Karunanidhi is no more.
As soon as the news arrived, the news articles on his demise started flooding the Internet. Twitter and Facebook and Google, everywhere these articles were trending. It is expected. He was an ace politician. He propelled DMK, a regional party on a national platform. Of the many highlights associated with his name, the zeal with which he pursued the corruption cases against Jayalalitha was worth noticing. Doesn’t matter that he himself got embroiled in many corruption cases!
That’s all politics. We all know about it. We ignore the word corruption used in relation to Politicians the way we now ignore swear words when used by Virat Kohli. It is expected of them. They are like that.
But what caught my attention was not the biography of this ace politician. Or the endless string of praises by distinguished personalities like Rahul Gandhi. These are expected too.
It was two sub-texts that are hidden beneath the pile of news being generated that really caught my attention
The first one was the news of DMK moving to Madras High Court. The Tamil Nadu government denied their request to make Karunanidhi Memorial at Marina Beach. But they won’t stop at that. They are appealing at High Court.
I’m no fan of Marina Beach. I haven’t been there, ever in the three decades of my life. Nor I’m planning to go there anytime soon. My love for beaches is amply served by Goa, and I think it will continue to serve that love for the rest of my lifetime.
But even then I felt a bit hurt with the bizarre-ness of the request. I mean isn’t Marina beacg already crowded with people and other unnecessary stuff. And after all, it’s a beach. One of the finest creation of nature. And it ought to be free of any clutter – living or dead. What it needs is less of people and their creations, rather the other way around.
We have to give it to these politicians. The audacity with which they make claims over lands and resources. It really blows my mind away. I know there are others too, at Marina Bay, including Jayalalitha’s Memorial. And that might be an important factor for such a request. She was his ace rival. But still! If we keep on entertaining such requests, imagine the cost! Monetary, and environmental.
Now science might still be far away from making any inroads when it comes to immortality. But politicians are not going to wait for that. They are hell bent upon using any earthly ways possible to do that. Rather than doing work that really impacts the country. That will really etch their names in memories of the living and in the annals of history they resort to the easier path. And using the taxpayer’s money is one of easiest available way to become memorable.
It’s easy, isn’t it? To create symbols of themselves or their philosophy. Be it trunk worshipping Mayawati who single-handedly brought this happy-go-lucky animal at the heart of Indian Politics – Uttar Pradesh. Or her counterparts in Paschim Bangla who proposed building a memorial for the state’s Chief Minister’s mother. Why? For what reason? I can’t fathom.
Then there is one Harvard Educated Minister who has etched his name among the hoi-polloi by following the reverse route. He demolished instead of creating. When he finally decided to vacate an occupied government house, he took away with him anything that can be dismantled. The Italian Marble – most of which got broke. The expensive Toiletries which he pulled out with the ruthlessness of a farmer pulling out weed from his fields. So much for the Harvard Education!
And we worship them! These politicians.
So much that we are ready to destroy peaceful times and harmony over them. And that was the second thing that caught my attention. One of the news channels reported that Stalin (Karunanidhi’s son) has requested supporters to maintain peace and discipline! What does this mean? That now we are at the mercy of these politicians. If they don’t tell their supporters to maintain peace, the hell will fall upon us! That they have to be told to not create ruckus! (I have never used so many exclamation marks in one article.)
There is something really wrong in our country if we are allowing them to do what the priests and oracles of the ancient times did then. Allowing them to create temples and gods out of simple men. Allowing them to create symbols of blind worship. Giving them the power to rule us rather than to maintain rule, for which they were elected in the first place!
Isn’t it sad if we are left at their mercy while they have the power to unleash riots upon us? Just like that?
Such news had infested internet then when Jayalalitha had died. And the same is happening again. Thousands of people are dying every day, of hunger, of crime, of shame. But nothing happens. No party members become violent. No party lawyers move to high court to appeal against such injustice. They will not build homes for the homeless. But they will move mountains for this! For building a castle of stone. For building a memorial.
Karunanidhi is no more. But the cancerous state of politics is still living.
Jayalalitha – An empress in living, an empress in death.
She had Rs 66.65 crores of property in proxy accounts. Land assets spanning over 1,200 hectares (over 1000 football fields) which included farm houses, bungalows, agricultural land, and a full-sized tea estate. Over 750 pairs of shoes. 10,500 expensive sarees, and 91 luxury watches. One of the raids at her house led to recovery of 800 Kg silver, and 28 Kg gold – Continue reading here.