TIME FOR NEW TRIBAL STATES
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai
Telengana struggle with life sacrifices made by students had initiated public debate over reorganization of States. Telegana area extends to 1, 14,800 square kilometers with a population of 3.2 crores. The new state of Telengana wants Districts of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Khammam, Adilabad, Nizambad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Mehboob Nagar incorporated into it. We are concerned more about the large tracts of semi-arid land with low agricultural productivity, one of the main causes of backwardness of the region which had triggered the separate state demand. The new state must have a clear vision on how to distribute these lands to landless tillers or how to take away these lands from landlords, the next door exploiter in every village and how to liberate the poor by turning these lands into high yielding lands owned by the landless. Unless clear plan for equal-distribution of development and empowerment of the poorest of the poor is in their minds bifurcation alone will not bring down heaven to earth in Telengana.
A fresh demand for Tribal State carving out of current Andhra Pradesh known as Manya Seema should act as wake up call. Encompassing Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, East and West Godavari, Visakapattinam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam, the proposed Tribal State Manya Seema touches Telengana, Coastal Andhra and Uttar Andhra including whole of Godavari basin. The Chenchu tribal region including Mahboobnagar, Kurnool and Prakasam is not part of the Manya Seema proposal writes Kancha Illaiah in Op-Ed page of Deccan Chronicle dated 30 th March 2010.
In Gujarat, where I visited twice this year for Anna Centenary meetings, I found in newspapers [ Times of India: Ahamadabad 26.03.2010] that tribal leaders of Narmada, Bharuch, and Surat want Bhilistan comprising tribal areas of Gujarat, Maharastra, Madya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Movement had started in September 2009 and led by Bhilistan Vikas Morcha under the leadership of Mr.Chhotu Vasava, Member of Legislative Assembly from Jhagadia currently in Janata Dal [United]. This news shocked me. During my visits I found overall development of Gujarat under Mr.Narendra Modi, who seems to mean business when it comes to good governance, in spite of tainted image caused by riots. Further Mr.Narendra Modi was one of the two Chief Ministers who replied by email when I sought his presence for an Eye Opening Seminar on Indian policies towards Eelam Tamils which was planned to be held in New Delhi in 2006 but could not due to ego clashes of Pro-Eelam supporting parties. This showed his readiness to show solidarity with Tamil cause, so amidst ideological divisions I found him a better democrat than others. This time my 10 year old friend Elavenil daughter of Dr.Valarivan took me to the Akshardam Exhibition adjacent to temple. There for all portraits details were written except one. A king appeared dead in his throne, and a lady in tears seeking justice before him breaking her anklet. It surprised me why this story did not get its due illustration. May be a story similar to Tamil epic Silapathikaram existed in Gujarat or that portrait narrates Silapathikaram, so wantonly details were not written. I told her even if she writes Chief Minister Narendra Modi will rectify this mistake. Such was the impression he had left on me, but if in a state governed by him a New Tribal state demand could emerge, he must read the writing on the wall. Yes, even he had failed to deliver justice to tribals, is what I could arrive at my thinking.
DISADVANTAGED INDEGENOUS DEMAND: GONDWANA
Gondwana will have a population of 2.65 crores covering 1.59 lakh square kilometers, if new state emerges. It can elect 15 Members of Parliament.
Our party received a publication titled The Disadvantaged Indigenous registered with the Registrar of Newspapers in India in 2007. It is a news letter edited by Mr.Sheetal Markam, who claims to be the Commander in Chief of Gondwana Mukthi Sena. On going through the news letter it became evident, that the Editor had sought to register the title Scientists for Social Change but Registrar of News papers in India approved The Disadvantaged Indigenous on 18th July 2007.
It is a good title indicative of the ground realities in India. There are many struggles that go unreported in the media. Planning Commission of India, at the dawn of this century in 2000 confessed that 25 million persons have been displaced since 1950 in the name of development. Out of this 40 percent are tribals, and there rehabilitation had been a mirage chase.
The National Development Council, while apprising in mid term, the Tenth Five Year Plan admits that ” The tribals are being alienated from their lands due to the acquisition of land for public purposes, through fraudulent transfers, forcible evictions, mortgages, leases and encroachments, and the extent of land alienation stood at 2005 at 2.79 lakh acres in Andra Pradesh, 1.58 lakh acres in Madya Pradesh, 1.3 lakh acres in Karnataka, 1.16 lakh acres in Gujarat.” The voices of protest are not being heard. The tribals, who hoped independence will illuminate their lives, lost their land holdings and were driven into darkness of poverty. This had triggered various political demands including separate state for tribals. At the outset, it may appear that Constitution of India, through article 46 of the Directive Principles assures that “The state shall promote, with special care, the education and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and in particular of the Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of social exploitation.
Words won’t offer solace; deeds only will wipe tears from the cheeks of the tribals. Directive Principle also promises total prohibition, but that is not enforceable, it is meant to parade to the world the noble intentions of the Indian nation. Unless noble intentions and wishful dreams turn into reality, poverty cannot be wiped out, and in the survival of the fittest, tribals are the losers.
OTHER NEW STATE DEMANDS
►BUNDELKHAND: The state from where Chenji ruler Raja Desingh and Deccan Chronicle Consultant Editor R.Bhagwan Singh came to Tamil land, has a population of 5 crores in an area of 60,000 square kilometers to be carved out of 7 Districts each of Uttar Pradesh and Madya Pradesh. This region can send 10 Members of Parliament.
►POORVANCHAL: The proposed Poorvanchal state carved out of 27 Districts of Uttar Pradesh has 6.66 crore population covering an area of 86,000 square kilometers. It can elect 23 Members of Parliament.
►HARIT PRADESH : The proposed Harit Pradesh, the nourished dream of Mr.Ajit Singh, has a population of 5 crores covering 50,000 square kilometers. It can send 22 Members of Parliament.
►UTTAR PRADESH: After tri-furcation Uttar Pradesh will be left with 3 crore population living in 70,928 sqaure kilometers, covering current 15 Districts of UP. This state can still send 31 Members of Parliament.
►VIDHARBA : With a population of 2.63 crore carved out of 11 Districts of Maharastra with an area of 97,321 square kilometers could send 10 Members of Parliament, once new state emerges.Vidharba Jan Andholan led by Kishore Tiwari is heading the struggle for separate state.
►SAURASTRA : With a population of 1.25 crore covering 80,000 square kilometers in 7 Districts of Gujarat can elect 7 Members of Parliament once new state is carved out.
►GORKALAND: To be carved out of 2 Districts of West Bengal with a population of 30 lakhs covering 6450 square kilometers, the long drawn struggle by Gorkhaland Janmukthi Morcha, has the support of its Member of Parliament, scholarly Jaswant Singhji.
►MAHAKOSHAL: To be carved out of 10 Districts of Orissa in an area of 50,399 kilometers and a population of 90 lakhs, this new state could send 6 Members of Parliament. In this area I lived few years operating granite quarries and I know nook and corner of this region.
►BODOLAND: To be carved out of 4 Districts of Assam in an area of 8795 square kilometers wherein 30 lakh people live, Bodoland can send one Member of Parliament.
►KUDAGU; With 6 lakh population in an area of 1400 square kilometers, the proposed state to be carved out of Karnataka can elect one Member of Parliament once it emerges.
►KARAIKAL: The Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group for which I am the Honorary President and Mr.A.S.T.Ansari Babu is the General Secretary had been fighting since 2005, to end the impractical bundling together of 3 enclaves near Bay of Bengal and 1 enclave closer to Arabian Sea, separated by hundreds of kilometers and forms UT of Puducherry, not a contiguous territory leading to economic backwardness to enclaves .Heeding our call to defeat all sitting 6 MLA’s who did not secure economic justice for Karaikal during last elections all 4 Congress legislators lost seats, remaining 2 scrapped through with 33 and 197 votes by DMK legislators. Karaikal is the only territory that seeks separate UT status, on the lines of enclaves of Goa made as UT when statehood was conferred on Goa. Citing this precedent Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group had mailed appeals to all Members of Parliament in Indian Parliament.
Dravida Peravai endorses the need for State Re-Organization Commission. At the same time we want the leaders who demand separate states to spell out what magical formula they hold closer to their chest to end poverty and empower all sections of society and take them towards path of prosperity, instead of just saying separate state will bring heavenly comforts to earth. Leaders must have a mission. Let all of us put our brains together, debate what went wrong, why backwardness crept in, what made few segments of society affluent while tribals had to perish.
■ What Nethaji thought of Aurobindo Ghosh and his teachings?
Nethaji Subbash Chandra Bose was Chairman of All India Youth Congress in December 1928. In his speech he attacked two schools of thought, which have their centers at Sabarmati and Pondicherry, namely schools of Gandhi and Aurobindo. Gandhi’s school according to Nethaji opined “modernity was bad, economic development unnecessary and that we must go back to the days of bullock cart”. The Pondicherry school created “a feeling and an impression that there is nothing higher or nobler than peaceful contemplation”.
■ What happened to Mahatma Gandhi’s request to meet Aurobindo Ghosh?
Mahatma Gandhi wrote that “ever since my return to India I have been anxious to meet you face to face…Now that is almost certain that I am to be in Pondicherry will you spare me few minutes and see me? Aurobindo Ghosh replied in his own hand: “ I think you will understand that it is not personal or mental choice but something impersonal from deeper source for the inner necessity of work and sadhana that prevents me from receiving you but I cannot do otherwise than keep to the rule I have adhered to for some years past”.
Aurobindo refused to meet Mahatma Gandhi, yet Sonia Gandhi’s party is bent on spending government money for celebrating his arrival to this soil.
■ Mother, is she a Jew?
Gabriel Monod Herzen, a biographer of Aurobindo Ghosh says: Moise Maurice Alfassa’s birth was registered with the foreign Jewish community of Constantinople, under Italian protection. Mirra is short form of Miriam, a common Jewish forename. One of Mirra’s other forenames, Rachel, was the forename of her paternal grandmother Rachel Hillel. Mirra’s maternal grandmother, Mira Ismalum nee Pinto, wrote in her memoirs that she and her husband were of the Jewish religion. This information should be kept secret. After all we Indians should only call her Mother. I am against calling anyone other than one’s own Mother as Mother. All women must be revered like mother, I don’t dispute it. This practice of calling Mirra Alfassa as Mother had opened the floodgates of other spiritual masculine masters too,[ all know Bangaru Adigal is called as Amma] urging their followers to call themselves Amma. This craziness catches political leaders too and Miss J.Jayalalitha had become Amma. Everyone forgets their own mother and calls other for sake of sycophancy as Mother. This practice I don’t welcome.
■ How the life of Aurobindo Ghosh ended?
In mid 1949 Aurobindo began to experience frequent and difficult urination. Dr.Prabhat Sanyal from Calcutta diagnosed …. Later one day the symptoms of Aurobindo’s prostatic-hyperplasia reappeared. The doctors were confident that he would use his yogic force to make them subside and were dismayed when the symptoms worsened. Albumen appeared in the urine, then acetone, a grave signal…… It was chilly during the monsoon and Aurobindo’s discomfort increased. A few days before November 24 darshan, Dr.Satyavrata Sen was consulted. He confirmed the diagnosis. But what is the remedy, Aurobindo asked. The only radical remedy was to remove the prostrate surgically. It was relatively safe and straightforward procedure, but they were aware that Aurobindo and Mother would never approve of it….. Darshan passed off
Over the next few days Aurobindo’s symptoms worsened. The doctors had no alternative than to pass a catheter. This gave immediate relief, but also brought on a fever. Dr.Sanyal was called from Calcutta. Arriving on the evening of November 30 of 1949 he asked Aurobindo what the trouble was. Trouble, Aurobindo replied “Nothing troubles me, and suffering, one can be above it” Nirodbaran reminded him of his urinary difficulties. After consulting with other doctors and checking the lab reports, Dr.Sanyal explained Aurobindo and his Mother that Aurobindo had a mild kidney infection. He hoped anti-biotic and normal drainage would set things right. The next day there was considerable improvement.
On December 2 Dr.Sanyal explained that the condition was slightly worse and sought permission to try more aggressive treatment. Mother did not consent; she told his body would not respond to powerful drugs. That evening Aurobindo’s temperature shot up to 102 degrees. He began to have trouble in breathing, sign of reduced kidney efficiency. The doctors insisted that he have a blood analysis. The results were staggering “all the signs of imminent kidney failure.
December 5: Around one of clock in the morning Mother of Ashram came back to his room. Then she told doctors call me when the time comes and went back to her room. At that time Aurobindo’s breathing was so labored that he had to be given oxygen. Around 1:15 he roused himself, inquired about the time and asked Nirodbaran for something to drink. After sipping a bit of juice, he plunged within. At 1:26 Aurobindo placed his arms on chest and breathed his last….
Those who read this will know how he passed away, the ailment he had and that caused his death. It is like any other human being facing his end, and that is why Ashram is scared that all myths built around him to generate an aura will vanish in air, if rationalists start raising questions.
His death proves that his integral yoga could not transform his cells, locating the mind in each cell, nor he had found the key to death nor he had attained a super mind. His physical ailment cannot be cured by his yoga, doctors are needed. So the myth he is an avatar or god on earth or God-man will be punctured if the fact about his natural death due to kidney failure is known. All fantastic prose and poetry woven around a false belief that immortality on Earth could be attained stood exposed by his death.
Nothing abnormal, in past Tamil Saint Thirumoolar claimed that by yoga he lived for 3000 years and wrote one poem every year in his Classic known as “Thirumanthiram”. Mathew Arnold wrote a poem scholar gypsy where he stated that gypsies knew the secret to live for 200 or 300 years. Saint Ramalinga Adigal claimed that he will attain a body of light and vanish in the space. Justice Balaramiah, a known follower of Ramalinga Adigal wrote a book “Vallalar Death: is it murder or mukthi?’
So seers and sages where chasing the idea of conquering death, and all failed. Aurobindo too failed, that is why I call him failed prophet.
■Do you say his yoga had no power?
From the events narrated it seems his body did not get decomposed for few days. I think his yogic power might have caused that achievement. “The laws of French India required funerals to take place within 48 hours, so permission had to be attained to delay Aurobindo’s internment. On the morning of December 7 Dr V.P.Barbet Chief Medical Officer of Pondicherry together with Dr.Sanyal and Dr.Nirodbaran examined Aurobindo’s body and found no sign of decomposition. On morning of December 9, hundred hours after the moment of death, the first signs of decomposition appeared. At 5 o clock body placed in a rosewood casket was lowered into the vault. No religious rites were observed. Nolini and Champaklal threw earth into the vault before it was sealed.
Only 100 hours a body could be maintained without decomposing, that alone integral yoga could deliver, this is what rationalists feel and we have freedom of expression to talk about a death which is part of history. Ashram people are not dictators to seal all lips and plaster all ears and blind all eyes of people who read history, who unearth hidden history.
To be continued…………………….
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai
Aringnar Anna had left his imprint on Tamil soil and history. No one disputed the claim of Kalaignar M.Karunanithi to be the descendent of the legacy of Aringnar Anna. But with deep anguish I have to place on record that Kalaignar M.Karunanithi, the ruler of Tamilnadu had not done justice to his mentor. Dravida Peravai wrote to him in 2005 urging him to emulate the example of Maharastra Government by publishing Collected Works of Aringnar Anna in all Indian languages. I wrote when in newspapers I read about Tamilnadu Government nationalization of Panmozhip Pulavar K.Appathuraiyar. I as student leader had spoken on same platform in Nehru Girls High School of Chrompet near Chennai in 1969, when the Chengelput Student DMK Secretary Jagathratchakan had organized that meet. It is to be borne in mind that Appathuraiyar’s writings played highlighting Tamil culture and history thereby strengthening the roots of Dravidian Movement. Further Appathuraiyar is a product of DMK. Yet only nationalizing the works of Tamil scholars, offering assistances to their family thereby earning praises in return alone was practiced, sorry to say by my forever leader Kalaignar. Leaving the sharks in publishing industry to publish scholarly works will not yield revenue for the publishers who will keep the price high enough only to sell to libraries and never the common man, or to quote Anna in Tamil, the samaniyan for whose sake this Dravidian Movement came to redeem from ignorance and illuminate his brain, will not be able to buy at market prices. Hence Dravida Peravai while stressing the need to publish Aringnar Anna’s Collected Works also urged Tamilnadu Government to publish at Government cost all works of all scholars whose works Tamilnadu Government had nationalized or is going to be nationalized.
Dravida Peravai urged that Murasoli Maran’s Maanila Suyatchi [State Autonomy] book be nationalized and published by Government of Tamilnadu. This appeal appeared in Tamil dailies like Dinamani and Dinakaran in 2005. Thereafter umpteen number of occasions I had stressed this, the last one being the Ahamadabad DMK organized Anna Centenary Conclusion Function on January 26 th of 2010, where I was chief guest.
Last year Marumalarchi DMK Publications Secretary A.Vanthiyathevan wanted to bring out all Parliamentary Speeches of Anna in English. We know that Mr.Panruti S.Ramachandran, current Chairman of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam had published in English a book Anna Speaks. But that was incomplete.Hence we both were talking and talking for over a year to compile all English writings and speeches of Anna to bring out the Collected English works of Anna.
Recently Industrialist Gem Granites Veeramani wrote a nice article in center page of Dinamani. Reacting to it, I wrote a letter to him and my other close friend Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology Mr.G.Viswanathan on the need to publish all works of all Dravidian leaders including Navalar, N.V.Natarajan, AVP.Asaithambi, Professor Kandappan, K.A.Mathialagan, K.Rajaram , Rama Arangannal, SS Thennarsu, CP Citrarasu, Kanchi Kalyanasundaram etc and not leaving anyone, collecting whatever is available. If I had money I would not have made appeals. Under Aringnar Anna Foundation headed by me I would have done it. DMK grew by educating Tamils through numerous magazines and every writer who had sown the seeds for this movement should be remembered not by way of statues but by way of their writings reaching Tamils. When DMK did not have an office, it is Nadipisai Pulavar K.R.Ramasamy who through his drams collected funds to buy the first DMK office Arivagam at Royapuram of Chennai. Now that DMK is on the right track to build party offices in Districts, the sychophancy-gunia , a new desease like chickengunia caught DMK leaders who started naming all offices after Kalaignar. Kalaignar who knew the pulse of the people recently had offered course correction at Villupuram, when he announced that in Districts the DMK offices will be named after DMK stalwarts who laid the foundation for the party. We hope in Madurai, Madurai S.Muthu Arivagam will be set up. In Tanjore Mannai V.Narayanasamy Arivagam be built. In Cuddalore Ira.Ilamvazhuthi Arivagam will come up. Let us hope these and more wonders will happen.
Having said all these I am now to justify that KOSOVO KANNAN had beaten KALAIGNAR in the race to win the Cup for Upholding Anna’s legacy. With immense delight and joy beyond bounds I read THE TIMES OF INDIA story by Shalini Umachandran who wrote “TAKING ANNA TO ENGLISH AUDIENCE “. She said that R.Kannan’s biography of C.N.Annadurai tells the story of the man who transformed the social and political landscape of Tamilnadu. Who is this Kannan? Anna’s followers know him through his writings. He works in the United Nation Mission in Kosovo. That is why the title of this blog speaks of KOSOVO KANNAN versus KALAIGNAR in the contest to prove who had done what to uphold Anna’s legacy.
Let me quote what Shalini Umachandran of Times of India wrote:
Being in the political office of the UN Mission in Kosovo involves writing a number of detailed often in consequential reports. So Kannan decided to do something to engage himself in free time-write books on C.N.Annadurai, former Tamilnadu Chief Minister and founder of DMK.“There are no biographies in English of South Indian leaders with the exception of Rajaji, and that was written by his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi. Periyar, Kamaraj, Anna, PT Thiyagarayar….. there are roads [ shalini, sorry I cut the caste suffix, because even my street name is caste name but I had made it sound like that wise-all street…. No caste please ] named after these heroes of the Dravidian Movement but no decent biographies of them in English says the 48 year old who was born in Chennai and practiced law here before joining UN. [DMK has its Shashi Taroor to send to Loksabha and Union Cabinet but that will happen when extempore orators like Nanjil K.Manoharan get party tickets, otherwise like Dr Maithreyan of Anna DMK, sorry Amma DMK who dutifully read DMK too will choose men of such ilk]
His new book ANNA: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF C.N.ANNADURAI to be released on March 19 is aimed at bringing Anna into English for the non-Tamil audience. He adds that there are number of young people who speak but are unable to read or write Tamil. “And that means they have no clue who this man was who created a feeling of Tamil unity.” Says Kannan, in the city for the launch of his book. “Anna is ritually invoked but largely forgotten” adds Kannan, whose biography blends scathing criticism with generous praise to tell the story of the man who transformed the social and political landscape of Tamilnadu.
“Every community with a separate linguistic, cultural or ethnic identity is jostling for space in India. It is like a mother with many children, there is always a scramble to feed them all together. In this race for attention, Anna introduced a sense of Tamil cultural identity which was not emphasized before” he says .The DMK which Anna founded after he broke away from Periyar appealed to the fringe elements.
“The Dravidian movement brought to fore the pedestrian, the labourer, the slum dweller, and the people who never had a political voice. But the question we need to ask is: having brought them to forefront, has there been a real improvement, so did the movement serve its cause? Kannan says.Though he is quite critical, his admiration for the Dravidian Movement, though not Dravidanadu is evident. “As a student, I heard Karunanithi and MGR speak. They had a way of captivating the masses. My father introduced me to the writings and speeches of Anna. I handle Tamil and English well and in 2004-05 did a serious of articles on Anna for a newspaper which gave me the idea of doing an entire book” he explains.
Kannan drew on Anna’s speeches, writings and articles, as well as memoirs of his disciples and associates like Karunanithi, MGR, Arangannal and Navalar Nedunchezhian. “A lot of material I used is being translated into English for the first time, says Kannan, who also introduces readers to Periyar, Karunanithi, MGR, and a whole cast of characters.‘Whether in professional or personal life, it is the person who has good language skills and presents the ideas well who succeeds…… and Anna is a classic case of this” he says. ““He was a simple man who reached huge heights. It is not clear whether he is failing or the failing of others that not a single one of his disciples has been able to emulate his simplicity and humility’ says Kannan, who hopes to write books on Periyar and the history of Dravidian movement in the future. He also plans to return to India in five years and dedicate himself to public life as he believes politics needs more people who just speak the truth and are not in it as career.
THANKS FOR TIMES OF INDIA: BUT FOR ME TO THANK TAMILNADU CHIEF MINISTER KALAIGNAR M.KARUNANITHI the following steps are needed.
1. Collected Works of Anna must be published in Tamil, English and Hindi and spread throughout India, just as Maharastra Government did with regard to Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar.
2. Mr.R.Kannan’s book: ANNA: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF C.N.ANADURAI must be bought in thousands by Tamilnadu Government and distributed to all major libraries of India. No cut outs for R.Kannan, no shawls for R.Kannan, let the practice of installing statues and memorials give way to publishing and popularizing the works of Anna and other Dravidian leaders begin as befitting tribute to Mr.R.Kannan.
3. The MGR Government entrusted the work to writing a book on Periyar to a team lead by famous educationist Mr.N.D.Sundaravadivelu, who after 7 years of labour gave manuscript which MGR gave to one educationist of self financing college along with money to publish it. But it went missing. Like tracing Nithyananda CD’s the CBCID police must trace and manuscript, redeem it and publish. My friend Editor Mr Rao of Suryakathir had allowed me to write on Nethaji, wherein I wrote that Pandit Nehru entrusted the work of writing the history of INA to Mr Radha Vonod Pal and that manuscript must be unearthed by CBI so as to see the light. As alliance partner DMK leader Kalaignar M.Karunanithi had to persuade Centre to publish the history of INA.
4. Having said I have a feeling that Kalaignar will be unhappy with my open expression. I would like to recall my recent Ahamadabad speech where I said DMK is like BJP and my party DP is like RSS, which I further elaborated and said DMK is my religion and DP my party. In the same meeting I spoke of those days when in Malaysia, Singapore and Ceylon DMK existed. I am reproducing a photograph of Anna in Malaysia where he said DMK’s meetings are like evening colleges to educate masses. This photo is from National Archives of Singapore. I popularized it in net. Tamil Sunday Indian Editor Asokan gave me lot of photographs of Anna which are in my orkut site. Why not Government of Tamilnadu launch Anna Archives on line? The Jharkand Governor M.O.H.Farook Maricar during his recent visit went to Thirunallar temple. Over cell phone I commented to his friend AST Ansari Babu that Farook went as Maraicar to Jharkand and came back to Karaikal as Iyyengar. When this comment was passed on to His Excellency M.O.H.Farook, he had said “by making such comments only Nandhivarman who could have scaled heights politically is in the lowest strata. I have no regrets. Kalaignar knows me and my comments he will take it sportively. Over my catacomb if it is written herein remains one staunch disciple of Anna that is enough as credit to my life.
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai 53 B Calve Subburayar Street Puducherry 605001
நீரின்றி தவிக்கப்போகும் இந்தியா ……. N.Nandhivarman
விண்ணை முட்டும் அளவுக்கு வெள்ளம் ஓடினாலும், காசு கொடுத்து தண்ணீர் குடிக்கிற நிலமைக்குதான் இந்திய மக்களுக்கு! இங்கே தேசிய நதியை மாநில அரசு சிறை பிடித்து வைத்திருக்கும் அவலம் தமிழனுக்கு. இந்நிலையில், வருங்காலப் பிரதமரான ராகுல்காந்தி தமிழகம் வந்தார். ”நதிநீர் இணைப்புத் திட்டம் ஆபத்தானது. இதனால் சுற்றுச்சூழல் பாதிக்கப்படும்” என்றார். இது ராகுல்காந்தியின் தனிப்பட்ட கருத்து என்று காங்கிரஸார் சப்பைக் கட்டு கட்டினாலும், ராகுலின் அம்மா சோனியா இதை 2004-ம் ஆண்டே உதிர்த்துவிட்டார்.
ஒரு விஷயம் தெரியுமா? இந்தியாவின் வெளியுறவுக் கொள்கையில் பல கோளாறுகள் இல்லாததால், வட இந்திய நதிகள் அனைத்தும் வறண்டுபோகும் அபாயத்தில் உள்ளது. காரணம் சீனா. ”விண்வெளியில் இருந்து படம் பிடித்தால், தெளிவாகத் தெரிவது எகிப்திய பிரமிடுகளும் பிரம்மபுத்ரா நதியுமே!” என்று சமீபத்தில் நாசா விஞ்ஞானிகள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். இதுவரை சீனப் பெருஞ்சுவர்தான் என்று நம்பி வந்தவர்களுக்கு இது அதிர்ச்சியாக இருக்கலாம். பிரம்மபுத்ரா திபெத்தில் உற்பத்தியாகிறது. அதன் நீரைத் திசை திருப்பி, சீனா தன்னுடைய யாங்சி நதியுடன் இனைப்பதால், இனி வட மாநிலங்கள் தண்ணீரின்றி தவிக்கப்போவது நிச்சயம். விமானப் பயணம் மேற்கொண்டவர்களுக்குத் தெரியும் – கோடை காலங்களில் பிரம்மபுத்ராவில் தண்ணீரே இல்லை என்பது. இது சீனாவின் செய்கையால் ஏற்பட்டது. எல்லை தாண்டி வில்லங்கம் செய்யும் அதன் கோரமுகம் நமக்கெல்லாம் தெரியும்.
ஆனால், ‘உலக மக்கள்தொகையில் பாதிப்பேர் பயன்படுத்தும் நதிகளின் நீரை அது கபளீகரம் செய்வது குறித்து இந்திய அரசுக்கு தெரியுமா?’ என்றால், தெரியும். ஆனால் தெரியாது. அணைகள் பற்றிய உலக ஆணையம் 2003-ம் ஆண்டு ஒரு விவரம் வெளியிட்டது. அதன்படி, நாடு முழுக்க 22,000 அணைக்கட்டுகளை நிறுவி உலகில் முதலிடம் வகிக்கிறது சீனா. இந்தியாவோ 4,291 அணைக்கட்டுகளுடன் மூன்றாமிடம் வகிக்கிறது. அமெரிக்காவில் இருப்பது 6,575 அணைக்கட்டுகள். ‘அணை கட்டுவது தவறா? விவசாயம் வளர்ச்சி பெறத்தானே!’ என்று சிலர் வாதிடலாம். நம் சோழ மன்னர்கள் கட்டியது அணைகள் அல்ல, நீர்த்தேக்கங்கள். தமிழனின் பொறியியல் அறிவை பூமிக்கு உரைப்பவை. ஆனால், சீனா கட்டி வரும் கல்லணைகள் ஆபத்து நிறைந்தவை. சிந்து, பிரம்மபுத்ரா, யாங்சி ஆகிய நதிகள் திபெத்தில்தான் உற்பத்தியாகின்றன. உலக மக்கள்தொகையில் பாதி இன்று சீனா வசமுள்ள திபெத்தின் ஆற்றுப்படுகைகளில் வாழ்ந்துகொண்டிருக்கிறது. இந்த நதிகளின் குறுக்கே சீனா அணைகள் கட்ட ஆரம்பித்து இன்று வரை 23 வருடங்கள் ஆகின்றன.
இந்தியாவோ இதன் ஆபத்து குறித்து அலட்சியமாக இருக்கிறது. ஐ.நா.வின் சுற்றுச்சூழல் திட்டமும் ஆசிய பொறியியல் நிறுவனமும், ‘சீனாவின் ‘மேகாங்’ நதியின் குறுக்கே எட்டு அணைகள் வருவதன் மூலம் சுற்றுச்சூழலுக்கும் மக்களுக்கும் பேரி டர் காத்துள்ளது’ என எச்சரித்திருக்கிறது. ‘தாய்லாந்து, லாவோசு, கம்போடியா, வியட்நாம் ஆகிய நாடுகளில் 60 மில்லியன் மக்கள் தண்ணீரின்றி தவிப்பார்கள். விவசாயமும் மீன் பிடி தொழிலும் முற்றாக அழியும்’ என்கிறார்கள் சுற்றுச்சூழல் ஆர்வலர்கள். 1993 முதல் 2004 வரை மேகாங் நதியின் குறுக்கே மூன்று அணைகள் கட்டப்பட்டன. நான்காவது அணை 2012-ல் முடிவடைய உள்ளது. நான்கு பில்லியன் டாலரில் கட்டப்படும் இது, உலகின் மிக உயரமான அணையாக 292 மீட்டரில் உயர்ந்து நிற்கும். இதன் ஆபத்தை உணர்ந்த தாய்லாந்து, லாவோசு, கம்போடியா, மியான்மர் ஆகிய நாடுகள், 1995-ம் ஆண்டு ‘மேகாங் நதி ஆணையம்’ ஒன்றை உருவாக்கி பிரச்னையைத் தீர்க்க முயன்று வருகின்றன. தண்ணீர் தாதா சீனாவோ, ‘ஆணையத்தில் இணைய முடியாது. கட்டப் பஞ்சாயத்துக்கு நீங்கள் கட்டுப்பட வேண்டும்’ என்று ஆட்டம்போடுகிறது. இதன் காரணமாக, மக்களைத் திரட்டிக் கையெழுத்து இயக்கம் நடத்திய தாய்லாந்து பிரதமர் அபிசிட் வெஜஜிவா, தண்ணீரைத் தடுக்கும் சீனாவுக்கு கடந்த ஜூன் மாதம் கண்டனக் கடிதமே கொடுத்துவிட்டார். மன்மோகன் சிங்கோ மௌனசாமியாராக இருக்கிறார்.
இப்போது இந்தியா தவிர்த்து தெற்காசிய நாடுகள் அனைத்தும் சீனாவுக்கு எதிராக குரல் எழுப்பத் தொடங்கிவிட்டன. இந்திரா காந்தியின் சிறப்புத் தூதுவரும் அயலுறவுக் கொள்கையின் மேதையுமான ஜி.பார்த்தசாரதி, ‘கடல் எல்லையை வரையறை செய்வதில் மற்ற நாடுகளுடன் கலந்தாலோசிக்காமல் ‘இதுதான் உன் நாட்டு எல்லை’ என தெற்காசிய நாடுகள் மீது சீனா ஆதிக்கம் செலுத்தி வருகிறது’ என்று குற்றம் சாட்டுகிறார். சர்வதேச நதிகள் அமைப்பின் தலைவர் அவிவா இமாஃப், ‘ஆசியாவின் பெரிய நதிகள் அனைத்தும் திபெத்தில் உற்பத்தி ஆகின்றன. இந்த நதிகள் மீது சீனா கட்டும் அணைகளால் கடைமடைப்பகுதி நாடுகள் பாலைவனமாகும்’ என எச்சரிக்கிறார்.
இலங்கைக்கு கச்சத்தீவை தாரைவார்க்கும் முன், பர்மாவுக்கு கொக்கோ தீவுகளை தாரை வார்த்தது இந்தியா. இது அந்தமானில் இருந்து 45 கி.மீ. தூரத்தில் இருக்கிறது. அந்த கொக்கோ தீவுகளில் இப்போது ரஷியத் தயாரிப்பு ராடார்களைப் பொருத்தி, ஒரிசா வின் சண்டிப்பூர் ஏவுகணைத் தளத்தை கண்காணித்துக்கொண்டிருக்கிறது சீனா. இதை லண்டனில் உள்ள ‘இண்டர்நேஷனல் இன்ஸ்டிட்யூட் ஆஃப் ஸ்ட்ரடஜிக் ஸ்டீல்ஸ்’ அமைப்பும் உறுதி செய்கிறது. ‘வங்கக் கடலுக்கும் மலாக்கா நீரிணைக்கும் இடையில் செல்லும் கப்பல்களை சீனா கொக்கோ தீவுகளில் இருந்து கண்காணித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது.’ என்கிறது அந்த அமைப்பு. மேலும், மியான்மர் நாட்டின் ஆறு துறைமுகங்களில் கப்பல் படைத்தளம் அமைக்கவும் சீனா ஒப்பந்தம் செய்திருக்கிறது. இதேபோல், வங்க தேசத்தின் சிட்டகாங் துறைமுகத்தைப் பயன்படுத்திக்கொள்ள அந் நாட்டு அரசு சீனாவுக்கு அனுமதி அளித்துள்ளது. மேலும் பாகிஸ்தானில் (நம் குஜராத் எல்லை அருகே) ஆழ்கடல் துறைமுகம் அமைக்க 250 மில்லியன் டாலர் செலவழித்திருக்கிறது. தென்னிலங்கையில் அம்பன் தோட்டாவில் படைத்தளம் அமைத்து காலூன்றியுள்ள சீனா, நம்மை நிம்மதியாக இருக்க விடாது. இப்படியாக வங்கதேசம், மியான்மர், பாகிஸ்தான், இலங்கை ஆகிய நாடுகளில் வங்கக் கடலுக்கும் இந்து மாக்கடலுக்கும் சம்பந்தமே இல்லாத சீனா காலூன்றிவிட்டது. மேலும், மாலத்தீவு அருகே மரோ தீவை 25 ஆண்டு குத்தகைக்கு எடுத்துக்கொண்டதன் மூலம் அரபிக்கடலையும் ஆக்கிரமித்துவிட்டது. ஒருவேளை சீன-இந்தியப் போர் ஏற்பட்டால்… வங்கக் கடல், இந்துமாக் கடல், அரபிக் கடல் என மூன்று முனைகளிலும் மூக்குடைபடும் இந்தியா.
சீனாவின் ராணுவ பலம் என்னவென்பது கடந்த அதன் அறுபதாவது தேசிய தினமான அக்டோபர் 1-ம் தேதியே உலகத்துக்குத் தெரிந்துவிட்டது. தரையில் 30 படைப் பிரிவுகளும் வானில் 12 படைப்பிரிவுகளுமாக உலகின் பிரமாண்ட ராணுவ அணிவகுப்பாக அது இருந்தது. குறிப்பாக, அமெரிக்காவுக்கு தன் பலத்தை அது கோடிட்டுக் காட்டியது. இந்தியா பற்றி அது கவலைப்பட்டதாகவே தெரியவில்லை. வடக்கு சிக்கிமில் எல்லை தாண்டி வந்து சீனா துப்பாக்கிச் சூடு நடத்தியதாகக் கூறப்படும் சம்பவமே இதற்கு சான்று. ஆனால், இந்தியாவும் சீனாவும் இதைச் சுத்தமாக மறுக்கின்றன. ஒரு படி மேலேபோன இந்தியா, ‘இதுபோன்ற செய்தி வெளியிடும் பத்திரிகையாளர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும்’ எனவும் எச்சரித்திருக்கிறது. சரி, நாம் தண்ணீர் விஷயத்துக்கு வருவோம். அணைகள் போதாதென்று, வட இந்தியாவை பாலைவனமாக்குவதற்காக திபெத்தில் மட்டும் 750 நீர்மின் நிலையங்களைக் கட்டிவருகிறது சீனா. இதற்காக 244 மில்லியன் பவுண்ட் பணத்தை முதலீடு செய்திருக்கிறது. அப்படியானால், நிலவில் தண்ணீர் கண்டுபிடித்துள்ள இந்தியா இனி அங்கிருந்துதான் வட இந்தியாவுக்கு குடிநீர் கொண்டுவர வேண்டும். மேலும், வெள்ளப்பெருக்கு என்ற பேச்சுக்கே இடமில்லை என்பதால், ‘நமக்கு செலவு மிச்சம்!’ என்று மத்திய – மாநில அரசுகள் சந்தோஷப்பட்டுக் கொள்ளலாம். முடிவில், வறண்ட நதிகளை இணைப்பது வெட்டிச் செலவு என்பதால் நதிநீர் இனைப்புத் திட்டமும் கைவிடப்படும். ஆக, இனி ஏகப்பட்ட அணைகள், 750 நீர்மின் நிலையங்கள் மூலம் சீனா ஒளிரும். வறண்டு போகும் வட இந்தியாவும் இதர தெற்காசிய நாடுகளும் வறுமையின் பிடியில் மூழ்கும்.
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Thiru.Manmohan Singh Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways Selvi.Mamata Banerjee Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Railways Thiru.E.Ahamad
Respected Prime Minister and Union Railway Minister
Subject: Urging inclusion in Union Budget the Indian component of Trans Asian Rail network and East Coast Rail link between Chennai and Cuddalore regarding
We, urge Indian Government to incorporate projects with international aspirations aimed at integrating India in a globalized economy and to pursue some initiatives taken so far but not implemented. Political will is needed to rise above petty politics and to pursue projects that would give boost to Indian economy. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has for long been pushing for a 1, 14,000-km Trans Asian railway network that will connect Europe with Asia. ASEAN countries have entered into intergovernmental agreement with South Asian countries on the rail network which had come in to force from June, 2009 and will need investments worth $15 billion to connect the missing links. India and the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) had inked a duty-free trade agreement in August 2009 to strengthen economic relations.
The only transportation link with the region is through a road in Moreh in Manipur and Tamu in Myanmar. With a broad gauge running throughout the region, infrastructure would not be a problem and the rail link could be connected on the existing line. A rail line can be built between India and Thailand through Bangladesh and Myanmar. There is already a railway line connecting India with Bangladesh but the only hurdle is the missing link in the form of Myanmar. There is roughly about 350 km between India and Myanmar that does not have a rail line. Of this about 150 km is in Indian Territory.
India conducted a feasibility study by RITES for a rail line between Jiribam-Moreh in India and Tamu-Kalay-Segyi in Myanmar in 2007, which is estimated to cost Rs4, 280 crore, but nothing concrete has materialized so far. The need of the hour in Railway Ministry should be towards these goals by extending Indian Railways eastward .Similarly let us look at the ground situation in westwards too. Media reported in 2009 about the possibility of train travel from London to India or even Dhaka in Bangladesh. The missing gap in the rails between Bam & Zahedan in Southeast Iran was finally completed in late 2008. So the rails do indeed now stretch all the way from St Pancras to Karachi, Lahore, Delhi & Dhaka, with just a short hop by ferry necessary across the Bosphorus in Istanbul (a gap due to be filled by the Bosphorus tunnel now under construction).
We urge the Indian Prime Minister to take necessary steps diplomatically and by including this project as our goal domestically and earmarking funds to fill up the missing links within our country.
Southern Railway for long had been planning to lay a new line from Chennai to Cuddalore via Mamallapuram and Puducherry. The project is part of an ambitious plan chalked out by the railways to connect Chennai to towns along the East Coast all the way up to Kanyakumari. Though the entire line will be executed later on, the railway board has given the go ahead to build the line from Chennai to Cuddalore at a cost of Rs 523 crore. According to the approved alignment, the 179-km line will take off from Perungudi station on the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and traverse between Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR) before reaching Jipmer at Puducherry and Cuddalore. No timeframe has been fixed for completion of the line.
After Perungudi, the line will pass through Sholinganallur, Kovalam, Tiruporur, Mamallapuram, Kalpakkam, Kuvathur, Cheyyur, Marakanam, Kunimedu, Kuiyilappalayam, and Jipmer in Puducherry, Bahour, Varakalpattu, Tirupadiripuliyur and Cuddalore Fort. The line will run close to the sea at Mamallapuram. The railway line will run on an embankment, and as most of the ECR does not have buildings on either side, travelers will be able to have a view of the sea. Surveys to identify passenger feasibility on the route have revealed that the line will be viable as more people are traveling from Chennai to Puducherry and Cuddalore because of the recent developments along the OMR and ECR. If the line starts from Perungudi, the operations wing has decided to operate EMUs from Chennai Beach via MRTS to Mamallapuram and conventional trains between Cuddalore and Mamallapuram via Puducherry. The board has approved the new line by including it in the supplementary budget of September 2007.
We are awaiting the Union Budget of 2010.Yet we see no ray of hope, hence this urgent appeal. IF THIS BUDGET EXCLUDES THIS PROJECT AND NEGLECTS TAMILNADU, PEOPLE OF TAMILNADU WILL FEEL that step-motherly treatment is meted out to their state. Puducherry-Cuddalore Rail link was discussed between British and French in colonial era, funds allocated by French only to be diverted to other projects. Till that time, even after Independence, no Government thought of implementing this project. At least when the ambitious plan for new rail line between Chennai and Cuddalore was mooted, we thought the dream project will see the dawn. But we fear that Tamilnadu is going to be sidelined, and our desperate appeal to Union Railway Minister and our Prime Minister to initiate speedy steps to fulfill the aspirations of Tamil Nadu.
With Regards Yours fraternally
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary DRAVIDA PERAVAI, Puducherry 605001, India
BREAKING NEWS THAT MEDIA WILL NEVER BREAK
It is needless to state that ashrams in India are always in the habit of landing themselves in controversies, especially when the founders are no more, those who step into their footsteps cannot win battles within their minds to earthly temptations for power, money and women. In some places more than woman children are at receiving end. This general trend in India is mostly unreported in media, which finds only politicians as villains in real life and exonerate heads of ashrams from their sins on earth as if they have divine license to indulge in such crimes.
Introduction : CNN-IBN, known for its bold coverage too had to bow before the influences exerted on them to kill a story titled Divine Trap which its own reporters meticulously caught in camera after 6 months of hard work within Aurobindo Ashram. After advertising the promotion for two days in eleventh hour it was stalled. I complained to Press Council of India that after feeling it is news worthy the CNN-IBN had informed Indian public about the telecast, then without assigning reason had killed the story, and I sought public had a right to know what made them stop the telecast. The reply of Press Council of India which is in visual states that they have jurisdiction over print media only and not electronic media. Technically CNN-IBN got reprieve from Press Council of India, but not morally or ethically. So many Court cases against Aurobindo Ashram go unreported, in spite of alerting crime reporters of High Courts and Supreme Courts. May be they are busy chasing politicians or may be they did the story which was killed , or may be before publication some old Maharaja must have passed a feudal order to kill that story.
DEPORTATION DEMAND IN HIGH COURT
Mr.Peter Heehs is an American historian living in Pondicherry for more than 35 years and is in charge of Aurobindo Ashram Archives. One bold lady Ms.Sureka Jain had filed a Writ Petition [W.P.24599 of 09] in the High Court of Madras seeking cancellation of his Visa and Deportation to USA. The petitioner’s petition had the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer Chennai and Foreigner Regional Registration Officer Puddicherry as first and second respondent. The third Respondent is the Managing Trustee of Aurobindo Ashram Mr.Manoj Das Gupta and the fourth respondent is Superintendent of Police North Puducherry. Now let us go in the Court and look what happened on 21 st December when the case was heard by the Chief Justice of High Court of Madras. As all reporters of High Court are aware , when the case was taken up lawyers of all parties were present. Mr.Peter Heehs in true style of politicians came with 25 or so supporters of him, all being foreigners who had come to express solidarity with him. He alone was allowed to enter the Court room while others were asked by the watch and ward to wait outside. The Secretary of Aurobindo Ashram, Mr.Mathriprasad, a Machiavellian manipulator of inside affairs came along with Mr.Peter Heeh’s counsel and Ashram Counsel.
The counsel of the petitioner, highlighted in the High Court that Mr.Peter Heehs has breached all visa conditions in connivance with the third respondent, namely Managing Trustee of Aurobindo Ashram. The petitioner through her counsel demanded that the first and second respondents should cancel the visa and initiate immediate steps to deport him. The notable plea before the High Court was that the fourth respondent, namely Superintendent of Police North of Puducherry has failed to execute the live arrest warrant pending against Mr.Peter Heehs in Puducherry.
The counsel representing Mr.Peter Heehs expressed before the Court that Peter Heehs is a world renowned scholar and historian. He further added that for 35 years he had been in Ashram spreading the teachings of Aurobindo Ghosh.
[ The readers of this blog can visit www.peterheehs.com to know about this scholar and his works ]
The counsel of Peter Heehs pointed out that the Managing Trustee of Ashram had praised the invaluable contribution of Mr.Peter Heehs and that he enjoys the total support of the Managing Trustee of Aurobindo Ashram.
The legal counsel representing Manoj Das Gupta and Aurobindo Ashram Trust said that he was in full agreement with what had been said by the counsel of Mr.Peter Heehs, and the petitioner was motivated by personal animosity towards Peter Heehs as such the petitioner and her complaint had nothing to do with Aurobindo Ashram.
Legal Counsel representing Mr.Peter Heehs declared that the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” is most authentic and academic portrayal of the life of Aurobindo Ghosh that has emerged out of the Ashram and its Archives headed by Mr.Peter Heehs. At this point the Chief Justice was keen to have a copy of the book. To which the legal counsel for Peter Heehs submitted that neither he nor his client were allowed to carry the copy of the book as the book has been proscribed within the territory of India. On hearing this the Chief Justice sarcastically remarked in that case the book could not be as wonderful as portrayed by the counsel.
After arguments by both sides the legal counsel for petitioner conveyed strongly that this case was not about the book in any way but was about the breach of visa conditions by Peter Heehs and Manoj Das gupta.
The Chief Justice asked the legal counsel of the FRRO authorities their views regarding visa extension and deportation of Peter Heehs. The counsel for FRRO declared that based on documents available to them they were of the view that no further extension of visa of Peter Heehs was possible. But they could not take a decision his immediate deportation as there were several criminal cases pending against Peter Heehs in Orissa, and as such they would have to take into account before taking action for deportation or cancellation. They prayed for time to study and revert to the court on the matter.
Then the case was adjourned to January 18 th of 2010, on which date respondents were asked to submit written replies.
HEARING OF 19 th JANUARY 2010
Case instead of 18 th was taken up on 19th. The legal counsel for petitioner pointed out in strongest terms, that the four respondents have failed so far to give written depositions/submissions to the court regarding specific plaints made by the petitioner. He conveyed to the Court that the four respondents are delaying/avoiding written submissions as their failures are indefensible in the matter. He pleaded to the Court that no further arguments should take place till written are made by the respondents.
The Chief Justice of Madras High Court ordered that the respondents to give written submissions on next date and posted to 2 nd February 2010.
MY APPEAL TO INDIAN AND INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS
This is a case about an American historian before High Court of Madras . Do you think that only cases involving politicians or film stars are news worthy, and this case should not be reported ?
The scholar wrote a book which is sold throughout the world, yet in India through Court orders it is banned. DMK, the parent party of Dravida Peravai launched the Right To Free Expression Agitation soon after it was founded by Aringnar Anna. We wanted ban lifted on all of our banned books. In emergency under dynamic leadership of Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi, me and few writers fought in official organs of DMK defending free speech. So we are keen to debate what Peter Heehs wrote, and why it is banned in India.
At the same time what is happening within Aurobindo Ashram must be reported in media. Ashram has no Guru, hence it is not an Ashram as defined by Philosopher Aurobindo Ghosh. It is a Trust without a President, chair vacant for decades, and with no rules. My petition in local courts to frame proper rules for ashram trust was unnumbered but came up for nearly a decade before local court to die a natural death, hence one cannot pursue an unnumbered case for decade with 4 lawyers getting changed in mid way. The rule of law as it applies to Indian Prime Minister must apply to Trustees of Aurobindo Ashram. If Dr.Karan Singh thinks his clout can cover up , we say that democracy is strong, and everything should be debated in public domain, be it what happens in Courts or closed door meetings.
Journalists of India, assert your rights as you are custodians of free society.
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai 53 B Calve Subburayar Street Puducherry 605001
Public Hearing on the proposed 1820 MW Coal Based Power Plant by M/s. Tridem Port and Power Co. Ltd.,& 150 MW Coal Based Power Plant by M/s. Nagapattinam Energy Pvt. Ltd. 30.10.2009 at Karapidagai Village, Kilvelur Taluk, Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu.
The Collector of Nagapattinam District & Officials of Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board.
Respected Representatives of the Government of Tamilnadu
On the eve of the public hearing on the proposed1820 MW Coal Based Power Plant by M/s. Tridem Port and Power Co. Ltd., & 150 MW Coal Based Power Plant by M/s. Nagapattinam Energy Pvt. Ltd, we are submitting our views to oppose the coal based thermal power plants.
We would like to bring to your notice that within Union Cabinet there is difference of opinion which came to public light after The Hindu, a daily carried out the following news:
▼ The Hindu, English daily reported on July 5 th of 2009 that Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh has written to Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde seeking to put an end to laying of foundation stones for projects without proper and formal clearances and advising all state power PSUs like National Thermal Power Corporation, National Hydro Power Corporation , Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation to show greater sensitivity to environmental concerns at the highest level.
Under such situation we would urge the Nagapattinam District Administration and Tamil nadu Government to have a re-think on all coal based thermal power projects.
▼ Recent news from our neighbor China as reported in China Daily dated October 28 th of 2009 states that Chinese Environment ministry had suspended or rejected 29 applications of new construction in petrochemical, steel-making and electricity-generating industries with a total investment of 146.7 billion yuan (US$21.5 billion).Chinese government has promised that its economic stimulus plan would not compromise anti-pollution efforts and policies would not be loosened to allow more projects to pass environmental examinations. Environmental Protection Minister Zhou Shengxian said the government would abide by strict environmental standards when evaluating new projects.
Unfortunately Tamilnadu is not observing strict environmental standards. It craves for power at all costs.
►Tamilnadu has 4 major thermal power plants producing 2970 MW of power. The Hindu, daily dated 6 th February 2009 carries a confession by the Chairman of Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board. Mr.R.Balakrishnan admits that thermal power plants in coastal areas of the state are not meeting pollution control standards. If truth could come out of Chairman’s mouth, our voices in protesting power plants stands justified by international, national and regional yardsticks.
► Thermal Power Plant in Tuticurin, a joint venture between Neyveli Lignite Corporation 89% and Tamilnadu Electricity Board with 11% stake is a 4000 crore project aiming to generate 1000 MW. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Tamilnadu Electricity Board have joined together to start 1600 MW power project at a cost of Rs.8700 crore in Tuticurin District.
The coal from Neyveli has to be carried by congested roads to Tuticurion. It can be argued that it goes within our state from one part to other. Also by sea route coal may get transported. One can say within the source of raw material i.e. our state power project comes up.
Even this could be assimilated for argument sake but not bringing 4.6 million tons of coal annually from Orissa to Ennore port in order to enable Tamilnadu Energy Company, a joint venture between National Thermal Power Corporation and Tamilnadu Electricity Board to generate 1000 MW at Vallur in Tiruvallore District of Tamilnadu. The cost is 4500 crores.
█There is a national policy to set up power plants near mine heads, where coal is mined. Under such policy instead of bringing coal from Orissa to Ennore, Tamilnadu could have planned to set up power plant in Orissa and pass on power to national grid and then draw equal quantum here through national grid. By this way Tamilnadu could have had power as well as avoided unnecessary construction of new harbors and unnecessary pollution of our soil.
Mind boggling statistics reveals that Ashok Leyland Project, First Corp Petrochem project, UTL Utility Systems project, Essar Power, GMR Power, Trichy Power Project and Coal and Oil Company of Dubai’s project which have planned to produce 1000 MW power each could be avoided if the policy to set power projects at mine head is observed. After all even if power projects are set up same Orissa and Bihar labour have to be brought to work here, since all industries of Tamilnadu and Puducherry uniformly follow a policy to engage only Orissa and Bihar labour and never to disturb local labour from watching free television and eating Rs 1 per kg rice given by noble leader Dr.Kalaignar.
Empee Power and Infrastructure Ltd aim generation of 1200 MW. A company from Spain aims 2000 MW. Then comes the 4000 MW power project by National Thermal Power Corporation near Thirukuvalai, Chief Minister Dr.Kalaignar’s birth place. Central University coming in his home district is welcome but not polluting industries. The rice bowl of Tamilnadu should have agro-based industries and should promote agriculture and fisheries, the traditional people pursuing these professions for centuries or millennium. Similarly 2000 MW power project near Cheyyur also will erase the ecology of Kaluveli tank; a place of haven for migratory birds, and the tourism potential of ECR road will have to be wiped out to dump fly ash everywhere, congesting roads with coal transport.
We urge the Tamilnadu Government to re-think its energy policy. The Memorandum of Understanding signed with Tri-Sakthi Energy P Ltd for 525 MW of power. India Power project, SPIC Energy Private Limited, Chennai Power Company etc for 1000 MW each and Cuddalore Thermal Power Project to generate 1320 MW too are coal based. Reliance plans 3000 MW power project. All these projects are coal based environmental hazards.
☼☼►Dravida Peravai lauds only 2 initiatives of Tamil Nadu Power Minister. The Memorandum of Understanding signed with an American firm for generating sea solar power is welcome. The Project that comes in Udangudi of Tuticurin District to generate 100 MW of Solar Thermal Power is welcome. As on January 31st of 2009 out of total national production of 9756 MW of wind energy Tamilnadu produces 42 percent and this is a good development. We whole heartedly welcome these solar, wind, and ocean thermal power projects. But we oppose the Coal based Thermal Power projects that are coming up in Nagapattinam Districts, for which this public enquiry is called for.
►National Thermal Power Corporation of India is pumping 500 million US dollars in a joint venture with Ceylon Electricity Board to set up a power project at Sampur in Srilanka. India that could not ensure safety sail for Indian fishermen in Bay of Bengal more particularly in Gulf of Mannar and Pak Straits is going to ferry coal to Srilanka from Orissa. From Anuradhapura in Srilanka to Thalaimannar of Tamilnadu both India and Srilanka had planned under sea link to transmit power at a cost of Rs 2200 crore. India that for 30 years had not linked its rivers to help Indian farmers, but now wants to link Srilanka and Tamilnadu by under sea link to bring power to boost the growth of all polluting industries in Tamil soil. If India had annexed Tamil areas of Srilanka and merged North and East Districts of Srilanka with Tamilnadu and created a Tamilnadu State within Indian Union on both sides of Pak Straits, then such link between Tamil states may be welcomed but not the current project.
► Dravida Peravai mooted an idea when the undersigned was Trustee in Tuticurin Port Trust, and took up with Planning Commission and through then Defence Minister Comrade George Fernandes apprised then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the need to create a National Seaway Authority like National Highways. Every state government has minor and intermediary ports under its control but they are idle monuments with no revenue generation with the exception of Gujarat’s minor ports. Hence to interlink these 138 minor and intermediary ports for passenger and cargo traffic, creation of such authority is must, we suggested. Accepting that during his visit to Kanyakumari, then Prime Minister announced Sagar Mala scheme for this purpose, which is yet to take off. We now also urge Indian Government and Tamilnadu Government to go for reviving that idea, to use existing harbors for passenger and cargo traffic, thereby creating jobs for educated fishermen coming out of maritime university. It will ease traffic congestion in roads. Unfortunately the regular hidden incomes through frequent laying of roads will be the only loss to the officials and political bosses. Instead of using Sagar mala scheme to purposefully use existing harbours there seems to be a craze to allow harbours under private only to ferry coal to coal based power plants. This ridiculous policy causes the new creation of Ports in Nagapattinam District which we oppose.
▼Tamilnadu must give clearance to biomass power plants. Times of India dated 29 th October 2009 states that 9 companies have approached Tamilnadu Energy Development Agency for permissions to start biomass power plants. Tamilnadu Electricity Board must give clearance for these 9 companies to generate 487 MW of power. The speed with which clearances came for coal based power projects is lacking here, that too for small quantum of power, which can be termed as tokenism too TN Government lacks political will. The biomass energy produced currently is 111 MW writes Vivek Narayanan in Times of India. Hence according clearances for clean energy is must in days when we sing lullabies on climate change.
▼If India has to reduce its carbon emissions; it would mean a major reorientation of her energy strategy, especially if that warranted a shift from its current coal-based to an oil and gas based energy system. Murthy, Panda and Parikh (2000) examined the consequences of alternative CO2 emission reduction strategies on economic development and, in particular, the implications for the poor by empirically implementing an economy-wide model across India over a 35-year time horizon. A multi-sectoral, inter-temporal model is used for this purpose. The model has specific technological alternatives and endogenous income distribution with dynamic behavior; it covers the whole economy in an integrated top-down-bottom-up model. Such alternative thinking must dawn on Tamilnadu Government.
▼International Seabed Authority under the auspices of United Nations has earmarked 1,50,000 square kilometers of sea bed in Indian Ocean for mining of cobalt, nickel , copper etc. We are not aware whether any such area is earmarked in Bay of Bengal. If the pursuit to mine sea-bed begins apart from natural gas to minerals, the traditional living sources of fishermen will be totally robbed from them. Even after Exclusive Economic Zones have been earmarked under International Law of Seas by United Nations, the fishermen of India particularly Tamil fishermen could not tap the fish wealth in their countries exclusive zones. Foreign fishing vessels creep in, sneak in, and poach in our zones, and fishermen with catamarans cannot compete. Fish wealth is near their eyes yet their country allows sharks from other nations to rob that instead of arming Indian fishermen with finances and schemes to make a better livelihood. The policy to uproot people from their traditional professions is suicidal, cynical, unethical and anti-national. Yet hand in glove with corporate world that greases their palms for petty gains and better lives today, our political masters are ruining traditional fishermen and agriculturalists depriving them a decent livelihood, thus earning a historical curse on them for their historical blunder.
▼ In precious stone rich Jharkand and Orissa, mining of this wealth which remained in the bowels of earth over which indigenous tribal peoples lived for millions of years is bartered to corporate world. Dravida Peravai had incorporated in its party manifesto that if a dam is constructed or project is set up uprooting people, such uprooted people and all villagers over which these projects come up must be made share holders in the projects that come up. Share the profits with the displaced people, compensate permanently elevating the lives of the deprived than throwing paltry pittance to political class, companies must be told. This includes the harbour and power project that comes up in Nagapattinam District. If a power project comes in Chief Ministers home village, all its villagers must be made share holders in that projects, all the jobs must be given to every educated youth forbidding total hiring of outsiders, and if talent is needed it should be only from Tamilnadu. No contracts labour system, because Chief Minister’s home village must emulate a national model for development. Let Tamilnadu plan projects that will not aggravate our climate change. Let Tamilnadu go for clean technologies to generate power like Sweden. If our Chief Minister cannot make Tamilnadu a Sweden in energy, a cleaner Singapore in environment, then no one else in India can envisage and transform people’s lives.
With Regards Yours fraternally
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai
Public Hearing on the proposed 2×500 MW Coal Based Power Plant
by M/s. PEL Power Ltd took place on 28.10.2009 at
Keezhaprumballam Village, Sirkali Taluk, Nagapattinam Dt. But I had mailed to the The Collector of Nagapattinam District on 23.09.2009 itself when earliar hearing was slated but cancelled in eleventh hour.
Subject: Historical and Environmental reasons cited to oppose the proposed Thermal Power plant regarding
We appreciate the District Collector of Nagapattinam for calling for this public enquiry. Our views will be in Tamil’s historical interest and the traditional rights of indigenous communities like fishermen and farmers of Tamilnadu.
Pichavaram to Kodikarai is highly important area for unearthing our civilization since ancient harbours existed in this belt with hidden heritage at sea. It needs to be subjected to researches highly important for marine archaeology and coastal archaeology.
Already 250 km out of 1076 km of Tamilnadu coast is without fishermen. The need for preserving the catamaran people and their traditional knowledge is important. Hence all development projects must aim at protecting indigenous communities like fishermen and farmers and should not uproot them from where for centuries they made a livelihood. In fact more assistance to these communities with new scientific equipments would enable them to earn more foreign exchange to our country’s coffers than offering soaps at the cost of public exchequer to projects of plunder. Generating alternative renewable energy like ocean thermal energy, ocean tidal energy will be more helpful. Developed countries have bid adieu to thermal power. Coal bearing ships and conveyer arrangement will be hazard for the coastal area and will stimulate global warming through carbon discharge. The waste generated from plant will create pollution at sea .Thoothukudi lost its pearl culture of the past cultural heritage by the non ocean oriented people. Bearing these in mind we urge the Government of Tamilnadu to stall all thermal power projects coming up in Nagapattinam District, more particularly the one near Poompuhar.
▼ We all are aware that apart from the Indus Valley excavations, equally important cities of our ancient civilization could not so far be unearthed in South India due to our own lethargy. We have stone inscriptions, copper plates and burial pots and this is not sufficient to establish the greatness of our past. Our literary evidences on submergence of ancient Tamil land illuminate us about our past but western scholars look for more scientific proof. Hence there is a need for undersea-archaeological search to find out our roots. No other ethnic group of Earth possesses so much literary evidences but remains lazy to go to the submerged cities of their ancient land. Though we have a place named as Poompuhar where Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi during his rule erected monuments to recapture the past, it could only serve as tourist spot and could not satiate a researcher’s quest to unravel a hidden city of our ancient civilization beneath the bowels of our sea in Bay of Bengal. We all know about the changes that continuously occur and the ancient Port City of Chozha Empire is not the Poompuhar of our times, but it is within the sea nearer or far to current Poompuhar’s coast.
▼ Graham Hancock wrote many books out of which Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization by Crown Publishers, New York 2002 containing 760 pages ISBN 1400046122 hardback priced $ 27.50 is of relevance to our Poompuhar. He undertook marine archaeology in 2002 and brought out as reported in Dinamani that a city with 9500 year old civilization remains hidden off coast of Poompuhar. [Dinamani news clipping enclosed] His earlier books Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven’s Mirror had mentioned about his findings. But in this latest book, he lays out evidence “based on modern scientific research, comparative mythology, religious and spiritual observances, first hand diving exploration of underwater megalithic structures and ancient maps to demonstrate the likelihood that a technically advanced civilization unrecognized by modern science capable of navigating the globe and with a profound understanding of architecture and building existed and was washed out by global flooding”.
▼Inundation maps created by Dr.Glen Milne of Durham University shows vast tracts of mostly coastal land which were submerged by three waves of cataclysmic flooding between 17,000 and 8000 years ago. Nearly 5 percent of Earth’s surface or 25 million square kilometers of land stands submerged. These maps and other sources made Graham Hancock to set his foot in Tamilnadu. Graham Hancock used scuba diving and found many artifacts and evidences roughly 2000 pieces which he displayed in Bangalore exhibition, as per media reports of the day. Graham Hancock had updated Tamil history to 9500 years old.
▼We like parrots were repeating 2000 years as time limit of our ancient civilization, and when Graham Hancock updated Tamil history with fresh facts, the Government of Tamilnadu which is going to celebrate World Tamil Conference, must take pains to employ more scuba divers and marine archaeologists to find out about our Kaveripoompattinam. We should honour Graham Hancock in that Conference.
▼The coast or sea near Poompuhar should not be plundered and kept free from industrialization if our ancient glory brought out powerfully by Dr.Kalaignar had to be proven scientifically. Mr.Graham Hancock investigated about our “Kumari Kandam, an anti-diluvia civilization said to have existed thousands of years ago around South India. It is believed to have been a greater center of learning with magnificent academies which may have left a legacy of cartographic and astronomical knowledge which exists today in the ancient Indian texts. Interestingly the author spoke to local fishermen who described often diving to free their nets caught on underwater temples and columns, pyramidal pagodas and buildings with doorways”.
▼Coinciding to our Poompuhar, in Gulf of Cambay to city which is 7500 years old was found but media highlighted that and did not do justice to Poompuhar’s findings. If a scientist within few weeks with the help of National Institute of Oceanography could bring out so many artifacts, is it not the duty of Tamilnadu Chief Minister Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi who instilled in our hearts the greatness of Poompuhar by his powerful pen to employ all scientists, marine archaeologists, scuba divers, and constitute a multi disciplinary State-Sponsored Task Force under Anna University and Tamil University of Thanjavur to explore our exclusive economic zone and our territorial waters in Bay of Bengal at least to begin with to pick up the thread from where Mr. Graham Hancock left in 2002.
▼▼ Dravida Peravai hence appeals to the District Collector of Nagapattinam in the public hearing on Public Hearing on the proposed 2×500 MW Coal Based Power Plant by M/s. PEL Power Ltd to stop this power project. Allowing such plants to be set up here with whatever technology will disrupt the scientific and historical research that is needed to unearth our past beneath Bay of Bengal off Poompuhar. We are enclosing a map which shows how much land near our coast had been submerged.
This is an indication of how much more land would have been submerged for centuries running into thousands of years back. My article Save the Coast in New Indian Express is enclosed.Letting out effluents or dumping waste into rivers and seas had been going on unabated though technically they will promise to use clean technology and blinded by that promise our environmental agencies will give them clearance. First of all we should bear in mind what all technology we get is outmoded and unwanted in developed countries, hence such technologies are dumped on developing countries like India. If we are really a super power we should follow the Swedish precedent to completely abandon thermal power projects to save its environment. Here it is not only to save our environment but also to prove to the world we are an ancient civilization, we need to keep Poompuhar coast and seas close to Poompuhar free from industrial garbage and litter.
▼Coal based power projects are being set up in Tamilnadu coast. There seems to be a policy which permits setting up of power plants near coal mines, so that through National Power grid equivalant quantum of power can reach the power seeking State. Under this policy a current Union Minister of State before he came to power got a Coal Block allotted in Orissa.In this project of a Tamilnadu politician Puducherry Government’s PIPDIC is a partner. This joint venture plans to set up power project in Orissa to generate power and pass on to the grid so that Puducherry Government will get power without polluting the Union Territory of Puducherry. If a tiny state like Puducherry could follow this route, what compulsion prevails for Tamilnadu to bring coal all the way by ships to set up a power plant in the Nagapattinam coast that too near ancient Port city of Poompuhar?
▼ There seems to be a race to set up more and more ports without planning what products could be brought in or exported from these ports. The Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he visited Kanyakumari announced a scheme called Sagar Mala, which means Garland of the Seas. In fact I mooted the suggestion to create a National Seaway on the lines of National Highways to introduce ship connectivity to all the 138 minor or intermediary ports to bring inland cargo that was coming by Lorries and to ferry passengers. This suggestion through Planning Commission reached then Prime Minister who wanted to make use of existing infrastructure to connect all ports in Indian coast. At that time only Gujarat particularly Gujarat Maritime Board was making good use of its minor ports. Tamilnadu which launched a Poompuhar Shipping Corporation under DMK rule lost the race by making its vessels ferry coal and did not think of diverting cargo and passengers from road use to sea lanes. Roads could be re-laid year by year but traffic congestion, loss of lives, making more and more lanes, land acquisition etc could be avoided if our existing ports could be connected under the Sagar mala scheme of Vajpayee. Instead opening new ports with no cargo to handle breeds even sand smuggling to Maldives which was caught red handed by you, the Hon’ble Collector. Hence we Dravida Peravai, a splinter of DMK but with great regard for Dr.Kalaignar in view of personal friendship undiminished by parting of ways, urge Nagapattinam to accord to priority to unearth our ancient city of Kaveripoompattinam and keep this coast free from polluting industrialization.
▼Interestingly the National Institute of Oceanography , Chennai had announced that its scientists in collaboration with Experimental Design Bureau of Oceanological Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences had developed a vehicle named ROSUB 6000 capable of exploring the ocean up to a depth of 6 kilometers and can be remotely operated. Though we have to go further deep not only off the coast of Poompuhar but also even beyond our exclusive economic zone, this vehicle could be used to gather further evidences on our submerged Port City of Poompuhar.
▼International Seabed Authority has allocated 150,000 square kilometers of seabed in the Indian Ocean to India for exploration of cobalt, manganese, nickel and copper which are in the form of polymetalic nodules. Well Government of India will be happily exploring Indian Ocean for minerals and metals but let Government of Tamilnadu explore Indian Ocean to discover the lost continent of Kumari and the Port Cities of Chera, Chozha and Pandyas, including the ancient capitals of Thonmadurai and Kavadapuram which our literature speaks.
With Regards Yours sincerely
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai
ஒன்றே குலம்! ஒருவனே தேவன் என்பதுபோல் ஒருவரே அண்ணன்! அவர் உலகத் தமிழரின் பொதுச் சொத்து! தனக்கெனத் தனிச்சொத்துச் சேர்க்காமல் தமிழர்க்காக வாழ்ந்த அரிய கருவூலம்! அறிவுப் பெட்டகம்! அண்ணாவை உள்வாங்கிக் கொண்ட உள்ளங்கள் பல கோடி! அவர் உருவாக்கிய அறிவியக்கம் அரசியல் பதவி தேடி வரும் பறவைகள் இடம் சாரும் ஆலமரம் அல்ல! எழுதத் தெரியாத ஏழைக்கும் எழுத்தும் பேச்சும் ஊற்றெனப் பெருக்கெடுக்க உள்ளிருந்து நல்லறிவு புகட்டிய ஆசான்! எவரும் எப்போதும் அவரிடம இரவல் கேட்காமலே எல்லார்க்கும் எல்லாமும் அளித்த அறிவுப் புதையல் அண்ணா!
சிலையாக வழிபட அல்ல அவர் நம்மை சிந்திக்க வைத்தது! அம்பேத்கர் பிறந்த மண் அவரின் நூல்களை மலிவுப் பதிப்பாக்கி பன் மொழிகளில் பெயர்த்து கருத்துப் பரப்புதலே கடமையெனச் செயல்படுகிறது. இங்கோ அண்ணா நினைவிடத்தில் எரிவாயுவை வீணாக்கி ஒளிவிளக்கு ஏற்றி கோயிலாக்கிக் குதுகலிக்கிறார்கள். சிலைகளுக்கு மாலை அணிவிக்கும் சடங்குகள் நடக்கின்றன. அவரின் படைப்புகள் அரசு முயற்சியாக அகில உலகமும் சென்றடைய திட்டமில்லை. மூலக்கதையை மறைத்து தழுவல் இலக்கியங்களை மக்கள் உள்ளங்களில் தவழ விடும் முயற்சி வெற்றி பெறாது, இயல்பான ஆற்றல் இருந்தும் முன்னோடிகள் முகவரிகளை மறைக்கும் மனப்பாங்கு வேதனையளிக்கிறது. தொல்காப்பியத்தை தொலைத்து விட்டு பூங்காவில் நறுமணம் நாடுக என்றால் மனம்ஒப்புமா? வள்ளுவத்தை இருட்டடிப்பு செய்துவிட்டு ஓவியம் கண்டு உவந்திடுக என்றால் உள்ளம் ஏற்குமா? இளங்கோவடிகளை மறந்து விட்டு அடியார்க்கு நல்லாரை மட்டுமே அகிலம் போற்றுமா? தன் நூல்கள் தரணியில் பரவ எவருக்கும் ஆசை எழுவது இயல்பு! அதற்காக முன்னூல்கள் மறக்கப்பட வேண்டுமா? வேரின்றி செடி ஏது?விதையின்றி மரமேது? அண்ணாவின்றி நாமேது? தமிழ்நாட்டுக்கே பெயர் சூட்டிய அண்ணாவுக்கு தமிழ்நாட்டரசு காட்டப் போகும் நன்றிக்கடன் அவரின் எழுத்தையும் பேச்சையும் கருத்தையும் எங்கும் பரப்புதலே ஆகும்! நூற்றாண்டிலாவது ஆடம்பரங்களால் அண்ணாவுக்கு சிறுமை சேர்ப்பதைக் காட்டிலும் அவர் நூல்கள் படித்து தம்பிக்கு மடல்கள் படித்து விழிப்புற்றெழுந்த நாம், நம் பின்னவர்க்கும் அறிவியக்க வாயிலை திறந்து வைப்போமாக! அறிவு கொளுத்து வோமாக! மாநிலங்களவையில் அண்ணா முன்மொழிந்த புத்தாக்கச் சிந்தனைகளை நினைவு கூறுவோமாக!
தேசிய இனங்கள் விடுதலையை மையக் கருத்தாக்கமாக வைத்தே மாநிலங்களவையில் 1962 ஏப்ரல் திங்களில் அண்ணா தன் கன்னிப்பேச்சை நிகழ்த்தினார். இந்திய விடுதலைக்கு முன் கபூர்தலா காங்கிரஸ் மாநாட்டில் நேரு நிகழ்த்திய உரையை நினைவு கூர்ந்து இந்திய ஒன்றியத்துக்குள் எல்லா மாநிலங்களையும் இணைத்து ஒன்றாக வைத்திருக்கவே காங்கிரஸ் விரும்புகிறது. ஆனால் எந்தப் பகுதியாவது பிரிந்து செல்ல விரும்பினால் காங்கிரஸ் இசைவளிக்கும் என நேரு பேசி இருந்தார். அதை நினைவு கூர்ந்து அந்த பழைய நெருப்பு இன்னும் நேரு பெருமகனாரிடம் கனன்று கொண்டிருக்கும் என தான் நம்புவதாகச் சொன்ன அறிஞர் அண்ணா ஏன் தென்னகத்துக்குச் சுயநிர்ணய உரிமையை தரக்கூடாது? எனத் வினா எழுப்பினார். இன்றளவும் காசுமீரச் சிக்கல் போர்களுக்கும் பல்லாயிரம் உயிரிழப்புக்கும் காரணமாக விளங்குகிறது. சுய நிர்ணய உரிமை மறுக்கப்பட்டதால் தான் தமிழ் ஈழமும் துன்பக் கடலில் தத்தளித்து நிற்கிறது.
நாடுகள் பலவற்றுடன் நட்புறவு என்பது நடைமுறையில் அந்த நாடுகளில் நம்மவர் படும் அவதிகள் தீர வழிகாண்பதில்லை என்பது அறிஞர் அண்ணாவின் வருத்தமாகும். 1966 ல் அண்ணா மாநிலங்களவையில் பேசிய சமயத்தில் அங்கேரி நாட்டு பிரதமர் இந்தியாவுக்கு வருகை தந்திருந்தார். தெருவில் இரு இளைஞர்கள் கிணடவாகப் பேசுவதாக அண்ணா சொன்னார். பசி (Hungry)நாட்டுப் பிரதமரை பார்க்க அங்கேரி (hungary) நாட்டுப் பிரதமர் வந்துள்ளதாக கிண்டல் செய்தாராம். இதைச் சொன்ன அண்ணா நட்புறவுப் பயணங்களால் நாட்டுக்கு என்ன பலன் என்று கேள்வி எழுப்பினார். பயன் ஏதேனும் இருந்திருப்பின் தென்னகத் திலிருந்து பர்மா சென்றவர்கள் ஏதிலிகளாய் எல்லாவற்றையும் இழந்து இந்தியா திரும்பிய சிக்கலுக்கு விடிவு காணப்பட்டிருக்கும். ஆனால் பலமுறை பர்மா போகிறார்கள்- வருகிறார்கள்- சுமுகத்தீர்வு ஏற்படும் என்று சொல்லி வருகிறார்கள். பயனில்லை. நட்புறவு என்பது இருநாட்டுத் தலைவர்களும் ஒருவர் நாட்டுக்கு அடுத்தவர் விருந்தினராகப் போய் திரும்புவதன்று. இரு நாட்டு மக்களின் பிரச்சினைகளை தீர்க்காத நட்புறவால் எள்ளளவும் பயனில்லை என்றார் அண்ணா. அடுத்து அண்ணா 1966 லேயே நாடாளுமன்றத்திலேயே கூறிய அறிவுரைகள் அவரின் தொலை நோக்குப் பார்வைக்குச் சான்றாகத் திகழ்கின்றது. பணக்கார நாடுகளுடன் பந்தபாசம் காட்ட போட்டா போட்டி போடும் தலைவர்களுக்கு மத்தியில் ஆப்ரிக்க நாடுகளுடன் இந்தியா தோழமை பூண்டிட வேண்டும் என்ற அண்ணா மாறுபட்டவர். ஏழைகளையே எண்ணி அரசியல் வியூகம் வகுப்பவர் என்பது வெள்ளிடை மலையென விளங்குகிறது. இன்று 12.4% இந்தியாவின் பணவீக்கம் எனில் ஆப்ரிக்க நாடான ஜிம்பாபாவேயின் பணவீக்கம் 1,500,000% விழுக்காடாகும். ஒரு தேநீர் பருக பெட்டி நிறைய பணம் எடுத்துச் செல்ல வேண்டிய நிலைமை! ஏழை நாடுகளை உயர்த்திட இந்தியா தன் பங்களிப்பை ஆற்ற அறிஞர் அண்ணா அன்றே அறிவுரை சொன்னார். அமெரிக்காவுக்கு வெண்சாமரம் வீச அல்ல அண்ணா சொன்ன அறிவுரை!
பிரிட்டன் தன் காலனி நாடுகளை ஒரு அமைப்புக்குள் அடக்கி வைத்திருக்க உருவாக்கியது காமன் வெல்த் அமைப்பு! தென் கிழக்காசிய நாடுகள் காமன் வெல்த் உருவாக்க இந்தியா முனைப்பு காட்ட வேண்டுமென அண்ணா பேசினார். ஐரோப்பிய யூனியன் உருவாகும் முன்பே தென் கிழக்காசிய நாடுகள் தமது பொருளாதார மேம்பாட்டுக்காக ஓரமைப்பிற்குள் திரள வேண்டும் என்றார் அண்ணா. சப்பானிய கூட்டையும் சப்பானிய தொழில் முனைவோர் பங்களிப்பையும் பெற்று இந்தியா ஏற்றமுற வேண்டுமென அறிஞர் அண்ணா எடுத்தியம்பினார்.
“கையேந்தி இரந்து நிற்கும் இரவலனே இல்லாத – கஞ்சநெஞ்சனின்இதயமில்லாக் கடும்பார்வை விழாத – தேவைகள், குற்றங்கள், பொய்மையே இல்லாத – பழிப்புரையே கேளாத உலகம் – உடலாலும் உள்ளத்தாலும் பிணிவயப்படாத மனித இனம் – எங்கே வாழ்நாள் நீடிக்குமோ எங்கே அச்சம் மடியுமோ -எங்கே இன்பம் சுரக்குமோ எங்கே அன்பு ஆழமாகுமோ – அத்தகு புன்னகை பூத்த நிலம் நோக்கி குடிசையில் – வாழும் மனிதனை இட்டுச் செல்லும் இலட்சியமே அண்ணாயிசம்”
அண்ணாவின் கொள்கைளை மறந்துவிட்டு ஆளுயர வெட்டுருக்களில் அஞ்சல் தலை அளவு அண்ணா படம் போட்டு நூற்றாண்டு எடுக்கிறார்கள். இருளைக் கிழித்து எழுஞாயிறாக கூழைகளுக்காக எளிமையான அரசியல் நடத்திய அண்ணாவின் புகழ் உலகில் ஓங்கும்! உண்மைக்கு அழிவில்லை!
நந்திவர்மன், பொதுச்செயலர், திராவிடப்பேரவை, புதுச்சேரி, இந்தியா