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Women representatives in the 16th Lok Sabha

Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister has emerged a true winner this election when it comes to women’s representation. Her party which won 34 seats in WB has almost 33 percent women representatives as compared to the BJP which has around 11 percent compared to the total seats (282) won by it.

List of women MPs




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Cases against K-protestors a parody of law: Fact Finding Team


18 April, 2012. CHENNAI – A fact-finding team headed by senior journalist Sam Rajappa confirmed that the Government had indeed restricted movement of essential goods and people in the days following the Chief Minister’s March 19th declaration announcing her support to the nuclear plant.

The report, which was released at a press conference in Chennai, noted that the spirit of opposition to the nuclear power plant was very high, and warned that arresting the leaders could lead to a serious law and order problem in the region.

The report, which was based on a two-day visit to Idinthakarai on March 30 and 31, Nagercoil and other villages in Radhapuram taluk, observes that the police had filed “false cases under every conceivable section in law.”

Just between Sept 10, 2011 and Dec 23, 2011, the police had filed 107 FIRs against 55795 people. Of this, 6800 people have been charged with “sedition” and/or “waging war against the State,” perhaps the largest ever number in British or independent India for one police station. The report’s authors said the recent FIR alleging “attempt to murder” by S.P. Udayakumar, V. Pushparayan and other leaders was fabricated and designed to malign the peaceful movement and its leaders.

“This is a parody of law. The frequency and manner in which the Police has filed cases against peaceful protestors clearly exposes that the police’s intent never was to uphold the rule of law, but to crush any dissenting voices,” said Mr. Rajappa. “The Tamil Nadu CM belongs right up there with Mamata Banerjee for her vengeful use of the Indian Penal Code to suppress any contrary voices,” he said.

Rubbishing claims about mischievous outside instigators and innocent villagers, the report’s authors found that the protest was “a genuine people’s movement.” “Throughout our two-day visit, we could not find any trace of the agitation being instigated by Mr.Udayakumar or any other leader. It is a genuine people’s movement,” the team said. The report also documents a contribution of Rs. 1,25,000 by “a group of fishermen from Chinna Muttom in Kanyakumar district to express solidarity with the Koodankulam agitators. . .and to keep the agitation going.”

Loyola College lecturer Dr. Gladston Xavier, who was also part of the fact finding team, said “The Government should learn from incidents like the Arab Spring that the more the suppression of free speech, the greater the strength and explosive force with which it will eventually emerge.”

The report’s authors appealed to the State Government to revoke the cases filed against protestors, and engage in a genuine and democratic dialogue with them on the substantive issues concerning nuclear safety.



The fact finding team comprised of the following members who visited the areas around Koodankulam nuclear plant on 30th and 31st March 2012, to study the impacts caused by curfew imposed.

Mr. Sam Rajappa, Senior Journalist & Director, Statesman School of Print Journalism, Kolkata

Dr. Gladston Xavier, Senior Lecturer, Loyola College

Mr. Mahadevan, President, PUCL-Kanyakumari District

Ms. Porkodi, Advocate, High court Madurai bench

Mr. Rajan, PUCL Kanyakumari

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in News and Views


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Endaro Mahaanubhavulu

Welcome to my blog and wishing you all a very happy new year.

Endaro Mahaanubhavulu, andariki vandanamulu.

(as many great souls as there be, to everyone of them I bow respectfully)

John Keats : Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

I tried hard to shorten this blog post but couldn’t, so I had to split into sections since each topic was more interesting and intriguing.
After getting bored at home during Christmas holidays, I went to library to pick up a book that could keep me engaged. While browsing the shelf, my hands lay on a book which had a beautiful cover picture of MS and the book was ‘MS, a life in music’ by T.J.S. George.

The second reason why I was eager to read the book was the ‘low popularity’ of Carnatic music with the younger generation (People would strongly disagree with this) and among the non-South Indian listeners.

I was stunned when some of the friends at college questioned what ‘Carnatic music’ was? I wondered how it could not reach them. The college I study has students coming from different parts of the country so I thought it could be a regional issue. I again thought it could also be a generation issue, since we young are glued to the rock culture and western music more (this statement is based on my observations from the recent concerts which I’ve attended).

Picture captured from the book ‘MS, a life in music’

Here I am not putting the other genre of music down but I am trying to get deep into the issues associated with Carnatic music. Music is an individual choice and it can’t be forced, so I am not promoting Carnatic music here; I am now a mere rasika* (*One who enjoy’s the art being part of an audience) and I’ve not practiced Carnatic music to get into the details and technical aspects of the art.

Over the years Carnatic music scholars and critics have written about the declining interest among the younger generation in this art. It is not merely from the point of view of listeners but it is the practitioners who believe that this music is of the elitists in our society. This perception needs change.

Before I get into the issues, let me guide you through about what Carnatic music is and what the book is all about.

Carnatic music: Raagam, Taalam, Pallavi

The word ‘Carnatic’ is the colonial bastardization initially perpetrated by the Portuguese and then continued by British who could not associate the phonemes of the word Karnataka. The origin attributed to the geographical region of Canara and the people Canarese. Carnatic music is said to be at most 500 to 600 years old began with Purandara Dasa (1484-1564). Carnatic music came from four linguistic segments of the south. Dasa was a Kannadiga and Annamacharya belonged to Telugu region.

The trio of carnatic music

Later came Mutthu Swami Dikshidhar, Thaigaraja, and Shyama Sastri (as in pic from left to right) who popularized the Carnatic music. All three were born in the same village of Thiruvarur in Thanjavur district and Thaigaraja was Telugu while the rest two were Tamil. Then it was fitted into Malayalam mosaic in the form of Sopana Sangeetham.



Book by T.J.S. George

About the Book: ‘MS, a life in music’ is a biography of MS Subbulakshmi, a Carnatic vocalist who was a Magsaysay and Bharat Ratna award winner. It is penned by TJS George, a journalist author who has won the R.K.narayan’s award for the best author in English, 2005.

What could I see in the Book: Though it’s a biography, I could see more than a life story of a character MS. It has music, caste domination, gender discrimination, sanskritization, Brahminism, Bhakti, early marriage, Coffee associated with culture, male domination, love… each one is complex by itself so I restrict and carry later on this blog.



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