Many Happy Returns
September 24, 2015, Chennai
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The DMK Government in the State enters the fifth year in office. I chose to cut a cake in the privacy of my home to silently celebrate the occasion.
The State Government has released full-page advertisements in major dailies. It reads: Kalaignar’s Government in Four Years. Appreciation Pours! Achievements Sours!. ..We do what we have said; we say what we have done.
The ad says inter alia: ‘Kumbhabhishekams performed in 4020 temples on an expenditure of Rs 387 Crore; Kumbhabhishekams will be performed on an expenditure of Rs 100 Crore to another 1100 temples this year.”
What it has failed to say is that the famous Chidambaram temple has been taken over by the HR&CE department. It has also not said that the age-old practice of Tamil New Year Day being celebrated in Chiththirai has been stopped. Temples have been asked not to perform any special archanai or pooja on that day even if devotees so desire. Instead, Pongal Day has been declared as Tamil New Year Day. I wonder why the ad left out these and many such ‘remarkable achievements’ of the Government.
The Chief Minister, in an interview to DC on the eve of his fifth year in office says: ‘There is no confusion or conflict within my family. All the confusion lies with you (media). My family will do nothing to weaken the party and its leadership.” Does this mean that Alagiri, the elder son of DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has never said that he would be contesting for the post of DMK president! I am happy it is all a mere media illusion- seeing things that are not there.
Since I cannot eat the cake and have it too, I would rather eat it, wishing the Tamil Nadu Government many more happy returns of the day and the media, many more happy unrestrained fantasies.