பாயும் வேகம் ஜெட் லீ தாண்டா
பன்ச் வெச்சா இட்லி தாண்டா
Rated PG - for Pseudo-DK, DMK, Liberals, Marxists....
ஊர்ல சொல்றது சொலவடை
உண்மையைச் சொல்றது இட்லிவடை

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

பிஜேபிக்கு எதிர்கட்சி அந்தஸ்து !



இன்று ஆம் ஆத்மி கட்சி தில்லியில் பெரும்பான்மை வெற்றி கிடைத்துள்ளது. மக்கள் மத்தியில் பிஜேபி வெறுப்புணர்வை பரப்புதல் போன்றவற்றுக்கு எதிரான தீர்ப்பு என்று இதை முழுமையாக எடுத்துக்கொள்ள முடியாவிட்டாலும், பிஜேபி கொஞ்சம் பேச்சை குறைத்துக்கொண்டு செயலில் காட்ட வேண்டும்.

சோ துக்ளக் ஆண்டுவிழாவில் சொன்ன ஒரு விஷயம் “வளர்ச்சி என்ற பாதையில் மோடி போய்க் கொண்டிருக்கிறார். அதைக் கெடுப்பது போல், ஆங்காங்கே அதற்கு இடையூறு செய்வது போல் என்னென்னவோ பேசுகிறார்கள். ஒரு வரைமுறையே இல்லை. ராமர் பற்றிய பேச்சு, கோட்ஸே பற்றிய பேச்சு – இப்போது கோட்ஸேவுக்கு கோயில் என்று ஆரம்பித்திருக்கிறார்கள். எனக்குச் சந்தேகமே வந்து விட்டது. அதாவது, மோடிக்கு வரும் நற்பெயரைக் கெடுப்பதற்கென்றே, இந்த அரசின் கவனத்தைத் திசை திருப்பும் நோக்கத்துடனேயே இந்த மாதிரி எல்லாம் செய்கிறார்களோ என்று. சிலர் அவரது வளர்ச்சியைப் பொறுக்க மாட்டாமல், அவர்களால் இந்த மாதிரி காரியங்கள் நடத்தப்படுகின்றனவோ என்று எனக்குச் சந்தேகமே வந்து விட்டது”


பிஜேபிக்கு 7க்கும் குறைவான இடங்களில் வெற்றி பெற்றால் கூட, அந்த கட்சிக்கு நாங்கள் எதிர்கட்சி அந்தஸ்த்து தர தயங்கமாட்டோம் - ஆம்.அத்மி கட்சி

Read More...

Thursday, February 05, 2015

இவனை (என்னை) அறிந்தால் ! - போட்டி



ஃபேஸ் புக்கில் இந்த படத்தை பார்த்தேன். யார் என்று எனக்கு தெரியவில்லை.
வினு சக்ரவர்த்தி, மதன் பாப், நேபாளி பரத், தசாவதாரம் ஜப்பானிய கமல் மாதிரி இருக்கிறது. இது தான் இந்த சிலையின் தனித்தன்மை. சிங்கபூர், ஆஸ்திரேலியாவிற்கு கடத்திக்கொண்டு போகாமல் இருக்க வேண்டும்.


பின்னூட்டதில் சரியான விடையை சொல்லுங்க இல்லை ‘தல’ வெடித்துவிடும் போல இருக்கிறது.

Read More...

Friday, January 30, 2015

ஒரு பெரிய கடிதம் - ஜெயந்தி நடராஜன்



Hon’ble Smt. Sonia Gandhi,

President, Indian National Congress

November 5, 2014

Madam, I write to you with a very heavy heart. Over the last 11 months, I have suffered the most excruciating mental agony, and have been continuously attacked, wrongly vilified and defamed in the media, and exposed to every possible humiliation in public life. As I write today, more than 30 years of my loyal, faithful, and dedicated service to our party stand destroyed and in shambles around me. My entire career is ruined, and above all, the sacred and venerable legacy of my family, which served our nation and party with immense distinction, and patriotism stands in danger of being tarnished. As you are aware, I am a fourth generation Congress worker.

Three generations before me, fought for the independence of our country from the British, and spent many long years in jail, along with other stalwarts of the freedom movement. After independence, my family served the country and the Congress party with great dedication, and my grandfather who was the last Congress Chief Minister of the State, my aunt who was a selfless social worker, have etched the name of my family in the annals of our history as patriots and nationalists.

I myself have served the Congress party from 1984, have been a four time MP, and a former Minister of State, without a single blemish on my reputation, in terms of integrity in public life, and my loyalty to my party and my country. Thirty years later, for no fault of mine, I find that my own small work, and the glorious legacy of my family stand ruined. I am still unable to understand what I have done wrong, or what crime I have committed to have been treated like this in the party I have faithfully served so long. I want to categorically state that I have always been a loyal, sincere dedicated party worker, implicitly obeying the orders of my leaders. I have always carried out any task assigned to me with sincerity and dedication, and have never been guilty of any wrongdoing of any kind, in my public and personal life.



In these circumstances, the disaster which happened to me on the December 20, 2013, was a thunderbolt, which hit me from the blue and destroyed my life. Until now, I have been unable to understand what was wrongdoing was committed by me to suddenly receive what was virtually a sentence of death.

I want to place on record, that from December 20, 2013, until now, I have still not been told by you, why I was asked to resign from the Council of Ministers, nor have I ever been asked or given an opportunity to explain, if indeed I had committed any wrongdoing. On the other hand, the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to me, accepting my resignation, in which he praised the excellent work I had done as Minister, and what he termed my valuable contribution as Minister.

In these circumstances, it was clearly not the Prime Minister nor my work in Government, which led to my ouster as Minister. Thus it still baffles me, why I was humiliated so brutally.

To recall the sequence of events, I would like to record, that I was carrying out my duties as Minister of State (I/C) Environment and Forests in the routine course, when suddenly that day on December 20, 2013, the then PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh summoned me to his office. When I entered he stood up from his chair, looking tense and grim, and uttered these exact words. He said “Jayanthi, I have been told by Congress President, that your services are required for party work.” I was puzzled, and I said, “Yes Sir. So what should I do?” He replied, “She wants you to resign.” I was shocked and said, “Resign Sir? But when?” He replied “Today.” I once again asked him if this was what the Congress president wished. He answered in the affirmative. Unsuspecting, and trusting you totally, I did not utter a single word, but smiled at him and said I would comply with the wishes of the Congress President.

I was so guile free, that I honestly believed that you wanted me to work for the party, and that it was an honour to be so chosen. I did not for a second at that time, imagine the consequences of resigning just 100 days before the elections were due, and what would lie in store for me in the future. I trusted you with my life, and even more importantly, with my reputation, my career and the legacy of my family.

Thereafter, I asked for time to meet you. However, I was told that I could talk to you on the telephone. During our conversation I repeated what the Prime Minister told me, and you reiterated that I should resign and do Party work. Within half an hour of meeting the then Prime Minister, I sent in my letter of resignation, stating that I would like to resign from the office of Minister, due to my desire to devote myself to party work, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. As mentioned earlier, Dr. Singh immediately accepted my resignation, and in that letter profusely lauded my contribution to the government.

The next day my resignation was headlines in the media, and all the initial reports correctly reported that I had stepped down for party work. By the afternoon, to my shock, I received information that persons from the office of Shri Rahul Gandhi were calling the media and planting stories that my resignation was NOT for party work.

My sources were impeccable, and I felt unease. Thereafter, the media was flooded with negative stories about me. The same day, namely, the day after I resigned, Shri Rahul Gandhi addressed a FICCI meeting of industrialists, where he made uncomplimentary references to delays in environmental clearances, and the adverse effects upon the economy, and assured the corporate world, that the party and government would henceforth ensure that there would be no delays, and bottlenecks for industry. After being alerted by the media, I saw the entire speech on YouTube. It was then that some in the media questioned me if I had been asked to resign immediately, to enable Shri Rahul Gandhi to address FICCI and the corporate world with the news of my resignation in the background.

An assurance was sought to be given to the corporate world that they need no longer worry about environmental clearance delays and that bottlenecks would be removed, although throughout my very brief tenure, I strictly followed the laws and rules and tried to protect the environment, in keeping with the legacy of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Shri Rajiv Gandhi, who first brought in the Environment Protection Act. Since I had only followed this line of our party, I could not understand why I had been asked to resign within half an hour on the previous day, especially since I had never been told of any issues prior to December 20, 2013. Some analysts speculated that I might be projected as the focal point for the perceived failure of the economy at that time.

What followed was a hysterical vicious false and motivated campaign against me, in the media, orchestrated entirely by particular chosen individuals in the party. There was not a single word of truth in what was said, nor was there a single concrete fact.

I was never a bottleneck, nor was I ever responsible for unwarranted delays in major projects, and I can prove this at any time. I was shattered by the attack upon me, and bewildered. I wrote a passionate message to Shri Rahul Gandhi, about my removal as Minister, and his speech, at FICCI, and asked him what wrongdoing I had committed to warrant this treatment. I said, that I should have been asked for an explanation, IF I had done anything wrong, as even a murderer has his say in court, and here I don’t even know what, if any wrong doing was committed by me. I told him that my family legacy and my name would be forever ruined, and all I had done was my duty. I asked him to tell me, what wrong I had committed. I asked for time to meet him. He replied that he was “running a little busy” at that time, but that he would meet me a little later.

Despite several requests, that day never came. Not till this minute. I took a break of 10 days, and went to my sister’s home to recover.

When I returned, in the first week of January 2014, I was given an appointment to meet you. During our meeting, I explained my agony to you, over the attack which had been unleashed upon me and asked what I had done wrong. You replied that the elections were coming up and I was required for party work. I told you that the media was keen I should speak to them in view of the huge speculation over my resignation, but you specifically told me not to meet the media. From that day until now, I have honoured that word. But from that day until now, I have neither been given party work, nor have I been given an opportunity to meet you, despite several requests.

In fact, later in January, I was again shocked and distressed to receive a telephone call from Ajay Maken, Head of Congress Media cell. He informed me, that my name was being removed from the list of party spokespersons, that the decision was taken “at the highest level” and other work would be assigned to me. I have served as party spokesperson for over 10 long years during very difficult times. I have defended the party day and night, 24 hours a day despite huge domestic problems, including my mother suffering from a brain tumour, and ultimately dying after suffering for 3 long years, during which I not only served as her principal caregiver, but also constantly travelled to Delhi to serve as party spokesperson, without even being a MP.

My sacrifices, more importantly the sacrifices made by my family, my parents, and husband, were all for the cause of the Congress party. I was given an opportunity to serve as Minister for just over two years, but served the party day and night, for the last 30 odd years. Throughout, there has never been a blemish upon my reputation.

In fact apart from hundreds of others, Dr. Manmohan Singh and you have several times praised me for my work as spokesperson for the party. I only mentioned this to point out my track record was perfect, and in ten long years I have not made even one mistake as spokesperson. It was therefore clearly a deliberate decision to remove me from the list of spokespersons, and for reasons which are still unknown to me.

I also feel that I have been pressurised and used to lead issues which I considered wrong. An instance: While I was still a Minister, an important matter which has caused me great agitation is the fact that I was called upon to attack the present Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on what is referred to in the media as ‘Snoopgate.’

Despite the fact that I initially refused, because I thought that the party should attack Shri Modi on policy and governance and not drag an unknown woman into a controversy, Shri Ajay Maken telephoned me on November 16, 2013, while I was on tour and asked me to come to Delhi immediately to address a press conference on the issue. I expressed my disinclination to do this, and refused the assignment, mentioning that I was a Minister at that time, and this should not be taken as the point of view of Government. I suggested perhaps an Official Spokesperson should do the Press Conference, if so desired. Shri Maken told me once again, that this was a decision taken at “the highest level” and that I had no choice in the matter. After the press conference throughout the controversy which followed I was told by Shri Maken to fiercely attack Shri Modi, on TV channels and during debates, although I was otherwise never fielded in the media after appointment as Minister.

During my tenure as Minister, it was the clear and specific policy of the party, to take all steps to protect the environment, and carry forward the legacy of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to preserve the environment, and keep a balance between environment and industry. As Chairperson NAC, you have written several letters to me regarding projects in the Environment Ministry, and protection of tribal rights, and I have always kept you briefed that due care was being taken by me to protect the environment. I received specific requests [which used to be directives for us] from Shri Rahul Gandhi and his office forwarding environmental concerns in some important areas and I took care to honour those “requests.” Shri Rahul Gandhi went in person to Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha, and publicly declared to the Dongria Kondh tribals that he would be their “sipahi” and would not allow their interests to suffer at the hands of mining giant Vedanta. His views in the matter were conveyed to me by his office, and I took great care to ensure that the interests of the tribals were protected and rejected environmental clearance to Vendanta despite tremendous pressure from my colleagues in cabinet, and huge criticism from industry for what was described as “stalling” a Rs. 30,000 crore investment from Vedanta.

Fortunately, my decision was upheld by the Supreme Court. The same happened in the case of the Adani projects, where I faced tremendous criticism from within the cabinet and outside, for stalling investment at a time when the country was going through a difficult time in terms of the economy. The complaints of the local fisherfolk and NGOs of environmental violations in the Adani case were forwarded to me by Shri Rahul Gandhi’s office, and I was told to liaise with Shri Dipak Babaria in the matter. Occasionally, I apprised Shri Rahul Gandhi of steps I had taken, and he responded positively. In fact you have yourself conveyed your concern in this regard in letters written to me. In several cases including the stalled GVK power project regarding the Dhari Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh, the Lavasa project in Maharashtra, the Nirma cement plant in Gujarat and in several other cases I was given specific input, to make my decision. Apart from this Shri Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister was in constant touch with me, and officers of the Ministry in guiding the decisions to be taken by the Ministry at that time.

So in my decision making I have factored in the party line despite all criticisms against me and therefore several decisions of mine were expressly overruled by the Prime Minister.

My object in pointing out the above to you is to bring to your notice that, in several cases the party high command had very strong views regarding environmental violations. This was the reason that I repeatedly challenged my colleagues in cabinet, thus bringing down upon my own head the anger and wrath of the entire cabinet, and also the entire corporate world. Still, I soldiered on doing my duty. This is the reason why I am so stunned and shocked that in the end, I was removed as Minister just 100 days before elections although I had committed no wrong doing, and none was pointed out to me, in fact the then Prime Minister praised my work, while accepting my resignation. Thereafter, although I repeatedly sought clarification, as to what wrong doing I was guilty of to have been so brutally humiliated, and further humiliated by being removed as Spokesperson, no answer was given to me. Despite my repeated attempts to meet Shri Rahul Gandhi and you, no appointment was given to me. Dr. Manmohan Singh, and you, both assured me at the time of making me resign that my services were required for party work. No other explanation has been given to me till date.

After my removal as Minister, there was widespread news coverage in the Kerala media that my removal was because I had notified the order on protection of the Western Ghats, the Kasturirangan Committee report, on December 19, 2013, (just one day before my removal) which had been bitterly opposed some sections of society in Kerala, who felt that this order would adversely affect their economic interests, and had expressed their opposition to the Prime Minister and to you. Nevertheless, in the interest of protecting the environment, and pursuant to orders of court, I took that important decision.

My successor Shri Moily, put my orders on hold. A few days before I was removed as Minister, I needed to review the Adani file for some legal issues. When I sent for the file, I was told that it was “missing.” After considerable search, my officials “found” it, apparently in the washroom of the computer section, the very day on which I had been asking to resign. Clearly some officials in my then Ministry did not want to send that file back to me, for unknown reasons.

Surely you were aware that removing a Minister just one hundred days before Lok Sabha elections without any wrongdoing being even alleged against her, and on the contrary, the Prime Minister lauding my work in writing, would have devastating effects upon me, my career, everything I have worked for over 30 years, and above all the patriotic legacy of my family?

Yet this was done to me. I am a mere cog in the wheel, a helpless loyal Congress worker. Just as could be predicted, my reputation, my career and my life now lie in shreds around me. And I have committed no wrong.

Significantly, if indeed I had been guilty of wrongdoing, I would have been happy to have been given a chance to defend myself, and I would have emerged pure and transparent and victorious.

This opportunity was not given to me, I was simply told I was required for party work, but not used for it also making me feel that that was a euphemism to get me to resign.

Over the last 11 months I have undergone untold mental and physical agony, as a result of this incident. I have major health issues due to my tension and humiliation over the treatment meted out to me, and my future looks bleak. More importantly, I need to save the legacy of my family or children and my future generations will not forgive me.

You may wonder why I write to you now, which I have decided to do after 4 months of prayer and contemplation. I wish to record that I tried several times to meet Shri Rahul Gandhi and you, but was not given an appointment. During our last meeting, and only meeting after my resignation, you instructed me to avoid the media. Until today I have followed your instructions. Just two days ago, Shri Vasan left the Congress and formed his own party. It was only on the day before Shri Vasan left, that I received my first ever communication from AICC in the form of a telephone call from Shri Motilal Vora, who wanted to know what my stand was regarding Shri Vasan, and what my future course of action would be.

Until Shri Vasan left, nobody even spoke to me. This was the reason that people began to speculate that I had become a scapegoat for the economic problems of the UPA government. However, whatever is said now, the damage to my reputation has been complete and devastating. And future generations of my family will not forgive me if I do not set the record straight. I have therefore chosen this time to write to you. I am doing it after four months of prayers and contemplation and coming to the conclusion that I need to write to you the truth which you know as much as I do.

While there is considerable churning going on in the party now, my own problems however are far deeper, and are both in relation to the party in general, and how I have been treated.

Madam, most respectfully, I request you to kindly let me know at least now, what wrongdoing I am alleged to have committed to be subject to such repeated humiliation. If indeed I am alleged to have done anything wrong, I do not understand the reason why this was not placed before me, and why I was not given an opportunity to defend myself for 11 long months. I am sure you will understand how important it is for me to protect my reputation and that of my family. Without a single word being said I have been humiliated for 11 months. I would be grateful if you would be so gracious as to at least understand my anguish.

– Jayanthi Natarajan
"I myself have served the Congress party from 1984, have been a four time MP, and a former Minister of State, without a single blemish on my reputation, in terms of integrity in public life, and my loyalty to my party and my country." -See the order - First Party then Country !

Read More...

Monday, January 26, 2015

ஆர்.கே. லட்சுமண் - அஞ்சலி



அஞ்சலி

Read More...

:-)



:-)

Read More...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

முக்கியமில்லாத அறிவிப்பு

துக்ளக் ஆண்டு விழா செல்லவதற்கு முன்னால் ‘ஐ’ படம் பார்த்தேன். இரண்டைப்பற்றி சுட சுட எழுத வேண்டும் என்று நினைத்திருந்தேன் அப்போது தான் எழுத்தாளர்களுக்கு நேர்ந்த சோதனையை பற்றி ஒருவர் எனக்கு சொன்னார். மனம் நொந்து போய்விட்டேன்.
அடுத்த வாரம் எழுதுகிறேன்.

முருகனும் பெருமாளும் என்னை காக்க வேண்டும். பெருமாளும் முருகனும் என்று எழுதனால் நமக்கு எதற்கு வீண் வம்பு !

Read More...

Monday, January 12, 2015

சென்னை புத்தக கண்காட்சி - 2015 - ஸ்ரீராம்

இந்த முறை ஒய்எம்சீஏ மைதானத்தில் - ரோட்டை கடந்து உள்ளே செல்வதே ஒரு பெரிய வைகோ நடை பயணம். மொத்தம் எழுநூறு ஸ்டால்கள், இந்த முறை இடம் இல்லததால் 200 பதிப்பகங்களுக்கு இடம் இல்லை. இரண்டாம் நாள் என்பதால் ஆங்கங்கே வயர்கள் தொங்கி, நம்மையும் தொங்கலில் விட்டன. எப்பொழுதும் போல் "ஸ்டால் 203க்கு எலக்ட்ரிசியன் அனுப்பவும்", "ஆதம்பாக்கத்தை சேர்ந்த குமாரசாமி எங்கிருந்தாலும் வரவும், உங்களது பத்து வயது மகன் மாதவ் உங்களை பிரிந்து தவித்து கொண்டிருக்கிறார்" போன்ற அறிவிப்புகளுக்கு குறைவே இல்லை. தாங்க முடியாதது அந்த ஆச்சி மசாலா விளம்பரங்கள். பந்தல் அமைப்பு, பார்கிங், தண்ணீர், உணவகங்கள் அனைத்தும் நிறைவாக இருந்தன. ஏன் இன்னும் கழிப்பறைகள் அப்படியே உள்ளன? நுழைவு சீட்டு கொடுப்பதற்கு ஒரு வரிசை தான் வைக்க வேண்டுமா என்ன?

பிரபலங்களின் கூட்டத்திற்கும் குறைவே இல்லை - சாரு ஜீன்ஸ் பாண்டில் வந்திருந்தார், பத்ரி அந்த பாக் பாக்கில், மற்றும் மனுஷ தன் வழக்கமான ஹேர் ஸ்டைலில் வந்திருந்தார் - எங்கே இங்கயும் ஒரு பார்பன யுத்தம் நடக்குமோ என்று தோன்றியது - நல்ல வேலை பிழைத்தேன். முக்தா ஸ்ரீநிவாசன் குழந்தைகளுக்கு நல்ல செய்திகளை சொல்லி கொண்டிருந்தார். வெளியே மேடையில் கார்ல் மார்க்ஸ் பிராஹ்மி, தமிழ் விஷயங்களை அலசி கொண்டிருந்தார் - அங்கே துணி போர்த்திய வெள்ளை நாற்காலிகளை தவிர்த்து ஏனையவை நிரம்பியிருந்தது ஆச்சரியம்!

குமுதம், விகடன், தினமலர், ஹிந்து, நக்கீரன் போன்ற பத்திரிகைகள், விடாமல் பிரசுரம் நடத்தி புத்தக விழாவிற்கு வருவது பாராட்டத்தக்கது. விகடன், உயிர்மை,கிழக்கு, காலச்சுவடு ஸ்டால்களில் நல்ல கூட்டம் - இந்த வரிசையில் நல்ல வியாபாரம் பார்த்தது இன்போர்மேஷன் மினிஸ்ட்ரியின் புத்தகங்கள். சாஹித்ய அகடமியின் புத்தங்கங்கள் அதி மலிவு கிடைத்தன. மணிமேகலை, வானதி, அல்லையன்ஸ், கிரி டிரடிங்க் போன்றவை வழக்கமான கூட்டங்களை கொண்டிருந்தன. பெரியார், அம்பேத்கர், ஹிந்து, முஸ்லிம் இலக்கிய கடைகளில் நல்ல காற்று கிடைத்தது. எப்பொழுதும் போல் இந்த வருடமும் கல்கியே ஜெயிக்கிறார் - பொன்னியின் செல்வன் தான் நாயகன் என்று சொல்ல தேவையே இல்லை.

சில வருடங்களை நான் பார்த்த வரையில் அதிகமாக விற்பனையாவது குழந்தைகள் புத்தகங்கள் தான். முகநூல், வாட்ஸ் ஆப் காலத்தில் இன்னும் ஓலை சுவடி காலத்தில இருப்பது போல தோன்றுவது தவிர்க்க முடியவில்லை. இ புக் வடிவத்தில் இன்னும் ஏன் முன்னேறவில்லை? கண்காட்சி வலைதளத்தின் மூலம் பத்து நாட்களுக்கு குரியரில் விற்பனை செய்வதாக அறிவித்துள்ளனர் - அப்படியே அமேசான்,ப்ளிப்கார்டிலும் விற்பனை செய்யுங்கள. நிச்சியமாக புது யுகம் தான்.


திரும்பும் பொழுது நம்ம ஆட்டோ கிடைத்ததில் பிறவி பலன் அடைந்தேன். நன்றி.

படங்கள்:
- Sriram Sundaresan

சரக்கு மாஸ்டர் பற்றி எழுதாதது மிகுந்த வருத்ததை தருகிறது. அடுத்த புத்தக கண்காட்சி பதிவு யாருடையது ?

Read More...