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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy promoted the development plank of the state at the CPI-M’s ongoing two-day 4th edition of International Congress on Kerala Studies.
Chandy said he was pleased to read the reports that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has decided to take the agenda of development on the speedy track. “I am now the happiest person”, he said.
“This is the biggest appreciation for my government because it has now dawned on the CPI-M that they cannot stay away from the process of development and have practically spoke of the same agenda that our government is doing,” said Chandy.
In his inaugural speech at the 4th edition of the International Congress on Kerala Studies on Saturday, Chief organiser of the event and CPI-M politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan spoke of going forward at a high speed on the road that connects the two ends of the state.
Stating that Kerala’s development on all fronts, be it in Information Technology (IT), infrastructure or agriculture, has to be speeded up, Vijayan also spoke on the requirement of foreign direct investment.
“I am delighted to hear the CPI-M speak like this and now they have realised that it was a big mistake that they have been doing, opposing everything that our government did in taking our state forward through various projects,” said Chandy.
“Don’t you recall, Vijayan speaking of a Rs 6,000-crore corruption in the Vizhinjam Port project that we took forward and work on which has already begun? And he has also said that they will not stop the project if they come to power,” Chandy said.
“They are forced to take this new position as our development agenda has been accepted by the people of the state and anything otherwise would see a backlash for them at the upcoming assembly polls,” said Chandy.
He said the problem with the CPI-M is that they always wake up to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.
“Just look back, in the ’70s they chased away tractors from the paddy fields and now they speak of modernisation of agriculture. When computers started to make their presence in state government offices in the early ’90s, they damaged these and now they speak of speedy IT development,” Chandy said.
“It’s sad that each and everything, be it any sector, the first banner of revolt comes from the CPI-M. It has come to a stage that, if they do it it’s fine, but if someone else does it, they oppose it. But nevertheless, I am a very happy person today,” he added. (IANS) (Image-wikipedia)
Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, covid, pandemic, growth, household, government, investment
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that next time the Dragon spacecraft will have food warmer and free WiFi. Taking to Twitter, the crew of Inspiration4 shared a checklist of things they have been enjoying while orbiting safely around the Earth.
"Can't believe we're eating cold pizza in space. It's extraordinary!" Inspiration4 tweeted. In response, Musk apologised for the cold food, saying: "Sorry, it was cold! Dragon will have food warmer and free WiFi next time."
Inspiration4 Crew | Wikimedia Commons
After lifting off for space, SpaceX's Inspiration4, the first all-civilian crew, is healthy, happy and doing well in the orbit, the company said recently. The mission lifted off at 8.02 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday (5.30 am IST on Thursday) aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from the historic Launch Complex 39 in NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It is commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman who has been joined by medical officer Haley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur and trained pilot. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Inspiration4, Dragon, Wifi, food