Tuesday, 29 August 2017

அரசியல்(அவலம்) கண்டாயோ!

தலைவியின் பதாகைநிழலில் ஒளிந்திருந்த நரிகள் கூட்டம்
அந்நிழல் மறைந்தபின்னர் ஒவ்வொன்றும் மோதிக்கொள்ள
இதுதான் சாக்கென்று மற்றவைகள் நுழையமுயல
நாறிடும் சாம்ராஜ்யம் குழந்தையையும் முகஞ்சுழிக்க வைக்கும்...

காலந்தொட்டுக்குறிப்புக் கொடுத்துவந்த மகராசன்
பின்பற்றுவோர்ப் படைசூழப் போருக்குத் தயாராக
உலகாளும் நாயகனை சகலமறிந்தவனைக்
குணமறியா அரசர்கூட்டம் 'முடிந்தால் வா' என்றழைக்க
விக்கிரமன் முதுகேறிய வேதாளம்போலவன் நில்லாமல் வினாவெழுப்பத்
தடுமாறிய நரிகள் யாவும் தூற்றுகின்றதவனை ஒலிப்பானில்...

ஊருக்குச் சோறுபோடும் உழவரினம் ஒன்று
சேற்றில் கால்வைக்க மழைவேண்டிக் காத்திருக்கக்
கழனியில் குழாய்பதித்துக் காய்ந்த கதிரில்
நீருக்குப் பதில் எண்ணெய் தெளித்து அரசர்கூட்டம்
எங்கோ ஓர்த்தொழில் வளர
விதைந்த பயிரை எரிக்கின்றார்...

என்னையும் அரசியல் பேசவைத்தப் பெருமையைக்
காணிக்கையாக்குகின்றேன் அரசனே உம் அறிவீனத்திற்கு!
தாய்மண்ணைக் கூறுபோடும் மக்கட்தொண்டரின் அருட்கொடையைக்கண்டு
செய்வதறியாது இப்பேனா மையினிடம் காட்டுகின்றேன் என் கோபத்தை!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

எது சுதந்திரம்?

சிரித்து மகிழ்ந்து இனிப்புண்டு கொண்டாடப் பண்டிகையன்று இந்நாள்.
இருநூறு ஆண்டுகால அடிமைத்தனத்தினும், தொண்ணூறு ஆண்டுகால விடுதலை வேள்வியின் விருட்சமாயும்,
எழுபது ஆண்டுகாலம் பழமைவாய்ந்ததாகும் இந்நாள்.

ஆண்டுக்கொருமுறை நினைவில் பூத்து, கொடியேற்றி மிட்டாய் தின்று, வீடு செல்வது தேசப்பற்றாயின்...
குடும்பம் விட்டு, வீதி வந்து, கத்தியேந்தி, இரத்தம் சிந்திப் பட்டபாடுக்குப் பெயரென்னவோ?

இந்நாள்...

இரத்தம் சிந்தி, சதை அறுந்து, உயிர் நீக்கத் தியாகிகளின் ஓலம் கேட்கும் அஞ்சலித்திருநாளேயாம்.
பெரும்பாடுபட்டுப் பெற்ற சுதந்திரத்தைப் பேணிகாக்கக் கூச்சலிடும் நினைவூட்டுத்திருநாளேயாம்...

பசிக்கு உணவில்லாது, பட்டினியில் வாடும், பல்லாயிரக் குடும்பங்களின் ஏகோபித்த குரலேயாம்.
பஞ்சத்தில் சிக்குண்டு, பாய்ச்ச நீரின்றி, தில்லி வரை ஒலிக்கும் உழவனின் கதறலேயாம்...

சாக்கடை அரசியல் பேசித்திரியும் நம் செவிகளில் விழத்தவறிய, அறுபத்தி மூன்று பச்சிளங்குழந்தைகளின் மூச்சுத்திணறலேயாம்.
குடிக்கத்தண்ணீரின்றி தவிக்கும் இப்பூமியில், குளிர்பானங்களுக்குத் தாரைவார்த்த நம் பெருமையின் பறைசாற்றலேயாம்...

நூற்றி முப்பது கோடி பேர் வாழும் நாட்டில், காக்க ஒருவரின்றி, கயவர்பிடியில் சிக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு பெண்ணின் கூச்சலேயாம்.
தனியார் பிடியில் கல்வி, அரசின் கையில் மது; இரண்டிற்கும் வித்தியாசாமின்றிப் போனக்கதையின்   கூற்றேயாம்...

போரின் இராட்சதப் பிடியில் சிக்கித்தவிக்கும் சிரிய, யேமன் நாட்டு மக்களைப் போலல்லாது,
மனித ஒழுங்கீனத்தால் மாண்டு கொண்டிருக்கும் இந்திய மரபின் ஒன்றுபட்ட உண்மையேயாம்...

"என்று தணியும் இந்த சுதந்திர தாகம்?" என்று காத்திருந்து பெற்ற சுதந்திரத்தினைக்
கைகழுவத் துடிக்கும் நம் மேதாவி மனங்களுக்கு உறைக்கும்படி உறுமும் மகாகவி பாரதியின் அழியாக்குரலேயாம்...

எண்ணியதைப் பேசி, வேண்டியதைப் பெற்று, வேண்டுமிடம் செல்வதா சுதந்திரம்?
பசிக்கு உணவு, தாகத்திற்கு தண்ணீர், தேவைக்கு மிகையாகக் கல்வி, பெண்ணுக்குப் பாதுகாப்பு,நோய்க்கு மருத்துவம்,
இவ்வனைத்தும் தடையின்றிக் கிடைக்கப்பெறுவது அல்லவோ சுதந்திரம்!!!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Caging The Bird, Fearing The Sky!!

WOMAN! The very word is known to send pulses down many men. If you are a man and reading the word made your back straight and to sit in awe, don’t be worried as you’re not at fault. Thanks to our rich culture, if there is one horrific tradition we follow from history, it’s the discrimination and objectification of the female gender. Though, studies of Rig Vedic life have enough evidences of parity among the people, it’s the evolution of humankind that paved way for the differences and disparities which we follow as a long lived tradition. Coming from a traditional Indian family, I have seen and heard many stories of how that particular gender was made to struggle throughout her lifetime by both the society and the dominant men. I strongly object to the terming of women as weaker sex, for she might be weak physically but no 100 men could equal her mental strength.

Women are victims to hell lot of misfortunes. They are subject to assaults – verbal and sexual, slavery, domestication, dowry, emotional blackmails,misogyny, and a lot more. Despite all these, they are known to walk across the mishaps with a broad smile. Studies say every 6 minutes, a woman is made victim to a sexual assault. Men, who were created to protect her, are seen preying on her. Be it father, brother, husband, friend, coworker; women aren’t safer at any hands these days and the crimes against them are on a rise disproportionately, day by day. The brutal killing of a techie in a railway station in Chennai last year; the murder of a techie in Pune last month; the cold-blooded killing of a 7 year old kid near Chennai last month; the cruel act on a pregnant woman down the south last month; are all the blatant examples of how unsafe the life has turned out to the gender who only thrive for an unbiased  life with ensured safety.

When strict laws and harder rules to protect women in India are far from reality, we must not be deaf to the voices calling out to ensure safety. In a country where there isn’t a day without news of a crime against women, we must admit that we have not learnt enough from the Nirbhaya case, sadly. Objectification of women has its roots to the Ancient times, where women were being portrayed as properties of Kings and Noble men, a heritage which is unmistakably being followed to these days, and men just look forward to women as objects of pleasure.

Families fortify women’s dreams of stepping out to work, as they believe a working woman is a liability to the entire family. When in workplace, there is bias as they are regarded inefficient to carry out tasks, which so far were handled only by men. Among friends, women are labelled “Handle with care” instruments, who perhaps are to be protected from everything, everywhere. Among partners, women become subjects to the male superiority, who don’t get to say anything. All these imbalances in every instrument of society, are individually responsible for the state of women currently. For a gender who is capable of multitasking efficiently, handicapping her on the grounds of protection and safeguards is like caging a bird, fearing the sky.

The rising offences against women and the discrimination thrown at them, are an alarming caution to the society, as a Society is incomplete without women. Are we going to wait until every bold woman of the gender turns against the differences and stand up to the world, roaring their anger? Can the world sustain such an uprising, given the fact that we have all heard the power of female anger!  It is high time that we addressed the prevailing concern at hand, not giving room to anymore violence. In a male chauvinistic world, it is really hard to change the minds of men who have been soaked with the concepts of inequality, for very long. Alternately, parents should start raising kids without any distinction and teaching them to treat both genders equally –  for, that can make a generation healthy without these dramas. We, as a society are handed with the responsibility of seeing to it that the future generation at least, lives in a safe environment, far from the inequalities and with a blessed life, like the ones of the ancient world. The concept of existence of a difference between both the genders must be suppressed and the barriers be removed once and for all. That is when the concept of Gender parity would emerge, else men would continue to feel superior and women made to feel inferior. In fact, Independence to India was possible only when the ruling British decided to give freedom, and not because of the freedom movements alone. Likewise, Gender parity is possible only when the dominant contemporaries give way to the female counterparts, else calling out for equality by women alone will hardly see any impact on the scenario. Hence, Instead of celebrating Women’s Day this March 8, I’m calling out to my fellow beings to celebrate Women and Life, because to me, both are sound and intact.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Protesting - Purusha lakshanam !!

Albert Einstein once said “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”. As, the most talked about Jallikattu protests and their aftermath start to fade away from the focus lights, the impact they created are here to stay in our hearts forever, for they were the instruments of displeasure which the public were hesitant to bring out all these years. The world has clearly seen the phenomenal success of the people's movement, mainly pulled together by the Youngsters and the students of the Tamil Land. When the success story deserves a celebration, we must not turn a blind eye to the other areas of concern. Widely, every other person holding the microphone, called out to the Youth to lead the country. The rising question is 'Are we ready?'. The protest grounds themselves seemed to answer with a big 'No'! The fact that the future leaders were misled by certain events is inevitably unacceptable. There were multiple instances to prove the point: When the crowd drifted its rage from the Centre to the State Government, after knowing the Ordinance making capacity of the latter; When the crowd went mad, after the 'Real Organisers' called to quit; When memes started pouring in, to make the protest-standouts, the leaders of Tamil Nadu; When Mr.Lawrence who had been throughout, was abused for asking to disperse; When slogans demanding separate nation status to Tamil Nadu were heard; and so on.  Lack of awareness among the protesters, about the fundamental laws and provisions of the Constitution, were indeed clearly visible. While it is true that we lack even the slightest knowledge on the basic laws governing the country and the Indian Constitution - the ultimate rule book which keeps our lives running in the Indian Subcontinent - itself, thanks to the beautiful Educational structure, it is high time this generation is taught the basic laws. We have remained so ignorant that, the people in power kept exploiting that ignorance and building their roots stronger, while we kept wishing for a change in the governance. Mahatma Gandhi once voiced "Be the change you want to see in the world". No power equals the Students' power. But when they get influenced by every other person's ideals, they undermine not only themselves, but the whole cause. While this event is a success in its own way, what we take home from it for future, is what is the matter at hand now. Social media has taken the recent events to a point wherein the phrase 'Udhyogam Purusha lakshanam' can very well be replaced by 'Protesting Purusha lakshanam'. Social media, no wonder a powerful tool, is as destructive as it sounds constructive. Recent campaigns promoting an Indian Cool drink at the place of Cola & Pepsi, were indeed the very examples of how the internet generation are misled, for it was later propagated that the Indian company is no different from its Multinational counterparts, and that it exploits the underground water so much as they do. Had the Youngsters avoided being blind followers of all that's being propagated, the protests would have been much more mighty, as there were several accusations of diluted demands. In the land of misleading Media, corrupt Politicians and self-gain motivated society, a Youngster in order to be a leader, has to learn not to succumb to influences and stand out stronger with his/her own agenda. Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. Another concern was the rising intolerance among the Youngsters, which built its base in the social media platform, and expanded its roots in the protest grounds. With every slogan against the Government and every abuse against the Opposing parties, they let their thoughts be conquered by the emotions, which is no good sign for a leader. A true leader is one who is decisive to achieve goals and shows great sign of resistance to emotions. When the whole State is waiting for the emergence of such a person, it truly becomes the duty of every individual to step forward and get equipped, aftermath a massive movement which created history being leaderless. Are we still going to let us taught Algebra and Trigonometry, which find hardly any use in our daily life, instead for the Fundamental laws, Employability skills and Moral values, and keep awaiting the change we all wish for? Isn't it the high time we drew attention towards the infertility of the current Education system and make the future better for the coming generations? By showing the world, of the opportunities in hand, for creating a better future, the Youngsters of the Tamil Land are now heavy with responsibilities on their shoulders, to strive hard to meet the expectations and to undo the stains spread over the soiled reality. In the historical land of great leaders like Gandhi, Netaji and Kamaraj, when we equip ourselves with the necessary skills, Dr.Abdul Kalam's vision of "India 2020", is not merely a dream anymore.

Jai Hind!

Monday, 2 January 2017

The Goose and the Golden Eggs !!

When I failed to secure a Medical seat by merit in my higher secondary; which had been a dream I wished, since childhood; the only alternate I saw, like any other Indian would, was 'Engineering'. 'So what's wrong in it?' you would think. Imagine a pond poured in with species of alien habitats, highly unable to adopt, and crushing the lives of the native species, depriving them of their opportunities and questioning their existence. Anyone who understands the scenario would be able to realize what we have done to the once noble course. Since the last decade, people kept surging into choosing Engineering, so much that the total number of the Engineering colleges  in India have shot up to 1500+. Of the 1.5 million Engineers coming out every year, only 7-8% are employable, says study. Now, if the cruel reality slapped you hard, I tell you, you aren't alone. While I don't want to get into the factual realities behind the case, it would be a shame if we don't realize the actual cause of it. Human greed has always been a disaster by(to) itself. Throughout the last decade, Engineering had been the goose that laid the golden eggs. Now when the people sensed an opportunity, they rushed to exploit it to gain more eggs. The goose had been exploited much by dumping more students and licensing many colleges, until it depleted its ability to hatch anymore. When 'Who is to be blamed?' is a different concern, the future of both the course and the Engineers is much worrying. It has taken us to a point where people developed hatred towards the course, as it started to affect those passionate towards the course too. I was taken aback by surprise last week, when I overheard my mother asking her colleague to never consider Engineering as an option for his son, who is into his board examinations this year. Isn't the mindset my mother has, really bad? Well she must have had me on her mind while the colleague sought advice, which makes her idea sound reasonable. So the sudden shifts towards Arts & Science courses altogether, parental advises to avoid Engineering, etc. are all some of the immediate effects it has had on the society. Any course is worth only until its employability is sound. The sad plight of Engineers looking for jobs in India is not unknown. And conditions of those employed in several sectors are also not very pleasing. Rising demand for jobs (mostly low paid) has been affecting those who are employed, such that their jobs have turned vulnerable, as Industries seek to replace highly paid Engineers with those demanding lower payments. The high unemployment in the Engineering discipline has resulted in a growing trend towards the Banking sector and several Government Services. The sudden rise of numerous Coaching Institutes for Banking and the other Examinations, only remind us of the case as were in the rise of Engineering colleges. A close watch on the reality would help us realize the threat it poses on the Banking sector, which lately stages huge appointments of the youth (Engineers most commonly!). It wouldn't be too late when this trend might make Banking in India, another Engineering, sadly. So the only way to avoid these, as we can see, is educating Indians of the other career options. You must have seen this quote everywhere on Facebook. "India is a country where people first become engineers and then decide what they want to do in their life". The smile this put on your face can tell us that there is no denial to this. In a vast country like India, Engineering and Medicine aren't really the only courses available. Only when parents get their kids look beyond these too, will the other options be visible. A kid can be a Writer, a Businessman/woman, a Sportsperson, a Painter, a Driver, a Cook, a Teacher, a Scientist, a Historian, an Architect, a Singer, a Dancer, a Filmmaker, and anything for that matter. It isn’t 'what' we do, it is 'how' we do, is what matters. This, along with some real motivation, a bit of trust and acceptance from the parents, to get their kids choose a career of their own and make it lay golden eggs, rather to stick to Engineering for the exhausted eggs, can make much sense. This said, I end the article with a hope that it makes you perceive the realities, to look beyond Engineering and Medicine, and to join hands in making the next generation more powerful and mighty; for their personal growth and the growth of the nation; in the dawn of an all new year.

Happy New Year 2017!

Jai Hind!