When I went to Madras, now Chennai, for my college studies, Pachayappa’s College kindled my literary instincts and they found many outlets. I was surrounded by Tamil scholars and writers of repute and the college itself was a breeding ground of first rate scholars and politicians, all bred in the then prevailing environment of Dravidian…
My first poem
Now for my poetry. My first poem in Tamil was written in my 9th class in the high school in the year 1949-50. It was immediately published in the then well-known literary magazine “Vasantham” published from Coimbatore. The magazine enjoyed the patronage of the then influential industrialist and a leading public figure, Sir Shanmugham Chetty….
Tamil literature in the new century?
Thoughts on Tamil literature and reflections on my poems and tunes. One former Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee flaunts his poetical skills! Another former Prime Minister V.P.Singh had his poetry reading session listened to by four other former Prime Ministers! All these happenings had lifted Indian poetry to Olympian heights?
Kalam’s call for second Green Revolution
Ajit Singh’s call for productivity and intensive farming. Do they know the ground reality of agriculture? Who speaks for farmers? How committed is the government for the agri sector? At the second International Congress on Plant Physiology, the President said this. The agri minister said this. What about the Prime Minister and his distinguished Cabinet…
Surplus horticulture production is here!
But no credible agri export strategy is visible! Surplus onion and potato production and fall in prices! This `annual ritual’ gives us an idea of how horticulture sector is capable of over producing and prices crashing! Indian horticulture cries for attention. What we need is not extension of horticrops. Nor crop productivity. What we need…
We tell bankers: change your mindset!
Take initiatives to do more than mere lending. Bankers are back in the news. For the obvious reason they think that with the Securitization Bill they can recover the NPAs easily. Some of the high profile banks, notably ICICI have attached industrial properties.
Classics on education
What was ancient Indian education like? It is a million pities that a modern Indian is very much aware-let alone proud-of India’s heritage. In the long process of assimilation of foreign influences we have lost our own identity. After nearly half a century of freedom our educated minds are not free from foreign ideas and…
Delhi Schools blamed for high fees
How true? And how justified this criticism? Everywhere school fees are rising. Why not? That’s how school managements justify the fee hikes in the face of rising costs. While this doesn’t make use in our dailies, in Delhi the school fee hike is a raging public debate.