Unfortunate legitimacy for mythology

Yes, it is unfortunate that I have to use the term unfortunate legitimacy for mythology. This blog itself is probably unfortunate 🤣 with so many times the term is used. What then is the use of the knowledge about numerous galaxies, milky way galaxy of which planet earth is but a tiny speck. Or somebody going to claim that even they were known in the vedic period?🤪

Let me use some crude analogies. If historic fiction trilogy novels of Amitav Ghosh or Ponniyin Selvan novel in Tamil- examples, which in great detail describe the topography and may be even the flora and fauna of the period of their fiction-will a future generation consider them as historic facts established by scientific evidence? I hope not. If that happens, science and knowledge has regressed rather than progressing. 😪

That scenario worries me. Of course, charlatazloon historians, politicians who would selectively use and interpret their respective religions to win elections or curry favour with the establishment of the day would always be there. Corporates would manipulate or exploit the religious sentiments of the consumers to peddle unnecessary products and services. Looks like a longer blog is needed. I am not happy with the abrupt ending.

Colonial Mindset

I am disturbed to see our government officials, even school students wearing ties which has nothing to do with our culture. Ties are worn by westernised Christians as a reminder of Jesus being impaled in a cross and later resurrected. This story is mythology anyway.

Our Bandhgala is a good alternative for formal dressing. I appreciate Africans who wear their traditional dress even in United nations.

My attempt at wry humour

My attempt at wry humour – dark humour  would be more easily understood. But as an academic l have  to show off by using jargon.

Currently efforts seem to be on to make people believe that Nehru was a born-with-silver spoon type womaniser who was more Western than indian ln his mindset. Gandhi was a scoundrel who made Nehru the Prime Minister, instead of the more deserving deshbhakt Sardar Patel. Abulkalam Azad was a Pakistani spy. Subhash Bose was a romantic imbecile who couldn’t assess Japan would ditch him. Bhagat Singh was a terrorist who threw bombs. Ghodse wanted an akhand Bharath including the current Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan  and whatever else. But instead of patiently working for the goal messed up by  shooting Gandhi. The puny L B Shasthry couldn’t even imagine that he was likely to be killed in Pakistan and got poisoned. Indira Gandhi was a megalomaniac who thought Indira is India. She was so envious of the life of the maharajas that she reneged on  the contractual commitment of Privy Purse payments. She nationalised all the banks claiming to help her goal of garibhi hatao. In short all the problems since independence are attributable to Nehru or Indira Gandhi. I leave it to the reader to speculate why is this being done and by whom.

Selfish Teachers

Most of you must have read the news about Karnataka government asking private schools to cut their tuition fees by 30%. Strangely who are protesting this bold move? You may be confused if not shocked to learn the private school teachers and not the schools’ management!!.

It may dawn on you that the teachers are afraid their salaries will be cut. Possibly it can haapen. But if if teachers remain firm and wouldn’t accept a cut in their salaries, would the schools close down. No way, they would still make enough money, but claim they can’t run the school with reduced fees from students.

Do you think they will close the schools if teachers and parents remain firm on reduced fee structure. I think not. They might cut the salaries of teachers claiming the reducction in fees required by the government forces them to do so. But that is what should be protested by the teachers supported by the parents through the PTA, if one is functional. Require the school management to be transparent about their revenues and profits. Use agencies such as RTI or Registrar of Companies / charitable trusts to get the information. Yes, hard work but beneficial to the parents of the students in the long run. If such work is not done I can justifiably call the teachers selfish as I have indicated in the title. Sad, but will teachers accept the challenges in changing the society albeit in the long run?

Statues mania

Most of you must have read the news about a statue for Shivaji off the coastline of Mumbai. If Gujarathis have one for Patel, Marattas must have one for Shivaji seems to be the motivation though promoing tourism is suggested as the trigger. Difficult to dispute.

The investment to install the statue and the proposed underground metro rail, to reach the statutue, run into thousands of crores. When the Indian economy along with global economy is very weak, to put it mildly, is it prudent to spend money on such ego boosting , yes that is what I consider this project, though whose ego we are boosting is something I leave it to you to speculate. Why am I not able to write blogs as that of HK, serious yet with nuanced humour? Well, that is why he is called Gurudev, I suppose. Be safe wherever you are. Do comment if you happen to read the blog.

Very true Mahendra. When I finished engineering the only concern was to get a job to relieve my parents – particularly my mother who had pledged her jewelry at high interest rates -. By some fluke I got trapped in a job with Esso Inc, now HP, with at least double the salary of my batch mates and a car to travel and visit our dealers of Petroleum products – service stations, kerosene dealers etc. That ended any possibility of getting into an engineering job. Of course from then on the so called management route, IIM  etc. Looking back, what a drifter I have been without any focus for a specific purpose other than making money. But that is also the result of the economic conditions at home as I have already mentioned.  But no regrets

Useless neck tie.

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-people-wear-ties-What-is-the-origin-of-this-useless-article-of-clothing?top_ans=53047404

The above is the trigger for this blog.

Many in the US including Sundar Pichchai have given up wearing a tie.  We have our own Bhandhgala if you want to keep the neck unexposed. I admire personalities like Kamaraj  former CM of Tamilnadu who never wore a suit even during visits abroad.People who pay lip sympathy to our traditions should walk the talk. Trousers which are definitely more convenient than dhothi or vEshti in tamizh are not to be abandoned. Of course many Kerala people are to be admired in wearing dhothi during formal occassions such as conferences too. Looks like our colonial mindset  has unfortunately now ingrained in our genes.

பள்ளி மாணவர் உடல் நலம்.

தமிழக அரசு மாணவர்களுக்கு shoe and socks வழங்கவிருப்பதாக செய்தி. வளரும் வயதில், பாதங்களை இறுகப்பிடிக்கும் காலணிகள் உடல் நலத்திற்கு நல்லதா?

பாதங்களை விட்டு விலகாத பக்கிள் வைத்த காலணிகள் நல்ல மாற்றாக இருக்காதா? நமது தலைமுறையில் வகுப்பறையில் காலணி அணிந்ததாக நினைவு இல்லை.

Finland போன்ற நாடுகளில் மாணவர்கள் வகுப்பறையில் காலணி அணிவதை அனுமதிப்பதில்லை.

அரசு ஆண்டுதோறும் புதிய காலணிகள் கொடுக்க முடியுமா? கொடுத்ததாக கணக்கு காட்டிவிட்டு அதே காலணிகளை கொடுத்தால் வளரும் மாணவர்களின் பாதங்கள் என்னாவது?

அரசு மீண்டும் பரீசீலிக்க வேண்டியது அவசியம்.

Ram Mandhir

Most economists indicate that the global economy – I am not sure whether they include Chinese economy – is not likely to rebound to the pre-covid period for several years. Only when all train services, air services etc are fully operational and production of goods and services are at least to the pre-covid levels  across the globe can we claim that the economy has rebounded. It may be possible that Indian economy may rebound faster than the rest of the world according to some optimists in India. Will it not be appropriate to wait till that happens to construct the Ram Mandhir so that the revival of the tourism sector which is partly the justification for the construction of the temple? 

Another issue of concern for people from Southern states, namely, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra is that there is no trace of the wonderful temple architecture of these states in the design of Ram Mandhir.  Of course for an agnostic like me whether we need more temples  to prove our rich heritage is in itself a moot question when many  temples are in dilapidated condition for a variety of reasons.