Is Tamil Nadu Selfish?
A few of the developments in our own state of Tamil Nadu prompted me to initiate a discussion on this topic.
- Is our Government open to national cause?
- Is the attitude of our people open to national cause?
I strongly feel that both these answers claim a regrettable ‘NO’. The following are some of the good arguments that make one to raise eyebrow. No doubt. We work very hard to bring greater laurels and applauses for our country. But at the end of day, whilst the results are being analyzed, the attitude of the people counts too. Both from the caps of ‘Views and Reviews’ journalist and also from the personal perspectives and experiences, I can substantiate this with a lot of arguments. I think our mental attitudes should go in for a lot of refinements.
To discuss the first example, take our language issues. The national language of our country is Hindi. There has been a tougher stands on imposition of Hindi sometime in 1970. Well! The issue was amicably solved that time by the then administrations. But why on earth is the fanatic craze for bringing in a forcible Tamil imposition going on now. The latest version of Tamil Murasu magazine yesterday (25th August 2006) states the Government itself campaigning against Hindi (National Language) in the state. I think, the veteran experts in the Government who are fond of quoting Bharatidasan should also recall his Guru (Bharathiyar) who himself has told that
கூடி விளையாடு பாப்பா நீ ஓய்ந்திருக்கலாகாது பாப்பா
This was a poem lyrics of Bharatiyar where he was advising a kid to play together with everybody. Another statement was of the advise that the kid should practice refraining from even scolding others since scoldings and abuse would hurt others mentally.
ஓரு குழந்தையை நீ வையாதே பாப்பா
The advise of refraining to even mentally scold others is also strongly emphasized by Thiruvalluvar, whose creation (Thirukkural) has been globally respected and revered by everyone. Here is the couplet from Thirukkurual which emphasizes this thought:
தீயினாற் சுட்ட புண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே
நாவினாற் சுட்ட வடு
(The meaning of this couplet is that “Even the injury caused by burns would get cured eventually and the patient would forget the pains as time progresses but the injury inflicted mentally by scolding others would remain in the afflicted person’s minds for ever nurturing enmity and hatred and catalysing the enmity”. The bottomline of the couplet is that we have to spread the blossoming and fragrance of fraternity and friendship without any reservations and second thoughts).
I think, having such a rich heritage, the State of Tamil Nadu should also renounce having a hatred towards our National language and other state languages giving undue preference to Tamil. Our Lordess of Tamil herself would feel very much pained by all these melodrama, duly punctuated and empowered by political backgrounds. We can simply brand all these as political stunts since these guys just wanted to show off as if they are trying to contribute for the welfare of Tamil but the people and the world are far more intelligent to comprehend thier base means as the potential and prowess of Tamil as a global language is well known. The greatness of Tamil is visible from two proverbs in Tamil
கல் தோன்றி மண் தோன்றா காலத்தே முன் தோன்றிய மூத்த குடி
(This explains that the language of Tamil is more older than even the origin of stones and pebbles on this earth and hence the prowess and potential of my mother tongue need not require all this base minded politically backgrounded melodrama). My Tami itself has a proverb to indicate the way it demonstrates Herself into the limelight of the world.
உள்ளங்கை நெல்லிக்கனி போல
(This proverb indicates that whatever we keep on the palm top is visible directly from distance). And coming to my personal experience with some local fellows. Check out my post here. I would pray my Lordess Tamil to save her state of Tamil Nadu from the hands of such base minded politicians. It is Her state and Her kingdom. She alone should have the upper hand. She cherishes a rich heritage with so many scholars working for Her with thier lives. To quote, here is a lyrics from Pavendar Bharathidasan:
எங்கள் வாழ்வும் எங்கள் வளமும்
மங்காத தமிழ் என்று சங்கே முழங்கு
வாழ்க தமிழ் வளர்க தமிழ்