Category: Media Quill

Oops!!! The Hypocrite Tamil

It is long time that I wrote something politically or a thoroughly opinionated write-up, though there are many to talk, there are a few that have been badly bothering me for a long while, especially the unwanted turmoil of LTTE issue in Tamil Nadu. Hey that is and that had been my take. How stupid is it on the part of the politicians of TN to make the people believe that they can help find a solution to the Lankan issue, It was nothing but an election-puller, a pickle to lick for Kalaignar, Amma, Ayya, Captain and every other crook. Well the question would be, why I refrained from writing anything on this. I just wanted to wait to make sure and more importantly the media to declare that the war is over and Prabhakaran is dead and gone. I have no affiliation/affection for him, but I did feel a little bad on his death. Prabhakaran was bad a leader, no qualms on that.

No I don’t want to get to the history or the intricate details or a post-mortem of why he failed/what should have happened. As a citizen, I would not want a third member to talk about the inner disputes of my country; I would want any third party/nation to better shut their mouth up, and Sri Lanka, would want the same, And I appreciate Sri-Lankan PM Rajapakshe’ autonomy and (partly) acting on his own. What it is that special affection for the Tamils, I had been called a betrayer of the Tamil-Elam cause, because I don’t support their ways and means or subscribe to that identity and Ideology, I wonder where thy-humble Humanity was when Innocent civilians in Israel/Orissa was being massacred because of their identity. I honestly cannot feel/cry for someone just because he/she happens to be a Tamil.

And Muthukumar, who immolated himself, for he cannot stand it, was called the Tamil citizen of dignity by one of the Tamil media. I call it the most ridiculous and disgusting act. I spoke to the same words to a magazine reporter, who asked me the same question, “How can I (being a Tamil) can speak so?” At times, I really don’t understand certain things of being a Tamil. And I couldn’t stand the highly hypocritical attitude of the Tamil. As Tamil writer Gnani tells, “It is not wrong to tell that the average Tamilian doesn’t have honesty in him”

And the most bogus election happened in Tamil nadu, everyone knows the story and of How’s DMK won the election and how the daddy had disputes with the centre on getting a share for each of his son/daughter and how congress had been aware of his well-I-know -how tactics. And now the elder takes care of the party at the centre and the younger the state. Rightly Jayakanthan, a Progressive writer in Tamil pointed out that DMK and ADMK are the evil-curses of Tamil nadu. And now it is at its peak. Let’s watch the Game. “Koothu nadakuthu paarir, Kaana Vararir

I had been never been a watcher of Reality-shows and recently being in a friend’s home. I happened to be one of its spectators too, how everyone in the family religiously watches the show. I couldn’t help myself not to get hooked. It was a finals and live-show, which went till twelve before they could finally decide whole-heartedly and declare the winner of the Air Tel-Super-Singer Contest. The Judge was evidently tired and wished he could better be let go. Ajeesh, a second year Visual-communication student won the game and Man, he was really an amazing singer, and now wonder he got everyone hooked. And sure, that would have been the talk amongst all the house-wives folk and in the work-place too.

I happened to read Ashokamitran, a prominent writer of 80s, on a friend’s suggestion in his blog. He was quite a fascinating writer, whose multi-faceted aspect is clearly reflected in each of his short-stories, one could not guess, what he is going to talk about next in his writing, His characters are from the wide-array of life; the women, children, laborers, actors, writers, middle class family man to the murderers, saints and his almost-to-the-minute psychoanalytic detail shows his humane side and his concern for the fellow-being. One cannot ignore him on a class/caste based position as a writer. It is evident from his writing, how he had this broad outlook on life and literature which is a pre-requisite for a writer.

Unlike other writers of Tamil, he is man who had a well exposure to different lives and situations. While the average so called Progressive-Tamil writer takes a stand as that authentic ethnic Tamil, who considers anything other than Tamil as a gross and gross-betrayal to the Tamil cause. I basically feel that the average Tamil-writer/Tamil has taken a cause and stand that he/she would write in the chaste-Tamil and would read only Tamil. No to English and a Big NO NO to Hindi. “We don’t need a National Language.” We will flourish in Tamil by repeatedly ignoring and murdering Tamil and only using it as the cheap and easy way to attain our petty political means and gains. Honestly, Let me Question, “How many of us can write a page in Tamil without spelling mistakes? And How many of us can name a few contemporary writers and the books for what and which works he/she is well known and well acclaimed?”

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What else happens? what else can happen?

Violence is worst, when it is mindless, but recent incidents of violence triggers a thought. Does Violence has a mind of its own? Today, violence has been either institutionalized mainly in the name of upholding certain stupidly stupid values, or a means for moral and cultural policing, or through thoroughly political insipid ideologies, there are so many –Tvas for instance, or religion sponsored/induced terrorism or an individual’s violent/sexual outrage.

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Violence, when seen as a means of exertion of power, gives a scope to understand the tactics and politics of its existence and its functionalism in the society. Be it the recent mumbai 26/11, or the mangalore incident where women in pub were attacked, this suits the frame-work of Violence. This particular incident, where Christians were massacred, it only bothered the honourable PM, when European countries pointed out its fingers and asked, “Manmohanji, what is happening in your country?” Poor PM, who forgetfully ignored it, amidst his busy schedule of fixing a deal with the US of A. 
In the case of Mumbai attacks,  it has become convenient for the media to gain popularity and increase its TRP and circulation rates among people by mere exclusive coverage of terrorism with all the gory bloodshed scenes. Aren’t they concerned about the dignity of the dead and gone? Well there are so many discourses that had been drawn on the mumbai attacks. The blatant attack on the north indians by Raj thackerey is an example of a political and institutionalized violence, where few people are actually employed and been fed and brought up with hatredness, then let out on streets to kill people. Well everyone knew, what argument was put-forth. North-Indians rob the local’s job. Mumbai stands actually on the city’s floating population. Thackerey can actually go on learning and then teaching the culture of the land  than talking all shit about the sons of soil theory. 
The recent attack of a pub in the mangalore and the following molestation of women by a certain clan claiming the protection of the culture in the name of Ram’s army. What better can the clan of Ram’s army do, when their Very guru, Shri Ram ji doubted his wife’s chastity. A women who goes to a pub has all the dignity that the same women in kitchen possess. How outrageous is it to strip women and grope them. A wonderment creeps up, whether Bhartat mata and Sita mata will be spared or will they too be subjected to disrobing and groping by these gang, if they go against the so-called norms/values of the society. What makes these creature feel they are superior and thus self-bestow themselves with the noblest duty of moral-policing.
At least political and communal violence can be understood withian all frameswork of politics, culture, economics, society and other all talked about parameters, but what can be said about last years incident in a new year party, where two girls were at the mercy of the revellers for a few minutes until some raised an alarm and the commissioner blaming the media, “Such small incidents happen everywhere.” One would probably wonder, would he change his mind, if it was his own daughter who were mishandled by such men in a small incident.
What  about the Noida incident, where the molested bodies were cut and dumped? why did the army commit such atrocities, which led a few north-east women to protest in nude? why did the police keep quite on the chennai law college student being beaten up?  why can’t the media Known as the watch dog stop such incidents than being mute and recording them? why do girls be subjected to acid-attack by men on the refusal-acts of love? why did AIADMK sadist followers  set the bus on fire ensuring the doors to be locked, leading to three girls been charred to death? Why do schools insist on corporal punishment, making the kids, feel like scum on the road, stripping them their self-esteem and confidence? Why did a movie like Slum dog millionaire exposing the brutal violence, celebrated for all wrong reasons? Why are the VIP kids let go scot-free, after killing pedestrian  with their filthily rich and lavished imported cars? why is the media celebrating and sponsoring terrorism?, Is there a different genre of celebrity-terrorism?
Aren’t we all getting immunized against terrorism by constant telecast of gory scenes and clippings of violent blood sheds? Don’t we all expect a good coverage of terrorism and tune into channels which promises an exclusive coverage/scoop? What does that ultimately mean? Don’t we all feel that intensity is more, only when causalities are in two-digit numbers? Didn’t the media make us believe that Obama becoming the US president would do all good to India, when poor Manmohan Ji is struggling with the prevailing pathetic situation?
There is so much mindless violence, (domestic, subtle and violent) in our country today, that we can no longer ignore that and claim values that made us greater once in the past. You may not like it or you may ignore it. but this is the naked truth that stares you right into your eye. Everything had been made to look like the daily routine, that we grew adjusted to it and give an instant knee-jerk reaction on reading and then resume life, till it affects you and me….
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