Story of Mangos and Ram
Long long ago… very long ago there lived a landlord named Ram; He owned a fertile farm with full of mango trees. Ram and his family lived in a gated community with in the farm. Ram’s farm is known for tasty mangos, which were high priced in the market. They owned this farm for generations. The pesticide, manure used in the farm is kept as a high secret. For so many years they didn’t reveled the formulae by which they produce tasty mangos. People from neighboring villages were not permitted into the farm in order to preserve the secrecy, and also Ram’s family believed that outsiders were inferior to them and would bring impurity into the farm. So they managed all the farming activity by themselves, No outsiders were recruited as farming labor. They earned good money by selling the mangos to the rich and elite of the society. Kings and Queens ate Ram’s fruits believing it’s the best.
Time has passed and the society around Ram changed rapidly, Kingdoms vanished, new powers came in. There came better jobs than cultivating and selling Mangos. The new generation in Ram’s family joined high earning jobs in the new government, they started tasting the new life style and started migrating to new places, enjoyed powerful and respected positions. Slowly all of Ram’s DNA settled up in large cities of the world. The old mango farm is no more alive as there is no body to take care. What is left is only an empty dry land where all the trees perished.
Now all of a sudden, Ram’s successors realized that their pride in mango cultivation is lost. They understood that their traditional unique fruit is dead, No more in the list of favorite fruits in the market. So they wanted to give a rebirth to their old mango farm. They planned to utilize the mango seeds stored by their ancestor’s years ago. But all of the Ram’s kin are now settled up in better places than the old farmhouse and they don’t want to leave their present life style, so they went on to gather local villagers as farming labors so that they get a good workforce to bring back their traditional farm. But the local villagers are now busy with their own farms and are not interested in working at Ram’s farm. And for the villagers it’s their dignity which stops them from accepting the new opportunity offered by Ram’s kin, as once long back Ram’s family didn’t allowed them to work in their farm and considered them as inferior breed.
As nothing can bring the villagers to work, Ram’s kin started spreading a bunch of rumors, they said the farm is the tradition and culture for everyone in the nation, as now its dead everyone has to come and help. They also said their mango is the mother for all fruits of the world, even strawberry and lemon were created from their mango’s; NASA said their mangos can help in computer research and space research. Even then no body turned up. But still Ram’s successors are dreaming in daylight that the innocent villagers will come and work hard to bring back their traditional mango farm.
Story of Sanskrit and Brahmins
Long long ago… very long ago there lived a group of close circuit people named Brahmins whose language was Sanskrit. They lived in separate livelihood called Agrahars or Agraharam. Indigenous people lived outside the Agrahars speaking their own languages other than Sanskrit. Brahmins created and owned so many religious literatures written in Sanskrit, They established themselves as the superior priest clan. Sanskrit was used in all their religious ceremonies; they spread their religion among the indigenous people and also their rulers. Their literatures mentioned four classes of society one below to another (Manusmriti – ‘Laws Of Manu’). And brahmins held the religious and cultural supremacy of the 4 classes. And for generations they never shared their literatures with the other 3 classes of people, because they felt that would shake the rigidity of the four classes. In order to keep others away from the religious literature and the priest job, they blocked people from learning Sanskrit. They projected Sanskrit as god’s own language (Deva Bhasha), they isolated Sanskrit from non-brahmins as they felt that would save the purity of gods own language. Sanskrit enjoyed the status of official religious language and the language of the elite.
Time has passed and the society around Agrahars changed rapidly, Kingdoms vanished, new powers came in, the land became a colony of the British Empire. There came better jobs than being a priest. The new generation of brahmins joined high earning jobs in the new government. Brahmins became lawyers and clerks for the British Empire. Centuries passed and the land was freed from the British. A new Indian nation was born. And this time there were lot more opportunities in government jobs, politics, bureaucracy, etc. They stated tasting the new life style and started migrating to new places, enjoyed powerful and respected positions. Slowly the entire brahmin DNA settled up in large cities of the world. And their old language is no more alive as there is no body to take care. What is left is only a dry literature not read by anyone.
Now all of a sudden, the new generation brahmins realized that their pride in Sanskrit is lost. They understood that their traditional language is dead, No more in the list of spoken languages. So they wanted to give a rebirth to Sanskrit. They planned to utilize the literatures written by their ancestor’s years ago. But all of the brahmins are now settled up in better places than their old priest job and they don’t want to leave their present life style, so they went on to gather non-brahmins as new students for Sanskrit so that they get a good population to bring back their traditional language to the main stream. But today the non-brahmins are now busy with their own language and are not interested in learning a dead language like Sanskrit. And also for the non-brahmins it’s their dignity which stops them from accepting Sanskrit, as once long back brahmins didn’t allowed them to learn and considered them as inferior breed.
As nothing could bring people to learn Sanskrit, the brahmin writers and intellectuals started spreading a bunch of rumors through mass media, their propaganda was also fuelled by brahmin front organizations of Sangh Parivar (RSS, VHP, BJP and so on), They said Sanskrit is the tradition and culture for everyone in the nation, as now it’s dead everyone has to come and help. They also said their Sanskrit is the mother for all languages of the world, even C++ and Java were created from their Sanskrit; NASA said Sanskrit can help in computer research and space research. Even then no body turned up. But still brahmin powers (Sangh Parivar) are dreaming in daylight that the innocent people will come and work hard to give life to Sanskrit.
Key Lessons / Takeaway
- Sanskrit is not the culture and tradition of whole Indian sub-continent; actually it’s only a brahmin tradition and culture.
- Sanskrit is already dead. And it was the brahmins who let it die.
- Sanskrit was never been a mass language of communication during any period of history, it was only practiced during religious ceremonies by brahmins. And brahmins used other languages to communicate with rest of the people.
- Sanskrit is not the mother of all languages, only a bunch of north Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi etc are derived from Sanskrit.
- And Sanskrit is not a base language (Proto-Language) like Latin, Chinese or Tamil.
- Anyone can learn Sanskrit by interest, but should not be carried away by the myth that it is superior to all languages.
- It’s a good idea to revive Sanskrit, But it’s the brahmins who have to make the effort. It should not be done by the government spending people’s tax money (Why should you pay somebody’s food bill).
Enough for this session, See you again with another stuff on Sanskrit.
This write-up is not a movie review, It’s the anatomy of Vishwaroopam. Please watch this film for sure, but watch it without being influenced by the hype.
The movie is not filled with the usual masala found in Indian films, Thanks to the makers and investors. Kamal Hassan’s acting is matchless. Padmasri Dr. Kamal Hassan has given a masala less proto type for Indian film makers to trend on for Action or Thriller movies. Bold Effort should be appreciated. Editing, Stunts, background score are world class.
At the same time Padmasri Dr. Kamal Hassan is using this movie as a platform to gather International attention on him and there the logic is murdered. [To reduce the length of this article the word “Kamal Sir” will be used instead of the long phrase “Padmasri Dr. Kamal Hassan”]
What is the necessity for a RAW Agent to save New York!!
Ok ok… Kamal Sir, We understood … You need more & more NRI’s to watch your film. US collection is very very important. But being a RAW agent if Vishwanath saves our Delhi or Mumbai it could be logical.
Huh Ulaga Nayagan !!
Why the Government of India sends a RAW agent to rescue American prisoners in Afghanistan?
Ok..Ok.. No Questions. It’s just a film…Don’t look at logic.
[In exchange India can invite a CIA agent to rescue Indian prisoners in Pakistan]
This film goes very parallel with the popular American propaganda about the War on Terror, a very common stuff in Hollywood films. In one scene showing a NATO air strike in Afghanistan where an US soldier shoots a woman and then feels guilty for it, and says “Shit”… (Yeah, the same Hollywood style SHIT). Kamal sir conveys that US soldiers will never shoot civilians; if it happens, it’s by mistake not by intention. Superb Kamal sir… By this one scene you’ve touched the hearts of the American ruling class, they will be really pleased. Every time on media Kamal Sir portrays himself as an ardent reader of current affairs, it’s strange how he missed the other perspective of war on terror. Anybody please send him the URL of Wiki Leaks.
The film shows the brutal regime of Taliban, Al-Qaeda. But Justice would have been done to history if Kamal Sir touched the origin of the religious fundamentalism in Afghanistan and the role of CIA in funding the Afghan fundamentalist in the 80’s. Kamal Sir should read extensively on “Operation Cyclone”.
Vishwaroopam is Kamal’s resume to hunt opportunities in the West. He has done so much to please the American ruling class and probably a Hollywood/ Oscar lobbying.
Last but not Least, The Indian Prime minister directly calling the RAW agent Vis… Ohhh Kamal Sir….Why Sir. This is almost an age old Captain.Vijaykanth fashioned scene. People teased Captain for making such scenes, but as Kamal Sir’s scene is filled with English and as he himself is an intellectual the viewers are scared to make fun.
This article is presented with the same “Freedom of Expression” with which Kamal Sir was arguing in the media to lift the ban on his film.
Just before the New Year, Cyclone Thane ravaged the coastal Tamilnadu and Pudhucherry. This is just a news for the majority, But a monstrous catastrophe for those who witnessed it.. This short write up is to illustrate the condition of the towns and villages Thane had kissed on that early hours of Friday, 30-December-2011 and the inability of the Indian government to bring back the infrastructure on a war-foot. This content is created by the information gathered from villagers in the Cuddalore-Pudhucherry belt.
The cruel wind started at around 3AM on 30-December-2011 and ceased almost at 9:30 AM. Trees were uprooted, Electric poles thrown out by the cyclone created panic among the masses. Only concrete buildings survived, Those who lived in Tiled houses and huts lost their roofs and ran out for shelters when the rain and the wind plundered their villages. This was not the only worst thing that happened. Thane was followed by the inability of the state to bring back the life and infrastructure back to normalcy.
There is no power in the affected regions as the electric poles and cables are out of service, As there is no power there is no drinking water. The affected regions depend on bore well water pumped up by electric motors. These people are living without power and water right from the “Thane“ day. Power can be only restored when the new electric poles are erected and cables are connected. There is no government to do this immediately. People are forced to hire trucks to bring electric poles from near by Neyveli and other places by their own money. And even after bringing in the poles there is no body from the government to erect and wire it. Why not the government deploy the paramilitary to finish up this mammoth task? Why this villagers are spending their own money to recreate the infrastructure devastated ? Government can deploy diesel generators in every village for a temporary supply of water, But they still didn’t thought about this idea it seems.
Thousand of uprooted trees are on the road blocking food and medicines to reach the people. People are again forced to hire diesel generators and timber equipments at double the cost to clear the road. Where is the government here? There are some villages which lost 100% of its trees and they will not have shadow to rest in the coming summer. No news channel covered this.
All this are after a massive agricultural loss, which people have to live with it.
Who ever reads this post, Do something to pressurize the government…. if you can …..
Unbelievable, but it’s true. In the US there are protests against “ Corporate Greed “. The mass which considered Warren Buffett’s money making formula as a golden philosophy is protesting against social and economic inequalities. Strange, but it’s very very true.
The American working class has truly identified “Capitalism” as the source of all the problems they face. They are protesting at the ‘Wall Street’ which is the symbol of World Capitalism. It’s a good move indeed. This must be a welcome news for the working class in the rest of the world. Everything started with the registering of the domain name occupywallst.org (it is widely believed to be the work of Canadian anti-consumerist organization Adbusters Media Foundation), and the call for Occupy Wall Street was published, the rest is news. The so-called super power has been witnessing massive job cuts, raising poverty level in the recent years. Today 1 in every 6 American lives in poverty. And the government bailout of the corporate in the recent economic meltdown added fuel to the Occupy Wall Street campaign.
Yeah it’s a good start; But the American working class should not end this movement within the Wall Street. It seems the movement lacks accurate demands, there is no official list of demand and no formal leadership. The protesters should understand the fact that they cannot sail the wild sea without a destination. You cannot change your economy without a clear demand on the table. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began a month ago in New York’s financial district, has now spread across the US and the Europe. The movement has no formal leadership structure and no singular demand. Instead, it has become a platform for individuals and nonprofit organizations in the US to demonstrate their frustration with the present political and economic system. This is how a society without a well formed left movement behaves. America lacks a left leadership to convert this public anger into a genuine revolution.
You cannot oppose ‘Corporate Greed’ without plucking out ‘Capitalism’. The Ronald Reagan Era made all Americans to memorize “Communism is evil” and “Free Enterprise is democracy”. American civil society should understand the basic contradiction here, you cannot rise against the Wallstreet if you believe in and support Free Market Economy. The survey by New York Magazine among the protesters shows the composition of the movement, 46% stated that they “believe in capitalism and feel capitalism is not fundamentally wrong, it just needs to be regulated.” This is what the success of the cold war Era campaign by Regan administration. The American working class is still struggling to find a solution or an alternative to capitalism.
In the last decade almost 42400 factories were shutdown in the US. The de-industrialization of America started in parallel with the globalization of economies in rest of the world. Thousands of factories have left the United States in the last ten years alone. Millions and millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same period. The United States has become a nation which consumes everything and produces nothing. This is mere corporate greed. The high pegging of US dollar facilitates US companies to set up manufacturing hubs in Asia or Latin America to reap the benefits of low operative cost. They don’t have the mind to think about the axed blue collar American worker.
The Occupy Wall Street movement needs to frame a road map about how to bring back manufacturing to the US and to stop the outsourcing of IT/Service, and to restrict the import of cheap workforce into the US. And in today’s context and in the scale of the globalized economy the US multinationals cannot afford production/ operation within the US, because they’ve already tasted the fruit of cheap resources at offshore. And the emerging economies are presenting them a market which is easy to sell the old wine in new bottle.
US spends more than any other nation for Military. There is no Soviet missile’s in Cuban shores these days and there is no immediate threat from neighbors, still the US pumps in more and more money into military. Americas defense spending is truly for its imperial interest. Since the end of World War II, all the wars fought by US or NATO were on a remote place from the US mainland. This is to find markets for its corporations or in the name of curbing communism fueled by the famous Domino theory. The American working class is paying a huge sum every year for all the imperialist war to benefit the corporations.
You cannot solve the present problems of American working class and poor along with having an economy which is truly capitalistic in nature. There cannot be a change without hitting the American Imperialism.
It’s the time to throw capitalism and Imperialism into the trash. This has to be done along with the working class of the world.
All the best for the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters, The world is with you… Long live revolution.
“ Anna Hazare ” is a classic case study to understand how media can drive a nation. The Jan Lokpal episode illustrated how television channels can blow tiny tots to a mammoth giant. The North Indian media in both English and Hindi are projecting as if the whole of India is on streets in support of Anna Hazare. In reality Anna’s hunger strike is just another protest for the majority. In South India it’s just another news. In Chennai considering the city’s population, only a handful of upper middle class are fasting with Anna fever. In Kashmir and the Northeast people have more serious things for concern than the Jan Lokpal bill. In all the Non-Hindi speaking states only the minority of the population which has access to English news channels cares about Anna’s fast, for the rest its business as usual. For ‘NDTV’ and ‘Times Now’ the English speaking Urban-Upper-Middle class means INDIA. They don’t care about any other protest by other sections. The North Indian media never gave a lime light equivalent to Anna’s fast to the peasants of Singur and Nandhigram Or the people of Kashmir Or the tribals of central India fighting against the ‘Operation Green Hunt’ Or the protest like the one against POSCO (Orissa), Vedanta (Niyamgiri hills) Or at least to the students who stood for Uniform syllabus in Tamilnadu. This cruel media can hide any true uprising of the masses and at the same time can uplift a totally middle-class movement like Anna Hazare’s. We are living in a country where the media decides what a protest is and what is not.
The world’s longest Hunger Strike is also going on in India. In Manipur the lady named Irom Chanu Sharmila is fasting since November-2000. She is demanding the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The AFSPA is in force in seven states of North east and Jammu & Kashmir where there is no practical democracy and actually ruled by the Indian Army. With AFSPA in force the Army can attack any one without a proper social or technical justification. Irom Sharmila was arrested several times by the government and force fed through her nostrils. The North Indian Media never turned their camera on this Iron Lady of Manipur. The great Indian middle class who are jumping behind Anna Hazare is yet to discover the Northeast. And the North Indian Media needs another Columbus to reach northeast and unearth the atrocities of Indian Army there.
Another example of media blockade was on the mass protest and movement by the Tamil Diaspora during the genocide of Srilankan Tamils in 2009. K. Muthukumar, a young journalist wanted to turn the attention of the Indian people and government towards the genocide of Srilankan Tamils. He wanted to stop the war in the island through a mass upraising in India. He made a self-immolation after distributing a four page pamphlet to the public before his death. This was not even a news material for the North Indian TV channels. Muthukumars death ignited a mass protest across Tamilnadu. Students were on streets shouting against the Indian and Lankan governments, Lawyers boycotted courts. Muthukumars funeral procession was attended by tens of thousands of people; streets were flooded by people shouting slogans, banners everywhere. At the same time Sun News was projecting India-Srilanka cricket match in breaking news. And as usual the North Indian media considered this as a regional stupidity and ensured that all these were not aired.
And we have the ‘Operation Green Hunt’ hunting tribals in the states of central India like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Where the government has singed numerous deals with multinational mining companies to exploit India’s natural resources Or to set up SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones). These companies want to evacuate the people living there. If they refuse to leave their land they will be killed by the Indian paramilitary forces with a popular escapism of curbing Naxalite’s. ‘Operation Green Hunt’ is alive since 2009. For ‘NDTV’ & ‘Times Now’ this was never been a matter of concern.
Today Anna Hazare is projected 24X7 in all Hindi and English channels. What is the difference between Anna and Irom Sharmila, Anna and Muthukumar or Anna and the tribals of central India.
Irom Sharmila’s protest directly questions the concept of Indian Union. She exposes the brutality of the Indian Armed forces. It brings out the Indian occupation of Manipur. In the interest of the Indian ruling class the media cannot give her a 24X7 status, only Anna & Co are eligible for that.
Similarly Muthukumar’s death raises a hammer on India’s foreign policy and its Geo-political interest in South Asia. Muthukumar’s death can shackle the built-up pseudo Image of Rajeev Gandhi as a peace messiah for Srilankan Tamils. And more importantly Muthukumar’s Image can be used to mobilize the masses to pressurize the Indian government to stop the war in Srilanka which was originally aimed to create new market for the Indian capitalist. As a market friendly media ‘Times Now’ and ‘NDTV’ cannot show something which will affect the Indian investors who were ready with their cash to invest in Srilanka after wiping out the freedom struggle of the Elam people.
In the same way the tribals of central India are exposing the cruelty of the ‘New Economic Policy’ which is praised by our brilliant middle class. They are exposing how the natural resource of this nation is plundered by the multinational companies. In the interest of capitalist and imperialist this valiant struggle by the tribals has to be hidden deep inside the dark.
On contrast Anna Hazare is not fighting against the Indian Union nor the Imperialist nor the capitalist. He is just another hero against the most popular villain to the middle class called ‘Politician’, Yes… Yes in most of the Indian movies a politician means villain. Anna’s version of corruption is very narrow. Anna and his group claim that corruption is only linked with government and politicians. They hide the fact that behind every mammoth scam there is a corporate hiding behind. They don’t feel tax waiver for huge corporation is a corruption. They don’t fight the actual enemy, they are just trying to divert the anger of the educated middle class towards the government so that the corporates exposed in the scams of the recent years can escape. Let’s apply Anna’s theory to the 2G scam, only A. Raja is the culprit and the corporate that paid kick bags to reduce the price of 2G licenses is not. If Anna’s men are protesting before the house of the MP’s, they should also protest before the gates of TATA and Reliance.
If we term this with a middle class eye, Anna Hazare’s protest is very much market friendly. No wonder why it was blown out of proportion by the capitalist media.
Equality of mankind can never be achieved unless there is equal education.
You can really feel the need for an uniform syllabus for India if you underwent a 12 year schooling in a normal government school and then sit in the IIT entrance examination…. you can really feel heat of a deprived childhood where there are two different worlds in the same country and multiple standards and more than one syllabus.
The athlete in the inner track will always have an advantage than the one in the outer track in a concentric elliptical track, That’s why they are placed one behind another at the start of the race. But in India children from different economic background go to different standards of schools, but when they are out for building a career they are evaluated by a common scale which is easy for few and a over dose for the others. A poor student from a ‘State Board’ corporation school and a rich student from an ‘ICSE’ boarding school are asked to face the same test when they want to jump into the likes of IIT or IISE.
We are living in a country where education was once forbidden to the majority, Yep the Hindu law allowed only Bhramins to learn. If you are a non Bhramin its illegal to learn in the old system. It was the European missionaries who brought schools where every caste can step in. The colonial lords used schools as a mean to spread Christianity, but on the other side those schools allowed everybody to taste what is modern education. It made a starting point for all non Bhramins to realize that they too can learn and go to a dignified job. Then after Independence too poverty forced many lower caste/class kids to go for work. There was a change made by leaders like Kamaraj and Periyar who were instrumental in implementing free education. Kamaraj’s policies ensured a school with in every 5 KM radius. And to attract children from the lower income group to the schools he implemented the ‘Free Meal Scheme’ at all schools. In the middle, the 50’s saw the cruel and un-scientific Kula Kalvi Thittam (Hereditary Education Policy) by C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). The Dravidian movement was so powerful to trash the Kula Kalvi Thittam which was totally aimed at preserving the caste hierarchy. This state has gone through a long trail to bring education to the majority. We have to thank the efforts of all those who worked hard to reach this point where we are today. We need to take the struggle forward…, need to finish the task left out by our predecessors. The task of quality education for all, A same book for the rich and the poor, Same education for the rural and urban, An uniform syllabus for the entire nation. Today in our times every kid goes to school, but there is a standard forced on the children by the system. The system which advocates a different stranded for the Rich, the Middle class and a sub standard education for the poor. Mostly the quality of your education is directly linked to your economic class. You can go to an expensive boarding school or a normal matriculation or even to a government school with few hundreds of rupee as fee, it all depends on the affordability of your parents. These schools not only differ in their look & feel, there is a difference in the quality of education as they follow different syllabus.
It really sounds good when we say “ Equal education for the rich and poor ” But there are few people out there who oppose it. Yeah.. Its strange but true. There are two types of people opposing the Uniform Syllabus, the first is those who are making money by selling education. Those who own the expensive private schools where the fees varies from tens of thousands to few lakhs of rupees. The second is the newly empowered upper middle class living in the metros, who believe that their children will have an added advantage by studying a syllabus meant for the minority who can afford to pay more. These people are the source for all the rumors which defame the concept of uniform syllabus. Its obvious that the private school owners will oppose the process to equalize the standard of education as it directly affects their income, but its hard to understand the second category of the upper middle class parents who think that they are the most intelligent in this world. They just want their children to achieve an extra milestone just by using their money and not by merit. They have the cruel attitude to stop the poor from learning the same as their children. What type of people they are !… In bus, train, office and every where they spread their comments to confuse the public and they’ve made an impression as if the newly framed uniform syllabus in Tamilnadu is of low standards. If the uniform syllabus is really low of standards we can refine it in the days to come, but we cannot have different syllabus for different schools. When government school/college students are facing lathi charge from Jeyalalitha’s police for supporting Uniform syllabus, there are people living in the high raised flats of Chennai (whose kids go to the expensive Matriculation or other schools meant for higher income group) opposing it. They firmly feel that their children will never be the elite if they compete in the open world where there is a uniform syllabus and an equal standard. Its nothing wrong in pulling their collars & slap them in public.
All types of comments are welcome.