Wednesday, June 17, 2015


(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
Amavaasya / Kali Yugabda 5117 / Manmatha Aani 1 (June 16, 2015)


Forty three years back, when I assumed office as the Headmaster of the government primary school, a cattle-shed behind the Lord Murugan temple in Andarkuppam in Solavaram Panchayat Union (Tamilnadu, Bharat) served as the school. The premises doubled as a school during the day and cattle shed in the night. School started work at nine in the morning. The 40 students and the two teachers followed the routine of removing cow dung and sweeping the floor in the mornings. Children were made to sit on wooden planks and listen to their class. The school needed a building. Government funds were not available. Saminatha Iyer, the owner of the cattle shed, donated Rs 100. We went door to door through the village. Every family pitched in with paddy, tamarind, chillie, groundnut, etc., by way of donation. We encashed every such item at the Nadar provision store. We added our own contribution to it and gave it to G.K. Naidu, the richest agriculturist in the village who constructed the school building with it.  He said at this juncture, “I could have borne the entire cost, but it would not have had the desired effect. Now, every student would proudly own up the school saying ‘at least a few bricks donated by my grandfather have gone into the building’ and would thus be keen to keep it safe and clean”. The students did. Today it is a High School offering quality education to 600 students. (From a Tamil book ‘TEN PLUS SEVEN EQUALS EIGHTEEN’ authored by Lion M. Muralidharan).


Thirty boys at SOS Youth House, SOS Children’s Village, Kochi (Kerala, Bharat), volunteered to donate a good part of their monthly personal allowances towards assistance for the people of Uttarakhand, who are currently suffering because of the floods caused by the recent heavy rainfall. The boys took this opportunity to be able to do something in return for the society which has always helped them in one way or the other. Together, they collected a sum of Rs 3,000. Thirteen of these boys representing the youth house together with Head Boy Anand C S, went to the Collectorate and handed over the money to district collector Sheikh Pareeth. He congratulated the kids for their generous act. This contribution to the Uttarakhand relief fund made the kids realise the need of social work and generosity towards whoever is in need of help. (A report by Smt Nandini Krishnan in THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS (Kochi),  July 14, 2013).

Shri Chandramouli, a cop-turned-real estate dealer, came from Nagapattinam to Chennai on to hand over a petition to the Chief Minister. He ended up helping a fellow petitioner in dire need. While waiting for his turn in the waiting area near the Chief Minister's special cell, he noticed an agitated old woman. She was telling the Secretariat Security something and was not very coherent. When he enquired, a police officer told him that the woman had come from Periyakulam and did not have money to go home. "I was thinking: God! one more problem," the Sub-Inspector told The Hindu . "I should go to the Transport Minister's office and request his staff for a pass for the woman. They may or may not oblige." That was when Mr. Chandramouli stepped in. Without a second thought, he gave Rs. 220 to the woman. When asked what made him do that, he said that the woman's need seemed genuine. "Tears welled up in her eyes. Her lips were quivering and she could not speak coherently. I have been a cop. You cannot act up such emotions," he said. The Secretariat Security officials said that they routinely had to deal with women in a similar situation. "They come here with a lot of faith and hope and very little money," said another policeman. More often than not, the women cops collect money from their colleagues to send them home. "There is no mechanism to deal with such cases. We collect Rs. 10 or Rs. 20 from our colleagues and send them home," says a woman constable.  (A report by Shri R.K. Radhakrishnan in THE HINDU, June 9, 2005).

At a time when one feels ashamed or even embarrassed because of the crimes and misdoings shown by most news channels, Doordarshan’s News has launched a programme that will bring out the brighter side of life. The first episode of Good News India,which is aired every Sunday at 9.30 pm, went on air on 31 May. The special bulletin differs from other news bulletins, as it will carry stories, which may inspire and motivate people. The stories to be screened will be about individuals or organizations that are doing something of value to society and thereby setting an example for others to follow. It may be recalled that earlier this year, Dainik Bhaskar too launched a similar initiative wherein the newspaper said that it would refrain from printing negative news on Mondays. ( -- June 3, 2015).


A probationary officer with State Bank of India, Selvi NL Beno Zephine of Chennai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) has a big list of well-wishers she wants to thank. Besides Prime Minister  Narendra Modi, this included Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Central Ministers Jitendra Singh (PMO) and Pon Radhakrishnan, among others. She is a visually impaired woman from Tamil Nadu, who is all set to become the first IFS officer. With 100 per cent visual impairment, says she is raring to go around the globe representing India. The 25 -year-old Zephine received orders from the Central government last week asking her to report within 60 days. Zephine is first visually impaired IFS officer. Zephine said she was told that the encouraging policy of the Narendra Modi's government had helped in overcoming any possible procedural delays in her appointment. Zephine credits her parents for what she has achieved, saying her father took her wherever she wanted to go in pursuit of her dreams and managing to buy every other book for this purpose. Her mother would assist her in studying the books, sometimes reading them aloud. Zephine is now pursuing a Ph.D degree. (PTI June 15, 2015).
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