Gujarat Model and India

Gujarat Model.
Apparently most of India still believes that Gujarat was the model the entire country had to follow. What is even more surprising is that sectors of people from southern states also believe that narrative.
Here is what the data says. Maharashtra is the country’s top ranking state by GDP (mumbai -> sensex) followed by Tamil Nadu.

Section 1 : Tamil Nadu and social progressivism 

In a departure from Maharashtra and Gujarat – Tamil Nadu’s wealth comes not from handing out country’s money to the crony capitalists. In fact, most of Tamil Nadu’s wealth comes Human Resources that was made available for the industries in textile, electronics, software, automotive and agriculture.

These industries are either started by independent businessmen who bootstrapped their own businesses or they are MNC’s that were attracted towards the state by the government and by the people; by the people I mean educated workforce. A good example for the homegrown industrialization is the USD 2 Billion dollar company – Sakthi groups. The educated force is a product of decades of educational reform – including but not limited to the reservation system. This workforce was liberated from their social structures and were mobilized towards the industries that were either homegrown or attracted from foreign lands. Either way – it brought in US dollars in to the Indian economy.

I really have to mention the impact the textile industries had on the semi and unskilled laborers. Conventionally, this mass was locked in a caste based economic dependency – almost comparable to feudalism. The textile industry was a respectable, dependable and an economically viable option for this majority so there was a migration. That is how in two folds, the educational liberation and industrialization of Tamil Nadu made sure the state fared far better than almost all of the country in the post colonization era India. My first objective of this post is to establish that a socially progressive state can be successful. You don’t have to trust me. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen wrote in detail about the success of this pro democratic progressive state – Tamil Nadu.

Section 2 : National failure on capitalistic top down model

Gujarat model is fabrication. Gujarat model is misrepresentation. Sadly, the election also decided the direction of our country. A regressive state that in many ways resemble a Donald Trump era USA where the majority chose a false prophet who is not only incapable and inadequate – a agent of chaos that is only good for the top 1% of the country’s tax evading – black money stashing shit pile. I mean it is no secret that Modi hands out government’s resources for free to Adani and Adani group. But what we have successfully ignored is that Adani’s elder brother is a known black money hoarder. I mean.. I am hoping you are with me. This government makes the working class suffer by removing denominations from circulation overnight, chest thumping the measure as a war against black money, whilst handing out government money to a known black money hoarder. Of course.. the denominations doesn’t affect Adanis because their black money is not in printed denominations in India but it is in Panama. The working class died while waiting for their own fucking money while one of the black money hoarders – Aishwarya Rai – applauds the government’s initiative.

Congratulations, Mr PM. You have gone ahead with a very strong move for your larger vision to wipe out corruption in our country. That’s the larger overview that we as citizens patiently understand and recognise. Change isn’t often comfortable, but everybody will find their way to embrace it if they focus on the larger picture.
I am actually sensing a rage brew inside me. Let me ask you guys something.. if a state that finished third sends its government to the centre, shouldn’t the southern states send their successful government to take over the centre? After all, together, the southern states have been contributing to half of India’s gdp – 1.3 trillion on a national aggregate of 2.65 trillion.

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Indian states categorized by their GDP – 2018.

The chart shown above didn’t show Tamil Nadu on the legend but the data in the second paragraph shows it. We will get back to the bigger picture in the next paragraph. Reserve Bank of India responded to an RTI that showed how Modi’s India had banks give loans to the big ticket fraudulent borrowers. In fact, the fraudulent loans went up from ~1500 crores to ~23000 crores.

This is a failure in policy towards the economic direction that indian democracy was taking. The departure of the former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, was a testament to the leadership’s failure in understanding economy. Every bad decision that has been made in Indian economy has happened after Raghu’s departure. I mean.. It is okay if the upper class is failing the country, they have always been. How about the lower class? Well. It seems like the daily wagers are earning 3000 rupees lesser than what they were earning prior to the Modi government.

Section 3: Highlights from China

A friend of mine is traveling in China. I could see the immense wealth the country has generated from what she shares on social media. I mean there is so much advancement – Modi’s online braggade had to forge pictures from China and sell it as Gujarat Model.

Okay. None of this should compute because the whole cornerstone of my argument is that we should vote based on data. So here it is. I spent a couple hours compiling the data I could find from International Monetary Fund and United Nations to develop this interactive bar chart. https://goo.gl/5FDvW1

For those of who can not access the google docs link – here is the non interactive version.
GDP in billion US Dollars vs. Providence State
There are a couple obvious inferences you can make right away that goes beyond the bell curve.

1) China’s GDP distribution on top half of its chart is way higher. For a wealthy country, the wealth distribution is super impressive for at least half of its provinces.

2) The top two provinces in China generates the same GDP as entire India.

There are other nuanced inferences to make here.

– Standing first, Maharashtra, is twice as much an economy compared to the second largest economy in India – Tamil Nadu. Whereas the second largest economy in China finishes a close second. In fact, if applied the trend from India, you would have to go to the fifth largest economy in China to find a province that has the same wealth gap that is comparable between Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. India’s wealth distribution problem is far reaching.

– The top three states and provinces from both of the countries have major ports in them. There is no doubt that industrialization and export contributes towards a stronger economy.

– If tibet is discounted for political reasons and Beijing and Shanghai is discounted because they shouldn’t necessarily classified as a province when comparing with India (Delhi and Goa are not even in the map), Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu places on roughly the 64th and 50th percentile on a combined GDP comparison between China and India. Most important distinction is that the chinese provinces between Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu’s GDP or either landlocked or trade locked between the other competitive asian markets in Taiwan and South Korea. Implications are that there is literally no Chinese province that hasn’t achieved what it could have achieved. Provided access to a port or non competitive neighbor, these provinces would have outperformed India’s top two states.

Ending Notes:
I do not know enough about Chinese approach towards their success. They are – without doubt – the world’s second largest superpower with second largest GDP. What I do know is that Tamil Nadu has achieved the crown of being the second best economy in the country with arguably zero assistance from the central governments so far. It was in 1964 when Nehru, an outgoing Prime Minister, accelerated his plans towards a Hindi centric India. The long standing pro-dravidian, anti casteist political movement fueled by the protests against the Hindi impositions assumed the power of the state.
“But by refusing Hindi – we are refusing access to the central government’s superior school system and access to central government jobs” – the sympathizers of a gentrified India said. The sad rhetoric is still ringing in their closeted minds as Tamil Nadu continuously placed itself second as the country’s wealthiest state. Kerala, the other southern state that has refused Hindi gentrification places country’s first in literacy rate. All of us speaking Hindi is not an objective that deserves our country’s energy. Our unity is in our diversity. We don’t have to be the same people. We just have to work with each other and respect each other.

I mean.. Allow me for a segue. A.R Rahman kicked off a concert titled “netru indru nalai” couple years ago. A tamil music composer announced a concert and the title is in Tamil. The fans were disappointed that there were too many Tamil songs in the concert. So you guys wanted your money back because a Tamil music composer sang Tamil songs in a concert titled in Tamil? What that really surprises me about this farce is that there were 12 Tamil songs and 16 Hindi songs. So what really happened is, in a Tamil concert announced by a Tamil music composer, ~ 40 percent Tamil music is appalling for the Hindi speaking Indian population? Our national anthem is in Bengali for Krish’s sake.

He who controls the narrative controls the history. He who controls the history controls the future. Unfortunately, our narrative has been hijacked by a Donald Trump-ish hate mascot that we call as our prime minister. A second BJP government headed by Narendra Modi will be the last time I care about India as a country. After that, it is just my language, my family and my friends. As always, I am open for a discussion but please bring facts to the table. That is how we will brace ourselves to wade through the unrelentingly misleading fake news and doctored images.

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An Indian, with love.

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The Sangam Accord

Your home transcends geographical boundaries, you belong to the humanity beyond kinship.

The good and evil; nobody can will that unto you, (but)to suffer or to rejoice; is to your will.

Death and Life; they just exist. To celebrate them is upto you. To renounce them, is also upto you.

The primeval waterfall (or rain) crashing down on earth, with ancient might, it charges on the rocks. The plains, however, calms down the raging water; Like my soul, that is cradled into peace by the absolute truth of existence.

The sages (or scholars) as they embrace this design realizes; “It is despicable to submit to the wealthy, to the authority. It is disgustful, to insult the poor, the submissive”.

– Kaniyan Poongunranar.

I tried to translate as best I could. I can’t bring the rhythm and metre over to English but the substance, it is how I remember the poem. This was written 2500 years ago.. as a part of a larger body of collection regarded as https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangam_literature. 

I hope I get better for my reasons to translate this right now is merely political. To let the world know of what was happening in some sage’s mind 2500 years ago.

P.S: I translated this poem as I sat over the banks of Hudson River in Troy, thinking about what is missing from what I sought 10 years ago.

The original poem is here.. http://www.tamilvu.org/slet/l1281/l1281per.jsp?sno=192&file=l1281a23.

Unperturbed..

Body, Mind and Soul

I began April with a promise to myself.
To push myself on three fronts that I hold as the definition of self.
1) Body 2) Mind and 3) Soul.
1) Body. I tracked and pushed my workout limitations. I learned the fundamental lifting (aka the big five) over the past 1.5 years. I did not have a great body to begin with but I have learned to become better, as I believed that I owed it to myself and to everyone who doesn’t have what I have. The data is attenuated with leg injuries that pushed my favorite workout down to the second bottom and my most challenging workout is doing okay because I kept working on it. I sought help. I sought help among friends, peers and fellow gym members and not once I was turned away.. I hit most of my 1 Rep Maxes in this month alone. 315 pounds in deadlifts, 225 pounds (5*5 max) in squats, 185 in bench, and 125 in Shoulder Press. It followed a nice curve that fits around my bodyweight. Whats interesting is that I only spent 17 hours with the weights (I spent at least 8+ hours following stretch routines) in an entire month. That’s less than a day!
2) Mind.  I started with reading. I have been slacking on my reading habits. Finished Catch 22, Steppenwolf and I fell a little short of my goal and didn’t finish The Selfish Gene yet. I grew up with books. I read through days and nights, finished Ponniyin Selvan –  the entirety of it, when I was 12. But now, its this smartphone lighting up with messages from snapchat, twitter, facebook and whatsapp. Guess what.. Its impossible to shun social media for something else.. I am pretty sure television was a great distraction for my mom but she always read. So I went back to the basics.. reading myself to sleep, reading when I am eating and reading when I am in the bathroom. It friggin’ worked. I will be moving on to 100 years of solitude in May and probably start “Kaval Kotam” alongside. Let’s see.. This takes time! 17 hours is probably half a book 🙂
3) Soul. It starts with friendships and relationships. I have cut out toxicity in my relationships. I forgave, apologized and I have completely cut out toxic fellow humans. I tried my best to stay true to the moment and enjoyed the moment’s virtue rather than clouding it with the past and the future. Not a single philosophy shines an eternally bright light upon you but every single philosophy list up few dark corners. 🙂

There were friendships that would consume the 17 hour mark, without any remorse or reciprocation to any of these three virtues that I hold dear. Its really logical.. A friendship that would consume 17 hours. That is 638 tonnes I could have lifted or half of “The Selfish Gene” that I am finishing up and 17 hours of extra pollution my principles had to face. So there is an interaction between Body, Mind and Soul and I took this 17 hour as my tracer throughout these 3 definitions of self.

At the same time, I invested more of time in nurturing my other relationships and friendships. Not because of any selfish reasons but because of who they were to the world. Somehow, any 17 hours that I spent doing this directly resulted on the overall happiness of everyone involved. That does say a lot about how this venture of mine is going to be.

Also.. I made this April’s promise because March was my absolute worst in all the three fronts. Compounding to that was a particular incident of interest. I was trying to get in to the state roads when an F-350 made a reckless swerve into the road that I was on, barely missing me as I pumped brakes realizing what this “fuck traffic rules” trucker is doing. I have previously contemplated that this turn is statistically the most dangerous turn I have to take during my commute but I was surprised by how much of a reaction that I had for a possible vehicular manslaughter. In fact, I kept driving thinking about how close the emergency care is and how easily they would have access to my information and if it is a bad thing. Then it struck to me that I didn’t cared if I lived or died, at the moment of a great danger. I then realized how much life that I would have been cheated upon.. not just mine, but everyone that I am a part of, that I could be a part of. The most prevalent of behavioral theories suggest that if anything is a routine for more than 66 days, it will most likely become a behavioral pattern. I hope to keep this April’s promise for 90 days. Will keep you posted 🙂

If you are going through a tough time and you are reading this, know that you have a friend in me. I will be happy to listen and help if you need it.
Epilogue:
//Soul is such an interesting thing because you could say it doesn’t exist. Is it just a summation of eons of mutation, modeled and signed by birth (religion, race), education and inspirations? Or is it much more metaphysical than that? I do not have answers for that.. What I do know is that between nature and nurture, there are very a many unexplored fronts.. the one that would be invisible to one scientist, say Richard Dawkins but is the life time conquest of a contemporary scientist, Matthieu Ricard. One of those unexplored regions is how your soul becomes psyche in Jung’s world and it makes equal sense as it does when Matthieu Ricard speaks (it does the opposite when your local yoga instructor talks about vibrations in the air). I am going to work with the theory that humanity holds virtues for the future. So far, its been a mixed bag, but by like any sorting algorithm, if you keep working on staying true to your frequently self-examined own self while culling the toxicity in your relationships and toxic relationships, you will end up in a life where you will have beautiful relationships and beautiful friends and a soul that feels contentment to leave your body. What is more beautiful is that there are few other souls that shares the contentment because you were a part of their journey.// 

The aftermath of a loss and reinventing dravidianism.

There are several ways a person copes with a loss. This is how I am dealing with the loss of a dearest leader, Our beloved (late) Chief Minister, Selvi J. Jayalalita.

There are several reasons a Tamil would be very proud of being Tamil. The popular notion would be Rajinikanth and CSK. Well, I am among the very few that doesn’t endorse either. It is the language, heritage, literature, music and most importantly, the society in itself, that I am proud of.

This article summarizes the socio-political reforms that led to the status quo, as put down by a Nobel winning economist. http://thewire.in/84785/amartya-sen-jean-dreze-tamil-nadus-social-progress-development/.
Take a moment to learn why a state mourns a leader..

It was a personal tragedy for me. There was a lump in my heart as I roamed around thinking about what comes next. That is how I process emotions, through rationalization.

The article constructs a series of events, dated back to Kamarajar era. What I want us to learn is that we are what we are because of this collective consciousness of individualism. It is the ‘Tamil Psyche’ that got us here. It is only by nurturing and nursing the Tamil Psyche, can we recover from her loss. Got us where, you might ask. Please do read the article. There is only one state that performs better than Tamil Nadu and that is our brotherly state, Kerala. I have a statement for those who can not read the article; one you could choose to verify. For every single rupee TN pays in taxes, GOI returns 29 paise. Whereas, for every rupee UP pays in taxes, GOI returns one rupee and 79 paise. I want you to know that this is what I have in my mind when you are over there making ‘lungi’ jokes, reading Chetan Bhagat’s racist quips about the dark skinned Madrasis or laughing at Shah Rukh Khan’s version of a south star. I digressed into personal grudges.

The point is, for you fellow tamils, the national parties will look at this as an opportunity to poach the state’s political bank.

 

DMK’s leadership is not in a very good state either and if anything, the next generation leadership might shred the party into pieces. A ruling national party can not have a better opportunity to reclaim territory in one of the states where they could claim a whopping 40 seats of parliamentary presence.

The increased rhetoric of caste based divisions led to factional parties like PMK, KMK who are vulnerable enough to be poached by the National parties. The last thing we need among us is the local casteist thug brandishing a true patriots’ visage, carefully constructed by Modi’s BJP and Congress. A gounder thug in Coimbatore could commit all these heinous crimes against a fellow human from a different caste and get away being this BJP dude or he could shake down on a non gounder business man that plays a larger role in the local economy. It is important that you protect our political identity. The one that is not constructed atop of caste identity, but by the culture.

I ask of you, all of you. Amma is dead.. but please keep dravidianism alive. A new age dravidianism. Fuck the casteist establishments, fuck the national parties and fuck Actor Vijay (assuming he tries anything political). Let’s protect and if need be, rebuild our political identity. The kind that prevents morons from singing MGR songs in a fuckin parliament.

Often times, it is the people that create the political climate and more so often, it is the said climate that sees the raise of a political phenomena. Aringar Anna, Kalaingar Karunanidhi, Puratchi Thalaivar MGR, Puratchi Thalaiva Amma and now. It is the wildly popular movement ‘suyamariyadhai iyakkam’ or ‘self-respect movement’ that resulted in a dravidian party toppling a national party and we have been moving up ever since. The speaks for itself, please verify! Be wise my brethren. Be Tamil.

I almost forgot. A friend of mine said this regarding “Naam Tamizhar” party. “Tamils are far better people to buy into this fervent extreme right Tamil nationalism”. I have my grudges with brahmin community.  //A couple days ago, a colleague of mine – a fuckin engineer, remarks, “When you think intellectually, you become brahmin. When you provide service to someone, you become Sutra”. Well fuck you and fuck your veda how about that?//. Regardless, I recognize the societal values that was imbued by the brahmin community. A party like “Naam Tamizhar” will definitely step on their well being and this is no time for reverse racism. Harmony! Like how it was the status quo. I implore you.. be wise and please remember, Democracy is not the voting day. Democracy is active participation, discussion, clash of ideas and ideals, and taking it to the streets when needed; which shapes the voting day and the day after. Seems like something every democracy has forgotten about!

On a personal note, Thank You Ms. Jayalalita, for being who you were. I recognize all the things that you did for us. I love you for changing your stance regarding Sri Lanka. I wish there is another leader that can measure up to half of who you were. Rest in peace.

Absurdity and Democracy: The American Election

I am a mere spectator of the American election. I am an alien and I can not make statements about american democracy as much as I can criticize Indian democracy.

However, as a human being, I have the moral obligation to speak up after coming across “The Donald’s” remark on women. I am not going to provide any links in my post, I happen to respect myself way too much. The post wouldn’t make much sense if you are not familiar with what Donald Trump’s remarks about women were. Let me just swerve for a while.

Trump’s biggest hits are his trade policies including Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Well that and bigotry. I have put some of my thoughts together, mostly compounding to the presidential debate.

– Not paying taxes or walking over the smaller guy is smart, Donald observes. Be that as it may, the oval office is the most powerful authority in the world.. Would it still be a smart thing to walk over a smaller country? There is legal and then there is moral. Is it moral to be this? https://goo.gl/3iU5OM
– “Lessen the tax and the rich companies will return manufacturing to america”. Apple was blamed for manufacturing outside America as he continues to boast how Trump is building everywhere in the world. I assume those buildings are considered an American Export. As in, all the raw materials are mined here, processed here, assembled here and exported to other countries. It might be even possible. But then again.. He never paid taxes so !
– Talks about cultural and racial inclusiveness. I will just leave this here. https://goo.gl/xdhE4m
I will come back to trump in a bit but for now, lets talk about Democracy. This is an hour of the debate, as there is a raise in far right wing jingoism everywhere in the world.
– Turkey.
– India.
– Entire middle east.
– USA.
– France.
– Belgium.
Isn’t it funny how a right wing extremist organization, ISIS, can incite right wing popularity in Belgium? In a country that has been left leaning for 20 years?Democracy: It took us years of ‘socio-cultural’ evolution to get here. Plato observed that any constitution of a state follows the order of Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy and Tyranny. The humanity followed the same exact order and we are here.

Yet, after being scrutinized by Platos and Machiavellis and Fukuyamas, Democracy still has its flaws. Democracy can easily become the tyranny of the majority.  A large group of voters elect a government; the government re-positions itself to reflect their voters psyche, thus the sentiments and the beliefs of the majority becomes the government’s policy. The system drives itself to a point where the majority imposes tyranny over the minority.

Democracy is not a perfect system. We do not have to try and understand democracy. But can we encompass some moral responsibility over the fellow human? Regardless of their gender, race, culture, social class and borders?

I hated the Amy Shumer brand of feminism. In her defense, she is a reaction to a certain type of men. We happen to see these guys every now and then. Earlier this evening, I sat through my entire haircut as this very old war vet went on and on about how they treated women back in their day and how the millennials are not man enough to treat their counterparts in a more “manlier” way. I was uncomfortable (I wanted to destroy everything that makes him think he is a ‘man’), but being a brown international has its societal limits (or is there?). Anyhow.. My hairdresser, who is going to babysit her niece later this evening, was just stern. She was unshakably stern and she continued to do her job in a room full of men as this old guy keeps on insulting women. I drove home with a very distracted mind and then I read the news!

So Amy Schumer.. I don’t understand how rubbing deodorant in your inner thighs is ‘Instagram-able’ and a cause of feminist celebration of sorts, but at this point, I am just gonna shut the fuck up! You guys need a break. The next paragraph is for men!

The whole story about how distracted I was after having to endure the manlier ways of this old man is to get here. Think about this.. Every single time Donald Trump goes on a stage as the president of the united states, every single time he addresses the american public, most of our women are going to hear the man who made this statement. Some of them are going to be disgusted for having to hear him. Few of them, the ones that were groped and insulted and berated are going to be reminded of their ordeal. Every single time the POTUS addresses the public. Let alone the women who will have to work with our POTUS.

You know what makes me furious? The world as we know it, would have gone to shit if it wasn’t for one leader. Angela Merkel. She is the axle of the middel-east and west relationship right this moment. The only world leader who is expressively concerned about the welfare of the war refugees, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She is going to have to shake Donald Trump’s hands, fully aware of what his remarks were about this other woman he was about to greet. Think about it!

P.S: I will not disrespect someone because they believe in something different. I will engage in a dialogue, nevertheless, but I would never disrespect someone because they have a different opinion. If you happen to disagree with anything I have said here, let me know 🙂

“நாங்கள் ஆட்சிக்கு வந்தால்”

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

ஆங்கிலத்துல எழுத ஆரமிக்க தயக்கமா இருந்தது. பரவால.. சில விஷயங்கள்  மொழிமாற்றத்துல தொலஞ்சுரும்னு விட்டுட்டேன்.

மாக்கியவல்லிக்கு கட்டுரை முடியறப்ப வரலாம். First things first.

உங்களுக்குள்ள சில கேள்வி கேளுங்க.
* ஒரு அரசியல்வாதியா இந்த நாட்ட, நாட்டு மக்கள, ஒரு தேர்தல எப்படி பார்ப்பீங்க?
* உங்களோட சக அரசியல்வாதிகள் கிட்ட என்ன பேசுவீங்க?

பச்சையா சொல்லனும்னா புழுவா கூட மதிக்கமாட்டீங்க இந்த மக்கள.. இல்லயா? ஏன் எதுக்கு எல்லாம் அப்பறம் பேசலாம். இதான் நிதர்சனம்.

அரசியல்வாதிகள் மக்களை மதிப்பதில்லை.

என்ன பொறுத்தவர இதுதான் மொத பிரச்சன. நாம அரசியல்வாதிகள மதிக்கறதில்ல. அவங்க நம்மள மதிக்கறதில்ல. “அரசியலின் மீதும் அரசியல் பழகுபவர் மீதும் மரியாதை கொள்வதே ஒரு சமுதாயத்தின் முதற்கடமையாக இருக்க வேண்டும். மக்களின் மரியாதையை பெற்ற அரசியல்வாதி அதை இழக்காமல் இருக்க துடிக்க வேண்டும்”.

மரியாதை:
கல்வி, ஞானம், நேர்மை, பேரன்பு, பற்று, வீரம். இந்த மாதிரியான ஒரு புறநானூற்று பாடுபொருளுக்கு இணையான பண்புகளை கொண்ட ஒருவர் ஈர்க்கும் தன்மையே மரியாதை என்பது. சகாயத்தின் நேர்மை பால் மக்கள் கொண்ட மரியாதை. நடிகர் சித்தார்த், பாலாஜி போன்றோர் சமூகத்தின் மீது கொண்ட பேரன்பின் மேல் மக்கள் கொண்ட மரியாதை. நாட்டை காக்க எல்லையில் உயிரிழக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு இராணுவ வீரனின் வீரத்தின் பால் மக்கள் தன்னெழுச்சியாய் மனம் நெகிழும் மரியாதை.
இது போன்ற மரியாதை – அந்த எதிர்பார்ப்பால் உந்தப்படும் தனிமனிதர்களின் எழுச்சியே நான் எதிர்பார்க்கும் அரசியல்.

வேற மாதிரி சொல்றேன் கேளுங்க.. எப்படி இராணுவத்துல சேரனும்னு ஒரு பதின்பருவ வயது “ஆண் / பெண்”ணுக்கு ஆசை வருது? சமூகம் இராணுவத்தை ஒரு மரியாதையுடன் நடத்துவதால் தான?

அரசியல்வாதிகள் மக்கள ஏன் மதிக்க கூடாதுன்னு காரணம் நான் சொல்றேன்.

இதே May மாசம். 2009. இந்த தமிழ் சமுதாயத்தோட மிகப்பெரிய தோல்வி இலங்கைல இத்தன தமிழர்கள இறக்க விட்டது. ஆட்சி, ஊடகம், அதிகாரம் இது எல்லாத்தையும் பயன்படுத்தி தமிழக மக்களுக்கு உண்மை நிலவரத்த மறைக்கறதுல இருந்து, உண்மைய சொல்றவங்க வாய அடைச்சு, சிறையிலிட்டு, Congress ஆட்சியோட படுகேவலமான கொள்கைக்கு லச்சம் உயிர்கள  கூட்டிகொடுத்தவனுக்கு ஓட்டு போட தயாராகுற ஒரு சமுதாயத்த எந்த அரசியல்வாதி மதிக்க முடியும்?

இந்த “string of pearls”, இந்திய பெருங்கடல்ல China-ஓட ஆதிக்கத்த அடக்குற tactical policy அது இதுனு எந்த எளவு வெங்காயமும் கெடயாது.

என்ன காரணம்னு என்னோட இன்னொரு பதிவுல விரிவா எழுதிருக்கேன்.  என்னால முடிஞ்ச அளவு சுருங்க விளக்க முயற்சி பண்றேன். இலங்கைல எந்த அளவு கனிம வளம் இருக்கோ அதே அளவு கடல் வணிக வளமும்(?) இருக்குது. ஒண்ணுமே இல்லாத சிங்கப்பூர் எப்படி இவ்ளோ சம்பாதிச்சது. இங்க பாருங்க.

சீனா < – > அமெரிக்கா, சீனா < – > ஈரோப்பா, மத்திய கிழக்கு < – > சீனா. இதுதான் இன்னிக்கு நிலவரத்துல உலகப்பொருளாதாரத்தோட முதுகெலும்பா இருக்க முக்கியமான கடல்வழி வர்த்தகப்பாதை. இது இல்லாம இப்போ சீனா “One Belt – One Road”னு ஒரு வர்த்தகப்பாதைக்கு வழி போட்டுக்கிட்டுருக்கு (as seen below).

{ credits: https://www.clsa.com/special/onebeltoneroad/ }

இலங்கை இது எல்லாத்துலயும் முக்கியமான மையம். இலங்கை அரச கையில போட்டுக்கிட்டா நம்மூரு நிறுவங்களுக்கு கொள்ளை லாபம். என்னோட பழைய பதிவுல சொன்ன மாதிரி இந்த நிறுவனங்கள் மூணு விதமா சம்பாதிக்கலாம்.

* இலங்கையோட கனிம வள நிர்வாகத்த எடுத்துக்கறது.

* இந்திய நிறுவனங்கள் சும்மாகாச்சும் இருக்க இலங்கை நிறுவனங்கள் (paper boats) கூட சேர்ந்து Conglomerate உருவாக்கறது. ஆதாயம் என்னன்னா இங்க சுரண்டரத அங்க இருக்க கிளைக்கு அனுப்புறது. அங்கருந்து நான் முன்னாடி சொன்ன routesல shipping. அப்புறம் அங்க இறக்குமதி பண்ற சரக்க அவன் இந்திய கிளைக்கு அனுப்புறேன்னு அனுப்புறது. ஒரு சின்ன trade agreement போடறது. இந்திய – இலங்கை புரிதல் ஒப்பந்தந்தின்படி நமக்குள் நடக்கும் ஏற்றுமதி – இறக்குமதிக்கு வரி அவசியமில்லை. முடிஞ்சு போச்சு. இந்திய அரசாங்கத்துக்கு வரியே கட்டாம இந்த பெரு நிறுவனங்கள் வளச்சு சம்பாதிக்கும். அப்புறம் இருக்கவே இருக்கு tax havens.

* மூணாவது கொஞ்சம் நேரடியான விஷயம். இந்திய பொருள்களுக்கு இலங்கைல இருக்க market-அ புடிக்க வேண்டியது.

என்னோட பழைய பதிவுல பாலாஜி (@prbonline) comment பண்ணிருந்தாரு. சேது சமுத்திர திட்டம் வந்திருந்தா இலங்கைய சார்ந்திருக்க வேண்டிய அவசியம் இல்லன்னு. ஒரு சின்ன Suez Canal அது. சீனா எண்ணெய் வளத்துக்காக தென் சீன கடல்ல அராஜகம் பண்ணிகிட்டு கெடக்கு. கடலுக்குள்ள மன்ன கொட்டி ஒரு செயற்கை தீவ உருவாக்கி வெச்சுருக்கு. உங்களோட நிலப்பரப்புல இருந்து 13.8 மைலுக்குள்ள இருக்க கடல் உங்களுது (ஏன் நம்ம கச்சத்தீவ மீட்கணும்?)ன்னு UN சொல்லுது. சீனா (being china) ஒரு நிலப்பரப்ப உண்டு பண்ணி கூடாரதுக்குள்ள தலைய நுழைக்குது. நாம என்னடானா ஒரு canal கட்ட முடியாம கெடக்கோம்.

இதுக்கும் நம்ம பதிவுக்கும் என்ன சம்மந்தம்னு கேளுங்க.

1) Congress ஆட்சியின் இலங்கை (மட்டுமா?) வெளியுறவுக்கொள்கை முற்றிலும் பெரு-நிறுவனங்கள் நிர்ணயித்தது. அந்த பெரு நிறுவனங்கள் எதுவும் அரசாங்கத்துக்கு வரி கட்டப்போவதில்லை. In other words, We have been fucked. நமது எனத்தலைவர் கட்டுமரம் அவர்கள் இந்த பெரு-நிறுவனங்கள் காசு பாக்க நமது உறவுகளின் உயிரை விலைபேசி முடித்தார்.

இன்னொரு வேல பாத்தான் பாருங்க.. அம்மா! நம்ம பாலாஜி சொன்ன அந்த சேது சமுத்திர திட்டம் (அரைகுறை திட்டம்) இருக்கே. அதுக்கு ஒரு வழியா ஒரு அமவுண்டு ஒதுக்குனாய்ங்க. 4000 கோடி. அதுல எக்கச்சக்கமா ஏப்பம் விட்டது யார் தெரியுமா? நம்ம TR Baalu, அப்பறம் அவரு புள்ளையாண்டான் (மன்னார்குடி வேட்பாளர், TRB Raaju??). இதுல கட்டுமரத்துக்கு காணிக்கை என்ன ஏதுன்னு நமக்கெங்க தெரியப்போது?

2) ஒரு சர்வதேச கடல் வழி வர்த்தக மையத்தை தமிழகத்தின் பக்கம் திருப்பும் ஒரு முக்கியமான திட்டத்திலும் ஊழல்.

தூத்துக்குடிய சர்வதேச கடல் வழி வர்த்தக மையமா மாத்திருந்தா நம்ம காங்கிரஸ் அரசு இலங்கைல இத்தன தமிழர்கள் கொல்லபடுறதுக்கு துணை போயிருக்காது.

இப்படிப்பட்ட ஒரு ஆள இவ்வளவு நாள் ஆட்சில வச்சிருந்தது மட்டுமில்லாம திரும்ப அந்தாளுக்கே ஒட்டு போட தயராகுற ஒரு சமுதயத்த எப்படி ஒரு அரசியல்வாதி மதிக்க முடியும் சொல்லுங்க?

மக்கள் அரசியல்:

இவ்வளவு கோர்வையான சம்பவங்கள மக்களுக்குள்ள எடுத்துகிட்டு போறது கஷ்டம். மக்கள் மதிக்கும், மக்களை மதிக்கும் அரசியலை கேளுங்கள். அவ்வளவுதான். மாக்கியவல்லி சொல்றபடி ஒரு ஆட்சியாளரின் மதிப்பு (மரியாதை இல்ல. value) அவரை சுற்றியிருப்பவர்களின் மதிப்பு. அதாவது சொந்தக்காரன், தோழி, மந்திரிகள் எல்லாம். சொந்தக்காரன் பக்கத்துல இருக்கக்கூடாதா.. ஓட்டு போடாதீங்க. தோழி கீழி எல்லாத்துக்கும் இதே கதிதான். அமைச்சர்கள் விஷயத்துக்கு கடைசியா வரலாம். எந்த கட்சியுமே சரியில்ல. அதுவுமில்லாம கட்சி, கொள்கை எல்லாம்.. வேணாம்.. அத பத்தி பேசக்கூட வேணாம்.

இந்த தேர்தல்ல மக்களுக்கு ஒரு வாய்ப்பு உண்டாயிருக்கு. அவனுக்கு இவன் பரவாலங்குற மனநிலை உருவாக்கின தேக்கத்துக்குல இப்ப அரசியல் வறட்சி ஏற்பட்ருக்கு. திமுகவுக்கும் அதிமுகவுக்கும் மாற்றா ஒரு தலைமை பண்புள்ள கட்சியமைப்பு இல்ல. நாம் தமிழர் மாதிரி ஒரு fundamental extremism எல்லாம் தமிழ்நாட்டோட RSS மாதிரி. அப்பறம் உங்க இஷ்டம்.

அமெரிக்க அரசியலில் இது ஒரு முக்கிய கட்டம். GOP (Grand Ole’ Party) என்ற moniker பெற்ற republican கட்சியின் வேட்பாளர் Donald Trump என்ற ஒரு முக்கியப்புள்ளி. நமது விஜயகாந்த் வகையறா (என்றால் அது மிகையாது). Democrat கட்சியின் வேட்பாளராக (வேட்பாளர் ஆவதற்கே(!)) போட்டியிடும் Hillary Clinton மற்றும் Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton நமது அம்மா வகையறா. Bernie Sanders.. 50 பேர் கூடிய ஒரு நிகழ்வில் தனது அரசியல் கொள்கையை (socialistic democracy) முன்வைத்து Democratic Partyயின் வேட்பாளராக களம் இறங்கிய Bernie இன்று அமெரிக்காவின் அரசியல் கட்டமைப்பையே சீரமைத்து வருகிறார். ஜெயிக்கிறாரோ இல்லையோ. அவரது கருத்துக்கள் (அத்தனையும் முத்து) இன்று அமெரிக்க மக்களிடமும் அரசியல் தலைவர்களிடமும் எதிரொலிக்கிறது. Phenomenal. இந்த முன்னுரை அவரை பற்றிய ஒரு சின்ன கருத்தை முன்னிட்டு.

“You know, oftentimes in politics we talk about a candidate rising to meet the moment,” says Neil Sroka with the progressive grass-roots group Democracy for America, which has endorsed Sanders. “But in this case I think what we’ve seen in this election is the moment meeting a candidate: Bernie Sanders, who has literally been fighting on income inequality issues from the very start of his career.”

“சில வேட்பாளர்கள் ஆச்சரியமாக அந்த கணத்தின் அரசியல் கேள்விகளுக்கு பதிலாய் எழுச்சி பெறுவதுண்டு (அறிஞர் அண்ணா, எம்.ஜி.ஆர்.). Bernie Sanders(இன் கொள்கைகள்) பொருட்டு ஒரு புதிய அரசியலே எழுச்சி பெற்று நிற்கிறது”.

நமக்கு ரெண்டுமே இல்ல. இந்த கணத்துக்கான அரசியல்வாதியும் இல்ல.. நம்மளோட அரசியல திருத்தி எழுதுற ஒரு தீர்க்கமான அரசியல்வாதியும் இல்ல..

இது எதுவுமே இல்லாத நம்மகிட்ட ரெண்டு கருவிகள் இருக்கு.
1) தகவல்.
2) ஓட்டு.

உங்களோட தொகுதில இருக்க ஒவ்வொரு வேட்பாளரையும் புடிங்க. http://myneta.info/tamilnadu2016/ ல கொஞ்சம் வரலாறு இருக்கு.

யாரையுமே புடிக்கலன்னா 49 ஓ தான். இந்த அதிருப்தி பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டா தான் நம்ம மதிக்கிற, நம்மள மதிக்கிற ஒரு தனிமனுஷன் அரசியலுக்கு வர வாய்ப்பிருக்கு.. மத்தபடி இந்த தேர்தல் நமக்கு நம்மளோட அதிருப்திய பதிவு செய்ய ஒரு வாய்ப்பு.. அவ்வளவுதான்.

நான் ஆரமிச்சு வக்கிறேன்.. வேற யாருமில்ல.. நம்ம ராசு.. http://myneta.info/tamilnadu2016/candidate.php?candidate_id=1464

ஒரு பார்வையாளனாக, கையாலாகதவானாக ஒரு இனப்படுகொலையயும் இந்த தேர்தலையும் பார்க்கும் அமெரிக்காவில் தஞ்சம் புகுந்த எனக்கு எந்த தகுதியும் இல்லை. இருந்தும் சொல்கிறேன். திமுக ஆளும் ஒரு மாநிலத்தை எனது மண்ணாக என்னால் சகிக்க முடியாது..

 

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