by Sue Halpern Finally a little good news to offset the bad news in my earlier post about the precipitous decline of the eastern monarch butterfly populati...
Archive for 11/01/2011 - 12/01/2011
As usual, Indians ignorant about globalisation, are groping in a mess of disinformation and going berserk about Wal-Mart, which unfortunately has come to symbolise Multinational Retail Chains.
I don’t mean the proud ‘American’ Indians who might have sent
Greed is in the eyes of the beholder:
I mean the real Indians, citizens of the largest democratic country who blindly follow the
the second largest, in a desperate sense of competition. It is easy to identify
them outside US ,
with their dropped jaws staring with avrice at the shopping windows in malls and
the goodies they can’t afford to buy during their visits. Why then are they so
much against the idea of the very malls they dream of, coming to their cities
and towns? According to The
New York Times: India
“Supporters contend that the chain’s legendary low prices have democratized consumption, allowing low-income households to afford flat-screen televisions, for example. Critics say those low prices have depressed domestic wages and exported manufacturing jobs to foreign countries, hurting Americans more than helping them.”
DAM 999, a movie released today about a 110 year old dam, built to last for a meagre 50 years using mud and mortar, which bursts during an earthquake, is itself in the middle of a political storm and has caught the world’s attention. The flick is about the Mullapperiyar Dam in Kerala, an idyllic state in the union of
and the last place on earth where people still believe in communism. India
At the heart of the political storm is a water sharing agreement for 999 years, irrelevant in any civilised part of the world, which put the life of three million people. at great risk, as it doesn’t take in to account the aging of the dam built to harness the
Entered in to before the Indian independence by the British who occupied the
neighbouring state of Tamilnad and the princely state of Kerala, the ridiculous
agreement does not provide for the construction of a new dam to replace the old
one. The problem really is while Tamilnad receives the collected water for
irrigation and power the river actually flows to the opposite side to the
thickly populated Kerala and will engulf and sweep three million people if and
when the dam burst in a catastrophic earth quake as depicted in the movie. Periyar River
The UAE-Indian film has become controversial as the state of Tamilnad has prohibited its release and exhibition in its cinemas, accusing the producers of scare mongering among the vast population and the state of Kerala for secretly funding the movie. The producers on the other hand are approaching the supreme court of
for the obstruction of civil liberty rights and losses. India
has remained shrouded in mystery. Indian rope trick magician to Anna
Hazare, the mystical, philosophical and religious Gurus of India have
attracted inquisitive minds. From the ancient Chinese traveller Faxian
to the Beetles and even Apple’s Steve Jobs found their inspiration from their
Indian Gurus. Now, there is a Politician Saint from India, the world leaders
confronted with the Occupy Wall Street, can learn something from. India
Mr Oommen Chandy, who installed a webcam in his office for transparency of his administration, will no doubt abhor being called Oommen Swamy or Chandi Baba like an Indian saint, because he is only an elected Chief Minister of the tiny state of Kerala in
equivalent to the Governor of a State in the India .
However, for a large section of the population who is ready to patiently wait till
the wee hours of the night for speaking to the Chief Minister, Mr Chandy
is fast becoming something of a saint people line up in endless queue for an
audience with! US
The reason is Mr Candy is determined to take his power as a Chief Minister, bestowed upon him by ordinary people through a democratic election, to the very people, cutting through the red tapes, to order immediate and on the spot resolutions to their problems.
In fact Mr Chandy and his Government with its efforts to run a transparent and corruption free administration is already a role model for other Indian States and his own office fitted with a round the clock webcam has attracted world attention.
Why Mr Chandy may be fast acquiring the status of a Indian Guru of modern politics is his unique approach to solving people’s problems. Unlike the world leaders who struggle to somehow disperse the masses of a generation, brought by their individual problems and hardship to the
Wall Street venues, the CM actually invites them
to assemble with their long pending and unsolved issues to specially
organised venues he calls Chief Minister’s Mass Contact programmes!
The entire administration is moved to the spot, ready to process and dispense fiscal and legal succour allowed by government rules and existing law, but denied to the applicant by the web of red tape and corruption. People are invited and encouraged to register with their complaints and paperwork which are processed ahead of the programme, ready for an on the spot decision by the CM. Those who can’t can present on the day and still get answers.
However what makes Mr Chandy endearing to masses is his true desire to be amongst the masses, his patience to hear them out and his genuine concern to solve their issues. It is really amazing to see how he stands and moves around a milling crowd of all kinds of people listening, making his notes on the petitions, giving orders of urgent medical help and issuing cheques till the wee hours, without food or rest. His promise is to meet the last applicant and he keeps it no matter how late in to the night!
All leaders are popular but some are more popular because of their saintly nature!
Article already published in Technorati.com
Meet Oommen Chandy, the politician 'saint' from India, who may have something to teach world leaders confronted with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This blog post is to request you to visit and contribute to a special Facebook Fan page.
I hope it will bring out and introduce to the whole world, the genius of the great and inimitable Malayalam script writer and actor Sreenivasan and the secret of how his unforgettable scripts came alive and live for ever in the hearts of Malayalees through sheer screen magic of Satyan Anthicad, a great Malayalam film director.
Their work is such that there is no reason why it wouldn’t be recognised among the best of best in the world cinema had it been in English language! It is never too late to bring them such recognition and the onus is on none but the mallus themselves who are naturally bestowed with broad hearts.
The work of the pair will be remembered for the wonderfully natural characters it has produced on the screen with whom every malayalee can identify in some way.
This page is a place to share your unforgettable experience of that identity, the moments which made you laugh and cry and feel helpless in the state of affairs in God’s own land!
If the world should know, it has to be in English, even if it means your competence is at par with that of Sreemathi Teacher!
Satyan - Anthicad films with scripts by Sreenivasan
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Mohanlal, Shobana, Sreenivasan, Kuthiravattom Pappu Sreenivasan
1986 Gandhinagar 2nd Street Mohanlal, Karthika, Sreenivasan, Mammootty, Seema, Janardhanan, Thilakan, KPAC Lalitha Sreenivasan
1986 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (Peace for Good Minded) Mohanlal, Karthika, Sreenivasan, M.G. Soman, KPAC Lalitha, Thilakan Sreenivasan
1987 Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu(Sreedharan's First Blessed Wound) Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Neena Kurup, Innocent, Suresh Gopi, Sankaradi Sreenivasan
1987 Nadodikkattu (Nomadic Wind) Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Shobhana, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Captain Raju Sreenivasan
1988 Pattanapravesham (Coming to Town) Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Thilakan, Ambika, Innocent,KPAC Lalitha Sreenivasan
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu ( The Goose That Lays Golden Eggs) Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Innocent, Karamana Janardanan Nair, KPAC Lalitha,Parvathy Sreenivasan
1989 Varavelpu (Welcoming) Mohanlal, Revathi, Murali, Sreenivasan, Mamukkoya, Innocent, Jagadeesh, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sreenivasan
1990 Thalayanamanthram (Pillow Talk) Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Parvathy, Innocent, Mamukkoya, KPAC Lalitha,Sukumari Sreenivasan
1991 Sandhesam (Message) Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Innocent, Mamukkoya, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Siddique Sreenivasan
1993 Samooham (Society) Suhasini, Suresh Gopi, Manoj K Jayan, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya,Vineeth Sreenivasan
1993 Golanthara Vartha (Global News) Mammootty, Shobhana, Kanaka, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sreenivasan
1994 Pingami (Successor) Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Kanaka, Jagathi Sreekumar, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan,Devan Raghunath Paleri
1994 Santhana Gopalam Balachandra Menon, Jagathi Sreekumar, jagadeesh, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan (Father of Twins) Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Murali, Sreenivasan, Kavya Madhavan, Lalu Alex,Mamukkoya Sreenivasan
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (Of Jayakaanthan, Narendran's Son) Kunchacko Boban, Samyuktha Varma, Asin, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Parthiban Sreenivasan
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku (Passengers Attention Please) Jayaram, Soundarya, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan,Siddique, Nedumudi Venu Sreenivasan