Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Shankaracharya of the Kanchi mutt in Tamil Nadu passed away. The Kanchi mutt which was one of the many mutts established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. His immense contributions to south India in protecting and reviving Hinduism will be remembered for the decades to come.
Just a few of his contributions include:
* With Hindus in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district were under siege by church groups supported by foreign funded missionaries, Sri Sarawathi ji came to their rescue when no else would, gave them courage and started to unify them. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he stood by the community when hardly anyone would venture there.
* Long back, despite orthodox opposition, Sri Saraswathi trained priests from all communities including Scheduled Castes and issued certificates. Now both Tamil Nadu and Kerala have priests from all communities.
In 2004, he was falsely accused of murder of a temple employee – false charges which were dropped after ten years. But throughout this torturous ordeal, he remained calm and silent and remained unshaken by the unlimited media and societal heat and accusations. India PM, Vice President, and political and civic society leaders all have express gratitude and condolences.
- 1 Mar 2018
Chennai and surrounding areas received one of the heaviest rainfalls in years. Several areas have already recorded 100 millimeters while others 150 millimeters or more of rainfall. Both coastal and interior areas are likely to get even more rainfall.
Many areas in the city and surrounding areas are flooded or in danger of getting flooded.
In the midst of all this heavy monsoon, several crucial reservoirs (or water tanks) have only between 10% and 30% of their water storage capacity. These water tanks are what supply water year round… provided they have enough water?
Source: Deccan Chronicle
- 1 Nov 2017
BJP was untouchable for some time before the 2014 elections. Then it got a respectable number of member parties and won ably. Since then a slow trickle has now become a flood of previous opposition parties and politicians both elected and otherwise wanting to join both the BJP and the NDA. This has already happened in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, and now with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, and former political stalwarts of UP. There are likely to more parties and people in more states. Is this principle, good governance, looking for a future – well you decide?
- 31 Jul 2017
Jallikattu is a key part of Tamil Nadu’s pongal and harvest festival celebrated for thousands of years, so it should be allowed. It is animal friendly, and the bulls are not harmed. The sport gets lots of local and rural interest and provides good entertainment. Why should the wishes of the people of Tamil Nadu supersede some so called arm chair animal lovers? If the reason is love for animals, then killing of animals for meat should not be allowed? Why the over-legislation and court orders on the traditions and rituals of one community (happens to be the majority community)?
Source: DNA India
- 12 Jan 2017
Jayalalithaa, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu’ untimely death was tragic enough. But per latest reports at least 470 death in Tamil Nadu were reported due to the shock of the Ms. Jayalalithaa’s death. Several others attempted to commit suicide. AIADMK, Jayalalithaa’s party has announced an interim relief of Rs. 3 lakhs per victim to the deceased family and Rs. 50,000 to those who attempted suicide. All one can say is it is tragic all around.
Source: Times of India
- 12 Dec 2016
Jayalalitha symbolized woman power for many Tamils and many considered her as the iron lady. MPs, MLAs and Ministers all fell at her feet. On many occasions, all 37 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 13 MPs in the Rajya Sabha did namaskaram or lay down flat to pay respects to their leader. On other occasions, her minister and party cadre would prostrate before her vehicle, her helicopter or in other public places. The successor chief minister, O Panneerselvam took his oath of office with Jayalalithaa’s photo on hand.
- 7 Dec 2016
Jayalalitha, fondly called Amma, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu had more than 18 welfare schemes that are free or heavily subsidized. Some of these include – the cradle baby scheme (to prevent female foeticide in the early 1990s), gold for marriage scheme, Amma canteens where food is available for Re. 1/-, Amma bottled water, Amma drinking water, Amma laptops, Amma baby care, Amma grinder, mixie and fan, Amma mobile, Amma pharmacy, Amma micro-loans, and several more – many of which were popular. It is with deep regret that we announce her sad and untimely demise.
Source: The Hindu
- 6 Dec 2016
Investigators at the wreckage of a recent car bomb blasts in Kerala’s Mallappuram district found pen drive, photo and letter evidence pointing to PM Modi being on the assassination hit list. Police believe Tamil Nadu’s “Al-Ummah” is behind this and their grievance are Dadri, Babri Masjib, etc.
Source: India Today
- 6 Nov 2016
Sadly, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are fighting with each other due to the centuries old Cauvery river water problem. The conflict took an ugly turn after the Supreme Court ordered the release of water by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu. With so much conflict dating back to history, now the Supreme Court has ordered Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to ensure that neither agitation nor shutdowns take place after the court passed their orders, and that order has to be complied with. Does this make any sense? It does not…
- 16 Sep 2016
PM Modi and his government help release a a Catholic priest and another Catholic aid-worker from the clutches of death in Afghanistan. This gov’t also help release Alexis Prem Kumar, a Jesuit priest abducted by Islamists in Afghanistan. More recently, this gov’t also helped release Judith D’Souza, an aid worker with the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. In every case, the close family of those captured profusely thanked this gov’t, our PM Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. But the Catholic and christian bishops and other clergy has been highly critical and ungrateful and even accusatory of the country efforts. The the archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church in Ernakulam, Kerala, spoke of “the vicious nature of Hindu fundamentalism”, but never mentioned the the virulent proselytizing activities aggressively pursued by churches across India. The church groups were blaming this gov’t for unsubstantiated attacks on churches. John Dayal, a journalist-turned-Christian-crusader, was spewing venom against the Modi government at every available forum. The Catholic News Service played the great efforts of this government, and instead thanks God and the Vatican for the release of those prisoners. Official Catholic diocese publications in Tamil Nadu were demonizing Prime Minister Modi, and on and on. It also feels that the Also, the church groups don’t hesitate to join hands with political forces that are against the idea of India.
- 4 Aug 2016
Dalits are Hindus too – they have equal right as any Hindu to visit any temple, to perform any ritual or take part in any religious festival. There were recent reports that during the five-day annual temple festival, the Dalits were denied entry into the temple. If we treat them badly Dalits could convert their religion or be pressured by outsiders into conversion. After his incident, there were reports that the Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) distributed copies of the Quran to some of these Dalits, and also Christian missionaries approached them to try to convert them.
- 30 Jul 2016
Five state assembly results just came out – Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In general, Congress did very badly recording the lowest vote share. As the elections are behind us now both Congress members and the rest of the country that might still be paying attention is wondering – where will Rahul Gandhi go for vacation next and for how long? Will he take an extended vacation due to the Congress drubbing?
Source: DNA India
- 20 May 2016
For 15 long years, 600 workers and their families had been waging a battle with Hindustan Unilever over the mercury poisoning from the thermometer factory (now closed) in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Unilever finally agreed to an undisclosed settlement. Workers had said, the company had kept them in the dark about the health hazards lurking in the factory. Now begins the second phase, where the local community is demanding that the site be cleaned up to the best standards. Sadly, in last October, Unilever had proposed to a standard much lower than in UK and Canada? Why would that be?
- 12 Mar 2016
GREENPEACE INDIA TO CHALLENGE INDIA FOR ITS CANCELLATION. GOVTS HAVE MADE SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST THEM
Greenpeace India, a local NGO extension of Greenpeace international is staring at shutdown of its India operation as they have received a cancellation notice from the central and now Tamil Nadu government. It should be noted that such notices are not lightly issues and usually are backed by facts and concerns. Greenpeace is threatening to sue the governments? We say go ahead, if you think these threats would work …
- 24 Jul 2015