Saturday, July 21, 2018


Dear Members,

with regards to Article on Kamaraj and Kakkan by Mr. Venkatarman. its a foundation state to State's industrialisation and education policy. I am not convinced with Mr. Rajinder saying Brahmins were driven out and etc. Look from holistic point, that rule by Congress's Kamaraj is still considered benchmark for good governance in most parameters. Periyar's movement was movement of pride for Dravidians which still hold sway amongst Tamilnadu native people's Psyche. the times were more revolutionary given the forward thinkers and rationalists spreading their thought. Its not correct to say Brahmins were driven away except that rationalism drove dravidian movement and that upstaged upper caste domination which was favoured by erstwhile British rulers. History cannot be re written or never spoken in many voices, its just the opinion and which side of the coin one sees. True Kamaraj shrewd manipulation of his wealthy caste resulted in many philanthropists pitching in to build the education network.

Coming to corruption one can say comfortably that after Annadurai's demise, new found power brokers including Karunanidhi and his coterie had a free run at money being generated, especially helping his kith and kin encroach on the entire length and breadth of state power politics. Yes development did not stop albeit at slow pace and new found formula of you scratch my back i shall return the favour. Education was the foundation stone for Tamilnadu people's development which until then was restricted to Upper castes during pre independence. next the early people who benefitted by Kamaraj's Largesse in education budget are present day engineers, doctors, legal luminaries, and various other professional experts. these folks all are happily retired or at fag end of career and hence their quality was never compromised. But allowing private players into education by both DMK and ADMK and quid pro support for partymen has sprouted so many engineering  and technical colleges across Tamilnadu at expense of quality. that is the thing to lament.


On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 8:24 AM Rajinder Dalvi <> wrote:
Dear Dr Venkatraman

From your post I feel you are saying that Congress rule was the best rule for Tamil Nadu but under these Dravidian parties the state sunk to new lows of corruption and alcoholism.

Incidentally my many dear friends from Tamil Nadu tell me, confidentially since they cannot say so publicly, that it was Kamraj/Periyar anti-Brahmin policy which made all the moral and educated persons to forcibly leave the State, leading to intellectual vacuum and steep decline in education values (filled by these mushrooming colleges/universities run by benamis of politicians) and huge rise in alcoholism there.

The plight of Tamil Nadu Brahmins is same (or worse) than Kashmiri Pandits, and we must ask if it is because of so-called democracy that numerically larger lumpen classes are taking over, ruining the nation and spreading their corruption.

On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 7:32 PM, Venkatraman Ns <> wrote:

India Against Corruption

                                               REMEMBERING  KAMARAJ, FORMER CHIEF MINISTER OF TAMIL NADU

Cross section of people in Tamil Nadu celebrated the birth anniversary of Kamaraj on 15th July,2018 with dignity and feelings of gratitude for the services rendered by the great man to Tamil Nadu and the country and for his setting up a bench mark for quality governance in Tamil Nadu 

Both Kamaraj and Kakkan were born in very poor families and gained respect and prominence in public life by exhibiting qualities of simplicity and sincere devotion to the cause of the country. 

When Kamaraj was the Chief Minister and Kakkan was the minister in his cabinet, both of them discharged their duties and responsibilities with high level of personal honesty. The probity in public life which they exhibited throu oghout their life and as ministers was of highest class. 

With the honesty of purpose and sustained interest in the welfare of the deprived section of the society, many schemes were implemented successfully and in time ,which was possible due to the absence of any vested interests and absence of corruption at the political level. 

Today, those in the age group of sixty and above who have seen Kamaraj and Kakkan and who have experienced the benefits of their quality leadership and administration, feel extremely sad to see the conditions today in Tamil Nadu, where corruption has become the order of the day and more than one third of men population in Tamil Nadu have become liquor addicts. 

Of course, even in the days of Kamaraj as Chief Minister, he was heavily criticized and abused by the leaders of the Dravidian parties for no valid reason. While C.N.Annadurai was dignified in criticizing him , it was not so in the case of other leaders of the Dravidian party . But, people in Tamil Nadu looked at the abuses with the contempt that they deserve. 

Decline in the quality of governance and probity in public life started in Tamil Nadu after the passing away of C.N.Annadurai, who was the Chief Minister only for a very short period. 

Ever since then, the decline in the standards of politicians and government machinery have been steady and though it has already reached disturbingly low level, many wonder whether it would further go down to catastrophic level. 

Today, many politicians in Tamil Nadu at various levels, who have never taken up any job or involved themselves in any worthwhile profession to earn their livings, are now leading luxurious life style with huge wealth and property , though they have no known sources of income. Quite a number of them are chancellors and pro chancellors of universities with their sons and daughters waiting to succeed them. Learned professors are saluting them. 

Today, in Tamil Nadu, politics has become such a lucrative profession that every member of the leader of the political party want to enter politics with tacit encouragement from the families. Now,new political parties are emerging at disturbingly frequent level, with politicians as founders ,who have nothing to claim as their own except the ill gotten money. 

Under the circumstances, it is not surprising that people who have seen the days of Kamaraj and Kakkan feel extremely disturbed at the present state of affairs and they wonder whether Tamil Nadu can get back the glorious days of Kamaraj and Kakkan at all. 

When Kamaraj and Kakkan passed away , they had no significant property or wealth and Kamaraj had only a few shirts and dhoties with currency of around Rs. 100 or so. One can readily see the difference these days if we look at today's politicians, who can go nowhere near Kamaraj and Kakkan for their standards of thoughts and actions. 

Have we already lost Tamil Nadu as a place of glory and dignity that it was once known for. 

Nandini Voice for The Deprived

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