THE AGED – FAREWELL OR FARE WELL?

Problem of Aged is an Age-old problem

Old age has been a matter of concern from time immemorial. Archeological research in South India dug out pots with skeletons of old people in sitting posture, known as receptacle for the old (Mudhumakkal thazhi). The legend is that they were buried alive, when they had become immobile. Popular explanation is that, such living dead had to be cleared because Yama, the messenger of death, was  put out of work by the Gods.

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Dr. K. VEERAMANI, PREMIER OF PERIYAR MOVEMENT VISITS GERMANY

Dr.K.Veeramani, Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University, and Editor – in – Chief  of ‘The Modern Rationalist’ visits various universities and educational institutions in Gemany on their invitation. While he is in Germany, he delivers several lectures both public and in institutions, propagating the humanist ideals of the great social revolutionary, Periyar, besides accomplishing the agenda of development of education. The programme is spread for about 4 days in Colonge, Germany. The details are as follows.

June 2014 :

3rd 7.30. pm – Dr.K.Veeramani delivers  a public lecture on ‘The Dravidian Movement and Periyar’s Ideology of Rationalism’. Venue: Rautenstrauch – Joest Museum on Neumarkt  in the Centre of Cologne.

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EDUCATION ECONOMICS

The  education that man needs is only to make him fit to live his life in freedom. To spread education to the masses is as difficult an effort as spreading communism in our country of India. The people of a land should first of all be educated if they are to seek progress, to lead a good and cultured life and to gain a proper understanding in the spheres of politics, economics and industry.

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ALL IN THE MIND

The latest in a line of thinkers suggest that without religion, something is missing in our lives. They are wrong, argues Peter Watson

So far as I know, Jurgen Habermas set the ball rolling. In 2008 the German philosopher wrote a celebrated essay, “An Awareness of what is Age”. The thrust of what he had to say first occurred to him much earlier, after he had attended a memorial service for Max Frisch, the Swiss author and playwright, at St Peter’s Church in Zurich in 1991.

The service began with Karin Pillliod, Frisch’s partner, reading out a brief declaration written by the deceased. It stated, among other things: “We let our nearest speak, and without an ‘amen’.  I am greatful to the ministers of St.Peter’s in Zurich… for their permission to place the coffin in the church during our memorial service. The ashes will be strewn somewhere”.

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MEANINGLESS RITUAL – METHODICALLY PERFORMED

The Chitirai Thiruvizha is highly prominent and popular in Madurai. Despite scorching heat and sunny weather, gullible public gather in large numbers from a lot of villages all around  Madurai. The lore behind this annual festival is that Lord Kallazhagar comes to Madurai city from Alagarkovil to attend his sister Meenakshi’s divine marriage with Lord Sundareswar.

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