‘Vampires’ turn villages ghost towns in Tamil Nadu

 

Dharmapuri – April 9, 2012 : For the past few months, Gundalapatti, Mottangurichi and other villages in and around Dharmapuri of Tamil Nadu have been wearing a deserted look after 6 pm every day. People confine themselves indoors and no one steps out after sunset for fear of a ghost attack.

As bizarre as it may sound, the villagers believe blood-sucking vampires (Ratha Kaatteri) have been attacking their cattle and could harm them as well.

For some strange reason, the cattle have been dying one after the other. The villagers have painted holy namam signs outside homes and written messages on doors asking vampires to spare them for the day.

Amused, members of Dravidar Kazhagam have announced a Rs 1-lakh reward to anyone catching a vampire in the villages.

“It is a big hoax. Anti-socials whose illegal night activities such as bootlegging and liquor brewing have been disturbed are spreading rumours and killing cattle,” said O. Jayaraman, who announced the reward.

“Since people are not willing to believe us, we have challenged them with this reward,” he said.

Courtesy: ‘Deccan Chronicle’ – 9th April, 2012
 

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THE JOY OF LIVING – Dr.K.VEERAMANI

THINGS THAT COME IN OUR WAY & THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO FACE

Our life is not a mere excursion of jollity. However much we store happiness in our minds and walk in pride making use of this vital capital, there are quite a number of hardships, obstacles, ups and downs, and dangerous curves which we cannot avoid at all. We have to face those situations which are unavoidable.

Take for example how we enjoy munching groundnut with our dear ones at home. When they are boiled, its taste is something very special. Some of us with some initial hesitation start eating it tempted by its aroma. While we are consuming it in a hurry, a person may reveal a sense of repugnance all of a sudden. May be, he ate a spoilt nut. All of us have in the same face in our lives some unexpected and unpalatable moments. Some of us spit it out; others swallow the bittnerness! Our everyday life also is very similar to this experience. What we expected to be sweet have often turned to be bitter, which is followed by loss, disappointment,  bitterness and so on.

When we exult in great joy over our great achievements and success, we also have to face an immediate turn of fortune and may fall into depression, tensions and agonies. It is just like the day and night changing each other for ever! Joy and sorrow inevitably alternate. It is a habit with me to expect an unexpected blow of misery whenever I have just started enjoying the fruits of great success in life. They come one after another without fail, exactly as joy and sorrow. There are plenty of people around us who make a huge fuss over their happiness and victory, and also who become totally emaciated at the failures and sickness, mainly because of emotional immaturity.

It is injurious to health if we eat like gluttons when ever we can. In the same way, even in our thought process, there should be some space for the negative aspects of life like unexpected bad news, sorrows and failures. If we make such mental ‘reservation’ for negative events also, we will not be required to face unexpected shocks and blows in life. We may develop a healthy attitude to face any trial in life.

When we eat we may find a little more space left to eat. If we are not tempted to eat to the full, we shall be able to avoid indigestion! While I indulge in great joy, I prepare myself to receive any news quite contrary to my joy. If we develop such preparedness, we may face any untoward event in life, however bad it may be.

This formula is not applicable only to thinking or eating; it is equally applicable in maintaining our relationship. When we have gone for into friendship or relationship, without having taken proper caution, we may have often to regret our developing such relationship in haste. In such cases those in whom we trusted would have betrayed our trust and caused harm to us. It is natural on such occasions we start sulking and blaming ourselves for such a lapse. It is better to liberate ourselves from such a feeling of guilt by snapping our ties with such persons.

We should console ourselves that after all we have had a chance to warn ourselves in time and avoid further damages from them.

The late thinker Mr.Thirukkural Munusamy used to jokingly remark in public meetings. Some used to exclaim “Sir,  I know him  just for only two hours. He is ready to give his life for me.” He would retort “wait for one more hour. He may take your life!”

In life, joy and sorrow, loss and gain will all follow one after another without fail. When we cannot avoid them, we should face all of them and succeed with our matured handing of them all. This alone ensures progress for all of us. Sweetness is increased because of tasting bitterness. We shall learn a lasting lesson from this.

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Dr.K. VEERAMANI – interaction WITH mr. S.R. NATHAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF SINGAPORE

Dr.K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam met on 19th April, 2012 Mr.S.R.Nathan, a Tamilian and the former President of Singapore on a courtesy call and presented a shawl, English books of Periyar E.V.Ramasamy and a cine casettee of the Tamil Feature Film ‘Periyar’.

Thiru. Sellappan Ramanathan, affectionately called  S.R.Nathan served as the sixth president of the Republic of Singapore for 12 years continuously from 1999.

Born on 3rd of July, 1924 to Thiru Sellappan and Tmt. Abiramiyammal, Thiru S.R.Nathan has four sisters and a brother. The husband of his elder sister was the famous astrologer N.P.K.Rajamanickam.

Thamizhavel G. Sarangapani, a close friend of Thiru N.P.K.Rajamanickam, received Dr.K.Veeramani and his wife Tmt.Mohana on 25th December, 1967 at the Singapore Airport , when they visited Singapore for the first time. This was disclosed to Thiru S.R.Nathan by Thiru M. Elias, Secretary of Thamizhavel Narppani Mandram and Editor of the journal ‘Semmozhi’ (classical language), who accompanied Dr.K.Veeramani. Thiru M. Elias also informed Thiru S.R.Nathan that Dr.K.Veeramani had the distinction of becoming a public orator even at a young age of ten and has been doing social service on the foot prints of Thanthai Periyar E.V.Ramasamy.

Thiru S.R.Nathan served the Government of Singapore previously on many important assignments and after his retirement in 1979, joined  ‘The Straits Times Press’, then became the Ambassador for USA and Malasiya and served in many other capacities before being elected to become the Sixth President of Singapore.

The creation of a relief fund named ‘President Challenge’ during his regime earned him a popular name among the public. Crores of Dollers was collected under this scheme and given in aid to those deserving, organisation. When Singapore had to face a financial recession during 2009, with a great acumen, he permitted the release of 4.9 billion of dollers from the Reserve Funds.

Even at this age of 87, Thiru S.R.Nathan is energetic and active.

Dr.K.Veeramani explained the humanitarian services rendered and social transformation created by Periyar E.V.Ramasamy and the Dravidar Kazhagam, the educational and health institutions created and deveoped by the movement, including The Periyar Maniammai University at Vallam, Thanjavur and the books, periodicals and publications brought out by the Self-respect Movement.

Both of them exchanged their opinion about the welfare and development of Tamil people, Tamil language and the political situations in Tamil Nadu and India. Thiru S.R.Nathan was very much pleased and expressed his happiness when he was told that many alumni of  Periyar Education Institutions have joined together and formed an association in Singapore.

Dr.K.Veeramani told Thiru S.R.Nathan that when he was the President of Singapore, Thiru A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was the President of India and both of them, being Tamils did great service to their nations. Dr.K.Veeramani often used to quote this in his public speeches.

Dr.K.Veeramani has also extended an invitation to Thiru S.R.Nathan to visit the Periyar Educational Institutions in Tamil Nadu. In turn Thiru S.R.Nathan promised to make a visit to Tamil Nadu, if his health permits.

- Report by Thiru. M. Elias, Singapore

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Malaysian Tamil Conference – 2012 – A Report

The Malaysian Tamil Conference – 2012 was held in a grand manner on 14th & 15th of  April, 2012 in the Ipoh Swan Residential Hostel of Malaysia. Dr.K.Veeramani, President Dravidar Kazhagam, who attended the conference as a special invitee was accorded a rousing welcome by the D.K. cadres in Malaysia. Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Malaysian Town Planning Department welcomed Dr.K.Veeramani garlanding him. The statue of Thiruvalluvar was erected and decorated beautifully in a vehicle which was taken  in a  grand procession  organised on the occasion. The dignitaries and special invitees viewed the procession from a vantage point.

Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, officially declared open “The Malaysian Tamil Conference–2012” organised by the Ipoh Sebastian School of Arts  and delivered his address on 14th April 2012.

In presence of Dr.K.Veeramani, Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Malaysian Town Planning Department unveiled the statue of Thiruvalluvar and delivered his special address.

Dato Veerasingam, Advisor for the Chief Minister of Perak State of Malaysia and Advisor of the Celebration Committee presided over the conference. Prominent dignitaries like Thiru Muthu of Gandhi Pallavan Educational Institutions of Kodaikanal , Dato G.Raju Congress leader of Ipoh Barat Division, Prof. Rajendran, Thiru Kulasekaran, Member of Parliament of Ipoh Barat constituency  also participated in the conference.

 Dato M.Saravanan in his speech said  “we have to accept the changes happening every day in the world affairs without boasting about the greatness and glory of our past history. Otherwise we will  get stagnated  behind others and everyone  will overtake us. We must set ourselves as example to be  followed by our future generations. The Tamil people living in this country should get themselves united so that they can face the challenges arising in future.”

Dr.K.Veeramani in his speech said, “The immediate need of our Tamil people is the light of knowledge. They should be delivered from the darkness. Thiruvalluvar is the proper person to do this. There is one special feature in his Kural which any religion didn’t have. Valluvar says that knowledge denotes the power to analyze whatever was said by whomsoever and to find out the truth in it. But religious scriptures demand people to believe what they say without raising any question, and threaten the nonbelievers that they will be punished with hell. Periyar used to request the listeners at the beginning and at the end of his speech not to believe anything simply because he is telling them, but to analyse what he says with their rational thinking and accept only what they concur with and reject the rest. All the people speaking and writing Tamil cannot be considered as Tamils. Arignar Anna used to say that Tamils can be identified by the language they are speaking, the cultural style of life they are leading and the rationalist views they are possessing. In a country where it was said that birth is common to all creatures, how did the divisions by castes come?

During the times of Valluvar, palm leaves were used to write on. Then the paper and printing was invented. Now the computers came along laptops, i-pod, i-phone etc. This is the development of knowledge. You have to adapt it; you cannot neglect it. Periyar used to say that even the language should take the path of development.

The life itself is a method of trial and error. If you feel that what we are saying is not correct, please correct us; otherwise you correct yourself. This is what Periyar used to say all along.

The greatest drawback of Tamils is their ignorance. No other disease is more serious than this ignorance. Only the songs  in Telugu, Kannada and Sanskrit rendered by Thyagaraja, Syama Sasthiri and Muthusamy Dikshadar were generally considered as classical music. But people used to forget that  Muthu Thandavar, Marimutha pillai, and Arunachala Kavirayar have also rendered Tamil Classical songs.

Cultural slavery is worse than the political slavery. Cultural slavery is like putting cuffs  on your brain. It can be broken only by Erode hammer.

So far as this country is concerned, we are minority people. Only when the minority people are also able to enjoy all the benefits and rights available to the majority people,  only then it can be called  a true democratic country. We, who have become citizens of this country, should be loyal to this country. If we have to get our rights, we must get ourselves united. Don’t concentrate on what divide us, but concentrate on what unite us. Ignore the former and  appreciate the later.”
 

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Financial Meltdown results in Bank’s foreclosing on Churches in USA

Banks are fore-closing on America’s churches in record numbers. Banks as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious institutions that have defaulted on their mortgages. Foreclosure is a specific legal process in which a lender attempts to recover the balance of a loan from a borrower who has stopped making payment to the lender by forcing the sale of the assets used as the collateral security for the loan.

The increase in church foreclosures represents a new wave of different properties seized triggered by the 2008 financial crash in USA. Banks are no longer willing to grant struggling religious  organizations forebearance. (Forebearance is an agreement, the lender and the borrower can make to avoid foreclosure – Fore bearance is usually for temporary financial problems.)

In 2010, a total of 270 churches have been sold, in 2011, it was 138 churches. This numbers are  large  comparing  to 24 sales in 2008 and only a handful  in the decade before.

The highest percentage  have occured in some of the States’s hardest hit by the fore closure  cases: California, Georgia, Florida and Michigan. After the financial crash, many church goers lost their jobs, donations plunged and often so did the value of the church building.

“We have filed for bankruptcy to stop this foreclosure and and to streamline our debt” A church spokesman told Reuter.

Courtesy: The Economic Times, March 10,2010

The omnipotent god is unable to rescue its prayer places from the financial crunch. Religious institutions are subject to man made rules. They are subservient to materalistic regulatory  endeavours. Alas! Let sufferings of financial crisis over the religious organisations serve as an eye opener for the church goers!

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