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Democracy should succeed in Pakistan if peace is to be established in the sub-continent. Hats off to the people of Pakistan for turning out in large numbers to vote for democracy in the terror-torn country! Hostility towards India can be erased from the minds of people only if democracy is strengthened in Pakistan.

K.R. Viswanathan Pillai, OPINION THE HINDU dated 13/05/2013

The tragic time for any one who may even go for extreme steps is one finds that all expectations are shut to lead a purposeful life. It is a tragic state of social problem that a few students are committing suicides after the examinations results are published. They are in the whirlpool of mental disturbances. Our society blinks in all such tragic happenings

Though "diplomacy won", and China pulled out its troops from Dault Beg Oldi sector of Indian Territory and the way is cleared for FM to visit China, Government should explain why Indian troops pulled out from its own territory in DBO sector. People of India want peace and at the same time India should not under any pressure surrender its territory at gun point.Now our troops could not enter our own terr

 

Indians have experienced with several ‘ism’ after independence. The same Sri Manmoham Singh who introduced capitalism twenty years back in the Indian economy, is now propagating ‘hikeism’ or ‘manmohanism’ in the economy. The essence of hikeism is to hike the price of all essential items to stop eating, hike the bank interests very often to create costly shelters or no shelters, hike corruption everywhere in public life to create a few more richer , hike fuel price to stop traveling and hike cooking gas so that house wives stop cooking. Really we are in a wonderful India and our worries are also hiked.

Mind is not a mirror of your body as generally told. You may be looking fine. But the mind is wandering and many unwanted thoughts get in “You” or “I “, the body and the mind have important functions in life. The disease in body is explicable. Learning the mind is difficult. Mind is inexplicable. So many thoughts enter the mind and difficult to filter the bad thoughts. Here the place of worship plays an important part in the mind to filter bad thoughts. Surrender to the God you believe.Then you will see the changes.By remaining calm also helps a lot.

When your mind is besieged by some wavering or disturbed thoughts, you can bring control into your mind by staying calm, just like mud in water settles down and then the water is good to drink.

Mind is not a mirror of your body as generally told. You may be looking fine. But the mind is wandering and many unwanted thoughts get in “You” or “I “, the body and the mind have important functions in life. The disease in body is explicable. Learning the mind is difficult. Mind is inexplicable. So many thoughts enter the mind and difficult to filter the bad thoughts. Here the place of worship plays an important part in the mind to filter bad thoughts. Surrender to the God you believe.Then you will see the changes.By remaining calm also helps a lot.

You are right BMC. For many, mind may be like a “kurangu” . But any one “seeing” the life through the mind should never be a “kurangu”. I may not know the correct way to interpret life what we see or think through the mind?. I do not know what the mind is? I get the feeling of mind through my body senses. Whether our thoughts are enveloped by our mind like the bubbles floating in the turbulent air of life or whether our thoughts are outside in the floating bubbles of mind. Mind is unreadable and unpredictable, exercises feelings only and fuels our life.

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At any given time, there is a shortage of nearly 4,000MW in Tamil Nadu and people know that power cut in Tamil Nadu may have to continue even for longer duration to bridge the gap between supply and demand. Chennaites have already adjusted to daily power cut of two hours and they have no complain to make and they very well understand the difficulties faced by the people of ...Tamil Nadu elsewhere with longer duration of power cut. As a Chennaite my request to TANGEDCO officials is suspension of power from 9.00am to 5.00pm may be split into two halves between 8.00amto 12.00 noon and 2.00pm to 6.00pm .Power may be restored for two hours between 12 noon and 2.00pm.
The total duration of suspension of power will be the same but people in Chennai have some relief that their kitchen appliances can be operated between 12 noon and 2.00pm and also the inverters batteries can be recharged, pumping of water to fill the tanks could also be restored. There will be some saving in consumption of diesel oil by reduced running of DG sets in office

I revisited NLC on 2nd Feb: 2013 with my family members. It was our first visit after I retired from NLC twenty years back in1993.We stayed in the guest house. The officials and staff in the guest house were very friendly. Expansion activities are going in TS11. Neyveli Township is not changed much except that most houses have made alteration for parking cars. It seems that the employees are very ......happy that they are paid well and most of them have cars and AC units in their houses. They have their hearts to thank the retired employees worked in very adverse conditions in early stages in building up of NLC.. Standing in front of the main gate of TS11, I felt for a moment that the retired employees in TS11 who contributed their sweat and time for stablising this gigantic project are now “no one” for NLC. The retired employees still carry the project in their heart .

It seems the Indian Home Minister Shinde wants to please the Pakistan and its ISI by accusing RSS and BJP for promoting ‘Hindu Terrorism”.Every Indian irrespective of Hindus or Indian Muslims knows that that there in no Indian terrorism as such which is abetted and sponsored by either Hindu or Muslim organizations and all attacks against India by terrorists are the works of Pakistan’s ISI. It is u...nfortunate that the Home Minister has gone down to cheap politics with negative intentions to get the support of Muslim voters. His allegation is also to be taken seriously by the people that India's main opposition party BJP is tarnished of being the promoter of “Hindu Terrorism” Will India to be called “Hindu Terrorist “ruled land if BJP comes to power in 2014.? The HM’s irresponsible comment pleases the terrorists across the border

, There is a shortage of nearly 4,000MW in Tamil Nadu and people know that power cut in Tamil Nadu may have to continue even for longer duration to bridge the gap between supply and demand. Chennaites have already adjusted to daily power cut of two hours and they have no complain to make and they very well understand the difficulties faced by the people of ...Tamil Nadu elsewhere with longer duration of power cut. As a Chennaite my request to TANGEDCO officials is suspension of power from 9.00am to 5.00pm may be split into two halves between 8.00amto 12.00 noon and 2.00pm to 6.00pm .Power may be restored for two hours between 12 noon and 2.00pm.
The total duration of suspension of power will be the same but people in Chennai have some relief that their kitchen appliances can be operated between 12 noon and 2.00pm and also the inverters batteries can be recharged, pumping of water to fill the tanks could also be restored. There will be some saving in consumption of diesel oil by reduced running of DG sets in office hours. I think most Chennaites will agree to my suggestions

In the inaugural address of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy the President Pranab Mukeherjee decried the culture of “disruption” of proceedings in the Parliaments, making it more difficult for policies and problems to be debated and discussed — in the House and, by implication, the country at large. The Ds of Democracy are debate or discussion, dissent, and decision by majority. I...n democracy oppositions parties have essential responsibilities to push the government to work for the larger welfare of the people when the steering of vehicle of the government pulled/driven by the ruling party or parties goes haywire. In fact the opposition parties push the government at the rear and the ruling parties pull from the front.
Success of government lies in the integrity and sincerity of the all the representative of the people in the Parliament. As Sri N Ram has rightly said in the inauguration and I quote here
“There are many things going for democratic India, above all the abiding strengths of our ancient, living historical civilization, our sound constitutional balances and safeguards, and the good sense, wisdom, and resilience of our people. But recent events remind us that we face tough challenges such as massive corruption and misgovernance, assaults on democratic values from within and without, and violations of women's rights, dignity, and lives. As costly are the grievous failures to address the inequalities and the mass and multiple deprivations that plague the lives of hundreds of millions of our people”
Democracy can succeed only when growth of the country should be inclusive and the benefits of growth should wipe out the tears of millions of common people struggling to live in dignity and free from exploitations by the rich.

It is reported that a woman and her eight-month-old daughter were killed when a truck mowed them down while they were riding pillion on a motorcycle in Jaipur.Her husband and son had a miraculous escape. Why are Indians so apathy to save the life of others who cry for help? Do we have blinkers on when it comes to help others in need. Bystanders and several vehicles passed by the dying woman and ch...ild for sixty minutes till the Ambulance reached the spot Is any law prevents giving help to the accident victims by the public?. If so law should be amended to protect the bystanders who help the accident victims from getting entangled in legal battles. Let us not bother about the legal issues. Let us help the people who are victims of tragic accidents.

When I wrote above people’s apathy to save the life of the road accident victims, I remember a road accident incident in 1973. I and my family were traveling from Neyveli to Kollam in my car. A few KMs away from Rajapalayam the bus overtook our car and after some distance away the bus met with an accident All the vehicles ahead of our car and our car stopped at the accident spot and took several injured people to the Rajapalayam hospital. There are people then and now and everywhere who have kind hearts to save the life of accident victims. Another incident which I remember was what happened in Cochin Express in Central station in Chennai in 1956. There was some commotion in the compartment next to our compartment at the station. Some passengers in the same compartment were objecting a girl student from BHU suffering from chicken pox to travel in the same compartment. She was traveling alone. Someone in the meantime brought the Station official to prevent the student to travel in the train. The girl did not have any relatives or friends in Chennai. The Station Master took pity on the student and asked any other passengers would like to travel in the same compartment. Immediately I and my class mate BC Prabu in BIT Ranchi along with five others volunteered to travel in the compartment. At Palghat her brother was waiting for her. We were profusely thanked by the student and her brother. More then the thanks, we felt a great relief that we were able to help the sick student who needed help

Recently the richest MP with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore, was shot dead in his south Delhi farmhouse. It is alleged that his son has committed the murder to avenge his father going” his own way”. Earlier the MP was a stenographer. No doubt he had dreams to become the richest man. It is natural that any one may dream to succeed in life. But the path we choose should be the right way. Life does not move in the way we want to go. There will be many ups and downs in the life. In the process we may go through may hardship. Our friends may turn enemies. But do never alienate the people trust you. Family is the binding force that makes you happier than the money you make.

Dr.satish Kenath one becomes rich , at least in india , only by dishonest/ illegal means and that's the truth!

Dr Satish ,you are partly correct. There are many who became rich and then richer by illegal ways. They are very much visible and they want popularity also. The political parties are just waiting to get them in its hold. But entrepreneurs who made money by legal ways are many in India. The IITIANS who started a software company with a few lakhs of rupees twenty years back today are among the richest in India. A person who started an Idly shop in Chennai a few years back has hundreds of Idly shops now and is very rich.. There are many entrepreneurs like these people. They are not in the limelight. They are not visible. They are not patronized by any political parties.Some rich people tear others to become richer,and some others tear themselves
 
 
 
 

The greatest weapon of peace and tranquility that human being possess is the capacity to convince others for consensus. But many times we do not try to convince others if anything has to be done involving the interests of others also. Same path is chosen by governments also. The FDI for retails, the Lokpal bill ,Mollaperiyar Dam etc are recent issues that the government takes arbitrarily decision without giving any respects to adverse reaction of the people as a whole concerned. The reaction as you know is always violent and not conducive to the sprit of democracy. In a democratic society the best way to find solution is to talk and resolve on the basis of give and take.

 

The dark age of India is very close

The dark age of India is very close unless government of India and state governments take up cleaning up measures in the power sector. Power sector is plagued with faulty policies. Thermal power is very critical for India but it is faced with shortage of coal. Coal import has become as difficult as oil imports. Coal production in India is mired with problems. Nuclear power is an alterative, but inept handling added with problems created by vested interests is creating a ‘no nuclear' signal engulfing India for a painful and dark future.

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In August 2011, the installed power generation capacity of India stood at 181558 MW .The Indian government has set a modest target to add approximately 78,000 MW of installed generation capacity by 2012 which it is likely to miss due to coa...l shortage. The total demand for electricity in India is expected to cross 950,000 MW by 2030. To achieve 9.5 lakhs MW India has to go for nuclear energy As on 30-06-2011 about 18,454 MW of Energy is being generated through renewable means.For a developing country India needs bulk production of energy (9.5 Lakhs MW)in twenty years time. This can never be achieved through renewal energy like wind,solar etc.

 

 

 

 

AMRI HOSPITAL FIRE.

 

The violation of safety norms has become an ugly but accepted fact in India. No respect is given to human life in India. I will not say that the tragedy in AMRI hospital in Kolkatta could have been avoided if safety norms have been followed. Safety norms without effective checks, are as bad as no safety norms The safety norms at present are eye wash only and are for getting the licenses and rebat...e in insurance premiums and not for avoiding human tragedy. The ugly head of human ‘killings’ in large numbers are in our roads, trains, star hotels, and hospitals schools, colleges malls and also in all industrial establishments. The state government should wake up with law if necessary to check the effectiveness of the safety devices and norms in hospitals and other establishments. Breast beating of enforcing authorities after each tragedy will not help to put an end to human tragedies

 

MULLAPERIYAR AGITATION, IS IT NECESSARYNOW?

 

The appeal to the people of Kerala by CM of Tamil Nadu Selvi Jayalalithhaa not to succumb to any divisive forces in the interest of both the states may be accepted by all peace loving people of Kerala and the agitation for new dam may be stopped immediately. Political parties are instigating violence in both States on the dam issue and the innocent people are affected. Let us wait for the report of the Empowered Committee by February 2012.

 

Communication Minister Kapil Sibal when he opens his mouth makes controversial statements.Now he warns social websites over objectionable contents, particularly those related to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmaoan Singh.In India the separatist in Kashmir and elsewhere are not hated or put in jail when they work against the interest of our country. But the people who write against the anti people policies of some politicians in social networks are now targeted by our Government

 

 

There is a lot of misconception on radiation in Kudankulam Nuclear plant.

Lots of studies have been done in Kudankulam and other areas by our nuclear scientists. Explanations given by our reputed nuclear experts and others regarding the safety of the plant have to be given weight age by the agitators and the protest should be stopped immediately. Let us see what our reputed Scientists have said. S...ource is THE HINDU dated 19/11/2011
. There is no need for any fear or panic about radiation. The project has “much more than what is necessary to ensure safety as far as environment and people are concerned.
The Central panel’s convener A. E. Muthunayagam, an oceanography expert, said that safety measures such as passive heat removal system, double containment, core catcher, and hydrogen re-combiner installed in the reactors instead of conventional methods made the pressurised water reactors the safest and hence there was no need for any fear. Panel member and Chairperson, Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, V. Shanta, said the comprehensive follow-up studies conducted around the nuclear reactors at Kalpakkam had shown no increase in the incidence of cancer. The low dose radiation in this region, which was much lower than radiation levels in some parts of Kerala (Chavara and Karunagapalli), did not harm residents. The fear is not based on scientific principles.” Panel member N. Sukumaran, Director, School of Life Sciences, VELS University, Chennai, said that the coolant water, which would be released back into the sea after cooling the reactor, would be at a slightly elevated temperature. The maximum of 7 degree Celsius temperature difference between the used coolant water and seawater would facilitate fish breeding.Sri S.K. Sharma, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, made it clear there was no chance of a Fukushima-type mishap at KKNPP owing the passive heat removal system and the four standby generators to supply power to the reactor in case of interruption in supply to the reactors. M.R. Iyer, retired director, Division of Radiation Safety, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, said that the excellent effluent treatment facility at KKNPP would minimise radiation 4 per cent below the ‘permissible level'..Panel member Suresh Moses Lee, Raja Ramanna Fellow, Safety Research Institute, Kalpakkam, said nuclear power alone could give quality power in right quantity at affordable price.

 

Let our expert scientist and nuclear technologist do talking about the safety of Kudankulam Nuclear power plant. Former President Dr Abdul Kalam after his visit to Kudankulam has ensured that the nuclear plant is safe. Let there be no politics and political interference to give up the plant. Nuclear plant is our gateway to a prosperous future. The fear of people may be natural. It has to be allaye...d by nuclear experts. If the Kudankulam plant is given up under political pressure then no nuclear power plant will come up anywhere in India and existing plants may go out of steam very soon. The agitation against the nuclear plant may be stopped and the people may accept what our scientists say about the safety of the nuclear plant in Kudankulam.

 

 

Srilatha Kenath

My dear acchoo - for all the beautiful things you've done; for understanding us, and bearing in mind that we are all different; for rearing your daughters no different than your sons, standing by all of us through our illness, rushing us to the docs when driving in night with cataract in an eye didn't bother you as much as the need to get us to emergency care, and those dark nights when you sung s...ongs and told stories when I groaned from a ripened appendix and hoped your magic mantras work; putting up with with two fiercely different twins and their tantrums now and then; being there as we brought our own new borns into this world - looking after those kids and nuturing them with the same care as you've done for us - your selflessness, my dear acchoo and all the memories that comes along with it - no, I haven't forgotten. HAPPY HAPPY Birthday, my dearest dearest acchoo

 

 

 

WHO INFLATS THE PRICE OF FOOD ITEMS?

Eleven days back ie on 9th Sept: the government of India banned the export of onion to control the price rise.. On 20th the ban on export of onion was lifted under pressure from onion exporters in Mumbai. Government plays gimmicks as far as the control of price of food items is concerned and least bothered to protect the interest of the common people. Corruption is very much rampant in the export of food items. Who is gaining?

The export of rice is also allowed. The government is hijacked by the Agriculture Minister .Price of all commodities is going to rise.Will there be an interest rise also?The Common men and women never hope for the best from this goverment, but wait only for the worst to happen

 

Fearing' Fukushima’ type of accident in KudankulamTamil Nadu.

 

 The electrical power hungry India needs to exploit all source of energy including nuclear for electrical power generation. Continuous and bulk production of electrical energy can be ensured only from coal fired thermal power stations and nuclear power stations. It is unfortunate that when the commissioning activities in the first unit have reached an advanced stage the antagonists of the project are agitating to suspend the project fearing for a “Fukushima’ type of accident in Kudankulam. After Fukushima accident and recent nuclear power station accident in France, people all over the world fear that nuclear power generation is not safe. No efforts are made by any country to counter the fear of the people after the accident in Japan. Under these circumstances the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking suspension of Kudankulam work is justified, and all efforts may be made to ensure the people that Kudankulam power project is safe and the suspension may be lifted at the earliest

 

Indians have experienced with several ‘ism’ after independence. The latest is 'HIKEISM'

by Viswanathan Pillai on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 9:32am

 

Indians have experienced with several ‘ism’ after independence. The same Sri Manmoham Singh who introduced capitalism twenty years back in the Indian economy, is now propagating ‘hikeism’ or ‘manmohanism’ in the economy. The essence of hikeism is to hike the price of all essential items to stop eating, hike the bank interests very often to create costly shelters or no shelters, hike corruption everywhere in public life to create a few more richer , hike fuel price to stop traveling and hike cooking gas so that house wives stop cooking. Really we are in a wonderful India and our worries are also hiked.

 

  So far as the common men and women are concerned corruption in state government departments like Land registration offices, Transport offices. Electricity Office, Police stations, Educational Institutions etc affect them more. Every one knows that corruptions taking places in these offices will not be removed all on a sudden even after passing of an effective legislation. Ways and means have to b...e formulated to control the corruptions in state government offices and what is important is that legislations should be deterrent from committing corruption and punishment should be severe. The legislation should cover every Indian including the PM .The protest for effective Lokpal Bill should not destabilize the country by asking the UPA government to resign. The impasse may be removed for a dialogue.See More

No Indians think that the anti-corruption campaign by Anna Hazare and his followers would be destabilizing for the country that is already in a "very fragile, destabilized state", as sociologist Andre Beteille comments. Right or wrong the people think that the UPA government is not determined and committed to effectively control the corruption at high places. Government is in the process of introd...ucing a weak and toothless, legislation to curb corruption. All agree that we need an effective legislation in our fight against corruption. Even with effective legislation corruption can’t be totally controlled. In a democratic country like India it is natural that people rise peacefully against anti people activities of the government. They want a corruption free India, and they rallied behind Anna Hazare and his team in 'the march towards 'to free India from corruption. India will never be destablished even the fire of protest continues to burn

 

The anti-competitive practices of credit rating of any country by credit agencies is not necessary.

by Viswanathan Pillai on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 4:34pm

The ordinary investors in India and in other countries could not understand how and why in the wake of Standard & Poor’s unprecedented downgrade of U.S credit rating, the equities should tumble causing enormous losses to the investors in all over the world. The economy of all counties is under pressure. Perhaps the rating agency might not have anticipated the consequences of downgrading that may weaken the global economy. It is said that credit ratings are not based on mathematical formulae. Instead, credit rating agencies use their judgment and experience in determining what public and private information should be considered in giving a rating to a particular company or government. I think the anti-competitive practices of credit rating of any country by credit agencies is  not necessary.

 

 

 Separatist are seeing Kashmir through a religious prism that a Muslim majority state should be with Pakistan. People of Kashmir in general are not thinking so. Let us strengthen the secular feelings of the people of Kashmir. The fault line runs in us also. We have to accept them as our own people

 

 

 Religious intolerance and religious fanatics of the organized religions trying to dominate the world with their doctrine can affect the world peace. There is an under current of resentment brewing against 'religious tolerance' in Europe and other countries resulting in large scale violence. The followers of the unorganized religions like Hinduism, Sikism, Buddhism etc are under great test to maintain the philosophy of tolerance. Religious harmony and understanding the core differences in the doctrine of each religion and adjust to the differences are necessary for maintaining world peace Perhaps next world war may be a religious war for dominance of the world. Let us hope this will not and should not happen.

 

‘India’s post 26/11 police reforms painted stripes on donkey –and passed it off as a tiger’

by Viswanathan Pillai on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:11pm

Immediately after 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai we were told by our Home Minister that the police force would become ‘better trained, better equipped and better motivated to deal with terror attacks’ As Sri Praveen Swami rightly told in his article in THE HINDU dated July 21, 2011 that ‘India’s post 26/11 police reforms painted stripes on donkey –and passed it off as a tiger’. I feel the assessment is correct and the ordinary people of India especially in the big cities have no protection from terrorist and the terrorists can attack at any time at any place they choose

Mumbai is again attacked.

by Viswanathan Pillai on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 4:53pm

Mumbai is again attacked. No place in India is safe from terrorist attacks .India’s counter-terror effort is exposed. There is no real and serious effort to ensure safety of people from terrorist attack. Pakistan and Afghanistan are two countries that breed terrorists. Their ultimate agenda is to create havoc in India, though India wants to be friendly with all countries .India does not have any agenda to create problems in these two countries. It is India’s interest that democracy in these countries thrives stronger. Pakistan should trust India and all level cooperation is necessary including intelligence sharing for peace in this region.

 

 

India is passing through the most difficult period in history

 

India is passing through the most difficult period in history. India is darkened by the most corrupt UPA government when the country is headed by the most honest man Dr Manmohan Singh. The corruption has engulfed almost all departments and the government’s reluctance to do timely action to curb corruption without pressure from judiciary has made a mockery of good governance. I feel the UPA government should be dissolved and go for fresh election. Otherwise India may enter the ‘black hole of corruption’ , and from that it is difficult to retrieve the country

    

The treasure of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

by Viswanathan Pillai on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:56am

The treasure of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is the property of the temple and it has historical, archeological, and divine importance. The people of India particularly the people of Kerala salute the bygone Kings and Queens of erstwhile Travancore for preserving the treasure, untouched at the feet of Sree Padmanabhaswamy. The present members of the royal family also deserve praise. The Government should ensure the safety of the treasure and the treasure should left be left in the temple itself

 

"Sri Digvijay Singh Congress General Secretary is well known for making ‘joker like statements’

by Viswanathan Pillai on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 6:20pm

Sri Digvijay Singh Congress General Secretary is well known for making ‘joker like statements’ The latest one is his joke of making Sri Rahul Gandhi who’ turns forty one’ as Prime Minister of India . Forty one years of age is over age for marriage. Sri Digvijay Sigh could have reminded Sri Rahul that he is forty one and it is the time(of course overtime) to get married soon instead of telling him to become the PM .People of India are having high hopes on the young politicians like Rahul to lead this country . The young politicians should observe the highest standards of ethical behaviors, impartiality , integrity ,capability, and experience to lead this complex country.Rahul has to wait at least a decade to become PM.

 

 

On June 26, 1975 emergency was declared in India, suspending freedom of speech freedom of press, freedom to hold rallies, and more. The people of India suffered a lot for 20 months during emergency. I was then working as Assistant Executive Engineer in Electrical Central Maintenance in the Chemical units in Neyveli Lignite Corporation. NLC management was listing ’inefficient officers’ who could be dismissed even on trivial issues without following departmental proceedings to get appreciation of “action taken” from the Central Government. Finally management was able to dismiss a handful of officers who borrowed small amount from friends ,on charges of habitual borrowers.

 

 

 

CMDs and top executives of all PSEs particularly ‘Navratnas’are having absolute powers and absolute powers corrupt absolutely. CMD of NLC is not an exception. Government itself is in the web of corruption and what action can be expected from this government

 

Whenever the price of fuel is raised in India the inflation rises. In all other developed or developing countries inflation is not solely linked to fuel price. The inflation rate in United States was last reported at 3.6 percent in May of 2011. From 1914 until 2010, the average inflation rate in United States was 3.38 percent. In USA .also the fuel price was raised several times. But the tragedy in India is whenever the fuel price is increased the price of almost all commodities is increased to make quick money by a few greedy Indians, patronized by the ruling politicians. They may even resort to exporting, the much needed commodities in India, raising scarcity to increase the price. We are aware how the price of sugar increased in India by creating a scarcity by exporting sugar to other countries

 

It is surprising that the UPA government does not have government spokesmen at least in the rank of Minister of states. Why should .Manish Tiwari ,Janardhan Dwivedi and Abishek Singhvi the Congress party spokesmen talk for the Government.?

Kerala is the God’s own land, but the Keralaites are not God’s own people.

by Viswanathan Pillai on Wednesday, June 24, 2011 at 12:56pm 

No land in this world is as beautiful as Kerala and all Keralites are proud that Kerala is called ‘God’s own land’ But in the land of God, can the people, be called as God’s own people? No, People of kerala as in other places do not believe to live in harmony with others. Love all living beings is the truth, but the triumph of truth is waning in Kerala. Our tradition and culture today are giving way to western way of life. Frequent bandh, political killing, violence against women, children and the aged are on increase in God’s own land. The society is at the crossroads. It suffers unprecedented onslaught of nefarious and selfish people. The common men and women face unbridled corruption at all levels in their own government. The poverty, illiteracy and poor health burdened the society. The nature is destroyed for gains. People want to lift themselves up. Still we have India’s amazing religious spirit, our determination to serve the community, our tolerance and family tradition We have several non-government societies and associations to supplement t he governments in taking up welfare measures. There are people who are born to serve. They are the God’s own people and they are every where.

 

 

Sentiment against corruption has no value.

by Viswanathan Pillai on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:06am

The UPA government is not serious about breaking the deadlock over Women’s Reservation bill. The Lokpal bill also may face Women’s bill fate The black money will be untouched and will remain safe under UPA government.. The Government is cold to make changes in the 1971 Audit Act. It is said that Rs 80,000 crore spent ,for the Sarva Shiksha Abihiyam,the National rural Health Mission and the MNREGA is not audited. I think only way for the people is to live with corruption and their sentiment against corruption may face natural death as long as the UPA government’s governs the country

 

 

Latest scam is ‘Oil and gas-sharing contracts' favouring private players. A former Revenue Secretary has accused the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) for turning blind eye to the repeated warning about the alleged irregularities committed in the contract. The PMO is like a three wise monkeys embodying the proverbial principle” see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’’ and also add to this principle ‘give a natural death” to all files marked of alleged irregularities,by not responding for action

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We are proud that we are in the largest democracy in the world and at the same time as many as 145 of its 545 MPs in our Parliament are from political families . Criminals with money power are easily got elected. It is heartening that Poll Reforms Bill to be introduced before December aimed at preventing criminals from entering Parliament may debar them from contesting elections. We need similar legislation to prevent families of political higher ups polluting our Parliaments

 

 

India and Pakistan are sailing in the same killer boat as far as killing of Journalists Saleem Shahzad and Jyotirmoy Dey is concerned. Life of anyone not only crime reporters, who fights against corruption and crime is threatened and could be killed. UPA government lacks credibility to fight corruptions and eliminate underworld crimes and perhaps this encourages criminals to kill those who expose them. It is great a tragedy in Indian democracy

 

Hazare’s says that his fight against corruption is a second struggle for independence, and Ramdev calls for ‘sena’ in his new war against the government to counter any future attempts by police to disrupt his movement, and HM warns Ramdev of dire consequences. In a democratic country like India, people should never think of any type of mass violence. If they think it is time that the government makes reforms or changes for the people. The government is a stabilizing factor rather than a danger to life and property. The UPA government instead of warning of dire consequences introspects itself for the root cause of people dissatisfaction. The peaceful fight against corruption in a national India falling to’ free corruption for all heaven

 

Recently I was in a vegetable ‘nilayam’  (shop) to get some vegetables. One man around sixty looked at me and asked in Tamil ‘Ithu evelavu weight irukkungale’ I looked strangely  and surprisingly at his eyes. I had never seen him earlier. For a moment I did not know what to say. I asked how much he wanted. He wanted one Kg of potato. How to deal with such people? I told him to add one smaller piece of potato to make it one Kg. He was very much satisfied and left to the billing section.

On another occasion I was in a park for a walk in the path way, An old man looking completely exhausted and sweating stopped me with a question that he made twenty rounds  walking and what would be the distance in Kms ?. I told him I could not tell the exact distance but it could be four Kms. The exhausted man thanked me and started walking again telling me that his doctor wanted him to walk five Kms. Perhaps he might have walked more than five Kms that day.

These are typical cases where people never apply their mind for finding themselves answers. They need somebody to answer for them. Deal such people very friendly and answer what you feel better to see a smile in  the face.

 

 

A weak UPA government reaching out to Baba Ramdev with “head of a country’ reception at the air port by four high ranking Ministers after abandoning all sense of dignity of the country and within twenty four hours turning against Baba and his followers in a most unprincipled and anti-democratic way to put and an end to the peaceful fight against corruption, shows the bankruptcy of the government to face the reality of mass governance in a democratic way. The right thing the government should have done is to ignore the agitation till it becomes a law and order problem. The agitation with thousands of people might have weakened itself after a few days The government is in perpetual fear complex, and any peaceful agitation is viewed as a ‘poison’ for it.

 

 

The worst thing an elder can do is to humiliate, intimidate or beat a child. In all countries many children are subjected to cruelty. You may care and shower affection and love to your own children, at the same time you may not treat other children well. That is natural. But do not treat any children harshly. Give a small space in your heart to love other children and see them no tears shed from their eyes

 

Seeds of jealous grow only in persons who are not prepared or capable to compete with others in their normal life. Success eludes them. Such persons are always in a jealous rage.

 

*Ten Commandments for Those Over Fifty Years Old*

 

*1*. Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material things.

*2*. Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. Don't leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.

*3*. Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is

only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.

*4*. Enjoy your grandchildren (if blessed with any) but don't be their full

time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don't have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone's kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to your children. After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of child-rearing or babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own off-springs.

*5*. Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the aging process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow.

*6*. Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you don't have them, it's probably too late.

*7*. Enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren andfriends. People, who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you

misery.

*8*. Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.

*9*. Befriend death. It's a natural part of the life cycle. Don't beafraid of it. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life with the Almighty.

*10*. Be at peace with your Creator. For ... He or she is all you will have after you leave this life. ............. or so we hope !!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Yesterday’s stranger could be your close friend today, but today’s friend should never turn to be an enemy

 

Start every day with positive thoughts which will inspire with love and motivate to build friendly relations with others. Losing friends because of your abrasive nature is like stepping into an unfriendly and dangerous world.

 

Our mind is often our friend and enemy. The one who loves himself should not fill the mind with hatredness.

 

Aged parents in poor health have no place in the family. Very often the younger generations fail to under stand the unconditional love and sacrifices their parents made for bringing up them in life.

 

India's decision to go for European made jets to equip it’s Air Force, I think , is not strategically far sighted one. We need not antagonize USA to hit the relationship to dead end. Our relationship with all countries including Russia, China and Pakistan should improve.India's strategic relationship with USA and Russia must be stronger to prevent another war with Pakistan.

Though NLC has attained Navratna status (Poll code bars from publishing) and the stock of NLC is going up, so far it has neglected to provide even reasonable financial assistance including pension to the retirees

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 To stop criminals entering Parliaments and State Assemblies, we need another peaceful Hazare type agitation. Total ending of corruption is a long process. People’s cooperation with the support of the government apart from an effective legislation is vital for eradication of corruption

   

       is a known fact the present day youth is fast paced, highly charged with emotions. There is an invisible undercurrent of disturbances in their mindset. Many of them have problem in their married life. Divorce is more common. The saying is that auspicious day of marriage and divorce is decided by the Astrologer at same time.  

      Some of my friends worked with me succumbed to irreversible diseases and died. Some are dying with dementia and other serious ailments When they were in service they lived with full of excitements and had great moments. The balance sheet of life for each one of us is invisible as time moves

 

 

 

  China bats for Pakistan. India and China are partners in trade and business only. In all other foreign relations China confronts India. India has to formulate foreign policy in such a way that all countries including our neighbours maintain good relation with India.
India has to become stronger in economy and defence. Internal peace should be ensured. Corruption should be eliminated.Defence purchase procedures should be changed to eliminate delays and bottlenecks.

 The statement of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that India and China are partners and not rivals in competition is welcome. India and China could propel joint ventures in Africa and in other countries and no doubt that the combination of these two countries is unbeatable, and collaboration between the two will give an edge over the developed countries.

It was a well known fact that a few MPs were in the payroll of Corporate to look up the corporate interests. Now the corporate have gone further to have their lobbyists to influence the decision making process in formation of Cabinet. Have the corporate sector hijacked the governance?.

 

The statement of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that India and China are partners and not rivals in competition is welcome. India and China could propel joint ventures in Africa and in other countries and no doubt that the combination of these two countries is unbeatable, and collaboration between the two will give an edge over the developed countries.

For peace and stability in Asian region it is imperative that China and India build strong bilateral relation. For Pakistan India is their 1000 years enemy

Why did the Prime Minister make no effort to end the logjam between government and opposition, on the 2G issue? The HM’s remark that the migrants are creating troubles in New Delhi is deplorable.Digvijay’s finding on Karkare is to be investigated, when the Mumbai police comments that Karkare had not called Digvijay.Why are all these happening in an irresponsible way?

I think it is more apt, to call India as Scamindia.
Democracy in India is giving way to Scamocracy. Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is surrounded by Scanmohans. We have great respect to our Prime Minster Manmohan Singh who seems to be helpless.

India is a country of scams. Recently we have 2G scam, land scam and a very new one food scam. Our parliament also could not function because of "scams".
 Where are we leading? One thing, we are sure that no scam makers will be punished

Greediness is the inbuilt menace in the mindset of all human beings. If opportunity arises, any one can be corruptive. The power full persons are therefore prone to more corruptions. I feel it is necessary to teach our students in class rooms the menace of corruption in society and there by creating a mindset against corruption in the young minds.

Will Wikileaks expose the name of Indians having crores of money in the Swiss banks?

  

 

 

     

 NUCLEAR SAFETY

            It is the right time that we take all steps to upgrade the safety of our nuclear plants. Ensuring reliable and continuous electricity to run auxiliaries during tripping of the entire units or in the event of grid failure, is vital for the safety of the nuclear plants. Many times the standby back up diesel generating sets will not start. It would be prudent to have coal fired power plant some distance away from nuclear plant managed by NPCIL which could be disconnected from the grids during grid failure and feed the critical loads of nuclear plants apart from having the standby diesel generating sets

      The old is more like a bubble or pressurized balloon in the air. The old is lucky if cared and loved by the children. Love is the oxygen. The hands of death are too close to the old.

 

·    India is a complex country to govern. PM Dr Manmohan Singh is a good man and he is like a saint, between a few powerful corrupted Ministers and reckless opposition political parties He will not be able to govern the country as in the vision of the common people.

      Doctrine of free and independent decision making is important for all institutions of public interests particularly for defense and space for its growth and strength. But interference from outside and corruption within can retard its efficient functioning. All these institutions should be manned by leaders of impeccable integrity.

     First in our life time we have seen an unprecedented show of strength of people by peaceful means against a dictator Mr Mubarak. People want changes of their destiny. The uprising is a lesson for countries like India where the aspirations of large number of people to live a dignified life have not been met even after sixty three years of Independence of our country.

      The speech that kumar Viswanathan gave at the award ceremony of the European Civil Rights Prize in Berlin at the German Foreign Ministry.   The prize went to 18 Ostrava Roma children- now youth- for their courageous fight against segregation and right to education.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFDDbQLWO4E

 CHALLENGES A HEAD FOR NAIR IDENTITY IN KERALA AND IN TAMIL NADU.

 

K.R.Viswanathan Pillai

 

1: The building of Nair identity began by Sri Mannath Padmanabhan in 19th centaury. Before that Nairs were not seen as one community but always a collection of different sub castes, entities and cultures with no sense of identity. The only features common to Nairs were some religious customs and taboos like caste system.Building of the Nair identity actually began by Sri Mannath Padmanabhan as a social reform movement. Sri Padmanabhan with his concerted effort made Nairs to unite under Nair Service Society with several unions and karayogams.

2: The strength of NSS lies in its organizations in Karayogams at the base level, Taluk Unions at the intermediate level and the Headquarters at the apex level. NSS created a strong social, educational and economical integration for the Nair community. The united Nairs in Kerala under NSS turned to be a powerful force in the Kerala politics. No political parties in Kerala ever tried to antagonize the Nair community though the population of Nairs is only around fifteen percents of Kerala’s three crore people. The present situation is far from encouraging .I think the identity of Nairs is getting lost due to change in attitudes of Nairs. People in general have become more self server. This trend is seen in all communities. The institutions working for the welfare of people have been strangled .Corruptions and nepotisms have become the way of life for powerful and wealthy people. Identity of Nairs can be strengthened by a unified approach to face the challenges in a democratic way.  It is time to take a “u turn” for the people who think more of them only.

3: In the beginning of 19th centaury large numbers of Malayalees started moving from the erstwhile Malabar District to Madras in search of jobs and business. Then Malabar was a district of Madras State. Perhaps that was the first movement of Malayalees in large numbers to Madras state. Among the Malayalees, Nairs formed large numbers. After the formation of Kerala, migration of Malayalees  to Tamil Nadu increased. From Kanaykumari District in Tamil Nadu large number of Malayalees especially Nairs added to the population of Malayalees in Tamil Nadu.The Malayalam speaking population in Tamil Nadu is about eight lakhs excluding Malyalees in Kanyakumari district. Around five lakhs of them are in Chennai. Nairs constitutes only around one lakhs in Chennai.

4:   Social unity is very much important for Nairs in TamilNadu to project their identity. Nairs are not a political force, not even constitutes one percent of Tamil Nadu population. But Nairs need to maintain harmonious relation with other communities in TamilNadu for getting the social recognition from others communities including Malayalees in Tamil Nadu. New generations of Nairs have to carry forward the unity of the Nairs for preserving, their culture, traditions, language and social order. It is a known fact the present day youth is fast paced, highly charged with emotions. Many of them are well placed and highly paid. But there is an invisible undercurrent of disturbances in their mindset. I have seen many of them regularly go to temples. The problem is that they are trying to live in isolation. The social unity is the only way to stress-proof themselves.

5: A socio-economic census along with caste census is proposed to be taken in June 2011.. Nairs need their own identity to get socio-economic benefits particularly for those Nair households in the Below Poverty Line in Tamil Nadu. Identification of the beneficiaries for the proposed benefits is being under taken by the state government. Therefore there is utmost need for a single voice of Nairs to take up the social issues with the Tamil Nadu Government. Caste census is also proposed to be taken shortly. It is the oneness of identity that can only bring together for Nairs getting the social benefits

6:  A Commission for Economically Backward Classes was appointed by Central Government in 2008 to elicit the suggestions of State Governments on the criteria for identifying the economically weaker classes in the Forward Communities and recommending measures and quantum of reservation in education and government employment. The report was submitted to the Government, but no action is taken. Perhaps it is in the cold storage.TNSS along with other sister Organization may have to take up the issue with the Central Government for speedy implementation of the recommendation.

7: There is no single Nair organization to look up the social needs of Nairs in Tamil Nadu.  Nairs have several Social Organizations in Chennai.Nairs in Tamil Nadu do not have a single Society like NSS for Nairs in Kerala. I think Tamil Nair Service Society could initiate steps for forming a single Nair Society by merging of other Societies with it or by forming a confederation of Nairs of TamilNadu as separate entity. Considering all these social needs, Nairs are to be united under a strong single Society as in Kerala.

 

 

 CORRUPTION

 

It seems that the government is not sensitive to corruption like 2G scam,involving huge loss to the exchequer. The premier investigation agency has been systematically,made ineffective by political interference. The people have faith in judiciary. It is a welcome decision of the Supreme Court to monitor the CBI probe into the 2G scam. The government is answerable for overstretching the judiciary

 The statement of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that India and China are partners and not rivals in competition is welcome. India and China could propel joint ventures in Africa and in other countries and no doubt that the combination of these two countries is unbeatable, and collaboration between the two will give an edge over the developed countries.

 

For peace and stability in Asian region it is imperative that China and India build strong bilateral relation. For Pakistan India is their 1000 years enemy

Why did the Prime Minister make no effort to end the logjam between government and opposition, on the 2G issue? The HM’s remark that the migrants are creating troubles in New Delhi is deplorable.Digvijay’s finding on Karkare is to be investigated, when the Mumbai police comments that Karkare had not called Digvijay.Why are all these happening in an irresponsible way?

 

I think it is more apt, to call India as Scamindia. Democracy in India is giving way to Scamocracy. Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is surrounded by Scanmohans. We have great respect to our Prime Minster Manmohan Singh who seems to be helpless.

 

India is a country of scams. Recently we have 2G scam, land scam and a very new one food scam. Our parliament also could not function because of "scams"
. Where are we leading? One thing, we are sure that no scam makers will be punished.

 

Greediness is the inbuilt menace in the mindset of all human beings. If opportunity arises, any one can be corruptive. The power full persons are therefore prone to more corruptions. I feel it is necessary to teach our students in class rooms the menace of corruption in society and there by creating a mindset against corruption in the young minds.

Will Wikileaks expose the name of Indians having crores of money in the Swiss banks?

Labels: czech, india, neyveli, roma

Ever since a few ancestors wandered out of Africa, we humans have always been peripatetic.  However, new people coming into an established settlement has not always been welcomed with open arms.  We here in America have had our own complicated relations with newcomers, and the contemporary anti-Muslim rhetoric is yet another variation of this theme.

 

The Romas in Europe know these, and more, all too well.  After all, they are viewed with suspicion and hate even now, though they have been on the continent for centuries.

 

Having grown up in a country with a very long and rich history means that I am connected to the Roma, who, too, originated from India.  About a thousand years ago, the Roma started moving west, perhaps in response to the Muslim invasions from Central Asia.  Soon, they were past Turkey and into Eastern Europe.

 

By then, Europe was already beginning to feel the effects of the rapidly expanding Ottoman Empire, and the darker-skinned Roma were not  welcomed.  The Roma maintained their ways of life, as minorities typically do, and their intra-group interactions vastly exceeded those with other groups, which then further compounded the relationship. 

 

The Nazis and the Communists were not good for the Roma either. It is estimated that the Nazis killed a fifth of the Roma population at that time.  The Nazis are long gone, and so is the Communist Bloc, but the status of the Roma has not improved to an equal standing with the rest.   Evidence include the recent developments in France, which is expelling Romas back to Romania, even though the European Union allows unrestricted movement for citizens of member countries.

 

Against such a backdrop is another Indian connection to the European Roma. The Czech Republic has a significant Roma population, and the Czech-Roma relations have always been strained.  One of the leading personalities working to bridge this divide is Srikumar Vishwanathan—my close friend from my school days in the small town of Neyveli in India.

 

Kumar—as he is known now—and I were crazy about physics as high-schoolers, and I moved on to study electrical engineering while he went to the Soviet Union to study theoretical physics. 

 

Even before he completed his studies, the Soviet system started crumbling and his girl friend, Ladka, decided to head back to her home country—Czechoslovakia.

 

Kumar followed her and was an active and enthusiastic participant in the Velvet Revolution that ousted the Communists from power.  He gained citizenship in the new Czech Republic and, thanks to his training in physics, became a high school teacher in a town called Olomouc. 

 

One evening, when he was returning home, a group of young Czechs beat the pulp out of Kumar because they thought he was one of the Roma.  This was a transformational moment for Kumar, who soon ditched his teaching job and started his own initiative to not only help the Roma, but also normalize the Czech-Roma relations.

 

A decade ago, when we spent a couple of days with Kumar, Ladka and their infant son,  Kumar had just been honored by the Czech government as one of the leading lights in the country. 

 

Since then, Kumar has received a lot more recognition for his work—including from our own government.  In 2005, the US Embassy in Prague awarded Kumar the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award, which was established “to recognize persons in the Czech Republic who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights in the country through courageous promotion of social justice and defense of democratic liberties and an open civil society.”  A year later, Kumar was here in America, to experience the country and its peoples as a guest of the State Department. 

 

A month ago, while highlighting the Roma’s plight, a CNN report featured Kumar and his work.  It is surreal that an Indian immigrant is a well-recognized social activist in the Czech Republic. But then, it is equally a story of the wandering Indians—this time a newcomer helping out the descendants of the old ones who left India a millennium ago.  I am delighted that we still have in us the wandering trait of our African ancestors, even if means running into the metaphorical, and sometimes literal, gunfire.

 

 

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