"Venkatraman Ns" (via indiaresists Mailing List)
2018-07-19 14:02:45 UTC
REMEMBERING KAMARAJ, FORMER
CHIEF MINISTER OF TAMIL NADU
Cross section of people in Tamil Nadu celebrated the birth anniversary of
Kamaraj on 15th July,2018 with dignity and feelings of gratitude for the
services rendered by the great man to Tamil Nadu and the country and for
his setting up a bench mark for quality governance in Tamil Nadu
Both Kamaraj and Kakkan were born in very poor families and gained respect
and prominence in public life by exhibiting qualities of simplicity and
sincere devotion to the cause of the country.
When Kamaraj was the Chief Minister and Kakkan was the minister in his
cabinet, both of them discharged their duties and responsibilities with
high level of personal honesty. The probity in public life which they
exhibited throu oghout their life and as ministers was of highest class.
With the honesty of purpose and sustained interest in the welfare of the
deprived section of the society, many schemes were implemented successfully
and in time ,which was possible due to the absence of any vested interests
and absence of corruption at the political level.
Today, those in the age group of sixty and above who have seen Kamaraj and
Kakkan and who have experienced the benefits of their quality leadership
and administration, feel extremely sad to see the conditions today in Tamil
Nadu, where corruption has become the order of the day and more than one
third of men population in Tamil Nadu have become liquor addicts.
Of course, even in the days of Kamaraj as Chief Minister, he was heavily
criticized and abused by the leaders of the Dravidian parties for no valid
reason. While C.N.Annadurai was dignified in criticizing him , it was not
so in the case of other leaders of the Dravidian party . But, people in
Tamil Nadu looked at the abuses with the contempt that they deserve.
Decline in the quality of governance and probity in public life started in
Tamil Nadu after the passing away of C.N.Annadurai, who was the Chief
Minister only for a very short period.
Ever since then, the decline in the standards of politicians and government
machinery have been steady and though it has already reached disturbingly
low level, many wonder whether it would further go down to catastrophic
Today, many politicians in Tamil Nadu at various levels, who have never
taken up any job or involved themselves in any worthwhile profession to
earn their livings, are now leading luxurious life style with huge wealth
and property , though they have no known sources of income. Quite a number
of them are chancellors and pro chancellors of universities with their sons
and daughters waiting to succeed them. Learned professors are saluting them.
Today, in Tamil Nadu, politics has become such a lucrative profession that
every member of the leader of the political party want to enter politics
with tacit encouragement from the families. Now,new political parties are
emerging at disturbingly frequent level, with politicians as founders ,who
have nothing to claim as their own except the ill gotten money.
Under the circumstances, it is not surprising that people who have seen the
days of Kamaraj and Kakkan feel extremely disturbed at the present state of
affairs and they wonder whether Tamil Nadu can get back the glorious days
of Kamaraj and Kakkan at all.
When Kamaraj and Kakkan passed away , they had no significant property or
wealth and Kamaraj had only a few shirts and dhoties with currency of
around Rs. 100 or so. One can readily see the difference these days if we
look at todayâs politicians, who can go nowhere near Kamaraj and Kakkan for
their standards of thoughts and actions.
Have we already lost Tamil Nadu as a place of glory and dignity that it was
once known for.
Nandini Voice for The Deprived