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Jayalalithaa assures flood-affected people in Tamil Nadu

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday expressed her anguish at the suffering of the flood-affected people but assured she was with them always.

Do not worry. This is your government. I am for you and I am always with you.

She said the rescue, relief and rehabilitation work was being done on a war footing manner. Jayalalithaa said she was bearing the people’s burden.

I don’t have a life of my own. I don’t have any relatives. I am not selfish. For me everything is you.

Heavy rains – the worst in a century – battered Chennai, as well as adjoining Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts for the past month resulting in unprecedented floods.

According to official estimates, the death toll due to the rains and floods stands around 390.

The government was blamed by various parties for releasing water from the lake at night on December 1 into the Adyar river, resulting in flooding of several residential localities catching the residents unaware.

Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan said in a statement that the floods were caused primarily due to the very high rainfall in November, which was followed by more rains in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts on December 1. (IANS)

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hands over Jayalalithaa’s health report to Tamil Nadu Government

Jayalalithaa was declared dead at Apollo Hospital here on December 6. She was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration

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Supporters of India's Tamil Nadu state's former Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa pay tributes near her photograph outside their party office in Mumbai, India, Dec. 6, 2016. VOA

New Delhi March 6, 2017: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday handed over to the Tamil Nadu government the reports regarding the five visit made by its specialists to Chennai to give expert advise when former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was hospitalised prior to her death.

“AIIMS handed over the five visit reports regarding the health condition of Late Hon’ble Chief Minister Tamil Nadu to Government of Tamil Nadu,” said an official statement.

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According to the authorities, the papers were handed over by V. Srinivas, AIIMS Deputy Director (Administration), to J. Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary of Tamil Nadu’s health department.

Jayalalithaa was declared dead at Apollo Hospital here on December 6. She was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration.

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At the request of Tamil Nadu government for expert medical advise, the AIIMS had deployed a team of senior specialists to visit Chennai five times between October 5, 2016 and December 6, under the leadership of G.C. Khilnani, Professor in the Department of Pulmonology.

The Tamil Nadu government had requested AIIMS on March 5, 2017 for handing over the visit notes of the AIIMS delegation to Chennai for their official records. (IANS)

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Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa’s last Rites as per rituals of the Iyengar community, which is an integral part of Dravidian Culture

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Supporters of India's Tamil Nadu state's former Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa pay tributes near her photograph outside their party office in Mumbai, India, Dec. 6, 2016. VOA

Chennai, Dec 6, 2016: The burial of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa’s body instead of cremating it as per rituals of the Iyengar community she belonged to, had raised questions but experts say it is an “integral part of Dravidian culture”.

And there are precedents in the case of leading Dravidian leaders, including those of her own AIADMK.

“Burial is an integral part of Dravidian culture,” Ramu Manivannan, professor of political science at the University of Madras, told IANS.

He also cited the ancient practice of preserving the aged dead in big urns.

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Further bodies of leaders like DMK founder and Chief Minister C.N.Annadurai and AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) – the political mentor of Jayalalithaa- were buried at the Marina Beach and memorials for them have come up there.

As such a memorial for Jayalalithaa, another tall leader of AIADMK, seems also likely.

AIADMK members, who are not atheists but believers, do not see Jayalalithaa as an Iyengar but their ‘Amma’ (mother) and beyond any caste or religion.

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Incidentally, Jayalalithaa’s relatives did not raise any objection to the burial as along with Sasikala – a once close confidante, her nephew Deepak Jayakumar performed the last rituals.

Furthermore, though the traditional practice in Hinduism is to cremate the body of a dead person, but burial is used for holy men, saints and children below the age of three. In many Hindu communities, the body of a holy person is buried in the ‘Padmasana’ (Lotus Position).

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Hindus believe that burning the body to destroy it, helps the departed soul get over any residual attachment it may have developed for the deceased person.

Holy men and saints are however believed to have attained a level of detachment that makes cremation unnecessary, while for children, it is considered that the soul has not stayed in the body long enough to develop any attachment. (IANS)

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Jallikattu issue: ministry uplifts ban

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Tamil Nadu: A notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests cleared the ground for Jallikattu events by making an exception for some other traditional bull-related events in other parts of India.

Jallikattu also known Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. It is a traditional ancient sport of Tamil Nadu where it gained popularity in the Tamil classical period amongst the warriors.

The Supreme Court in May 2014 had upheld a 2011 notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and banned bulls for Jallikattu events. It also directed governments and Animal Welfare Board of India to take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. This meant that bulls could not be trained to use in the Jallikattu events.

The ban on Jallikattu had ruined the festive spirit of the Pongal celebrating state especially in areas of southern districts where the popularity of the event is huge.

However, the ban uplifted and it has been anticipated that this exception is a result of immense pressure from a political opinion in Tamil Nadu, including a letter by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa directed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to permit the traditional events.

The present notification says: “provided that bulls may continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat in the manner by the customs of any community or practiced traditionally under the customs or a part of culture…”

It also included that bulls shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals. It can be seen that what started as a simple act of bravado has turned into an act of cruelty towards animals.

Following guidelines are further added: these events shall take place in these areas at such places as the district magistrate or collector explicitly permits, and that the bull once out of the enclosure shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metres.

Sources in the Animal Welfare Board of India stated that they will be refuting the order immediately. “We are hoping to make a mention today itself before the court. We anticipated this. We are surprised that the Centre is ready to diminish the stature of a Supreme Court order so brazenly,” a top official said. (picture courtesy: http://jesseroesler.com/)(Inputs from indiatimes.com)