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To Be Mastered, Not Tackled: The IIT Curriculum

I am the daughter of a teacher who taught deaf and dumb middle school girls from as far back as 1965. That is over half a century ago. I grew up visiting my mother’s convent many times an year. At that time, we never had fancy names such as ‘hearing & speech impaired’ for these girls. My mother was a kind but strict teacher. She would not spare even her disabled wards if they committed mistakes, without a good spank. In fact I remember her telling us, it was hardest to discipline those born with physical handicap. The teachers achieved this without hurting the ego of their wards, driving home their point  The children were treated like any normal kid. It was permitted in their school and no questions asked. I went to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan myself upto class 5 and from 6th to 12th standards, I attended LS in Mylapore. Upto standard 8, I remember receiving physical punishments in the class at times, even though I was fairly a good and obedient student. Mostly I got punished when whole class got punished. But I remember the erratic ones regularly getting spanked by our teachers. No parent turned up to complain to our school principal. No girl committed suicide. None went into depression.  In fact, we have all made good with our lives now.

In Tamil we say, ‘adi udavara madhiri, annan thambi udavadhu.’ It translates into’ ‘no sibling helps the way a good spanking can.’

Coming from a family of humble teachers whose committed mission was to improve the quality of life for their pupils and cultivate good habits, thoughts and virtues in them, today’s atrocities in the name of freedom giving high hand to students bullying the teaching faculty comes as a shock to me. Emotional blackmail of the teaching staff by errant wards is encouraged by both school management and parents themselves, to the detriment of the younger generation. Whereas my mother never spared the rod those days. My teachers never did. That is why I am here now.

The suicide of Fathima Latheef from Kerala in IIT Chennai is newsheadlines. Political parties and some regional groups that ideologically support terrorism want to give communal hues to the suicide. Not a question on the academic performance or personal life of the girl in question. The suicide note of the girl seems to have become sacrosanct as if sworn under oath. Final authority, uncontested. Not one but three of her professors named, all in a matter of four months, without having to take a single semester exam.

One thing about IITs is that, suicides in the campus haven’t been rare. This is because, entering IITs is not easy. It requires rigorous preparation for years, plus patience, smartness and diligence along with agility. Quick thinking aptitude that can place you ahead of scores of others. You have to have a very sharp mind. You are vying with the best brains in India. What many do to get into IIT is, go by a short-cut enrolling in those programmes like FITJEE that are tailored to ensure you a rank in the IIT entrance but cannot take you farther than that. This is where most IIT aspirants who succeed in getting into nation’s premier tech university fail. They don’t have the pampering spoon-feeding institutes like the FITJEE or Brilliant’s once they start their IIT life. They manage to crack the IIT entrance like a magic that merely opens doors to them. Many cannot take the pressure on to think for themselves once they start the engineering course. For the mentally vulnerable, suicide becomes the escape. After all, high hopes get pinned on these successful candidates who are paragons of prestige and hardwork to the outer world. Already these wards must have invested years of their lives, sacrificing their happy-g0-lucky teen years, for academic pursuits. They are under immense pressure to impress their parents, relatives, peers, etc., etc. including their high school teachers. Now there is no going back. Once you step into an IIT, it is a one-way street for the aspirants. Perform or perish is the mantra. At this level. most IITians are also usually school toppers and high achievers, celebrated in their circles. A downgrade is too much for them to take.

Recently IITs ruled that those who cannot cope up with the syllabus, can graduate with a B.Sc., degree instead of the B.Tech. This could have come as a shock to many. Weaker and unmotivated students and those would gained a backdoor entry through reservation quota without merit, can still have an honourable exit from the IITs.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/academically-weak-students-in-iits-will-now-have-exit-option-take-a-bsc-degree/articleshow/71339877.cms?from=mdr

https://www.business-standard.com/article/education/hrd-mulls-allowing-iit-students-exit-in-3-years-with-bsc-in-engineering-119092600258_1.html

IIT semester scoring also rests largely on class tests and internal assessments apart from regular exams like with any renowned academic institution around the world. The scoring pattern is different and is based on a variety of analytical factors and individual capacities and potential and executed/accomplished projects. The program is designed to shape you into a wholesome individual. More diversified. The courses are structured to inspire the learners and make them think for themselves. Enriching lives, leaders are borne here not the meekly following sheep. This is why the IITs have carved a niche for themselves within the nation and around the world.

Recently my husband attended a slick management program at XLRI for a mere five days. He is still reeling under its positive effect. Ever since he is in awe about management and business schools in India and of course tech schools. How the individuals are chiseled into super humans virtually in these noble institutions that are doing a fine job. How admission is coveted therefore. You get in only if you fit in in every way. If you manage to sneak in unfit, it could end up a disaster. Various levels of check are in place to filter the uninspired. Only  the meritorious who have earned their way in make it good. Which is why an IIT product like Sundar Pichai is now the CEO of Google. The transformation is wholesome, holistic.

IITs and IIMs of India craft corporate global leaders.

So unless you have a matching mindset, it is not advisable to get into this kind of schools via crooked means. By this I mean those who crack the entrances enrolling themselves in day-night coaching centers for years. Here they learn how to tackle IIT, never to master their subject. Unfortunately, the IITs at undergrad level do not have screening interviews like the management schools.

To what extent this Fathima Latheef fared in mere four months in IIT needs to be looked into. Was she staring already at a quick exit from IIT. Was there parental pressure. Was she too much hyped about where she came from. Was she disappointed to discover her true mettle and worth in the IIT. Four months in a campus is too short a time to contemplate a suicide or judge your professor let alone pin the blame on him for your suicide. You need a scapegoat even in your death so as to be always remembered as the brightest star, is it. A total of three teaching staff have been named.

Was Fathima any quota candidate. Did she grow up in the Gulf states where the wards’ capabilities are highly exaggerated by the NRI community. Was she overrated, led to believe she was the best.

NOW LEAVE THIS ALL ALONE. THE PRESSURE OR HIGH STRESS IS FOR TECH UNDER GRADS AND POST GRADS. OUR GIRL WAS PURSUING HUMANITIES IN IIT. ALTHOUGH IIT ian, STILL NOT REALLY AN IIT ian NOT IN THE TRUE SENSE. SO STOP THIS HYPE NOW YOU SENSELESS MEDIA! Reminds me of how the same non-tech guys raised slogans for Sri Lankan political issue years back and the same was flashed as uprising in IIT, Chennai by national and local tv channels. Anything to mar the famed institution. Anything to slur and defile the renowned school of technology. Allegedly, Marxist Christians have a presence in IIT Madras by backdoor means who are on a conversion mission feeding on feeble minds. This angle needs to be investigated.

Well, truly I do not know the actual facts about the Fathima case except for bits and pieces I garnered from media. Neither does the media have an idea, I am sure. Shameless Tamil media. Are these guys not even ashamed how they are twisting and turning the case. Is this a trial by media. Framing a teacher who is doing his work just because a crazy student mentioned his name in her suicide note. Shame on Tamil politicians trying to gain political mileage out of this tragedy. Both Indian media and Tamil politicians are fit only to work as janitors in IIT toilets. They cannot be any better. Story of the sour grapes!

What kind of professionals is India producing. Those who do not even have the mental strength if the professor or teacher singles you out in the class for your inadequacy. For your incompetence. For your mistake. For your misdeed. This is nonsense.

Very unfair. This is very much a wrong precedent. Anyone can be similarly framed which is not right.

Who are those who are trying to make a big case out of Fathima’s. Investigate their terror links. Investigate their church links. Investigate their source of funds. This will suffice if it comes to exposing their true colours. Shame on Fathima’s parents. In your moment of grief, you still wouldn’t want to admit to your ineptitude, your daughter’s failures but would like to place a noose around a teacher’s neck because he did his job. Is that justified. You cannot expect your darling daughter to be petted and pampered in IIT. In university, reality kicks in. That you are no more a big fish in a small pond but a small fish in a big pond. Accepting the reality is issue for some weak mentality students.

I happened to look at Fathima’s letters in social media posts. Why this vendetta to see that the professors are punished. Is this what you can do in your life’s worst distraught moments. No attempt to find a solution but fixated on bringing someone to books. It is apparent that the girl’s dreams got crushed. For whatever reasons. IIT is not for the weak hearted. Especially those kids growing up in Middle East attending Indian schools with their papers evaluated by not-so-professional teachers who may/may not have earned their B.Ed., fall with a thud to ground reality when they return to India. Gone are the paraphernalia that meant nothing. What glares at you is naked truth. There is the big question of living upto your image and matching your parents’ unrealistic expectations. I know this first hand because right now I am based in Middle East. I know of the spoilt Indian kids growing up here all scoring over 9.5 CGPA yet who cannot make up even 7.0 GPA in their engineering school semesters back in India. The adjustment can be such an ordeal. The competitiveness of kids growing up in Indian environment is matchless. Their adaptability and quick thinking cannot be mastered easily by kids growing up outside India.

I have known these so-called brightest kids with highest CGPAs in board 12 who joined undergrad courses in America straight after higher secondary schooling in Middle East. One left Georgia-Tech in a month under heavy distress after securing a very tough admission. Another who was in Pen State Univ for two years finally called it a day and returned to India to start an engineering degree afresh. Near suicide cases. Parental pressure had a big role to play in these sad cases.

Whatever sympathy you may feel for the loss of a young life gets stamped out thanks to the media. The girl’s parents may have tough time resigning themselves to reality and coming to terms with their teenager’s inconsiderate decision. Even if you give the girl the benefit of doubt, there are still women’s commissions, women’s forum, women police etc., etc., to look into any grievance in a big metro like Chennai Why the girl took the extreme step is a mystery. . But that is no reason for the distraught parents to point fingers at any innocent man,

Looks like, the professors allegedly discriminating on the basis of faith are actually communists! That probably saved their day! Does any single Tamil media house or national media house have the honesty to point this out in their coverage. Why the coverage in the first place.

How many suicides in the IIT every year? Why extra coverage for this case. Is it because the girl is a muslim. Are you guys looking for a chance to ignite things. Chance to get back at BJP, Hindus? Are you guys looking for a chance to improve your TRP ratings.

Let this be the last and final case when an undergrad/grad/research fellow caves in under intense stress and societal pressure. This scenario is unhealthy. Finally if we in India cannot make mentally stronger young people, what kind of nation are we building. Breaking up, cracking up so easily under duress. No willpower to fight it out. No inspiration. No motivation. No wonder we were invaded and occupied for thousands of years in history.

No words of solace for Fathima’s parents. We are all mothers and fathers here. We have grown-up kids with dreams. It is an irreparable loss no doubt.

 

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‘Bharat Ratna’ for Veer Savarkar

I am not the one to be fooled by sophisticated British agents like Gandhi and Nehru. Lapdogs to the viceroys. Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra bose, Bal Gangadhara Tilak, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Bhagat Singh are more my kind of national heroes. At last, Savarkar, the Hindu Mahasabha founder, may be honoured posthumously with the nation’s highest civilian award, ‘the Bharat Ratna’ (jewel of India). Very much deserved but delayed. Just because the popularity of Gandhi and Nehru outshone Savarkar and his relentless freedom struggles, it does not mean the selfless patriot deserves any less. One has to remember that Savarkar news must have been blacked out by Nehru, especially in the light of the fact that Nethaji received a similar or worse treatment at the hands of the Congress. And what about Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. The Congress was capable of all including managing Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Congress is capable of scripting history the way it deems fit. This is one solid reason for mass ignorance where it concerns Savarkar. There are those of us who hold the opinion that India is in one piece and in-tact because Gandhi exited at the precise moment. To us, Savarkar and Godse will remain saviours. Gandhi played his part, Nehru acted his role, they both earned their due respect and credit. No recognition for Patel or Savarkar or Subhash Chandra Bose. Why should these valiant men be played down and eased out of public memory. Like them, I wouldn’t have wanted to give the British an honorary exit in 1947. I would have wanted them chased out. I would have wanted them running for their lives. Congress denied India such a glory. Gandhi and Nehru were the mediators who guaranteed the British a face-saving exit. This below write-up is only a small indication as to how nasty the British worked in India even as successive World Wars were raging on. I shall update the page once the hero is decorated with Bharat Ratna. We want our school children to learn of Savarkar and his men’s sacrifices, not just the over-run Gandhi-Nehru stories. These followed the footsteps of the Brave Maratha warrior king Chatrapathi Shivaji’s . Had Shivaji-Sambhaji survived, would we have had a tyranny like Aurangzeb’s or Tipu Sultan’s in our bloody history? Men like Savarkar are the Pride of India. I acknowledge both Gandhi and Nehru, but they are overplayed. Time for India to shine some spotlight on our other heroic national leaders. Their life stories and sacrifices matter. V D Savarkar, M S Golwalkar, K B Hedgewar … these are the men I want to see side by side with Gandhi and Nehru, adorning our halls of fame as framed pictures.

Savarkar: How a Nation Failed a Man who Deserved to be Revered

Let us return to the present after this and focus on national development. Corrections to the past are necessary but let that not drag us down.

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PS: I lost respect for national awards. After all I nearly puked when Rajiv Gandhi awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’ posthumously to M G Ramachandran (MGR), ex-CM of Tamil Nadu, for political gains. Is it possible to take back the award now??? Award Wapsi will be very much appreciated in this one case 😀

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AYODHYA VERDICT: RAM, NOT ABRAHAM, IS THE SON OF THE SOIL

Hare Rama! Hare Krishna!

I don’t want to justify the Ayodhya verdict on any ground. It is ours. Matter closed. Done and dusted. Must have been done long back. This is our Ram Janam Bhoomi. We reclaim it, retrieve it, fullstop.

Ram was not from Arabia or Israel. Ram was not Arab by race or colour. Ram did not speak Arabic or Hebrew or Latin. Ram is my ancestor. Just because history got recorded only since the birth of Christ, it does not mean that the universe came into existence a mere two thousand years ago. Billion and more Hindus believe at heart that Ram lived and breathed in India. Evidences are surfacing time to time proving the existence of our celebrated holy Hindu ancestors. Ram is our forefather. Shiva and Ram and Krishna are ours. Native. I don’t have to justify or prove my belief or strong conviction to anyone be it American or European and least of all a Muslim or Pakistani. I live in the land that was the home of my ancestors Shiva and Ram and Krishna. I eat the food they ate. I wear the clothes they wore. I speak the language they spoke. I practise the Dharma they practised. I don’t have to fake my ancestry. I don’t have to make up my forefathers and roots. I HAVE my identity. I am pedigree. My identity comes from Ram. My identity comes from Shiva and Krishna. I have woken up from a troubled sleep. Nightmare really. With bloody marauders like the Islamic invaders who historically unleashed terror in my ancient Bharat wrecking havoc in their wake, besieging our homes and razing down our temples and looting our wealth. Trampling over our culture with an indescribable brutality. Then followed the British Christians who were different only in ways and means. End object was the same. I will not allow myself to be taken for granted ever again, that I promise myself. I will fight for my rights. I will fight for my nation and culture. I will fight for my Sanathana Dharma. I will fight for my ancestors’ glory. I will do whatever I can in my capacity to restore India’s lost Hindu pride. I will do whatever in my capacity for the ultimate birth and rise of a Hindu Rashtra.

Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is the first step. Next I want Uniform Civil Code for all Indian citizens. All Indians whether Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi, Sikh, Christian or Muslim must come under a single umbrella when it comes to law. No special rights for Muslims and Christians in India. Audit of all Islamic and Christian institutions and places of worship and trust bodies must be made mandatory. Conversion to be made a criminal offence. Anyone caught converting a Hindu must be booked non-bailable. No mercy for terrorism and terror sympathizers. Birth control to be strictly enforced irrespective of your religion. Just get out of India if you want to get a third kid. No voting rights for the third born after 2020. No passport and Aadhar card for the third child. More taxes as you beget more children. Hopefully, this becomes reality soon.

India is not looking for approval on anything from anyone, believe me. What you think is of no consequence. Who cares. I don’t even want to quote from anywhere any link. Just that, justice was delivered to our beloved Ram who believed in justice to the extent that He sent His wife to live in jungle when She was heavily pregnant. He never got to know His sons Lav and Khush for many years. That was after He fulfilled His jealous stepmother’s wish living in jungles as newly wed for 14 years, with Sita, when Sita was abducted by Ravana. Ram’s whole life was a struggle for upkeep of justice and truth. His impartiality brings tears to our eyes. His tenderness touches our heart.

Did Ram seek to behead the kafirs or non-believers. Did Ram seek to convert the infidels. What did Ram do. Ram lived as a role model citizen Himself, which is why in India, 6000 – 7000 years later we still talk about ‘Ram Rajya.’ Ram did a penance for killing Ravana, a great king. On return to India from Sri Lanka, one of the first things that Lord Rama did was, performing His father’s ‘devasham’- fulfilling His duty to His father Dasaratha the first time the opportunity presented itself after years, ensuring Dasaratha’s ‘atma’ a release from the mortal world.

Expecting the high standards of Ram in desert cult is too much. How to compare Ram who wouldn’t hurt a fly with the ruthless barbaric. Hindu society was already an organized society, highly literate. Desert cult focused on bloody acquisition by any means. Plunder and mass murder were hailed. Psychotic cruel rulers became celebrated heroes. Fear psychosis held India to ransom, as unfortunately for India that was already well civilized, the marauders were too much to handle. Centuries of loot and continuing genocide demoralized the Hindus. The British were only a polished version of the Islamic invaders of India. The British decamped with whatever was left. Today if you empty the British coffers of the looted wealth from India and Africa, the UK will be poorer than Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Restoring Ayodhya means so much to us Hindus. Why, it means everything. Installing Ram is important. The ASI of India found solid evidences of demolished temple of Ram in Ayodhya on excavation of the site. It is based on these irrefutable evidences that justice has been delivered. Even this justification is unnecessary especially to scoundrel and rogue nations like Pakistan, the terror factory for the world.

What endears Ram to me and millions of Hindus is that, even this struggle for Ayodhya is something Ram wouldn’t have wanted. Ram would have happily given up.  Knowing my Ram, understanding my Ram makes me think this way. But then at times like this, I remind myself of Krishna 😀

Well, as an afterthought, adding this link, a speech by Shri KK Muhammad, retired ASI director.

 

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25 Christian Conversion Mafia TV Channels for 6.2% Christian Population In Tamil Nadu

What is the Christian population count in Tamil Nadu?

As per 2011 Indian census, a reported 6.2% of Tamil Nadu population are followers of Christianity. However, Tamil Nadu today is also allegedly populated by a huge number of Cryptochristians who are Hindu by name but have embraced Christianity thanks to relentless conversion mafia operating in Indian soil. Bribed. Brainwashed. This figure is not reflected in the national and state census. Foreigners are entering India unchecked misusing tourist visas to serve as unofficial and illegal christian missionaries, a criminal offence as per Indian law, as the Modi government has effectively blocked the NGO funding for conversion in India from the US and Europe. In short, today’s converted christians are those who have sold their soul for a penny. Shirking native culture, they have not just shed their self-respect and identity but have also proved to the west that they will be always intellectually inferior to their erstwhile bosses forever.

Being a Hindu means, you have not succumbed. You are original. You don’t try to become ‘them.’ You don’t want to be one of ‘them.’ Can anyone explain why otherwise the Afro Americans are referring to ‘Black Jesus.’ IDENTITY. When you drape a sari, when you don a bindhi, when you are a practising Hindu, you are defying your detractors who are out to get you.

Once you subdue a culture, you enslave the native population. This is the reason why Christianity is so cleverly and zealously marketed across the globe. The Asian christians are meek followers, never the questioners. Which is why the west feels it is important to christianize India. Once the originality is lost, we will not speak up. We will not challenge. Our allegiance is automatically to Vatican and the west. Our philosophy becomes western. Our lifestyle becomes western. This is nothing but modern day slavery. Conquest of your native culture without a bloodshed. India remains an unfinished business to the conversion mafia. Which is why there is not a single Indian village from Kashmir to Kanyakumari today where this cancer has not spread. Massive massive NGO funding from across the seas.

Just how venomous and fast spreading is this parasitic christian preaching and evangelical mission can be seen here:

Why for an official 6.2% Christian population in Tamil Nadu, there are over 25 tv christian tv channels telecast free, forced upon you by satellite tv like the Tata sky and Airtel. It will come as no surprise if these service operators are funded by the christian missions themselves to beam the poison propaganda right into our homes. Hindu saints and poets and kings who lived before the birth of Christ are touted as earliest christians (!) and Hindu literature and culture are countered as ‘atheist’ and non-Hindu. In short anything before Christ is nullified. It is as if the universe did not exist up until 2000 years back. That a 10,000 year old ancient Hindu civilization flourishes until today as a continuous living-surviving one hurts many around the world. When you erase the truth and uproot the basic foundation, it is easy to install false theories in a society. You can see the lies floated 24 hours a day in these christian missionary channels in Tamil Nadu. This is not just the case of my home state, this is the case of entire India. Every single Indian state is drowned with increasing number of christian preaching and conversion channels. Is this democracy? Is this secularism. Show me tv channels in Middle east that permit this horrible invasion of our mind, homes, culture and nation.

Dear christian preachers, try to convert a single muslim arab or a muslim Pakistani. How  many seconds do you think will it take for your head to roll in the muddy ground.

How is that, this many christian tv channels in Tamil Nadu/India get funded. Where from. Are these even audited.

Is Jesus Christ Surf Excel or Stayfree that you have to sell door to door like this. Aren’t these christians selling Jesus in bus stops and petrol bunks and vegetable market and even in front of Hindu temples even ashamed?

These Asian agents are recruited smartly by the west. These are those who have been brainwashed into believing that they have no respectable native culture. That they have to follow the lord of their invaders and occupiers who once slayed their ancestors in cold blood. On the very cemetery of their forefathers, these Asian christian preachers are building a platform singing the praise of the foreign gods, speaking, acting, dressing like their vanquishers. SOULS SOLD OUT.

You can live in any part of the world. But you forget your roots – you lose your identity. You lose your face.  You lose your individuality. You become a carbon copy. A cheap imitation.

Souls cannot be harvested, preachers. Keep your Christ out of India. Stop selling Him like soap and shampoo. Dear America and Europe, use the conversion funding to boost your local economies. Vatican – first fix your sex scandal issues. You are rotting from insides.

Once upon a time in my life I had respect for Christianity. Now no more. NOT A CHRISTIAN NOT A MUSLIM, PROUDLY A HINDU. Leave us free you vultures who feed on poverty and weak souls. Shame on you and your so-called God. Never in a million years can I accept the Abrahamic Gods. Proudly a Kafir. Proudly an infidel in your dictionary.

 

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Church Lease Expiry In Tamil Nadu/India. Time To Make Them Pay?

The Woodlands Drive-in Restaurant has a special place in every Madarasi’s heart especially those born up until the 1980s even though it is long since gone. In its place now we have ‘Semmozhi Poonga’ – the public park. The hotel was taken back by Tamil Nadu government after lease expiry of 99 years. It sat at the very heart of the metro. Chennai’s rosy ’60s, ’70s and ’80s centered around Woodlands Drive-in, a favourite hangout for lovers, college students and celebrities alike.

http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/chennai-s-landmark-drivein-haunt-set-to-close/298752/

How many pictures were filmed in the Woodlands. My parents’ wedding reception was held in the lawns of the very same hotel in the year 1966. Nostalgia. I have been to the restaurant a couple of times no more, after it lost its glory. Probably the owners or lessees lost interest in the business as the date of handover drew closer.

Very recently, the Anna Nagar Tower Club was also taken over by Chennai Corporation after the lease period was found to have expired. The case was dragging for years as the club membership is very impressive.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/anna-nagar-tower-club-illegally-occupying-prime-public-land-corpn-informs-hc/articleshow/66901451.cms

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/80-cr-worth-land-retrieved-from-towers-club/article29729447.ece

Wow wow, what an honest coverage here by TOI and the Hindu. Wonder how then they are keeping quiet about the churches in India, especially Tamil Nadu. Selective amnesia. The leases expired for most or all the cathedrals, churches in Tamil Nadu (and even mostly in entire India) that are over 100 years old because, the British always entered into lease agreements for 99 years, never opting for title deeds on ownership. Then why when Woodlands drive-in restaurant could be taken over by our government, the cathedral opposite the same restaurant with expired lease (most definitely) is not making headlines. Why no media is covering them.

Well, someone is sharing my opinion.

If the churches cannot vacate. let them buy out the real estate properties – mostly prime properties of acres and acres worth thousands of crores by today’s standards – who is stopping them. Or let them pay the market rate as rentals and extend the lease by every 11 months as is normally done in India for any commercial lease. As of date. most of them are illegal occupants or squatters who can be vacated without a notice.

How was Hong Kong taken over by China. The British handed over Hong Kong in silver platter to China after the expiry of the lease period of 100 years. Now will BBC do a cover story on illegal occupation/squatting of churches and cathedrals for free in Indian metros and through out India.

Let every single Indian share the information and let us make this a sensational movement. Let them pay for the lease at least, clearing the balance overdue. It is high time the churches and madarasahs in India are audited. Why Stalin, Vaiko, Seeman, Thirumurugan Gandhi, Actor Vijay are not asking for handover of church lease to government or renewal upto date. Every Hindu should make this a mission to publicize the news. Why is  none moving the court. Should only Subramanyam Swami do it every time?

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Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram aka Mamallapuram, mere 45 km from city, is city as well. Almost. The city expands upto  here and further. In fact, the metrorail may be plying upto the sun-kissed dusty town in near future. Still Mahabalipuram is of Kanjivaram district I suppose for administrative reasons. Situated on the ECR (East Coast Road) enroute to Pondicherry (now Puducherry), the historic seaside maritime port is millennia old, having been a trading center for Tamils for centuries. More than six rock cut Pallava period Dravidian architecture temples here have been washed out into the sea from the shore. What remains as the Shore temple is from the 7th century CE. The Pancha Pandava Rathas, Arjuna’s Tapas all in the rock carvings (the Pandav chariot and the Arjuna tapas cave carved out of single rock formation) point to the existence and flourishing of a vibrant Hindu culture and art in the southern state from over two thousand years before. The Chinese and Romans were regulars trading with this part of India which is why there are Chinese figurines carved into cave temples in Mamallapuram.

This is the reason President Xi probably chose the scenic Mamallapuram for his informal rendezvous with Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi. Xi insisted on taking road to Mamallapuram from airport, turning down aerial transport because he apparently wanted to see this part of the country with his own eyes. I won’t say Chennai is beautiful but I would any day vouch Chennai has this ‘lakshanam’ – auspiciousness about it. Chennai does not have a soaring skyline like Noida or Bangalore or Mumbai and neither is Chennai swanky like Pune or Chandigarh or even curious and classy like Hyderabad or Delhi… Chennai is like one big overgrown village that’s all. It grows on you as and when you live here, never one for making a first and fast impression.

Chennai’s art and culture scene rocks! We could be aptly called the Cultural capital of India. Tamil Nadu is littered with ancient Hindu temples of Dravidian architectural style spreading acres, thousands of them, street to street. The state is a historian/archaeologist’s delight. A month long music season for classical Carnatic is still our annual feature that draws in fans from around the world. Birth place to classical dance form ‘Bharat Natyam.’ Many may not be aware that Kung Fu etc., the martial arts of China had a Hindu-Buddhist founder who originated from Tamil Nadu and migrated to China. While the martial art form died in India, it survived in China.  The monk’s name was Bodhi Verman.

Chennai has given to the world not just the Google CEO Sundar Pichai and outgoing World Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, but also 3 times world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand to Tennis aces Ramanathan Krishnan (world junior Wimbledon champ of his times) and Ramesh Krishnan and Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj. Chennai has produced Noble laureates and eminent scientists and mathematicians and scholars who have made good at global level. Chennai still keeps a low profile ! The best part that the Tamils have played in history is, being a quiet but stable and reliable and constant rock steady part to the idea of India. And this has nothing to do with our voting preferences. Tamils may not vote for the Congress or BJP over the regional Tamil parties, yet Tamils are most nationalistic by nature, and highly underestimated.

Ancient Hindu and especially Tamil Hindu contribution to the world is amazing. Our forefathers were creators, not destroyers and terrorists. They built huge architectural marvels of temples and universities, not mausoleums. India exported the best to the world, not terror and violence. Tamil society had structured grammar by 3rd century BCE and proper built dams (over Kaveri river that stand goods today, world’s first dam) with literary courts functioning in full flow.

Mamallapuram today stands a witness to this great glorious age of our ancient Hindu Tamil Kings who ran a reign of over 1000=2000 continuous years before their lineage came to an end. Pallava kings raised the Mamallapuram structures that are classified UNESCO World Heritage today. In Tamil Nadu, every street has an ancient temple that could be a world heritage site!

I would say, Tamil Nadu has this calming effect on anyone. Not impressive at the outset. People here are less agitated. I have heard north Indians give this opinion. We don’t have a pleasant climate. We are known for our humidity levels and sweaty weather. Yet Tamil Nadu is rated a good or perhaps the best place to live in or raise your children. One reason is, my state people respect law and order and try to follow it!!! Disciplined. Hardworking. Intelligent. These are the three words I would use to describe Thamizhs.

Mamallapuram to Chennaiites is weekend escape.

The last time I was in Mahabalipuram was just a year back. We girls chose a beach resort to unwind and swim (!) in their private beach closed to public.

The ECR is dotted with entertainment places. Pubs, discotheques, beach resorts, multi-cuisine restaurants that can cater to every taste bud… A pucca party place for the party animals. Pondicherry which is less than 100 km is Union Territory where they don’t levy excise duty on liquor. Hence the weekly drive to Pondy!!!

The ECR is also a very dangerous road to drive – known for drunk driving and accidents. Hundreds of casualty every year. I am never comfortable traveling down this road. Years back, this road had the first drive-in seaside cinemas. I watched the memorable picture ‘Bombay’ here curling up in the ground under the car in a cold month. Now the cinemas is in ruins but lots more different places have become fashionable and trendy spots.

Once upon a time, an uncle of mine owned acres of seaside property here that he later sold away for a pittance. Today this stretch leading upto Pondicherry is gold. I won’t say this is a scenic road – because sea view is hidden in most places by structures that have come up in between the sea and the road. Upto 1 km range of land distance from sea level is not approved by government after the Tsunami struck, but that has not dampened the real estate development. (Real estate growth is lukewarm nevertheless happening).

My first visit to Mahabalipuram was in standard 10 in 1984. ECR was a narrow spiraling road then with just a single lane. Every school girl’s first memorable excursion! I think we did not even own a camera then. We enjoyed the day the way one ought to enjoy outings!

Many Tamil pictures were filmed in this road and in the quaint beach resorts of those days that served as lovers’ secret meeting places.

We still take friends visiting us in Chennai to Mahabalipuram. There is a sculpture school there. Good food. Ideal place to spend a weekend. Luxurious beach villas and resorts. Some theme parks are closed, otherwise even for kids the ECR used to be a great stop. Free flow of liquor. A favourite with foreign tourists. The mix with culture makes it all heady!!! Two more attractions on the road before you reach Mahabalipuram: The Crocodile Bank and Dakshina Chitra (heritage architecture showcase).

Well, never expected our PM Modi to meet the Chinese prez Xi here. Hopefully the two drank in heartily from history. Every time I step into an ancient Hindu temple that is at least 1500 or 2000 years old, I think of the Hindu king who built the magnificent structure. For instance, the Brahadeshwara temple is even earthquake proof! You have to walk through these temples to be transported by the mind’s ‘Time machine’ into virtually another world and age.The Shore temple of Mamallapuram is an abandoned structure, no more a functioning temple. It is a miracle it was not affected by the Tsunami! Whenever I visit Mamallapuram, I picture artisans working on these great sculptures in the vibrant town of the Pallavas. In Brahadeshwara temple of Tanjore, nonstop Puja to Lord Shiva is going on for over 1000 years. Most Hindu temples in India are functional for two thousand years easily minimum. North could have had more but they were razed to dust by the Moghuls who raised their bloody mausoleums over our sacred places of worship.

The Shore temple of Mamallapuram is a rare one in that, Lord Shiva is seen here with family. Nowhere else in India can you see Shiva like a family man – mostly He is represented as Shiva Linga.

In Mamallapuram time does come to a standstill – at least for me. I have been here a dozen times, no more. But every time I step in here, I am drawn to this unbelievable proud native history of ours. Pristine. I almost feel a tear drop roll down my eyes. Moving.

As for China-India tie, India is NOT in contest with anyone. India has a soul, China lacks one. India is a time-tested people’s democracy. China is yet to take the acid test that it will fail miserably. The entire future of China may be incumbent finally on this one crucial step that someday China has to dare to take. Inevitable. People in India ACTUALLY LIVE. LIVE LIFE. We are happy the way we are in India. We shall progress at our own pace. We don’t want to saturate ourselves too soon the way China is going at it. Average Indian life holds good in the present. We Indians still throng temples and cinemas and attend concerts and go on holidays. Music is not only for stage performance. Music is for caressing our soul. Sports is not just for winning the Olympic medals. Sports is for our entertainment. That way, even India’s fixation with Cricket is good. Millions soak and enjoy these games. Which is more important to most Indians than winning medals like a machine without a pleasure. India can do better, no doubt, buts India is doing fine anyway.

China is this ruthless moneylender. China has swallowed African territories and even a Sri Lankan port city when they failed to cough up principal with compounded interest. China is modern day East India Company. India will hardly be ever that. INDIA REFUSES TO PROSPER ON OTHERS’ BLOOD, AT OTHERS’ COST. Us vs. Them. When we shed every moral and ethic in the code book, we can become China in no time too. Chinese eat rat and dog for main course. Can majority vegetarian India ever do that. Eat snakes? Do Europeans, Americans do that. Trivial it may sound, trivial it is not. This is the major existential social difference between India and China. Unbridgeable gap. India: Underdeveloped for a reason. Slow with a purpose. When you can eat man’s best friend the dog, then you will stop at nothing.

We were once taken for a ride by Mao Tse Tung. Xi or no Xi, INDIA DOES  NOT AND WILL NOT TRUST CHINA. INDIA WILL NOT GIVE MORE MARKET ACCESS TO CHINA. INDIA WILL NOT BE DIRECTED OR CONTROLLED BY CHINA. INDIA REFUSES TO TOE THE CHINA LINE. INDIA DOES NOT CARE WHAT CHINESE MEDIA THINK OR HOW CHINESE MEDIA PORTRAY INDIA. INDIA WILL NOT JOIN THE SILK ROUTE. INDIA WILL NOT GIVE UP TIBET. INDIA WILL NOT GIVE UP AN INCH OF INDIAN SOIL TO CHINA. Full stop.

Prez Xi, we hosted you with respect because you were our guest. ‘Adhithi Devo Bhava’ – this is our culture. India can afford to antagonize China, India can live without China. India will.

 

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Where Not A Single Naya Paisa Is Of Use.

I don’t want to dwell into morality, legality and ethics concerning PC, our ex finance minister now rotting behind the bars. Do not want to mix politics.

Just wondered how more useless all the wealthy hoardings of P Chidambaram and his son Karthi Chidambaram could get than this, when none of these managed to get the 74 year old senior citizen out of his Tihar cell that reportedly includes an unpartitioned (unscreened) squating toilet facility. Food is stated to be standard prison issue. No air-conditioner.

Is this what these guys worked so hard for … and then some… (!)

Kaliyug, where and when not even your Karma would wait to catch up with you in your next janam. Instant Karma means instance justice. Fast trial.

Time for reflection for the septuagenarian ex minister as well as his son who is in his prime. The family can only watch in agony.