Mr Karunnanidhi is at his favorite past-time again!
While the very question 'who a Tamil' is a complex one to find a rational answer,
here is Mr Karunanidhi coming up with his own version of a 'Tamil'.
Like all other such versions by him, this also is a questionable one.
His criticism is that Ms Jayalalitha has not joined others in criticizing
the Sri Lankan army chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka,
who called the Tamilnadu leaders who are meddling with Srilankan affairs
with reference to war on LTTE, as jokers.
This invited the anger of many leaders of Tamilnadu,
But Ms Jayalalitha has kept silent in criticizing the Army chief for his remarks.
This shows that she is not a Tamil, nor having Tamil instincts.
If this is the rationale to be called as a Tamil,
then it gives rise to a very piquant situation
of entire Tamilnadu
not having Tamils!
(this excludes film fraternity and
Govt officials who enjoy the patronization for the DMK govt
and the persons in influential posts who donated for the Srilankan aid.)
For, the general publicat large are not at all for the scenes
that the politicians are creating on Srilankan issue.
Karunanidhi & co must be happy that Fonseka has not called them as 'fools'.
How else one will be called if one goes out of the way
to put pressure on another country
interfering in its internal affairs.
If a human rights issue is involved,
by now every other country would have raised is objection o Srilanka.
What is happening there is what we have failed to do in our country
-in curbing terrorism.
Every organization other than LTTE not opposing the Srilankan move
shows that the ground realities are different
and we are making a fool of ourselves by raising our fist against the air.
We can not set our house in order.
We can not raise a finger against the terrorists.
We can not even execute the sentence on Afsal Guru even after the Mumbai attacks
(as a show of toughness against terrorism)
But we will raise a hue and cry against a nation that is getting tough with its terrorists.
It is a national shame, nay, a Tamil's shame
that we can not call a halt to terrorism in our soil
even after the Mumbai attacks,
yet ask another country to stop war on its terrorists.
We have let our nation slip into immunity with terrorism.
If we expect another nation to be so is nothing but an act in foolishness.
It is un-patriotic too, to go soft on LTTE,
instead of asking the Lankan govt to capture the offenders in
Rajiv Gandhi's assassination and hand them over to us.
When will our present crop of politician understand
that issue-based politics only will carry weight as to invite some support?
they will have to face such remarks from others.
This is the mood of the public-
But we know why Mr Karunanidhi is doing these polemics.
These were the people who brought Ronen Sen to his kneels.
Politicians are certainly a class which does not fall in tune with national ethics.
Coming to who a Tamil issue,
well, Jayalalitha did not criticize the foreign official
who spoke ill of Tamilnadu politicians.
Can anyone who criticizes that official become a Tamil?
Does one get a Tamil tag if he criticizes anyone who criticizes a Tamil?
No one from rest of India
or from the Central government criticized the official.
Is it because they are non-Tamils?
Going back in memory lane,
Poetess Ouvaiyaar criticized Tamil kings for their enmity among themselves.
Is she a non-Tamil?
No one challenged her for that.
That means other Tamils of her time were non-Tamils?
Poet Kapilar did not like the way Tamil kings behaved with Paari vaLLAl
and criticized them.
No other poet questioned Kapilar for that.
Were they non-Tamils?
Mr Karunanidhi quoted Cheran Sen kuttuvan to support his claim that
Tamils must unite in criticizing the Srilankan official.
He says that the Cheran king, on behalf of the other two kings
(Cholan and Pandyan) avenged the North Indian kings
while bringing back the stone from the Himalayas
for making the statue for Kannagi.
But what happened was that the Cheran already had a grouse
with the North kings when he was challenged on his trip
to the Ganges on a pilgrimage with his mother.
The thought of building a temple for Kannagi
gave a fillip to his desire to stamp his foot on the North
by making the entire land a Tamil land
(Silappadhikaaram -Kaatchi-k-kaadai 160- to 183).
In this context he wanted to make the march to North as Tamil venture
and procured the support from the other two kings
by getting their seal in his message to the Northern kings.
A better corollary of this is for Mr Karunanidhi
to take up all politicians with him and go on a war with Srilanka.
He would say this is not possible in today's condition.
That is it.
It is not possible in today's world
to shout from your house-top at the country's neighbor and give trouble to him.
Only jokers do that.
A wise Tamil, that Ms Jayalalitha is,
she has not joined the groups of jokers!
Views on who is a Tamil.
'Amma' is non-Tamil! Says Karunanidhi
A fresh controversy has erupted in vituperative Dravidian politics with chief minister M. Karunanidhi branding rival AIADMK supremo Ms Jayalalithaa as a non-Tamil. That was why she kept mum while all the other political leaders reacted in anger and indignation at the insulting remarks of Sri Lankan army chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka, concluded the chief minister while speaking at the wedding of revenue minister I. Periyasami's son here on Wednesday. "The army commander of Sri Lanka has ridiculed Tamil Nadu leaders as a bunch of jokers. Most leaders from our state have condemned Fonseka's remarks," Mr Karunanidhi said.
Reeling out the names of PMK chief Dr S Ramadoss, MDMK general secretary Vaiko, VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, Communist leaders D. Pandiyan and N. Varadarajan, and then said the name of a leader of an important party does not figure in that list.
"She has remained silent (at Fonseka's insult) and that's because she is not a Tamil," said the DMK chief minister.
"He (Karunanidhi) picks up these issues of caste and being a Tamil whenever he is down and out. These rusted weapons have never won him any political battle as proved first by our late leader MGR and repeatedly now by our Amma. Years ago, he had branded MGR as a Malayalee in the hope of alienating him from the Tamil people but they in turn, voted our revolutionary leader as chief minister repeatedly. Same is the case with Amma now," fumed South Chennai AIADMK secretary V. P. Kalairajan.