Rationalist Movement resolutes in its General Council

The sixteen resolutions unanimously passed in the historic General Council meet  of Dravidar Kazhagam ensured at Thanjavur on the 13th of June, how far this parental organ of the Dravidian movement is socio centric besides being a counseling body for political outfits in India.

Even a casual observer will not fail to notice that the younger generation of to – day gather around celluloid elements, be it in TV serials or in pseudo – cultural extravaganza. Not a happy scenario in a developing country like India. Lack of socio political awareness, dearth of scientic temper and engrossment in superstitions are a few of the curses that the modern youth are subjected to.

The opening resolutions of the General Council  are fully justified in their ways and  means not only to orient the youth towards benevolent pastimes such as sports, elocution and reading but also to wean them away from deleterious habits such as dope addiction and liquor besides their ridiculous involvement in cricket in the glaring hot sun. It was felt with concern that young men of to – day have to be intellectually energized and effectively to be guided towards nation building activities.

The reservation percentage of 27,15 and 7.5 respectively to the Backward, Scheduled and Scheduled Tribes is manipulated in such a way that the proposed beneficiaries do not get the concession in education and employment under the control of the Centre.

Glaring example is in IITs and  in IIMs where among the teaching personnel only a very few individuals in single digit are from the lower category. More than ninety percent of the academic and technical staff are from the upper strata of society. This is a glaring social injustice that needs a curbing forthwith.

It is not without signifance that the acronym IIT is expanded into a definition that the first I stands for Iyer and the second I for Iyengar. So is the hegemony of theirs in these advanced institutions of science and technology.

Monopoly of a particular community goes unchecked in this premier institution of India is rather a tragic irony. By applying the principle of creamy layer, the Forward cast personnel deprive the benefit due to the backward and scheduled castes. This anamoly  continues to be in function in spite of the de jure implementation of Mandal commission recommendations since 1992.

A parliamentary Committee headed by Mr. Sudarsana Nachiappan has suggested that those officials and academicians who deliberately strangulate the rules and play favoritism have to be punished. One of the resolutions reiterate the Government at the Centre to implement this recommendation.

One more prove to be a rejoinder to those who make a hue and cry that poor candidates of the higher caste are the worst affected because of  the present reservation policy. A resolution of the General Council addresses this problem by suggesting  that the Government may liberally extend financial assistance to those who deserve it.

The public sector has been maintaining the policy of laissez – faire in implementing reservation policy.  Pointing out that because 92.6 per cent of the CEOs in public sector are from the higher castes, its doors are slammed for backward and scheduled, one of the resolutions puts forth a plea that Government at the Centre may bring in necessary amendment to enforce the reservation among the private sector also. The Kazhagam has been insisting on this continuously in all its meetings and conferences.

The Indian Constitution  Articles 339 and 340 stipulate that once in a decade, a commission has to be set up towards monitoring the welfare of scheduled and backwards and suggest measures to redress their grievances. One resolution urges the Centre to fulfil this long  – felt need of appointing a commission to overhaul this socio – political mechanism.

Slowly but steadily or even stealthily what the NDA Government has been showing is the Brahminstic and Hindutva  approach in societal affairs and capitalistic focus in dealing with corporate organs. These have been highlighted in the General Council with a request that the Centre must desist itself these retrogressive policies.

Also in avoiding secularism and scientific temper but initiating efforts to introduce spiritual education and Hindu culture in education. The fabric of secularism will be torn apart if religious orientation is embarked on the sphere of education.  

Dravidar Kazhagam is a  non political but societal revolutionary organization that aims at disseminating the idea of rationalism, social justice, anti casteism, women empowerment and equality. However  covertly and overtly, police permission is denied on flimsy grounds on  many an occasion in various places to conduct the meetings of Kazhagam.

This is glaringly detrimental to the fundamental right of individuals as well as an organization. The Government of Tamil Nadu shall see to it that any such bureaucratic hurdle should not stand in the way of bona fide activities of Dravidar Kazhagam.

Retrieval of Kutch islet, efforts towards restoration of normal life among the Sri Lankan Tamils, inter state river water problems in Tamil Nadu  and the nationalization of Indian rivers are the other issues towards which the attention of Central Government has been sought. The leader  Dr. K. Veeramani has fittingly honoured the legal luminaries of the Kazhagam on the podium itself was well received by the audience. 

A condolence resolution, at the outset has included a long list of the deceased that encompasses persons of various communities and political parties – an indication that Dravidar Kazhagam never fails to acknowledge the revered memory of all those who deserve to be condoled because of their benevolent services to the public as well as to the nation at length.

A large number of delegates and members have presented themselves in the deliberations of the General Council and even the balcony was packed to capacity on the day of the Meet. The well attended function tacitly indicated the growth and development of the organization, despite hurdles and hardships that appear every now and then.

- Dr. Palany Arangasamy

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