18 June, 2021

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Changing Face Of Tamil Nadu

By S. Sivathasan –

S. Sivathasan

S. Sivathasan

In Praise of Tamil

In the eye of a Tamil poet how does Tamil Nadu appear? To Prof. Sundarampillai scholar and poet; “The sea girt globe is a damsel draped in blue. Bharat is her face ever beaming with beauty. Therein shining in all radiance is her crescent like forehead, the Dravidian State. As central attraction is the tilakam that is Tamil Nadu and Tamil is the fragrance emanating therefrom. Perched in this setting is the Tamil Maiden full of perennial charm, spreading mirth all around with glory effusing in every direction”.

Change and Renewal

This is Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamil and of the Tamils into whose serenity modernity is entering at an incredible yet welcome pace. A blend of the old and the new has made for a harmonious balance at all times and in many spheres. Literary evidence accessible to all who inquire makes it clear that continuity is a hallmark in the history of the Tamils. They have displayed a resilience to retain the valued of the past while absorbing the best of the modern. A line from an ancient grammatical treatise conveys succinctly their attitude and approach: “There is no inconsistency in the exit of the old and the entry of the new. They are but an index of the time”. The ancient, the medieval and the modern thriving coterminously in Tamil Nadu show both telescoping and supersession. This induces the erroneous notion among some that if Tamils change perpetually, they cannot remain the same. Herein lies their uniqueness in retention, absorption, adaptation and transformation.

Golden Times

Ramanujan City on the right with Conference Hall and Residential Complex under construction in the foreground.  On the left is Tidel Park. Both are at Tharamani in the heart of the city.

Ramanujan City on the right with Conference Hall and Residential Complex under construction in the foreground. On the left is Tidel Park. Both are at Tharamani in the heart of the city.

In the vibrancy of the language and in exquisite literature is portrayed the genius of the people. Two millennia of assimilation, growth and continuity have made Tamil both classical and modern, conferring the prestige of the oldest living language. The land, her people their language and literature have seen many a vicissitude. Sangam Age – circa 1 to 3 AD – and Chola Period – 9 to 12 AD, were golden times. The third, wished for with independence is set to be reached in less than half a century. A composite range of attributes have now begun to seep into the people’s consciousness, their values, outlook, attitude and lifestyle. They have now begun to factor them into their present and for their future.

Features of Modernism

Transitioning from ante diluvian to the modern is perhaps the most conspicuous feature in Tamil Nadu since independence. The writer grew apace with this process, being inundated by an indiscriminate exposure to Hindu thought and much of negative Tamil writing. There were however Thiruvalluvar and other greats in Tamil to provide a mental ballast and to impart a balance. With his brilliance, Swami Vivekananda swept many off their feet. Nehru in contrast laid a secure foundation for modern India.

Chennai International Airport fully operational from 2013

Chennai International Airport fully operational from 2013

When Prof. K M Panikkar wrote “There is an idea that Indians are spiritually minded, but they are as materialistic as anybody in the world”, he tore off the cataract from my eyes. I have read and observed for more than 55 years with a keen eye, to find this to be absolutely true. Bharathy unveiled hypocrisy though in a different context “Chirping Siva Siva, while thoughts are on liquour”. So called spiritual values seem to be confined now only to religious discourses. Native intelligence together with education and an orientation on science is infusing rationality and sense in great measure.

Such developments are opening up several paths for modernism to become more dominant. In this clash, materialism and consumerism, whatever evils they may signify to a few are sure to lead the way in Tamil Nadu as in perhaps all the states of India and all the countries of the world. When the zeal remains unflagging and rightly so, there will be an unstoppable race for the preferred products. Tamil Nadu will in no way be different and towards this end much of the activity will be directed. We have seen it in a big way in the last few decades and will see it in massive proportions in the coming decades. Preparations are now on for this fruitful pursuit of wealth generation, leaving out no component in the process. Investment magnitudes themselves are transforming the economic and social order. Those who understand accept, others lament that the mythical or mystical order has changed.

Airports

With debris removed and decks cleared in both thought and on ground, what have been achieved in the present century in Tamil Nadu? Greenfield and brownfield airports in Madras, Madurai, Trichi and Coimbatore to make the state proud and ease travel for investments. Linking India and the world to the Southern hub apart, their very sight has transported people’s consciousness from ancient to modern.

Kathipara Flyover on a National Highway. The Chennai Metro viaduct crosses it and goes above the clover leaf. Both road and rail provide intermodal connectivity to the Airport

Kathipara Flyover on a National Highway. The Chennai Metro viaduct crosses it and goes above the clover leaf. Both road and rail provide intermodal connectivity to the Airport

Highways

A phenomenal improvement in road infrastructure together with major flyovers, viaducts, large and small bridges and six lane highways with service lanes in some of them have established good connectivity. Major Ring Roads, Inner and Outer are among them. Most of them link up the major cities of TN with the State capital and with Karnataka, Andhra and Kerala. Among them is Chennai – Bangalore highway built ten years back as part of the Golden Quadrilateral. It is being developed now as a 6-lane one. To the North and parallel to it, an ambitious highway project styled ‘Industrial Corridor’ is proposed. It will course through TN, Andhra and Karnataka. Feasibility studies which have now reached an advanced stage are being done by Japan. Japanese funding and central government contribution are envisaged. Industrial investments will come up on either side of this highway.

Harbours

Continued development of the sea ports of Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin for both bulk and containers serve TN, Andhra and Karnataka. Quite importantly the first two assist in the export of cars manufactured in TN.

A major greenfield port-cum ship building yard commissioned this year is at Kattupalli to the north of Chennai. It is a massive and impressive, ultra-modern, state of the art private sector facility built at Rs. 33.75 billion. It was built by Larsen & Turbrou, the biggest engineering & construction firm in India. It is the largest integrated marine complex of its kind in India, spread across 1,143 acres. It is equipped to manufacture among others commercial ships, customized vessels, warships and submarines. Quatar has placed the first order for 4 commercial ships for Rs 4.8 billion.

Railways

MRTS station at Mylapore in the centre of Chennai

MRTS station at Mylapore in the centre of Chennai

In recent years broad gauging of metre lines has proceeded at an accelerated pace. In 1995 Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) became operational as the first elevated line in India. By 2007 the lineextended to a  distance of 19.3 km. It is an elevated system with 17 stations at ground, all of which are massive with high level investment. It’s a colossal financial failure which can turn around at the touch of a strong and competent management hand.

Chennai Metro

The costliest single project undertaken in Tamil Nadu, the metro has begun to change the countenance of Chennai. At a total cost of  Rs. 145 billion, it has tripartite funding from the state, the centre and from JBIC. The metro is 45 km in length, 55% underground and the balance above with 31 stations. Project planning was excellent and forward planning has been meticulous. Progress monitored regularly from day one is placed on the web monthly with all details and images. Dr. E. Sreedharan the biggest name in the Indian railway world and reputed to have planned, executed and managed Delhi metro besides planning other metros, was the consultant for Chennai Metro. Top management is composed mostly of senior IAS officers at the level of Secretaries in the central government.

Streamlined appearance of Viaduct for Chennai Metro. Elegance superseding heavy construction is seen.

Streamlined appearance of Viaduct for Chennai Metro. Elegance superseding heavy construction is seen.

The metro will commence operations by mid-2014 and project completion by late 2015 is on schedule or a little ahead. Performance in construction is a tribute to everyone associated with the project including workers drawn from other states.

Outcome

The account outlined about a segment of infrastructure in the state gives but a glimpse of the basics being in place for a big surge forward. Results have been seen more prominently in the last 13 years in a shift of emphasis to the services sector. Two more decades of such exceptional growth will demolish entrenched though unexamined attachment to agriculture on less productive lands. Extensive growth of technical education on account of about 440 Engineering Colleges and a few hundred Technical Institutes operating in Tamil Nadu,has changed the outlook of the young. They have already ignited a social revolution in TN, with economic change in tow.

A part of the extensive Infosys Complex

A part of the extensive Infosys Complex

In the services sector, Information Technology has made its mark. When assessed by the measure of software exports, Tamil Nadu ranks second in India while Karnataka has been consistently first. The latter had the advantage in the eighties of political leadership responsive to scientists. In TN film personalities held sway. In 2013 it is estimated that TN will reach Rs. 500 billion in SW exports while Karnataka will hit Rs.950 billion.

IT Parks

Tamil Nadu is venturing to gain at least a part of lost ground. Leaders in IT have assessed TN’s potential particularly in human resources and have made heavy investments. Narayanamurthy of Infosys established an IT park in Mahindra World City (An Industrial and Residential Park of 1500 acres) 15 mls from Chennai to engage 15,000 professionals, at a single location.

The TCS Complex of extraordinary design. A creation of Uruguayan Architects.

The TCS Complex of extraordinary design. A creation of Uruguayan Architects.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest IT firm in India has its heaviest presence in Tamil Nadu. The image below shows 2 of the 12 blocks of the same size already operational at a 70 acre campus. It is situated at Siruseri, 25 mls from Chennai on the IT Corridor. The complex is designed to engage 25,000 employees.

Ramanujan City is a Rs. 35 billion project that is being developed as a Special Economic Zone Information Technology park with total floor space of 5.7 million square feet. The project is on 25 acres, There is mixed development with 4.5 million square feet of floor space being devoted to offices. The balance area will have a conference hall for 1,500, hospitality, luxury apartments, shopping arcade, health and the like. At full development the City will employ the largest number at a single location.

Thiruvalluvar said two millennia back, let all one’s thinking be high and noble. Tamil Nadu is measuring up to it, not stopping with the Great Temple of Tanjore, built a millennium ago. Even as the state grows, the face of Tamil Nadu becomes increasingly vivacious.

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  • 17
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    Hello Sir,

    “This is Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamil “

    You are spot on

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      …. and as he is Tamil, perhaps the view is rose tinted? The MR Regime also bandies about Highways and Railways, Airports and Habours etc etc. Yet we(citizens) know that the projects only cover up the massive corruption and irregularities.

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      Ravi Perera

      “This is Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamil ” “You are spot on”

      Why don’t you go back to your ancestral homeland?

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        They don’t because There were Tamil ancestors in north and east of Sri Lanka. And now it’s belong to Sri Lanka. Therefore tamils should understand They are Sri Lankans first not TamilNaduans. Every thing they face in that part are also faced by Citizens of Sri Lanka other part of the country. They should understand they have hardships not for being a tamils but having a poor life as other citizens of Sri Lanka. Rich tamils don’t have so called problems they just live their luxury lives in Colombo. Every citizen of Sri Lanka should understand they have problems because of their being a poor citizen of this country. They should find solutions to those problems and help their community not Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslim or a any other. Their community is poor, helpless community consist many peoples who are called Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

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          GOD

          Please go away.

    • 1
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      No doubt Tamilnadu is the Land of Tamils in South India where as the Land of the Eelavars who also speak a dialect of Tamil is irrefutably Tamil Eelam. Furthermore to enlighten a Sinhala racist like you Tamilnadu and TamilEelam are intrinsically connected to each other by a narrow strip of land called Adam’s bridge or Ramar annai. TamilEelavar have nothing what soever to do with Tamilnadu apart from the historic connection. Tamil Eelavar are indeginousto Eelam and not to India.Whether Sinhalese are miagrants or indeginous to Srilanka is a matter that is not fully resolved but the majority view is that the Sinhalese are settlers from Bangal or somewhere in east India.

  • 16
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    VERY NICE Did they build modern toilets too ?

    • 10
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      A most hygienic inquiry! Its all about the people who live there.

    • 14
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      They might build new toilets.

      But until crooks like Karunanaidhi and his on ‘Stalin’ and tax thieves like Jeyalalitha are in politics, Tamil nadu will be the sewer of India that is trying to drag the whole country and the region to hell with it.

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        India is already a sewer, and was one long before Tamil Nadu was joined into that fake nation called India by the British.

        Tamil Nadu has better literacy rates and lower birth rates than some Northern states, so if anything it is the North that is dragging Tamil Nadu down.

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          Palmsquirrell

          “so if anything it is the North that is dragging Tamil Nadu down.”

          It is for Manisekaran and fellow Indians to deal with it if at all they see it as a problem.

          Don’t forget the past economic history of India when resources were channeled to Tamilnadu and Punjab agriculture sector during the Green Revolution.

          The other states were marginalised and resource starved during 1960 and 70s.

          Time to time states have to routinely sacrifice themselves for the betterment of whole of India. Now is the time for Tamilnadu to support the North.

          There are definitely huge problems in India

          The corrupt political caste and the bureaucratic Brahmins who maintain the status quo are comfortable and complacent so that their jobs are secured and rewarded in the long term though their service to the country does not give value for money.

          Manisekaran over to you.

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            NV,

            “Don’t forget the past economic history of India when resources were channeled to Tamilnadu and Punjab agriculture sector during the Green Revolution.”

            This is not correct, Tamilnadu too has been sacrificing since its independence in many ways, the planning commision was very poor in looking after the need of South India which paved way for local polictical parties to thrive on grievances. It was TN which fought with Central government many occasions for rightful allocations deserve to state governments. In fact green revolution itself was success to an extent championed by a Tamilian Dr. M.Subramaniam,

            Also your comment on Brhamins are not completely true.

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              manisekaran

              “bureaucratic Brahmins”

              The bureaucracy is a caste onto themselves.

              “the planning commision was very poor in looking after the need of South India”

              This was one problem among other you should attribute to bureaucratic Brahmins.

              However, during green revolution Tamilnadu received extraordinary resources compared to other states. You may be right that other sectors did not receive much help from the centre.

              “In fact green revolution itself was success to an extent championed by a Tamilian Dr. M.Subramaniam”

              M.S. Swaminathan and B. Sivaraman too played crucial role in green revolution along with Dr Norman Borlaug. His advanced plant breeding Technics were as important as the Indian’s determination to feed themselves.

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                Are your a periarist who hates Brahmins? don’t just shoot some crap and scoot. please tell which bureaucratic setup Brahmins are administering? Caste system in TN is not the problem of Brahmins, but others. This is utter nonsense you are talking, and not just you, but all periarist, x-tian, abrahmics, and dravidians are racist against brahmins, for actually helped establish good setup in TN. Without data, don’t just crap!

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            Tamil Nadu would be better off without India. TN was never part of any of the various Indian empires prior to the British. So really no reason for TN to sacrifice itself for India when the opinion of the Tamil masses was never consulted on whether they wanted to be part of India. Muslims got Pakistan but Tamils were forced into this fake Indian nation. It is like Hawaiians being forced to join the US.

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      Abhaya

      Yes they do.

      It seems there are few vacancies for Toilet Janitors. Would you be interested?

      As I have noticed you have been interested in toilets and toilet cleaning, I thought I might as well let you know since you have spent considerable time abroad and have had opportunity to work away from home you would have learnt new techniques and technologies.

      Wish you well.

      • 2
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        I see that you have been looking up jobs ? good for you man . I suppose its tough being an unemployed troll . lmao

        • 1
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          Having read the topic of current article, I feel if you and the ilk could SOON change your face- how much benefits that could bring to the corruption hit nation ? How much we the nation could achieve for the sake of a better future ?

          Abhaya why not you guys see it beyond ? You are free to decide in this world. Why you guys behave as if the injected mice that have been set for lab experiments ? Ostensibly living on the west having all accesses to correct yourself than the average lanken living in MR´s hell today ?

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          Abhaya

          “I see that you have been looking up jobs ?”

          Yes indeed, I have been actively looking for job for those lazy buggers who stay at home and live off their wives’ hard earned Riyals.

          Since Tamilnadu is your ancestral homeland you seem to be the best candidate.

          Manisekeran would love to show you around Chennai Patinam.

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      I have noticed on this and other threads, you have often been very interested in toilets and toiletting rather than anything else. Is that the main job held you up from tranvelling to the home country for such a long time ?

      When would you and the ilk finally change your attitudes man ? Just shouting to the messengers by your kind of conventional methods can anyone of us get forward ?

    • 0
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      ADo abaya

      yes they have built a lot of toilets in Tamilnadu so that your Sinhala women can go and get jobs there as cleaners.

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        Ennada pirana,

        Is that why many people call it ‘TOILET NADU’

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          Toilet Nadu is your sriilankaa from where most of the world’s Sinhala toilet cleaners originate.

  • 12
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    Tamil is the fragrance –

    or Tamils getting married to [Edited out], lack of toilets, Caste issue arwe those the stinky smell ?

    So, Tamils living in Sri Lanka do not want any part of Tamilnadu ?

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      You Sinhalese have your caste issues too, and don’t talk as if you care about caste prejudice amongst Tamils because we all know you hate all Tamils regardless of their Caste so you bringing up Caste is faux outrage.

      Also remember caste was invented by Aryans, the same Aryans whos language you Sinhala Nationalists are trying to impose on Dravidians.

    • 0
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      King Vijaya married to Tamil [Edited out] and its outcomes married lion and they are jungle heads, carnivores and blood is their meat.

    • 1
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      Jim Sooty,

      You are a born looser and you have an Inferiority Complex. Who can blame you. Take Tamil Language and Music for instance. We make Music and you copy them and for that matter whole of India . We are original and you are fake.
      How Sad you have a Problem with mixed marriages. What is the problem with Tamils marrying Sinhalese , English or French and that is what you call love which is an alien language to you because you are half ……

  • 10
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    One of the pictures is of the Chennai airport. One of worst transit experiences ever. The transit lounge is padlocked! Mr W.A Wijerwardene wrote a piece(in the daily FT) on a similar experience he had in Chennai.

    • 9
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      A flyover and a new bridge or two will not cover up the squalid conditions the vast Tamil population has to live in. Tamil Nadu has the most corrupt goverment and opposition of all Indian states, and will continue on that path until the Centre intervenes. The writer forgot to mention the thugs who invaded Sri Lanka during the Chola period and looted our glorious cities and murdered inhabitants.

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        Please do worry about the thugs who are ruling Sri Lanka now. If you are one of them, please think about continuing with the relationship!!

        The cholas did not loot anything from Sri Lanka!! In fact what they left behind is what you guys call your own!! You guys cannot even make a grinding. Cant believe that whatever archelogical remains one finds in Sri Lanka are make by Sri Lankans!! Sri Lankans cannot even grow their coriander, cumin, potato, dhal, onions etc.Pathetic!!!

      • 2
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        HI Lal lol
        “Tamil Nadu has the most corrupt goverment and opposition of all Indian states,”
        It is quite rich coming from a sinhala srilankan like you.Your Srilanka is a failed state full stop.!

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        lai shastri, another indian name you thieves adopted. sri lanka is nothing but a shithole and hellhole and you have the audacity to comment on living conditions of tamil nadu. tamil nadu is second only to gujarat in economic growth, industrialisation and modernisation.look at sri lanka , the only obvious developments are roads, bridges, harbours and malls built by red china. chennai has become a hub in automobile industry. bmw, nissan, renault, hyundai, ford and audi have manufacturing units there. besides there are whole load of indian manufacturers. chingala pariahs can’t even make even pins and clips. no wonder chinaman is not letting chingala coolies to do anything on their projects apart from of course as tea boys and toilet cleaners.

        by the way what did cholas loot from you beggars. only time looting took place in sri lanka was during race riots , when tamil property was looted be p*** chingala savages. i don’t know what glorious cities you are talking about. there wern’t any glorious cities in sri lanka at any time . there were only toilet villages where p*** chingala savages lived as nomads. chingala savages became a little bit civilsed only after the arrival of whiteman. apparently there were cannibals among chingala tribe before the arrival of whiteman. so called 2,500 years of civilisation is a load of bollocks.even today chingala tribe behave like primitive savages.

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          Were the same reasons prompted the Tamil nadu people to come in thousands to work in Sri lanka as laborers?

          Every year Tamil nadu farmers are crying for water to irrigate their paddy fields. Why?

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    Sivathasan writes

    ‘Transitioning from ante diluvian to the modern is perhaps the most conspicuous feature in Tamil Nadu since independence. The writer grew apace with this process, being inundated by an indiscriminate exposure to Hindu thought and much of negative Tamil writing’.

    What rubbish! Hindu thought imparted a sense of poise and balance to the Tamil mind. Sivathasan will like to deny that in his subtle pro-Christian diatribes but he is antediluvian himself.

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    Investments to attract more investments from within and without.

  • 8
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    Sivathasan writes for the sake of writing – on Hambantota being a Senzhen out to outstrip Singapore, how duplicitous and unreliable the Indians are, how good St Johns is, how modern Tamil Nadu is, how fantastic Wigneswaran is, how awesome China is. He writes on everything under the sun even on the Thirukural of which he knows little. We will next hear from him on the hydraulics of the Colombo sewer system and on the Jaffna Iddly!

    He now needs to be exposed. I was struck why he wrote such gushing editorials on C.V. Wigneswaran. It now appears that Siva was angling for a Chief Advisor post to the Northern Chief Minister. Alas, all the arse licking did not quite achieve the anticipated outcome! It is rumoured that S.J. Emmanuel in ole blighty vetoed it given Siva’s connections with Chandrika! Now this is rumour. Who knows whether it is true!

    But what we do know is that Sivathasan often writes rubbish – like on Tamil Nadu. Where is the critical thinking in the contemporary Tamil Nadu Tamil language media? Where is the investigative journalism in the Chennai Tamil language media? Where is the social cinema that wins awards internationally? Where is the contemporary short story and novel with a social critique of society that is of internationally accepted standards? How does Tamil Nadu top international academic achievements be it in Universities or institute of higher learning that are in the top 100 globally? Tamil Nadu politics is a gutter politics where each outdoes the other to show concern for the Sri Lankan Tamil issue shedding crocodile tears but not doing anything substantive for the beleagured Sri Lankan Tamil resident when they could have made a difference – in 2009! Remember Karunanidhi!! Its all eyewash – as is Sivathasan!

    Sivathasan’s thinking is constipated and he breaks wind a lot. Paavam -he is very old after all.

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      Nakkira naaikku chekku enna sivalingam enna, goes the Tamil saying.

      For a dog that defiles everything it sees, does it matter if it is prosaic or divine, is the sense of the above.

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        Sivathasan:
        Air Ports, High ways, Harbours and some industries come under the jurisdiction/control of the Central government.

        But Tamil nadu government opened “cheaper” liquor shops only!

        Can you explain why Tamil nadu fishermen intrude in Lankan waters and stealing the fish of SL Tamils if they are so wealthy and prosperous?

        Jeyalalithaa is facing more than 2000 charges in the courts of Karnataka for amassing wealth. Karunanithi’s name appeared in the SWISS bank lists of Indians. Karunanithi has an account with 18000 crores deposits.

        I still dont understand your point of writing this article!

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    .
    This is nothing compared to how Gujarat has changed in the last 10 years.
    >
    :-)

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    As usual bunch of jealous minds unable to digest the truth; hmm,
    Toilet cleaners toiling in arab toilets started talking about toilets.
    Petty minds, pity life!

    Dear Sivathasan,
    Thanks for the english translation of Tamil Thai Vaazhthu.

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    Mr Sivathasan has written a corrective to the Sinhala perception of Tamilnadu as a backward state of India. The progress there is fascinating as it is in the rest of India which is catapulting into the modern age, whilst still being rooted in its philosophical foundations. I go there largely on pilgrimage and I see that the many temples of Tamilnadu function with great efficiency and that the tolerance of other religions by the Tamil people continues unlike in other parts of India. In Kanyakumari, one is woken by the call to prayer by the mullah along with the peel of the temple bells. All around Tamilnadu, unlike in the North, there is evidence of the same tolerance. The Hindu BJP has no significant presence in Tamilnadu.

    What our Sinhalese friends must note is that they are being left behind. The brightest among them have upped and left. They have been in the grip of linguistic and religious chauvinists and extreme groups like the BBS. All politics is geared not around economic plans and progress but around who can outbid the other in Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. Not only have the brightest Sinhalese left, but the Tamil diaspora that has been created is going to do well outside Sri Lanka. They went as street sweepers, bus drivers and petrol pump attendants. But, their children study astrophysics and nuclear medicine in French, German and English in the best universities of the world. In Sri Lanka, the misguided Sinhalese youth, fed on a diet of religious extremism, learn to speak French and German to serve European poofters in hotels on the Southern beaches. Their corrupt politicians become richer keeping a false veil of past national greatness. Roads are built, the poor are driven away, dogs are killed so that the rich few can live in splendor. We must wake up to the world before it is too late.

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      Ponkoh, you do make some clear and precise observations. There is a lot of truth in what you say.

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    It is clear that Tamil Nadu is in the midst of a transformation as are certain other states of the Indian Union, namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Haryana. Tamil Nadu can indeed boast of the Ramanujam City complex, the new Chennai International Airport, the Highways, the swanking new infrastructure, the sea ports, the ship building, the metro rail system, the IT parks etc. But this is a factor of Indian capital, Indian industry and Indian entrepreneurship. This transformation is witnessed in certain other states as well, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Haryana being examples. Other Indian states on the other hand lag like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal etc. But to attribute the industrialization of Tamil Nadu to Thiruvalluvar, the Sangam inheritance, Tamil nationalism and Dravidian tradition as the author insinuates is carrying it too far. He waxes eloquent on Tamil identity. But let us pause and see what his own people have achieved in his tiny island. All that the Sri Lankan Tamils have brought upon themselves are the Five Ds, Death, Displacement, Division, Discord and Diaspora – all negatives. Rather than wax eloquent on the achievements of Tamil Nadu, the author should focus on his own people and look at the relatively empty basket there. Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka is sterile and destructive. The difference between Jaffna and Tamil Nadu is like North Korea and South Korea or Zimbabwe and South Africa – same people but manifestly different destinies due to the self righteous myopia of the former. The author can not claim the achievements of the Tamil land in India. Those are Indian achievements.

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      What have your people achieved in the last 50 years? Last time checked the muslim woman in Saudi were still treated as garbage !!!

      what the lion people achieved? still trying to become Singapore LOL

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      Farook Engineer,

      You are talking rubbish you Idiot. Wait until after March 2014 and we will rewrite history in Eelam. The Death and Destruction you are talking about in Eelam was inflicted on us by you lot and let me tell you mate.

      NO MORE TAMIL BLOOD , NO MORE KRISHANTHIS & NO MORE ISAIPRIYAS.

  • 0
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    Sharing an experience, whether it is positive or negative, is a good practice in a learned society.

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    Tamils are happy when then Motherland (Tamil Nadu) is doing well.

    Understandable!

    If all Tamils in SL go back to Tamil Nadu, everyone is happy. Then Tamils can have their dignity back.

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      I am fine with that, but you Sinhala must also go back to: Orissa, Bengal and South India, and the ‘Moors’ should go back to the Arabian Pennisula.

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      No Fat” Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      When Tamil Nadu Army ( TNA ) arrives after March 2014 you can go back to the Wahabi Land Saudi Arabia and continue as slaves.

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    As usual a very unimpressive piece from the author.

    AIRPORTS: – The roof of the newly built Chennai International airport has caused a permanent scare in the minds of passengers. Many portions of the roof have crashed down a dozen times in the last one year. Regarding the other airports.. Less said the better.

    HIGHWAYS & ROADS: – The best was due to the “Golden Quadrilateral Project” undertaken by BJP govt led by Atal Behari Vajpayee. After UPA’s takeover at the center, it was DMK’s TR Balu who held the “Road Transport” portfolio. He did nothing except minting money. The Golden Quadrilateral Project slowed down terribly during his period. With regards to State Highways there isn’t any improvement at all even after “Amma” the “Revolutionary Leader” forming the government. One should visit Chennai and see the road conditions. If the State Capital is so pathetic then one can imagine the rest of Tamil Nadu.

    FLYOVERS: – The “Katipara Flyover” (picture shown in the article) was delayed by more than a decade. It must have been laid in the nineties, but was laid only in 2007! The rest of the flyovers built in the last ten years are substandard and may not last long. Many flyovers have proved to be waste of money due to wrong planning and selection of wrong spots.

    METRO RAILS: – The MRTS project could have been maintained well. But thanks to the State as well as railways, almost all the MRTS stations have become joints for prostitution and drinking liquor. All the stations are stinking with urine and filth, particularly the one (Mylapore station) shown in the picture.
    The Metro Rail was okayed by Karuna. Jaya wanted to thwart it and bring in mono rail. Since the project has three way funding she couldn’t stop it. This project is also delayed by more than two years. I am not sure how it would be maintained. It may go the MRTS way!!

    IT PARKS: – This is happening across the country and there is nothing exclusive to TN.

    I wonder why Sivathasan has not written about agriculture! The successive Dravidian governments (both DMK and AIADMK) have not been able to ensure proper water supply to TN farmers for the last 45 years. They were simply playing politics and there is absolutely no visible sign of a solution to this problem. Monsoons have been failing consistently for the last six years. But the Dravidian governments have not bothered about it at all and have not taken any steps to face the heavy drought looming over the state.

    Sivathasan talks only about the number of engineering colleges and technical institutes, but not about their standards. Nothing big to claim about the educational standards in TN.

    I am surprised if Sivathasan is aware of the future generation being spoilt by the menace called Liquor. The TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) has thousands of retail outlets across the state and liquor flows freely from 10 am to 10 pm for 360 days!!! Liquor business is a huge revenue for the state and it is spent on “freebies” like 25 kg rice, Mixer, Grinder, Table Fan, Colour Tv, Cattle, bicycle and laptop for students, etc, etc.

    While thousand of Hindu Temples are in ruins, the revenue from “A” and “B” class temples is diverted to take care of civil and minority matters. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department (HR & CE) is one of the most corrupt departments.

    During Karun’s regime TN except Chennai experienced almost 10 hrs power cut. Now with the advent of AMMA’s government, even Chennai is experiencing 2 hrs power cut!

    Amma’s governance is only on “PAPER”! Only announcements year after year and nothing is implemented.

    And TN is being compared with Gujarat!!! What an insult to Narendra Modi!!!!

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      thamilselvan, why don’t you compare sri lanka to singapore. even in million years sri lanka can never become like singapore.

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      Sinkalachelvan,

      I thought you were bombed by the Sri Lankan Airforce.

      For your information mate I was in Tamil Nadu and I was impresseed with the progress Tamil Nadu is making and it is better than the Cheenavedi. Her latest inventions is Amma Unavakam.
      Do you know that Tamil Nadu is called the Detroit of India and Tamil Nadu accounts for 35% of Cars made in India which is better than what Modi has Achieved so dont dont rubbish.

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      “Kamalai kannanukku kandadhellam manjal” meaning a man suffering from juandice would see everything around him in yellow. I agree certainly with the decline of agriculture however yet TN agri output is above national average.

      When did you visit chennai airport last? I am a frequent traveller and i never find like that. Moreover this aiprot was oldest one and you ahve any idea that chennai is going to another international aiprot, additional supreme court, and Scice park near sriperumbdur?

      regarding power cut, it is because TN is the first state in Asia to achieve 100 % electricty to its people, menaing every hill station to remote areas are covered with electricty and power grids, due to exponential growth power consumption had increased multi-folds and Tn is still managing it. After all pity minds like you dont know the fact that high electricity is one of the indicator of growing economy.

      You speak about water scarcity, without even knowing the basic gacts that TN had already bulit and serving desalination plants in Nemmeli, Ennore areas which can server drinking water.

      You comments regarding IT parks are indeed naive, while even city like Kolkotta and Ahmedabad, Trivandrum struggling investment, TN has moved to strengthen even second Tier cities like Madurai and Coimbatore, and this is not common to entire India.

      Regarding your comments on Liquor seems to be naive, tell usw hich part of the world has “liquor prohibition” 100 %?

      Another half bolied comment, “number of engineering colleges and technical institutes, but not about their standards. Nothing big to claim about the educational standards in TN”.

      TN is gifted with high grade iniversities like Anna University, VIT, Bharath, venkateshwara. Inaddition to, it is mediacl capital of Asia because of triple star medical colleges like MMC, Stanley, Kilpauk, Ramachandra etc etc.This is purely state entity.

      If I list out Tamil people achievement in last two decades, you will be shamed here in public forum for your stupidity.

      Before commenting next time update your statistics, for your reading

      http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/article3516433.ece

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        Too many bad typing; to be read;

        “any idea that chennai is going to have another international aiprot, additional supreme court, and Science park near sriperumbudur”

        “You speak about water scarcity, without even knowing the basic facts”

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          manisekaran

          Tell us what you know about Augusta Westland scandal.

          Can’t your bigwigs keep their hands out of the kitty?

          I know they can’t however what the hell are you doing to prevent these happening in the first place.

          India didn’t conveniently want to discover the scandal, it was Italians who brought this to the public domain.

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            I know only as much as you know, and however I know Indians are champions of corruption.

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    The Dollar a Day population in Tamil Nadu is a staggering 83 Lakhs..

    That is over 8 Million in Diaspora dialect.

    These poor inhabitants obviously do not have access to running water . electricity, or proper sanitation.let alone proper education facilities, health care or jobs.

    And Mr Siva is on about the fragrance of Tamil Nadu.

    Siva’s favourite Poet probably had Ms Jayalalitha in his mind when he penned his poem ” the Beauty of Bharat”.

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      Sumanasekara

      Before you go on about other people look at yourself. how many Sinhalese are living below the povery line in Srilanka with out a square meal a day? your and your leaders’ empty rhetoric cannot be taken seriously when drunken Sinhala louts stay at home and rape their own daughters ( after all mahavansa condones beastiality and incest) Sinhala women work all over the world as toilet cleaners to send some meagre remmittance home. You Sinhala illitrates are no match for the Tamils any where in the world.

      As I have always belived you Sinhalayas are genetically inferior to the Tamils.That is why your successive Sinhala govts have to introduce standardisation to allow you fools to go to universities when you all didn’t have any intelligence to do so.

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        pirana

        “You Sinhala illitrates are no match for the Tamils any where in the world.”

        Except both complement each other in their stupidity. Stupidity is the greater assets both possess.

        “As I have always belived you Sinhalayas are genetically inferior to the Tamils.”

        When both share the same genetic pool Sinhalaese and Tamils are equally inferior.

        “Sinhala govts have to introduce standardisation to allow you fools to go to universities when you all didn’t have any intelligence to do so.”

        The idea of standardisation is to create a level playing field in higher education among the student population. However the scheme was perverted by the Sinhala/Buddhist bureaucracy and the politicians. Sinhala speaking students from Colombo, Galle and Kandy too lost out in the processing.

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      modaya sumanasekera, don’t you consider ioma and shirani more beautiful than jaya. of course jaya is pale and pretty .

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      Sumanasekara,

      I thought you kill your lot for agitating against drinking contaminaterd water. Have you forgotten.

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    pirana,

    Dont talk like a donkey. You can not compare India vs Sri Lanka, in India half of the people in Hungry so, in TN, As Sri Lankan Citizens , every one has access to free education and health.. In India ,,, noway .. you are such ignorant Idiot

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      Sudharshan donkeys can’t talk and your metaphorical usage of the word donkey clearly shows that you belong to a race that has an international reputation as a foolish race viz modayas. You are an imbecile don’t call me an idiot. You talk of every one in Srilanka as having access to health and education. I must tell you that there are many medical tourists from srilanka and other countries going to India for treatment. There are students who go to India for higher education as Indian technology is far superior to any thing that you can dream of in Srilanka. Indian technology is now on a par with the advanced countries . Your pea sized country Srilanka is a failed state where all the international Sinhala toilet cleaners live.

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    Native Vedda ,

    Tamils are really stinking same as you…….

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      Sudarshan

      “Tamils are really stinking same as you…….”

      We never met. How do you know I am stinking?

      Where did you get the ability to smell from https://www?

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        Sudharsan is a Sinhala imbecile what do you expect all his writings clearly personify his modaya race.

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      sudarshan another tamil name adopted coolie, chingala savages stink like hell as you lot suck salt fish ( dry fish)day in day out.

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      Surtharshan you Sinkalam,

      It is the boomerang effect and it is your smell which you catch when it rebounds.

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    Everyone knows India in general is an unclean country. But Chennai is perhaps the dirtiest city in India. Drunkards are lying on streets is not uncommon. Men urinating on streets appear to be the city culture. Everyone must have seen naked children shit to the roadside culverts. City drainage and rain water manholes are clogged and overflow in the slightest rain. No wonder, contagious diseases like leptospyros has become common in Chennai. Ask any tourist, he’ll tell you, Colombo is a heaven when compared to Chennai.

    IFMR report says 57% of Tamil Nadu household do not have toilet facility. 50% of government schools do not have toilets. It also say the projected slum population of will exceed one crore (ten million) in 2017. And Sivathasan is showing us few attaractive and modern images to cover that simple truth. What a man!

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      Mechanic,

      I think your car has broken down. Get it repaired by another mechanic and make your way to Calcutta.

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      colombo is the biggest shithole in the world. all buddhist viharis are [Edited out]

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      Mechanic in Srilanka 90% households have no toilets. You Sinhalayas are truly a toilet race who smell of shit all the time. You dirty coolies need to wash every day and must give up the habit of bathing annually.

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      See how smart this failed mechanic picking a piece from 2005-2006 data of NFHS 3 (quoted in IFMR research) and showing 57% while in last 8 years sanitation facilities across the state households had been enhanced multifolds. It is as per GoTN is less than 20% and government aimed eradicating it to by 2015. Secondly your quote of 1 million slum is completely false. As per the latest ministry TN will be the first government to provide full household to its citizen, like it achived the first state in Asia as 100% electrified state.

      By 2015 when we achieve 100 drinking water and sanitation to already achieved 100 % electricty and transport coverage you would die in jealous when next NHS bulletin publishes its data, This post is to all tolier peeping sinha-racists. Please take this planning bulletin and hand over to yoru govrenmnet who gives bulltes to its people when tehy ask for clean water,

      http://www.spc.tn.gov.in/12plan_english/6.%20WATER_SUPPLY.pdf

      Mechnaic, Abahya, summasekera, etc documents over to you, let us discuss on toilet facility of TN on 2016 NHS data between can you keep your dying sinhalese maids some life in Arab?

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    Manisekaran,

    I assume you will say that no women or children are employed as domestics in TN. Or else you would say that children and women domestics are well treated and paid.

    I think better ill treatment coupled with decent pay is better than abuse and extremely low wages.

    Care to tells us how much servants get paid in TN.

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      Ok, just for two hours of cooking ( break fast and lunch) i had to pay INR 8000 per month ( This minus saturday and sunday) approximately SLR18000. Nowadays people scared evn to scold maid reason if you scold they will leave and very hard to get replacement maids in TN. Even if you come to chennai you see most of the maids in shops are imported from Bengal and Bihar. An agriculture labourer per day earns Rs 600 which is INR 18,0000 (SLR 40,000). If you comapre to cost of living in city and villages these wages are decent enough for them to make normal life. However I still dream them to see a maid life similar to US and UK. My statement is only with respect to TN and not in other parts of India.

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        Chennai is the AIDS capital of India. Is it maintain the same status even today?

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    To answer my own question
    Overall, the plight of maids in India is dire. A government task force on domestic servants found recently that many maids did not have decent wages or work conditions, no defined work time and no days off, and faced loneliness, violence, abuse and sexual harassment.With no legislation for maids in India, the government over the last two years has been working on a national policy for domestic workers.

    For instance, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharastra have minimum daily wages set between 10 and 12 rupees.
    http://shaktivahini.org/shakti-vahini-2/india-horrified-over-child-maid-abuse

    Thats approx LKR 24 per day or SLR 6,000/month. Its almost impossible to get a maid at LKR 12,000 in Colombo.

    So if one had a choice of working in the Mid-East at LKR 30,000/month plus SLR 200,000 up front versus SLR 6,000/month what would it be.

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    You are wrong,even government sponsored rural empolyment scheme offers daily Rs 300 for rural collie workers.

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      Manisekaran,

      You dont get it.

      If your maid was allowed to choose between been abused and paid say 3,000 INR or work for 4 times that much they will most often choose the higher.

      Poor Indian women dont work in the Middle east is because they are not allowed to. i.e. They dont have a choice.

      Anyway how much does a maid get paid in TN.

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