Tuesday, April 12, 2011

தந்திரிகளின் மறுமுகம் - சேரமான்

வன்னிப் போரில் தமிழீழ தேசம் சந்தித்த பேரழிவுக்கும், பின்னடைவுக்குமான மூலகாரணங்களை கண்டறிவதற்கான தேடல் உலகத் தமிழர்களிடையே தொடரும் நிலையில், ‘முள்ளிவாய்க்காலில் கழுத்தறுத்த மர்ம நபர்’ என்ற தலைப்பில் கடந்த இரண்டு ஏழல்களுக்கு முன்னர் கட்டுரையொன்றை வெளியிட்டிருந்தோம். இக்கட்டுரையின் தொடர்ச்சியாக ‘தந்திரிகளின் மறுமுகம்’ என்ற மகுடத்தின் கீழ் தொடர் கட்டுரைகளை வெளியிடுவதற்கு முடிவு செய்துள்ளோம்.

இறுதிப் போரில் மக்களைப் பாதுகாப்பதற்காக எத்தகையை அர்ப்பணிப்புக்களைப் புரிவதற்கு தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் தயாராக இருந்தார்கள் என்பதையும், போர்நிறுத்தத்தை ஏற்படுத்துவதற்கும், வன்னி மக்களைப் பாதுகாப்பதற்கும் நடவடிக்கை எடுப்பாகப் பொய்யுரைத்து சிங்கள-இந்திய அரசுகளின் கூட்டுச்சதிக்கு உறுதுணை புரிந்த அரசியல்வாதிகள், பரப்புரையாளர்கள், ஊடகவியலாளர்கள் போன்றோரின் மறுமுகத்தை வெளிக்கொணர்வதே இத்தொடர் கட்டுரைகளின் நோக்காகும். இதில் வெளிக்கொணரப்படும் உண்மைகளை நிரூபிக்கும் சில கடிதங்களையும் வெளியிடுவதற்கு நாம் முடிவு செய்துள்ளோம். இதுவரை காலமும் மிகவும் அந்தரங்கமான முறையில் பேணப்பட்டு வந்த இக்கடிதங்களை, காலத்தின் தேவை கருதி இப்பொழுது நாம் வெளிக்கொணர்கின்றோம்.

இந்த வகையில் இவ்வாரத்திற்கான கட்டுரையில், போர்நிறுத்தத்தை ஏற்படுத்தி மக்களின் துயர்துடைக்கும் நோக்கத்துடன் ஒரேயொரு நோக்கத்துடன், தமிழக முதலமைச்சர் கலைஞர் முத்துவேல் கருணாநிதியுடனும், அவரது புதல்வி கனிமொழியுடனும் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் மேற்கொண்ட தொடர்பாடல்களைப் பதிவு செய்கின்றோம்.

TN announces Rs five lakh as relief to kin of missing fishermen


Tamil Nadu government today announced Rs five lakh each as relief to the next of kin of four fishermen from Rameswaram who went missing after venturing into the sea recently.
The body of one of them was found washed ashore in a Sri Lankan island, after the four had set sail on April 2, an official press release here said.
“Since 10 days have passed since they went missing, with the body of one found and the rest yet to return, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has directed awarding relief of Rs five lakh each to the families of the fishermen,” it said.
The compensation had been announced keeping with precedents, it added.

Elections could be postponed if malpractices take place: TN CEO

Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu, Praveen Kumar seen addressing the media recently. Photo: R. Ravindran
Admitting that incidents of money distribution were occurring despite its strong measures for Wednesday’s Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the Election Commission warned for the second day on Tuesday that it may postpone elections in areas where the malpractice takes place.
“The Commission is strictly watching... We are getting reports (of money distribution) from micro-observers and civil society groups. We may consider postponing or countermanding (the polls in those areas) if there are any such incidents,” Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar told reporters here.
Asked whether the Election Commission would consider postponing or countermanding the polls, he said, “Still there is enough time for us. Even after polls we may consider (postponing or cancelling).”
Asked whether the EC had been able to stop the distribution of money, he admitted that though strong measures have been taken, some incidents were still happening.
“I cannot say we have stopped it 100 per cent. Commission has been able to restrict to a larger level and open play of money has been changed into a underground play,” he said.
Mr. Kumar appealed to voters to cast their vote as per their “conscience” and without any “fear.”
Stating that web cameras have been installed to monitor the activities in all the polling stations, he said, “All the 9,500 polling stations have a camera installed. But the location of compartment is kept in such a way that no one will be able to know (to which party you are voting).”
He said 240 companies of para-military forces and about 1.50 lakh police personnel were deployed in all the polling stations. “There will be either static or flying squad in polling booths,” he said.
Mr. Kumar said about Rs 34 crore had been seized so far as “unaccounted money” in the run up to the elections while Monday alone Rs 30 lakh was seized. The EC has also been returning to their rightful owners the seized money on producing the relevant documents.
Mr. Kumar also said nobody would be able to know as to which candidate the voters have have cast their ballot as the EC would mix or merge the EVMs in one polling booth with other EVMs in other polling booth.
About 61,900 cases had been booked for violation of Model Code of Conduct, out of which a majority was registered for “defacement” and the number of cases registered for distribution of money was 1,253, he said.

Madras HC orders notice to DMDK president Vijayakanth

A file picture of DMDK leader Vijaykanth during an election campaign in Thiruvaiyaru. Photo: M. Srinath.
The Madras High Court today ordered notice to DMDK president and actor Vijayakanth on a petition seeking a direction to the EC to conduct inquiry into his alleged remarks against the Indian Army and cancel the status of political party to his organisation.
A bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, before whom the matter came up today, ordered notice to Mr. Vijayakanth which would be returnable within four weeks.
According to petitioner T S Rajan, editor and publisher of a magazine, Mr. Vijayakanth was asked to comment on what his strategy in the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls was.
To this he reportedly replied that “even the Indian Army did not have a strategy” when they fought the Kargil war and other wars with Pakistan.
Mr. Rajan said that by equating the wars fought by the Indian Army with his lack of political strategy, Vijayakanth had “hurt the patriotic sentiments of the electorate of Tamil Nadu”.
Mr. Rajan contended that through his adverse remarks and false allegations against the Indian Army, the DMDK chief had committed offences punishable under various sections of the IPC.
“These are very serious allegations and could not ignored as a pointless rhetoric from a politician,” the petition argued, adding, “The leader of a recognized political party has demonstrated that he failed to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and has violated the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.”
Mr. Rajan also claimed DMDK had lost the qualification to function as a registered political party.
He submitted that he has already sent a representation to the EC.
He also sought that pending a final decision on his complaint, directions be issued restraining the returning officers of 41 constituencies in which DMDK candidates are contesting from declaring the results if any of their candidates, is found to have secured the majority votes.

DMK denies Stalin defamed Jayalalithaa’s marital status

A file picture of Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, canvassing at Sathyamurthy Nagar in Perambur. Photo : Special Arrangement.
Defending its senior leader M K Stalin for his comments against AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, the DMK today said the Deputy Chief Minister had only made a “true and fair comment” on her marital status, which could “never be construed as defamatory or derogatory”.
Replying to a EC notice to Mr. Stalin, DMK’s legal wing secretary R S Bharathy said “a statement is not defamatory when it is true. It is a fact that she continues to remain single. The status is not at all denigrated in the statement”.
The EC had issued a notice on Sunday on the basis of a complaint by AIADMK recently.
AIADMK had complained to the EC saying Stalin had been quoted as saying that since Jayalalithaa was not married, she was not interested in funding other women’s weddings.
“The entire speech explains the importance of marriage assistance to unmarried girls who hail from poor background in Tamil Nadu,” the reply, addressed to R K Srivastava, Secretary, EC, New Delhi, said.
Ms. Jayalalithaa “envies” Karunanidhi and his family because she does not have a family, the reply alleged.
It said that the scheme, first introduced by DMK in 1989 with a financial assistance of Rs 5,000, was “totally stopped” by Ms. Jayalalithaa in 1991. While DMK revived it in 1996, Ms. Jayalalithaa stopped it in 2001, it said.
Contending that Mr. Stalin’s speech should be understood in the context, it said AIADMK advocate Manoj Pandian, who had filed the complaint, had truncated and taken out a portion.
“It should also be understood that such an important policy decision made by the DMK government providing marriage assistance was carelessly and without foresight discontinued by AIADMK government,” the reply said.
“The entire speech of Mr. Stalin should be read and understood as the reflection of anguish expressed by the members of general public against the discontinuance by Ms. Jayalalithaa of such a noble scheme meant to help the girls of marriageable age,” it said.
Further, “the unsubstantiated and vilifying remarks” made by Ms. Jayalalithaa should also be read before reading the speech of Mr. Stalin in order to understand the context in which the statements were made. “Hence, we request the ECI to drop the proceedings,” it said.
Earlier, the EC had slapped notices on Ms. Jayalalithaa and her ally and DMDK founder Mr. Vijayakant for allegedly making personal remarks against Mr. Karunanidhi.

Jayalalithaa urges EC, police to ensure incident-free election

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa during an election campaign recently.
Charging the ruling DMK with unleashing violence ahead of Wednesday’s Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday urged Election Commission and state police to ensure free and fair elections.
Recalling incidents of alleged poll-time violence by DMK she said her party candidate for Madathukulam constituency C Shanmugavelu and some others had sustained serious injuries when they were “attacked” by DMK men after AIADMK workers objected to their “distributing money” to voters.
“Further, DMDK functionary Asokan was killed by DMK men at Pennagaram,” she said in a statement here.
“I request the EC, state Chief Electoral Officer and DGP to depute more number of central paramilitary forces to all parts of the state and ensure there are no untoward incidents.
Voters must cast their votes without fear and the EC and others should ensure this,” she said.

A time-honoured welcome

Women wait with kambam aarathi to welcome Congress candidate S. Tirunavukkarasar at Perumalpatti village in the Aranthangi constituency of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam
The stringent Election Commission norms has rendered extravagant campaigns a thing of the past.
But a breather has come in the form of permission from the EC for cadres and supporters to welcome candidates with aarathi. However, candidates are still not permitted to drop money in the aarathi plates.
The practice of aarathi is intrinsic to the rural culture of welcoming guests and newlyweds during festivals and other occasions and wishing them success.
In Pudukottai district, the tradition of aarathi reflects the Chettinad culture — an elderly woman carries the aarathi plate, while other women bear kumbam, which are brass and silver vessels decorated with wicks and kolam (rangoli). A coconut is kept at the mouth of the vessel.
“The kumbam represents gaiety, prosperity, happiness, and our wishes and hospitality to guests,” the women explain. Those who prefer not to carry the coconut hold a kuthuvilakku (traditional lamp). In some places, a garland of vegetables adorns the kumbam, purportedly to protect candidates from bad omens and evil spells from rivals.
“This tradition is mostly nurtured in rural areas and differs from place to place depending on the cultural moorings,” says P. Meena, a housewife from Perumalpatti village in Pudukottai. She waits along with other women to receive S. Tirunavukkarasar, former Union and State Minister and the Congress candidate from the Aranthangi constituency.
Several villages in Pudukottai have inherited the aarathi tradition from the famous Nagarathar cult, Ms. Meena adds. “The practice surfaces during social occasions when special guests are welcomed and wished with happiness and prosperity. The election atmosphere too has a social dimension,” she says, justifying the aarathi for candidates.
Do the women feel compelled to do it? “No,” Ms. Meena says. “The candidate has done a lot for our village and regularly keeps in touch. We are only expressing our gratitude, immortalising the tradition.”

Campaigning comes to an end

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi addressing an election campaign in Tiruvarur on Monday. Photo: M.Srinath
The intense campaign of political parties for the Assembly elections, slated for Wednesday, came to a close at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The notification for the polls was issued on March 19. After the withdrawal of nominations by candidates, 2,773 candidates were left in the fray in 234 constituencies.
Both Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Jayalalithaa concluded their campaign by exuding confidence that the people would repose faith in them.
The DMK president launched his State-wide tour from Tiruvarur, his native place, on March 23 and concluded it at the same place, while AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa started her campaign in Srirangam on March 24 and ended her campaign in the Mylapore constituency of Chennai district.
Mr.Karunanidhi, who went to numerous villages in his constituency in the last two days over a distance of about 200 km, addressed a public meeting to wrap up his campaign.
He later told reporters, “We have done a lot for people. They will support us, I hope.” His son and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin concluded his campaign in his constituency, Kolathur.
In Chennai, Ms. Jayalalithaa, who covered the length and breadth of the city in the last two days, said the elections had given an opportunity to the people for the removal of “the family rule of Mr. Karunanidhi”.
DMDK worker dies
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder-president Vijayakant, who is contesting from Rishivandiyam in Cuddalore district, was in the constituency on Monday to wrap up his campaign.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss ended his campaign by canvassing votes for the DMK-led front in Tindivanam.
On the last day of campaign, a DMDK worker died of a head injury in the early hours of Monday after a scuffle with a DMK worker over poll graffiti late on Sunday in Pennagaram of Dharmapuri district.
In Dindigul town of the south, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised a public meeting in support of its nominee K. Balabharathi.
In Kanyakumari, the Bharatiya Janata Party held a meeting, seeking support for its leader Pon Radhakrishnan, who is contesting from Nagercoil. In the last one week, the Congress had brought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the State for its campaign.