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“We are admirers of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and listen to his music… But we cannot permit his concert here in view of the killings perpetrated by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists on our borders.”
“We can not permit…” Who are you to say so Mr Thackeray? Did you sit in the Constituent Assembly which formed the Constitution of India? Did you serve as a Chief Justice who interprets laws? Are you the Prime Minister of India? Who are you?
You are a person, or a people, with agenda. As you say, you admire his ghazals and listen to his music then what compels you to this Ghulam Ali ban? In absence of something meaningful to do with your lives, people like you need something to cling on. You need these ridiculous ideas to thrive.
The moment you don’t get a pitch to dig up, your whole political base will get depleted. If you don’t have Maratha pride story to tell, how will you keep your fandom intact! If you don’t do this India-Pakistan thing, how will your cadre consider you to be the true patriot!
It is understandable that at such young age and with your ‘Yuva Sena’ you have too much to do. Being a political leader, or leader in making, takes too much away from us. The first thing to let go is, apparently, common sense as it doesn’t make any sense to me how rejection of artistes in India will solve the issue at border?
Why this hypocrisy of listening to his ghazals? Why can’t you mobilise your people to go on rampage, ask for people’s phones and delete their playlist with any song that has a Pakistani like Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mehdi Hasan, Abida Parveen and other!
In fact, if you look for the Pak connection, our young people would have no songs in their phones because all of us, shamelessly, download from songs.pk!
Politics, diplomacy, law and art are different fields. Even if the first three are interrelated, can we please leave the art alone. Robin Williams’ character John Keating remarked in Dead Poets Society, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” The same is applicable for music as poetry is a big part of it.
The notion of nationalism is good; patriotism is worth dying for but it is compassion, rejection of hatred and fake ideologies is one must strive for.
The question is, how does this help India as a nation and Indians as people? If stopping to play cricket with Pakistan solves border issues, I will take a Shiv Sena membership for life and pay for it. If Ghulam Ali not singing a tribute to Jagjit Singh, his friend and one of India’s best contemporary ghazal singers, stops the unprovoked firings at borders, I would visit the samadhi of Bal Thackeray and place wreaths on it.
But it doesn’t. It hasn’t. It won’t.
You are a young man of 25 years. Wikipedia says you are a published poet and lyricist. By doing this politics of bans and protests, we all know “that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” and but I wonder Mr Thackeray, “What will your verse be?”
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