Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The changing face of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

AS: Sorry folks for the long break. Too many hard deadlines in the business.

Sorry to bother folks with TN matters, but it is amusing to note some statements and events.
1) Linky

“Though we adhere to the principles of rationalism and self-respect, we are not against temples and the beliefs of all,” said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam.
Though the principles of DMK had been different, once in power, the party would never harm one's religious sentiments. “The DMK government in fact will never resort to the acts of hurting any one's feelings. But the acts of a few of those who claim to be Godmen are doing irreparable damages to their religion and faith,” he said. The Chief Minister had already asked the temple administrations not to favour any individuals when they come to worship since temples were common for all.

This coming from a loyal partyman whose leader asked for the credentials of some random aanjaaneyar!
2) Coming from 200 metres of one of these temples, I cant but not notice it: Linky

The Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore was on Monday awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. Deputy chief minister M K Stalin handed over the certificate to Hindu religious and charitable endowments minister K R Periyakaruppan at the secretariat. The other two city temples — the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane and the Dhandayudhapani temple in Vadapalani — have also got ISO certification, according to official sources. Early this year, the three temples had applied for ISO certification following an announcement by Periyakaruppan in the Assembly.
The three city temples had included their fixed assets, accounts and strict adherence to rituals for scrutiny by the ISO. According to HR&CE officials, Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai and Srirangam Ranganatha temple will also apply for the ISO tag shortly. “We were waiting for the city temples to get certification and now we will ask these temples to apply,” they said.

Comment: The imminent calling of Paramapadham on our "Dear leader" will release a pent-up energy characrerized only by the arrival of yellow shawls, angapradakshnams, thee midhis, alagu kuthhal, etc. Dont be surprised if you see Dear leader's pic in the form of one of Shri Shiva-Vishnu's incarnation. My only advise is that: Dont stand in the way when Dear leader's coffin passes through to the burial yard in the Madras beach for your life and security is NOT in your hands. For even higher, bigger and thicker mortals such as Mata Biryanandha-mayi were beaten black and blue when Tam-land witnessed the previous rendition of saavu dance in 1987.

I have a further take on the "Janusian" case of Tamil nationalism, where anti-Hinduism was just the visible face. The invisible face used the anti-Hindu feelings to corral fissiparous tendencies in other religions and within Hinduism -- a casteist whine profile. But making this case to a non-Tam (especially, a Hindi-lover), who can only see the Tamil linguistic jingoism/fanaticism would take a while. A long-winded history lesson on the rise, fall, re-rise and eventual ebbing away of linguistic identities in South India would be necessary. But that would also take us into identifying the commonalities and differences in linguistic whine profiles in the Northeast India and Sri Lanka. Perhaps, when I have the time for this...

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At July 27, 2010 at 3:21 AM , Anonymous Al said...

"Mata Biryananda-mayi" Konnuteenga saar. :-)

At July 27, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Sid Gau said...

stan avargale: My dosthu has relatives living near MuKa. MuKa is known to have donated lakhs to a nearby temple. Based on the rumor mills, it looks like he might be a "closet bhaktan".

At July 27, 2010 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Al said...

MuKa's hypocrisy is legendary -- during the height of the anti-brahmin movement he spearheaded, he still had Dr. T.K.Ganesan (RIP), then dean of Coimbatore Medical College and a brilliant physician, as his personal physician. So it is not surprising to see him turn into a believer. Besides, I am sure he has to dance to the tunes of his many wives, who probably made a believer out of him.


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