Ram, ram- pinkish saffron

If I were to write about naan kadavul (pronounce it any way you want- that’s what happened in the trailer of the film) or if I were to write on the pink chaddi (written as jatti in tamil), I would have got more readers, hits and responses than if I were to write about eelam again. I shall be the most hypocritic hypocite if I were to declare that I do not care about hits and readers. I do. It gives me a sense of satisfaction- useless though it may be, it still is an ego massage that the mind does not decline. I am yet to see the film so I cannot write about it. Pink chaddi- I hope that even my corpse would not be adorned with such a sensually assaulting apparel. So what do I write about? I want to write about Ram! The one who engineered the non-existent bridge, the one whose heroism made him deified, and the one in whose name chauvinism is unleashed,is always a matter of interest.

RAM! Is supposedly the last sound that emanated from Gandhi (conventionally the mahatma and as I saw in a video in which Jk corrected himself on the usage and called him mr.Gandhi) and  there is nothing wrong in calling him Mr.Gandhi. He was not given honorary doctorates like the many stars that abound Indian filmdom. On Gandhi perhaps someother time, now it is about RAM– (incidentally according to the manufactured horoscopes, he is not an aries ram), and his `culture’.

There is a view that the story of ram, has been a well compiled gist of the existing folklore of the times, still it IS an epic. So, ram is a hero. He is so much a hero that he is a god. The Indian public is so much into the story that they believe the narration is a report. Even after seeing all the news channels of today, there are people who believe that reporters always present facts and only facts as facts! Ok, so what about ram? By now it will be obvious that I do not subscribe to his divinity- but this is not to debate on the godliness of a hero. This is about the culture that was prevalent at the time of ram.

Culture is tradition and heritage. In heritage we carry old blocks chiseled in those time which we parade with pride as treasures that can never equal modernity’s machinations. In tradition, we trade old ideas to get new ones. We use bulbs in place of lamps. Ram-culture is ?

Ravivarma painted viridian ram is the predominant image of the hero. In later years militant ideas sculpted the image into a more muscular masculine form. Again I am digressing like the bizarre RAMSENA thugs. The moment the word ram sounds, all human considerations and all rational thinking ought to be suspended according to these goons. Ram’s culture does not allow women to indulge in pleasure! That’s what these scheming or stupid goons say. They conveniently forget that this was the same ram who made his wife walk into fire to prove to whoever that she was chaste. This was the same ram who made his wife walk out of his palace to prove to whoever doubted her chastity and his valor! In his name has happened ( perhaps naturally) the atrocity of attacking women who felt like drinking in the evening with male companions.

In KAMBARAMAYANAM, the tamil version of valmiki ramayan, in the balakaantam, there is a vivid, beautiful and peotic description of women drinking in moonlight by the riverside. The riverside is a public place, and those women were drinking when perhaps their male counterparts were frolicking. Perhaps it is the time for fanatics to start burning copies of the tamil epic. Kannada fanatics have all along been vociferous about their hatred for tamils. Now, i may be giving kannada safronites another chance to mock the unholy attitude of tamils. Kamban is a great poet in tamil and even in crude translations he stands out. My worry is whether tamils will become vociferous if he is attacked? What will they do? eelam is more a pseudo-political slogan than an emotional outburst. ram, his bridge which can take idiots to eelam, and everything else that stifles our present will fade soon. we have many things to worry and do. For tamils? there was no ram in the early days, but ram is now here because the upholders (!) of dravidian politics needed some more votes. Bridge, brahminism,belligerence are all the normal ingredients of the arrogant rhetoric of tamil leaders(?). now ramsena’s antics are taken up by tamilnadu’s nameless parties and politicians. there are going to be newsworthy but useless nuisance for the youth. what will the tamil youth do?

as usual, they will move on- come on, they are progressive, they were the early birds in Y2k…but still they will, because they have to, do something.

They will form a human chain and worry more about pink slips than pink chaddis.

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15 Comments on “Ram, ram- pinkish saffron”

  1. porattamtn Says:

    கேளிக்கை விடுதிகளில் குடித்துக் கும்மாளமிடும் உரிமையும், முறையற்ற உறவுகள் கொள்ள உரிமை பெற்றிருப்பதுமே பெண் விடுதலையின் உச்சம் என்பது தான் இவர்கள் செய்யும்
    பிரச்சாரத்திலிருந்து விளங்க வருவது. நகரங்களில் கட்டிடங்களில் சித்தாள் வேலையிலும், மற்றக்கூலி வேலைகளிலும் , கிராமப்புரங்களில் விவசாயக்கூலி வேலையிலும் மிகக்
    கொடூரமான முறையில் சுரண்டப்படும் பெண்கள் நிறைந்த இந்த நாட்டில் – குடும்பம் என்ற அமைப்பு முறைக்குள் கணவன், மகன், தந்தை என்று எல்லா உறவுகளாலும் ஈவு இரக்கமற்று
    சுரண்டப்படும் பெண்கள் கொண்ட நாட்டில், பெண்விடுதலை என்பதை குடித்துக் கும்மாளமிடுவதற்கான உரிமை என்ற அளவில் சுருக்கும் அயோக்கியத்தனத்தையே இவர்கள் செய்கிறார்கள்.

    இந்துத்துவம் என்பதே அடிப்படையில் பெண்களுக்கு எதிரானது – மட்டுமல்லாமல் அது மக்களுக்கே எதிரானது. பரந்துபட்ட ஒரு தளத்தில் நின்று இந்துத்துவ இயக்கங்களின் மக்கள்
    விரோத ஜனநாயக விரோத அடித்தளத்தை மக்கள் மத்தில் அம்பலப்படுத்தி தனிமைப்படுத்த வேண்டும் என்ற அத்தியாவசிய தேவையை மறக்கடிக்கும் வகையில் இப்போது
    பிங்க் ஜட்டியா பிங்க் சேலையா என்ற அளவில் விவாதத்தை சுருக்கியது தான் இந்த ஜட்டிக் குழுவினர் செய்த வேலை.

    கழிசடைத்தனம் செய்யும் உரிமையே விடுதலை என்று கோரும் இந்தப் பெண்கள் உண்மையில் ராம் சேனையை புனிதப்படுத்தும் வேலையையே செய்கிறார்கள். பிங்க் நிற ஜட்டியின்
    பிரகாசிக்கும் ஒளியில் ராம் சேனையின் மற்ற எல்லா மக்கள் விரோத தன்மையும் மறைந்து போகிறது.

    கார்க்கியின் பார்வையில்

  2. sowmiya Says:

    Am grateful to your view as a girl.
    Almost all people mindsetted with
    false traditions as our culture.
    why women should not drink?
    if it is a stress reliefer, dont they have stress?
    if it is a excitor, are women r noy righted to have
    being a student of a Periyar institution, i will say
    if women and men are equal in doing good things,
    they are equally righted to do illegal things too.
    wont these saffrons beat the male, who wants to satisfy his sexual needs in buses between the crowd?
    will rama punish them for this?

  3. Sethu Says:

    Nevermind, you will get great hits for your articles if you continue to enlighten others with actual facts, the insite and meaningful analysis.

    Keep going, sir.

  4. rudhran Says:

    kumar, i wonder where you got the idea that i was against tamils..i am against all idiots and fanatics. it is my concern for tamil people that makies me write about the issues.
    and i agree with porattam that a clear and courageous protest is now becoming a frivolous game.
    thanks sowmya and sethu

  5. valaipookkal Says:


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    இதுவரை இந்த வலைப்பூக்கள் இணையதளத்தில் நீங்கள் பதிவு செய்யவில்லை எனில், உங்களை உடனே பதிவு செய்து, உங்களது புதிய வலைப்பதிவை உடனுக்குடன் பூர்த்தி செய்து, உங்கள் வலைப்பதிவை, உலகம் முழுவதுமாக பரவி உள்ள தமிழ் வாசகர்கள் முன் கொண்டு செல்லுங்கள்.

    வலைபூக்கள் குழுவிநர்

  6. kalagam Says:

    சிறீ ராம் சேனா ,இந்து முன்னணி போன்ற பண்டார பார்ப்பனீயங்கள் மற்றும் மூற்போக்கு பா.ம.க காதலர் தினத்தை எதிர்ப்பதாக கூறுகின்றன,இவர்கள் எதிர்ப்பது ஏகாதிபத்திய காதல்களைஅல்ல .காதலால் வர்ணாசிரமத்தில் சிதைவு ஏற்படும் என்பதே இவர்களின் கவலை.

    அந்தகவலை தான் வெறியாக வெளிப்படுகின்றது. நேற்று தின மணியில் வந்த கார்டூனைப்பாருங்கள் இரு கல்லூரிபெண்கள் பேசிக்கொள்கிறார்கள்”எனக்கு யார் காஸ்ட்லியான பரிசு தராங்களோ அவனத்தான் நான் காதலிப்பேன்” விபச்சாரத்தியே காதலாக பார்ப்பன மீடியாக்கள் வர்ணிக்கின்றன.

    தெருவில் பெண் ஆனோடு திரிந்தால் கல்யாணம் செய்து வைக்க போவதாய் அறிக்கைவிடும் காலிகள் தான் காதலித்ததால் கல்யாணம் செய்ததால் தீயை வைத்தார்கள் விசத்தை கொடுத்தார்கள், இந்த நாட்டு மக்களுக்கு மறுகாலனியும் பார்ப்பனீயமும் முக்கிய எதிரி என்றால் காதலுக்கும் அதுதான் எதிரி.பார்ப்பனீயமோ பெண்ணை கட்டற்ற வரைமுறையற்ற சுரண்டலுக்கான பொருளாக பெண்ணை மாறக்கோருகிறது ,அதையேத்தான் மறுகாலனியும் கூறுகிறது,இது காதலில் மட்டுமல்ல எந்த ஒரு உரிமைக்கும் சரி பிரச்சினைக்கும் சரி பார்ப்பனீயமும் உலகமயமும் ஒன்றையேதான் கூறுகிறார்கள் . ஏனெனில் உரிமைகளை பெற வேண்டுமெனில் இவை இரண்டையும் எதிர்க்காது தீர்வு இல்லை. காதலர்களே காதலை உரிமையாக கருதுவீர்களானால் போரிடுங்கள் நீங்களும் மக்கள் தானே

  7. sangeetha enian Says:

    ram and krishna stories made me not to beleive in god.why not these arrogants show their braveness on the culprit in the noida case?we tamilians in general will never react until this issue enters his house.

  8. sankarraman Says:

    It is not that any sect or community that is the cause of the malady faced by human beings. Basically, it is nurturing our psychological division with the me as the centre that is the cause of the problems faced by existence. It is not correct to trace the problems of division to peripheral reasons. The psychological centre, “I,” is the cause of all problems. Buddha and J.Krishnamurti looked at life only in that perspective.

  9. Heam Says:

    Mr.kalagam : Please stop accusing a certain community for all the causes. we are in the next generation .

    Dear Dr. .. please edit this kind of comments targeting a community as it hurts a lot of readers as a psycratist u know how it hurts a persons feel…i believe u will understand and avoid this kind of comments in the future.. Thanks in Advance

  10. rudhran Says:

    heam, i understand the feelings. i feel anyone can express what they feel and i do not delete any comment. if you feel that someone is commenting wrongly then you can always post a counter comment. this way we will all be able to think aloud

  11. Hannah Says:

    My two cents doctor…
    This mentality actually belies cancerous insides, which has been much fermented on hate ideology…the hatred is towards all, esp progressive and people who are learned and move on with life.

    What is even more deadly is who will become the next target…because it seems like scripture can be easily manipulated to feed into the hate agenda…today is Indian culture against women, who believe in their own identity…tom, it could girl children going to school! It could be high dalit govt. officials…afterall, the scriptural duty of a dalit is not performing govt. service. Where will all this stop…

    Just an aside doctor…isn’t this type ‘mass movement’ (sic!) happening only because they touched the ruling class…100-fold of this violence is an everyday reality of several dalit women both in the city and in villages like Khairalanji.

  12. BHUPATHI Says:


  13. akhil Says:

    iam 11yr old i atalanted porson i studing in 5th class i dont like handritin every day pending in righting works. Pleace suggestions me.

  14. Praveen Says:

    Dr. I see a nice transformation and mix of emotions, culture and mark of identification in what you have written. Going through the comments – I hear varied voices picking up the most closest topic of interest that has deeply affected them, and i support your idea of everyone expressing themselves. I really like the way you brought up the concept of Dravidian’s under the banner of RAM to bring out the contrast that they were never related.

    As Sangeetha pointed out Tamilians (or) Tamizhians they never react to something until the issue has knocked his or her doors. I would say its part of the tradition. We are people who structured the concept of society when the west (part of the world) and the north(of Tamil Nadu) were barbarically fighting for pieces of land. We are more cultured inward and outward. We portray a soft existence in terms of a community. But its never true that we dont react to situations.

    Just to add a line to wat Dr. mentioned in his post about eelam and how its not a popular topic and is a Object of interest and careless handling of political parties, Holocausts is not new to this world, even in the 21st century we heard about it in Zimbabwe and now in Eelam. Just to differ a little on wat Bhupathi says sometimes its not just majority, its power to. Power in the hands of minority also reflects similar incidents. when things like this happened in Poland, Germany, Austria during WWII against a particular sect of people it was white colored humanity. They spend millions of money in making dozens of movies to portray how people were killed and how human emotions dissolved into thin air? how mothers fathers sons daughters were scattered killed burnt and what not. But when it happens to a dark colored Tamilian its ?.

    I watched a movie on the very same folklore. “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)” and if your interested in knowing a little more about my thoughts follow the link below

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