competition, essay writing competition and poetry recitation competitions were held for school students at all district headquarters on the 23rd ,24th,30th and 31st of August, 2008. State level competition is going to be held on 13th and 14th of September 2008.
Students spoke and wrote enthusiastically on various topics, including Anna’s great contributions, the benefits of the Dravidian movement to Tamil Nadu, the selfless service of our Dravidian leaders, and the need for reservation. Both the poems provided as material for the poetry recitation competition, were Kalaignar’s literary works. The fashion in which those girls and boys recited and pronounced those poems with emotion, reminded one of Valluvar’s couplet that exhorts the invaluable wealth of listening to others.
All the party’s district secretaries have taken personal interest and presided over these competitions, on behalf of the Youth Wing. Thousands of students from every district participated in these, akin to a family get-together. The motive behind these competitions is to perpetuate, Anna’s ideas to the new generation. Students were eager to share and display their knowledge to the judges. Looking at them, their extempore speeches and their writing, I was reminded of my student days.
Anna’s birthday celebration was my first public function. I am floored by those fond memories, when I, along with my friends, collected funds at a saloon at Gopalapuram, to celebrate Anna’s birthday. The word ‘Anna’ is a magical word, intertwined with the veins of our party men. Isn’t he the leader who molded our great leader? Once, our leader’s creative work, titled ‘Illamai pali’ was published in Anna’s magazine. Later, when Anna visited Tiruvarur, he enquired, “Who is Karunanidhi from this town, who is prolific in his writing?” and, our leader was introduced to him. “Write, after you complete your education. Only then will I publish your work,” chided Anna to our leader, then a school student.
In a state that now has mushrooming leaders who have reduced themselves to using even those who haven’t reached the age to exercise their franchise, and who parade them glamorously, and who use them for their own party work, Anna’s gesture and thoughtfulness is indeed worthy of praise. Anna wished that, his ardent followers must enter public life only after being well educated. Our leader learnt about Ayya (Periyar) and Anna. He learnt to be the society’s thought leader, something that even universities couldn’t impart. At 85, he is still working hard for the progress of Tamil Nadu and remains a beacon for Indian politics –- all because he puts Anna’s soul into his work.
Anna is the common man’s leader. The DMK is a party that was created for the good of barbers, washer men, porters, farmers, weavers, scavengers and all those who are under-privileged. He allowed these people to participate in the movement and helped them raise their social standing. Anna’s political movement, under the aegis of our leader, has been performing remarkably well for the past 50 years. We are now able to see a lot of progress in families that once did not even have proper education and economic growth. Today they are well-read and have occupied highly responsible positions. These students who were vociferous about Anna, about our leader and about our party, through their written word and speeches, belong to such communities of the Tamil society.
The party has always worked for the rise in social status of these communities. The children of those, who were the beneficiaries, have not forgotten the good deeds of the party and their leader, and these competitions have become a platform to reminiscence their loyalty. No other movement has such a wonderful opportunity. The Youth Wing has done a commendable job. Those who have won at the district level will now participate at the state level, to win many prizes.
It is not that only students, should voice Anna’s talents and his thought leadership. Those who are sharing their thoughts through the blog, must spread the word about Anna, how his ideals are being implemented by our beloved leader, and also spread the word about the party’s various accomplishments.
Let the glory of Anna, the cultured and refined politician, spread worldwide. For that, this web site is a great medium.
You can send your views as a PPS (Power Point show) file to firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be registered in the web site and it will reach out to people across the globe to spread Anna’s renown, our leader’s service, and the honor of the Kazhagam – the people’s movement.
I am looking forward to your views.
September 11th, 2008
The new challenge threatening the world is global warming. Environmentalists are seriously engaged in discussions about it. Environmental movements call the process of the raising of the temperature of the surface of the earth owing to human activities as global warming. When the gases in air absorb and let out infrared rays the earth gets warmed. Scientists point out to the change in the temperature in the earth between those that were recorded in 19th century and this 21st century. They say the increase in the temperature of the earth is caused by what is called as ‘greenhouse gas’. They contend that gases like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide etc., are let out on a vast scale due to processes like vaporizing water, and industrial emissions resulting in the warming of the earth.
Scientists have not failed to cautiously point out the nature of impacts on humanity due to global warming. They say the icy Arctics in the North Pole will start melting and the snowy mountains of Himalayas might also face such disaster. When the icy mountains and areas in the seas start melting sea levels will raise and consequently habitats in coastal areas will be affected. This danger cannot be ignored by us as something happening in some remote area in the world. Globalization is a phenomenon even in environment. If global warming increases and sea levels rise, we cannot afford to slight the danger of many more Dhanushkodis happening in Tamil Nadu.
Scientists in the field also predict impacts on agriculture besides penetration of sea waters. With global warming on the raise, the yield of agricultural products will be greatly affected. The situation of food self-sufficiency in a country should not be allowed to happen scarcity of food again. We are proud to say that India is an agricultural country. Tamil Nadu also was a fertile soil where thrashing paddy had to be done not with bulls but with elephants. Only with the aim that the people of the state should not face food scarcity that the government led by Kalaignar has accomplished the task of distributing rice at Rs.2 per kg. which could not be achieved by any other state. We cannot allow reduction in the production of food grains and consequent scarcity.
Another impact of global warming pointed out by scientists relates to health, that the danger of spreading of diseases like Malaria and dengue lurking large. We could not forget that the disease chicken gunya spread in various states and also sneaked into Tamil Nadu. That disease used by the opposition parties for campaign in local body elections, was eradicated by suitable steps taken by the DMK government. Even while we are struggling to cure diseases caused naturally, it would be against the interests of the humanity to voluntarily import new diseases through global warming.
Only through protecting the environment could we create a healthy and developed society and this view is expressed aloud by the scientists. However, this voice was raised aloud in Tamil Nadu even 2000 years ago. That was the voice of Ayyan Tiruvalluvar, whose couplet said
“A fort is that which owns a fount of waters crystal clear. An open space a hill, and a shade of beauteous forest near,” (G.U.Pope)
Valluvar says the protection to a country are not an army of soldiers, elephants or horses but mountains, streams and canals and thick forest cover’. Thus Thiruvalluvar has underlined the need to protect nature, which has now become globally relevant. It is essential that efforts to protect the earth from global warming are taken in our Tamil soil which voiced concern for the protection of nature.
The task of protecting the nature cannot be accomplished only by those in power and the involvement and contribution of the people is most important. The DMK is celebrating Anna birth centenary on grand scale. Realizing that schemes cannot be implemented without the direct participation of people, Anna formed ‘Seerani’ structure to co-ordinate people interested in public welfare. The volunteers of Seerani constructed buildings for schools, community halls etc. The Seerani Arangam thus constructed by them on the Marina beach in Chennai was demolished overnight by the rulers of the later days.
Implementing people’s wishes should be the governing principle of the government and there should be the participation and co-operation of people in the schemes implemented by the government. I request the people of Tamil Nadu to associate themselves in the tasks of protecting the nature and controlling global warming. Environmental activists say the atmospheric temperature raise on account of usage of tungsten bulbs. If people use tube light of avoiding these bulbs that itself will be an aspect protecting the nature. Instead of using petroleum products which emanate gases that raise global warming, nature should be protected by using to the extent possible alternative sources of energy like sunlight, botanical oils etc., Using air-conditioned rooms when there are chances for getting fresh natural air in the terrace of houses can be avoided. This is not a plea to ordinary people alone but those in higher responsibilities should also adopt it. It is better to switch off needless lights and fans. Thus if we adopt the practice of living with nature in every possible way as a policy, we will be a part of the ranks preventing global warming.
Public welfare activists evince interest in the protection of environment. Environmental organizations in Tamil Nadu are also concentrating on creating awareness. The Exnora organization led by Thiru M.B.Nirmal is effectively creating awareness on global warming among the people of Tamil Nadu. Even recently, they gave a call for switching off all electric lights for some time in order to create this awareness. The aim was that the people of the state understand the efforts to contain global warming by the awareness created in that brief period when electricity was not used. Their efforts in this regard are appreciable. My desire is that every one in Tamil Nadu should deserve such appreciation.
India, following countries like USA, China etc., is coming to the fore in the emission of greenhouse gases causing global warming. Every Indian has role in containing this. Thalaivar Kalaignar has brought Tamil Nadu to the pioneering position for various schemes. The co-operation of six and a half crore people of Tamil Nadu is essential to take Tamil Nadu to the leading position in the task of protecting the country and the world from the great danger of global warming.
Let us protect Mother Nature. Mother Nature will protect our heirs.
August 27th, 2008