Tuesday, July 17, 2018

078. Loudspeakers, Elephants And Fireworks Create Hell In Kerala Temples

Loudspeakers, Elephants And Fireworks Create Hell In Kerala Temples. P. S. Remesh Chandran

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum



*Mad things are happening in Kerala temples in the name of religion. Race, class and gender apartheids enforced by the upper class in Hindu community through centuries, suppressed once by the British colonial administration for a time, are returning with new vigour. Fanatics and extremists in Hinduism, armed with anti-constitutional attitudes and backed by a cowardly civil administration, create hell in places where people meet for worship. Reformation is now a distant dream in this religion.

1. DISINTEGRATING TEMPLES

They know Rama hunted in the forests. What do they think Rama hunted and ate?

*Hinduism has been undergoing reformation through all centuries. Whenever it reached a stage where further reformation was unacceptable to those higher in the hierarchy, dissatisfied people formed new religions and flocked to them. Buddhism was one example. Twentieth century and twenty first century Hinduists tend to believe all reformation needed has already happened and no more is needed. But has all dross been removed from their minds and the religious body? Look how bad their convictions on if all the needed reformations are over are. Throughout India, the Hinduists interested in capturing the ruling power of the country kill people who eat red meat, in the name of Rama. They know Rama hunted in the forests. What do they think Rama hunted and ate? Piggish priests forbade women coming to temples wearing the popular and all-covering churidar: they want to see at least the shoulders, neck and abdomen of women. Now tell us, have all needed reformation in Hinduism been over?

Officers who would have been hanged in other countries for helping mass killing people are just transferred or suspended.

 

*Like in every other state in the country where Hinduism is in majority, loudspeakers, elephants and explosives meet in Kerala temples to create hell. Civil administration remains submissive to anti-communal and anti-democratic elements who are trying to run the country into an authoritarian theocracy and help them flout laws. Officers who would have been decapitated or hanged in other countries for helping anarchists in mass-murdering people are just transferred to other stations or merely suspended from service for a while- ridiculous punishments for betraying the constitution of the country.

Thousands of people suffer loss of hearing and balance loss after festivals and need psychiatric help for years.

*Law and Order stands still, animal abuse laws, anti-loud speaker laws and anti-explosives laws are violated each day, and anti-social elements re-recognized as temple committees reign freely in streets, creating anarchy in the name of religion. Apex court rulings and constitutional regulations are minded not; they do only what their lawless minds and mindless organizations tell them to do. Indian Administrative Service personnel and Indian Police Service personnel keep back from interfering for keeping law and order, for fear of antagonizing the communal elements in society and loosing their jobs eventually. Some of them even join communal organizations and secure promotions and positions. Innocent people die in hundreds in elephant attacks during street processions, in miscarried temple fireworks explosions and from loss of hearing and loss of balance after weeks of loudspeaker and fireworks aggression. Thousands of people behave like zombies after weeks-long temple festivals and hundreds become mute after this steady onslaught of sound and need psychiatric help for months or even years to revert to some semblance of normalcy. District Administrations stand like frozen spectators and view things as if these are happening not in their country.

Without a peaceful and quiet place for worship, there is no religion.



*In centuries when everyone had to put in back-breaking hard work from morning till night and all through the night to make a living, there was no time left to spend on rest and to find solace from daily worries. People’s houses were tiny, streets were narrow and there was not that feeling of space. Human mind craved for space and the solace space provided. Human life, as it was then centered on production, did not have time for intermingling with others. Temples provided this much-needed space and solace and served as meeting places for people. You could go to a temple at any time of the day or night: they had no surrounding walls. They used mellow oil lamps: there was no harsh lighting inside. Green tree canopies protected you from hot scorching sunlight and heat inside: the compounds were not marbled or tiled. People came with torn hearts and tonnes of worries, stood in the space and silence of temples unloading troubles, and left with soothed hearts and tranquil minds. They left with enough energy to carry them on through many more days. When this recharged energy exhausted, they came again. This was the simple mechanism behind a temple, then. The belief that there was someone inside there to listen to our worries and tearful prayers and remedy things for us through divine intervention was important in human lives; it was the very basis of religion. When this space and silence and belief were lost, religion also was lost, and the remaining skeletal frame became a pseudo religion. Without a peaceful and quiet place for worship, there is no religion.

Temples once provided a feeling of space and solace and served as a meeting place for people.

 

-Though it is true that temples once provided a feeling of space and solace to people, ironically, it was not the intention of those who built them to dispense divine peace. The conquerors and kings who constructed these temples as imposing structures, as awe-inspiring behemoths, only wanted to imprint upon people’s minds the permanence of their conquest or the grandeur of their empire; it had nothing to do with the peace of mind or the spiritual upliftment of people. But except in the minds of these megalithic builders, Hindu religion, or any other religion of importance in the other parts of the world as a fact, remained impassive and gave no importance to awe-inspiring grandeur or physical pleasure, and great masses in these religions treated temples only as places for spiritual liberation. In fact there are practically no religions in the world which gave too much importance to carnal and visual pleasures except perhaps those rare absurdities created by people like Acharya Rajneesh fervently called Osho by similarly deranged, or a few obscure cults lying in the unmentionable hinder lands of civilization. For a long time these temples indeed served as meeting places for people anyway and did provide solace and peace to their torn minds. But since when science and technology arrived, things began to change.

Compound walls, electric lights and loud speakers were reasons for the degeneration of Hindu temples and religion.

 

-First the temples were walled-in so that the priests could grab the breasts of women without being seen from outside. Then there came electric lights, replacing mellow oil lamps and taking away the ambience of softness in temple atmosphere, bringing ruthless harshness in instead. The chants and prayers from human lips were the next to go, to be replaced by coarse recorded instrumentalized music from cassette players, c d players and pen drives, roaring through loud speakers, so that the time spent on praying also could be liberated for more breast-grabbing, and if possible, copulation. What other benefits did walls and electric lights and loud speakers bring to Hindu temples and religion? Did worship become more ardent and pious than before and did people and priests and temple and religion become cleaner? Soon temples became no more soothing to human minds and people lost interest and confidence in temples and religion. If someone says compound walls, electric lights and loud speakers were reasons for the degeneration of Hindu temples and religion, how can one disagree?

Powers of police officers and district collectors delegated to local goons during festivals.
 



-Mega religious festivals in North India attract millions of devotees and go without incidents, guarded by the efficient civil set up there. But temple festivals in Kerala are almost always accompanied by accidents and deaths. The civil set up in Kerala is weak and disloyal and yields to local politicians’ and religious criminal elements’ pressures and look the other way when important and vital laws meant to provide people’s safety are flouted by gangs. The respect Kerala’s people had once towards Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service personnel is lost, and they are seen as no more dependable for ensuring the safety of people. Investigations on many incidents of mass-killing occurred in Kerala temple festivals in previous years revealed that they were standing ineffective as spectators instead of enforcing law sternly. To lighten the burden of keeping people safe, they conferred with local goons and took them into confidence. Foolishly thinking that these born criminals respected their stars, stripes, titles and uniforms, these lazy and irresponsible officers believed in the personal guarantees and assurances by these criminals. When these local goons got their way and mass killings happened through elephant trampling, riots and firework accidents, these officers blamed one another and kept their hide and job safe by creating confusion in government. The hundreds of reports of judicial investigations on previous incidents of temple mishaps in Kerala underlined this view.
 

Nowhere in this world will a sane civil administration entrust crowd control to a bunch of local muscles with a record.
 



-We can understand a civil administration taking into confidence a local set up of muscles to carry on things smoothly in a festival, if the latter consists of reliable and trustworthy persons with no criminal records. But in Kerala the civil administration already knows from records that most of the local organizers of temple festivals are either pucca criminals engaged once in rowdy activities or investigated once for stealing public money. Still the civil administration trusts them and entrusts to them the safety of people in temple events, which is nothing but criminal negligence. Where crowd control is concerned, nowhere in this world will a sane and clean civil and police administration entrust law and order to a bunch of locals with a record of showing no concern for human lives or having a conscience.

2. LOUDSPEAKER CRIMINALITY

Loudspeakers are the cruel face of religion, the greatest threat to children.

*Mankind sees God in the faces of children. The radiance we see in their faces is the radiance and innocence of God. The language they speak in the first months of their arrival is the language God speaks, brought from the land where they came from. Giving them the first priority is giving God his due priority. Creating them and educating them is the only mission assigned to man by God. An intervening someone is the enemy of the world. The evil of religion shows its cruel face in the form of the greatest threat to children- the loudspeakers.

Temple committees and priests, with electronic hypnosis and music mania.

*A child wakes up at 4 in the morning and begins learning lessons. She learns until 9 am when it is time she has to go to school. In the nearby temple exactly at 4.30 am a priest dips into the temple pond and, clad in scanty dripping clothes to show off his sex appeal to women, enters the shrine and switches on a Tape Recorder. It gives him the kind of sexual discharge he craves. He has two mental impairments Electronic Hypnosis and Music Mania which he recognizes not. He will continue this pleasure up to 9 am well into day when he has to eat and the child has to go to school. What can we do to this insolent and senseless brute? When the temple loudspeaker begins to roar, the child folds its book and complaints to its father. It curses the priest, the priest’s father, mother, grand father, grand mother, bygone ancestors, Hindu religion, all Hindu organizations and god- the first curse from this child. But what can its father do? How can a child learn when loud speakers roar from temples? How can even grown up people read books when loudspeakers roar? Cursing all the way, the child packs her bag and goes to school. She returns from school at 4 in the evening and resumes learning. Exactly again at 4 pm the priest dips into the pool and showing off his sex appeal enters the shrine and switches on the Tape Recorder for the evening protocol. It continues till 9 at night, unquestioned. Ten precious hours lost from the life of a child due to the insatiable lust of a brute of a priest in a shrine in a Hindu temple whose heart brims with poisonous vengeance, hatred and jealousy! How many similar children in that neighborhood and how many temples in that village!! Blinder brutes in parliament, cabinet and ministry remain spineless, terrified at the thought of touching that brute, for fear of antagonizing a few uncivilized Hindu fanatics. Not one single MP or MLA raised this issue in parliament or state assembly ever in the history of India, or the all-listening executive or judiciary initiated action on its own. Wherever we look, we see people associated with temples are ‘less-than-sub-normal’. It is impossible to see a single sane person connected with a temple. We now understand why people abandoned this degenerating religion in masses and formed and flocked to Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

The child soon learns that authorities strutting like cocks in uniforms are living in constant fear of criminal temple elements. 



*That hurt child soon learns that its father is not as strong and powerful as it believed and that he or anyone else cannot do anything against temple mikes. From family discussions in the house following its complaint, the child also learns that the District Collector, the Inspector General and the Chief Minister are living in fear of temple committees. For the first time the child adds the words ‘spineless, impotents, rogues and fanatics’ to its vocabulary. It learns that even if its father had made a complaint, he would have been made a laughing stock of the village, beaten by temple goons and the police would not have registered a case. With rising pulse, the child for the first time learns that those high in authority strutting like cocks in uniforms are living in constant fear of criminal temple elements and will piss in pants if priests, mullahs and vicars stared at them for too long. So the child looses its confidence in its father, police, government, cabinet, legislative assembly, judiciary, religion and society. Actually it is not loosing confidence in any of these; she develops none in her childhood years. The brutal nation has finally succeeded in making a vampire out of an angel. What if it was a boy?

Who created that unruly youth standing there with a stone in his hand and ruffled hair?

*Years later we will see that child running through streets in fiery demonstrations, stoning shops, malls and department stores, burning buses, trains and government buildings, and eventually emerging as naxalite, anarchist or even a terrorist. There stands our unruly youth with a stone in his hand and ruffled hair who emerged from the ashes of that angelic and cherubic child who closed his books years earlier due to a lusty priest’s loudspeakers and is now coming with a vengeance against the leprous priests and impotent governments of his country. The government now accuses him of his Face Book page containing obscenities and spitting venom against Chief Ministers and the like and arrests him, and the society finds him standing there trying to topple everything conventional, traditional and orthodox and brands him as an anti-social and the family sheds him out as an outcast. Everyone likes to forget that this horror process began with that priest caressing his tape recorder as if he is caring a whore and those cowardly authorities who declined to confiscate his instrument and arrest this brute!

Influential dignitaries wielding unlimited power in government look like sneaky weasels in the eyes of their children.

*If we rise up early and go for a walk in Trivandrum city, we see thousands of parents taking children to tuition on scooters. Why they take even brilliant children to tuition is for escaping from the temple loudspeakers- a fact which every government official knows and is ashamed of in his inner self. Tuition centres farthest from temple loudspeakers are the choicest among children and parents now have become skilled in identifying those. Of course these parents include police officers, political leaders and environmental scientists, some of them may even be district collectors and government secretaries, but they pretend they are helpless against temple loudspeakers. Influential dignitaries wielding unlimited power in government look like timid, sly and sneaky weasels in the eyes of their own children. In the eyes of these children, there is no law, parliament, government or judiciary in this country, as regard to loudspeakers.

God-men will never tell loudspeakers, electric lights and fireworks were what went wrong in temples.

*No one knows when and where loudspeakers were made part of temple rituals, or by whom. No one has an answer nor is it likely one will ever come up with one. A temple committee in the past must have asked some Gulf returnee to gift something to their temple. This uneducated rich snob must have decided it would be best to contribute a mike set to the temple. It must have been the beginning and then this trend must have spread throughout Kerala. The hundreds of Hindu organizations which live upon temples cared not if it was right or wrong. Soon it came to that every temple should have a loud speaker. Every temple, even those under government control, occasionally spend crores of rupees for conducting special poojas to detect what went wrong with the temple and what correctional steps to be taken. God men who squeeze money for conducting these poojas suggest gold-covering a mast here, widening or closing an entrance there or relocating a deity but never a word telling new introductions like electric lights, loudspeakers and fireworks were what went wrong with temples and to immediately get rid of these abominations.

If time marches back in Hinduism, let it march back with everything.

*Loudspeakers were an invention of the modern age which never ought to have been allowed anywhere near temples, churches or mosques. But which temple, church or mosque does not use loudspeakers to announce the shop is open and ready for business? Oil lamps were once the only lighting allowed inside temples but do we not see the opulence and splendor of electricity in and outside temples now, even inside shrines? People worshipping god were once instructed to sing before the deity vocally, taking their time, utilizing that time to cleanse their souls. Now rogues pretending they are devotees delegate this duty to tape recorders and c d players and memory sticks and utilize that liberated time for breast grabbing, but no one looks up texts to see what punishments are ordained for pseudo worshippers. No chapter or line in holy texts instruct priests should travel in cars, scooters or air planes but holy men travel only in them. When fanatics want their government to ban pork and beef and expel Muslims and Christians from the country, the beliefs of back centuries will be pronounced as more right and correct and dependable than those in present times, forgetting the fact that the crossing of the ocean was as condemnable a sin as late in Gandhi’s times as for him to be cast out of religion for traveling to Bilati England, and conveniently forgetting the fact that their Hindu Prime Minister is crossing the ocean multi times a week and spending too much time on foreign soil. If texts are quoted for banning beef and pork, texts must also be quoted for banishing loudspeakers, fireworks and electric lights from Hindu temples. If time marches back in Hinduism, let it march back with everything, without leaving selected pleasures behind for only leaders to enjoy. Let their leaders and saints and gurus abandon million dollar suites and coats and golden lace works and wear loin clothes of wood veneer. But the fact is the clock of history cannot be turned back to a restoration point in a distant past like a restoration point in a computer is set and the progress mankind made in science, philosophy and humanities cannot be undone. Holy books do not say much about killing, blood baths, bigamy, matriarchy, patriarchy, gays, lesbians, adultery, pilferage, bribery, corruption, favouritism, despotism, autocracy, democracy, communism, communalism and socialism. It is man’s duty to interpret religion to accommodate modern facts, situations, and contexts.

If you are brimming with religion, go sitting before your deity and sing to the fullest of your lungs.

*Religious texts do not permit artificial sounds in temples. The most ancient of religious observations, made by Plato in his Republic in the Sixth Century B.C., is that no man shall be permitted to make noises louder than what the capacity of his lungs and neck would allow. If you are brimming and overflowing with religion and piety, go sitting before your deity and sing to the fullest of your lungs- that is what religion permits utmost. All other sounds in temples are artificial, irreligion and an abuse of religion and a mockery of piety. Loud speakers were an abominable addition to temples by uncouth people as replacing oil lamps with kerosene lamps and electricity in the shrine were. People who are in that set of mind to use tape recorders and loud speakers in temples will even defecate in temples. Loud speakers are anti-religion, anti-temple and anti-human, whether used for daily worship or for festivals. Kerala temples take it for granted that it is their privilege to use loudspeakers daily and during festivals, illegally and liberally. It is sure this liberty will not continue. Someday soon the victims and the law will catch up. Once there were only dog lovers in Kerala, who reined the streets and coerced governments, but following dogs attacking children and eating them and the increase in anti dog literature now there are only anti-dog activists. It is sure the temples also are going to be deprived of their much disused loudspeaker privilege the same way, whether government likes it or not.

Loudspeaker business goes across the border to Tamil Nadu operators.





*Every temple festival in Kerala is accompanied by hundreds of loudspeakers in spite of regulations. Anti-social elements in temple committees, considering themselves above the law and immune from police, instruct mike set operators to mount as many hundreds of horn-type loudspeakers as possible. Where an operator declines, the business goes across the border to Tamil Nadu operators and they mount not hundreds but thousands of horns, while the District Administration standing watching like a scare crow. Every year we see this spectacle at famous religious festivals at Beema Palli, Vettukadu, Attukal and Nanniyode Pacha in Trivandrum District- known law-breakers assembling as festival committees and challenging Police, District Collector, Government and Supreme Court orders publicly. They break every rule- the height of speakers from ground, distance from each other, the number of horns, the decibel level of sound- everything. In addition to the temple premises, every small junction within a radius of five kilometers will have loud-speaker-based commercial advertisements for several days; authorities will help by declaring vast square kilometers of local area as festival area. With only one festival at one place, there will be multi mike orders issued for different places, each one a flout of Supreme Court orders. Or have authorities and licensees begun to retail mike orders?

Temples squander electricity and the State Electricity Board looks away.

*The diaphragm of horn-type loudspeakers, also known as funnel-type loudspeakers, does not oscillate and focuses sound rather than dispersing it, producing ten times more decibel of sound than other types of loudspeakers, making the sound appear more like a roar to listeners and make the horn-types more disturbing than the cone-types. Using horn-type loud speakers and high power box amplifiers, making noise above regulation levels, placing horns at excessive heights, electric-connecting loud speakers to domestic connections and even to public electric lines are all illegal, and temple committees do all these. Not one KSEB official has ever caught any of these which is not strange. Using electricity from 4 AM to 10 AM and from 4 PM to 10 PM for announcing the shop is open and business is on is purely commercial use and temples cannot do this on a 6A tariff but they do it. To the energy-providing board, all customers must be equal and all energy laws must be applicable to all; there shall not be special concessions to political parties or religious establishments but they look away. Using loudspeakers in temples is also a waste of electricity. The Kerala State Electricity Board which issued stringent measures for energy conservation looks the other way when temples squander electricity. They simply fixed a tariff plan of something like 6A and allowed temples to waste electricity @ Rs. 5.5 up to 1000 units and @ Rs. 6.30 beyond that and escaped from the responsibility of disconnecting temples which squander electricity. They say it concerns belief. What belief?

Mike set operation is a family business with respect for law and decent behaviour; when organizers force, they break law.


*Providing light and sound is a family business. No newcomers are in this field. Only those who like the technology behind light and sound would enter this field. The grandfather, father and son having been in this business, they would have developed a respect for law, a rapport with people and a decent behaviour to all. Only when organizers of events force them do they break laws. Everyone wants their sounds to be heard miles and miles away and reach the maximum number of people possible. Chief Ministers, State Legislators, Parliament Members and Political Leaders are no exemptions and they all rejoice in the use of the maximum number of loudspeakers at the highest volume. Without them there is no public function and not one of them has ever declined to speak in a meeting if loudspeakers are used. So, organizers order the maximum number of loudspeakers with the highest volume and the mike set operators obey, with no opposition from police or the district administration. After they leave, the noise levels multiply and reach crescendos. So, long after legislation, banning horns remains a myth, due to the country’s leaders.

Comic actions in the names of Noise Pollution Rules, Police Act and Penal Code!

*Trivandrum District Collector and the Additional Divisional Magistrate Mr. Biju Prabhakar I.A.S. on 1 Sept 2014 warned public that stringent action without warning would be taken against those found to be violating norms regarding loudspeaker use. He said: ‘Violators of loudspeaker rules will face the music. The microphone set will be confiscated and a case will be registered against the loudspeaker operator. This directive comes in the wake of several complaints that loudspeakers were left on even beyond stipulated time frame. Violations were reported even after repeated warnings circulated through the press. Those punishable include the individual or group in whose name the loudspeaker license was issued, the operator, the respective event organizer, and, if the erring loudspeaker set was found mounted on a vehicle, the driver as well. Legal action would be taken on the grounds of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, Kerala Police Act, and the Indian Penal Code 268, 290, and 291. The operator found violating the rules would not be issued a license to work in the district thereafter. Loudspeakers must not be set up within 100 meters of the vicinity of hospitals, educational institutions, court complexes, public offices, and the zoo. Loudspeakers could be used after 10 p.m. only if it is set up inside a closed auditorium or conference hall. [News reported by The Hindu on 1 Sept 2014].

No loudspeakers were confiscated, no operators, organizers or drivers booked and no fines slapped.

*In the same month of September 2014, the District Administration, City Police, City Corporation, the Indian Medical Association and Kerala’s ENT Doctors’ Association joined hands in the presence of the Kerala Chief Minister for ensuring a noise-free city with the IMA supplying sound-level testing devices to the police. As usual, this venture also had great names like the National Initiative for Safe Sound Programme (NISSP!). Like hen longing for breasts, it also came to nothing. The next year, i.e. in 2016, following an overflow of students’ complaints about sound pollution affecting their studies, the district administration in Trivandrum, still headed by Mr. Biju Prabhakar I.A.S., opened a control room for people to directly filing complaints against sound pollution and informed that violators of norms would be slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 with seizure of equipments. After convening a meeting of religious leaders and restricting the use of loudspeakers in hospital and school areas, he said complaints could be anonymous and even zoo authorities had made complaints. [News reported by the Times of India on March 2, 2015]. This year also nothing came out of this, and the temple authorities continued their way. No loudspeakers were ever confiscated and no operators, organizers or drivers booked. No fines were also slapped. If there ever was an inspection to measure the decibel level, temple authorities promptly lowered the volume of sound and the inspection team returned contented. Wisely these geniuses let the inspection squads go to field without equipping them with inerasable mobile phone cameras which ensured if there was a click, there was also a prosecution. In 2018 also, as usual, the District Collector (now it was a lady) met the press with dire warnings against loudspeakers. (Reported on 14 February 2018 by media). She made this warning ‘in the light of the approaching temple festivals season from February to May’. She warned that ‘mike operators who create sound pollution will be booked’. Mike operators create noise only occasionally. She was careful to say nothing about temples, mosques and churches which use loudspeakers daily. Climbing the backs of mike operators is easy and interesting but doing the same on the backs of priests, mullahs and reverend fathers will be dangerous and toppling her chair.

The charade of loudspeaker curtail in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala.

*Why is this charade going on in the District Collectorate each year? What was the end result of each District Collector’s intervention in sound pollution? Their warnings and proceedings were legal and final, but in effect they orally excluded temples, churches, mosques, political parties, cultural organizations and government functions from the purview of their action. After excluding all these principal culprits, who were remaining there to be prosecuted? After their dire warnings, the frightened mike set operators in Trivandrum Rural and the City declined to hoist as many loudspeakers as the temple committees wanted. So they lost the business and the business went across the border to mega mike set operators from Tamil Nadu. Dozens of their Lorries piled high and overflowing with loudspeakers and amplifiers and generators crossed the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border each day with loudspeakers above and alcoholic spirit below. With bribed Kerala politicians’ help, without fearing police, they erected thousands and thousands of loudspeakers at temple and mosque and church festivals in Attukal, Beemappalli, Vettukad, Pacha-Palode and Nedumangad each year. Illicit spirit traffic was primary and mike set operation secondary in their agenda. These famed District Collectors stood mute and did nothing. Actually through their unlearnèd and unripe actions they were facilitating the flow of illicit spirit across the border, under those bribed politicians’ orders it must be assumed. This is the situation in all districts of Kerala. Everyone barks but none touches that temple tiger. Mike permissions are granted for two or three consecutive days only for specifically mentioned functions; they are not granted for year-round loudspeaker use. Every temple which operates loudspeakers does so without a license; temple authorities do not go to police station every three days for obtaining mike permission. So, every police officer, district collector and government secretary who sees a temple using loudspeakers perfectly well knows that they are using it illegally at the expense and criminal negligence of at least one officer in authority.

Too many court orders ending up in too many loudspeakers.

-It has been 12 years since the Supreme Court of India’s judgment on 18 July 2005 on the control of noise pollution. There has been enough time for all to know about this judgment. It clearly states cone-type speakers are never to be used, and the sound is to be kept below the prescribed decibel level, and cases will be registered and equipments seized wherever there are incidents of deviation. The judgment observed the law empowers District Administrations and Police to enforce noise control measures. When two Delhi residents filed a public interest petition in Delhi High Court requesting the court’s direction to government to immediately remove unlicensed loudspeakers used in various shrines, mosques and temples in the city which were operating at very loud volumes early in the morning and continuing till late at night, the High Court dismissed the petition, saying that ‘Delhi Police has issued various directions and orders and that the police are not relieved of the responsibility to deal with the misuse of loudspeakers as per law’. Giving warning to religious institutions and political parties continuing using corn-type loudspeakers, the Madras High Court further commented that ‘it appears that these institutions of worship of different faiths perceive that the blessings of God cannot be obtained unless there is a loud noise; cut that noise out, God listens to even silent prayers’ and ordered Tamil Nadu police to immediately inspect all the 44 places photographically identified by the petitioner specifically where horn-type speakers were being used and prescribed decibel level crossed. The Madras High Court Bench of Chief Justice S.K Kaul and Justice M. M. Sundresh again in March 2016 observed that ‘Prayers in all religions had been going on from ancient time even when electricity did not exist; religious institutions have a wrong notion that the blessings of God cannot be obtained unless there is loud noise of religious songs through cone and other banned types of speakers.’ There have also been numerous warnings, orders and observations by High Courts in the other states. Even after all these judicial pronouncements, the Shankaracharyas of India, on the religious side, who supposedly go through every ancient text and interpret their relevance or irrelevance on modern day contexts, did not utter even a word on the use of loudspeakers in temples. The oldest and the biggest Hindu organization in India- the Rashtriy Swayam Sevak Samgh or RSS- has yet to denounce the use of loudspeakers in temples. Anyway, they have already condemned the abusive use of elephants in temple processions and the uncontrolled display of fireworks in festivals, which is a good step ahead. Coming from the largest Hindu organization in India, it could be taken as a warning to corrupt and wayward temple committees.

-But authorities in even some of the most famous temples in India pretend there is no Supreme Court in India or are there a law banning the use of loudspeakers. A Parthasarathy Temple official in Triplicane, Tamilnadu told press, ‘nobody has ever complained to the temple authorities regarding high volume of noise!’ (Reported by News Today Net vide http://newstodaynet.com/chennai/shhhno-horn-type-loudspeakers-please). Religious authorities never like to bow to restrictions on the use of loudspeakers and they challenge the law wherever possible; on more occasions than one can remember have they displayed contempt for Indian laws. They feel ‘their right to do business is infringed upon.’ Yes, it is business, and not piety or religion. But how can a bunch of people who disobey the easier and inferior laws of the land obey the higher laws of the Almighty?

3. ELEPHANT INJUSTICE


  
The use of elephants in temple processions in connection with religious festivals has long been a controversy in Kerala. Inhuman treatment of these animals, subjecting them to long hours in the heat and dust on tarred roads and ear-piercing noise from multi sets of drums and hundreds of illegally used loud speakers- all in sharp contrast to the silence and coolness of their natural habitats- turn them mad and angry, killing mahouts and causing havoc among people. Animal Protection Organizations, SPCA, District Collectors and the Government are silent watchers to this cruel spectacle of abuse of animal rights going on in the name of religion.


 
Religious texts never said a word insisting on the use of wild animals for temple rituals. But government remains silent about this persecution of wild animals by temple committees, fearing their intervention will be misconstrued as an intrusion into the religious beliefs of people. These cruelties by a few rich masochists, sadists and brutes among temple committees and the passive outlook and indifferent attitude adopted by government have nothing to do with religion. The vulgar elements in the temple committees want to make and pocket as much money as possible in the name of this charade of temple festivals and government does not wish to antagonize the vulgar political elements in the temple committees. As a result, elephants turning violent in temple processions and maiming people is still continuing unchecked and remaining as a shame to the government of Kerala.

*Elephants were part of temple processions in Kerala for a long time. But then they were not marched through hot tarred roads for miles and miles because there were no tar roads and what roads were there were lined on both sides with shady trees. People then were not as indifferent as people now for they, especially the elephant owners and their mahouts, cared for the animals and gave them rest and refreshments. In those times, people in festivals and processions dared not go unruly and uproarious for they feared braking propriety in front of their lords and landlords.




The same goes with the misuse of elephants as well. On the lines of the grand display of decorated elephants at Thrissur pooram, even small temples have been increasing the number of elephants they parade during their festivals. In places where even one elephant can create a traffic-jam, organizers line up three or more and they are made to stand in maddening sounds of loudspeakers, crowds, music and firecrackers for hours on end. On many occasions, they run amuck. Although there are no reliable official statistics, reports in mainstream and social media show that the incidence of elephants killing people and damaging property is certainly on the rise and most of them are associated with temples.

Will you piss and defecate in a temple? If you do that, you would be in serious trouble and in chains within minutes. What if an elephant do it? That is why nothing which cannot voluntarily control its actions is allowed inside temples. That is why those creatures are not fed and watered long hours before they are brought to temples. Isn’t it cruelty to animals? Every timid animal welfare organization and the animal welfare department pretend they are not aware of this.

4. FIREWORKS FIASCO


  
The use of explosives for fireworks displays in Kerala started many decades ago as part of Hindu religious festivals, and Christians soon followed suit. Firecrackers used in those times were safe because only less dangerous types of pyrotechnic materials were known to man then. Handled properly, there was no danger from them. People engaged in fireworks-making in those days were well trained and thorough in their procedures and they knew what they were doing. That was why the long history of firecrackers in Kerala was devoid of accidents. Today, newer and newer pyrotechnic materials have been discovered and come into circulation. In today’s Hindu festivals, competing rival teams try to win over the other through variety, colour and sound and the height of their pyro materials’ ascension into sky. Even in intra-community rivalries, competition is now fierce and accidents too frequent to be ignored. But what would have been the fierceness of competition and the frequency of accidents had this been evolved into intra-religious competition between Hindus and Christians?

Explosives and fireworks have nothing to do with religion. Why should an all-powerful god who can sleep and rise at his will need roused from sleep by fireworks? Religions do not insist that explosives be used in customary rituals. It is the vanity, pomp and ostentation of the newly rich associated with temples that introduced and wish to continue fireworks as a temple ritual. We can see such novou rich in every temple committee, collecting and pocketing the amounts people deposit with their gods and introducing every kind of unimaginable thing considered once taboo in Hindu temples. Fireworks attract large crowds to festivals and temple committees collect large amounts. It is trade and commerce and not religion. There is no other logic behind conducting massive fireworks in temples. Some would like to say they will clear the atmosphere which has no scientific base. The noise pollution accompanying fireworks is far more calamitous to human beings, birds and animals. They are appealing to the mentally deranged only in whose grip the temple committees in Kerala are. According to police reports, quite a number of temple festival organizers are once or multi times booked for criminal offences and are still in their wanted or watch lists. Being an organizer of a temple festival is considered as a protection against police by the goons and thugs in a village.


  
For decades, debates have been going on about the use of unsafe materials in fireworks. The State Government failed to implement the Supreme Court order banning the use of sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am. The Department of Explosives of the Government of India failed to notify regulations on the chemical composition of all categories of materials used for making firecrackers, the failure leading to banned substances being widely used for fireworks to induce more light and sound. The District Administrations failed to ensure ample buffer zones provided between the crowds assembled and the sheds where explosives were lighted. Police failed to guarantee explosives were stored only in temporary thatched huts and failed to arrest and prevent disasters where the explosives were stored in permanent concrete buildings while they looked away. It was these concrete buildings which exploded and spewed flying debris in all directions in Paravur Temple, killing police and people even kilometers away.

FIREWORKS ACCIDENTS IN KERALA

The following is a list of accidents that have occurred due to fireworks in connection with festivals at places of worship in the state.

1) 1952 Sabarimala Temple: 68 dead. 2) 1978 Thrissur Pooram: 8 dead. 3) 1984 Kandassankadavu Church, Thrissur: 15 dead. 4) 1987 Sri Jagannatha Temple, Thalassery: 27 watching fireworks run over by train and dead. 5) 1988 Tripunithura temple, Kochi: 10 dead. 6) 1989 Kandassankadavu Church, Thrissur: 12 dead. 7) 1990 Duryodhana Temple, Kollam: 26 dead. 8) 1999 Chamunda temple, Aalur, Palakkad: 8 dead. 9) 2006 Production unit for Paramekkavu Temple, Thissur: 4 dead. 10) 2011 Fire-cracker unit at Athani, Thissur: 6 dead. 11) 2011 Fire cracker unit, Shoranpur: 13 dead. 12) 2013 Panniyamkurissy near Cherpalassery: 7 dead. 13) 2016 Maradu Kottaram Bhagavathy Temple, Kochi: 1 dead. 14) 2016 Paravur Devi Temple: 107 dead.

What happened at the last controversial fireworks in Kerala?

The Paravur Puttingal Devi Temple Committee requested the Kollam District Authority for permission to conduct a firework in connection with the temple’s annual Vishu festival at the beginning of the Hindu calendar year, on ……. . The District Administration had received quite a number of complaints from local people alleging that these fireworks were damaging their houses each year, competitive fireworks were comparatively more dangerous and shall not be allowed, and if allowed, be shifted to some place where local houses shall not be damaged. The District Administration called for and obtained reports from the revenue, police, fire safety and environmental authorities. All these departments pointed out that the proposed fireworks are against norms, are in violation of Supreme Court and High Court rulings and violation of Explosives Regulations and were not permissible. A local police constable reported that if conducted, this firework needed be shifted to a more spacious and safer place. The District Administration in the person of the Deputy Collector refused to grant permission and ordered the Superintendent of Police to comply with. It was the time of the state assembly election in Kerala and political parties including the ruling political party were eager to not antagonize any religious community or temple committee but to please them by all means for securing votes. None of them, including the Indian National Congress, Communist Party of India, Marxist, Kerala Congress, Muslim League or the Bharatiya Janatha Party demanded conducting the firework guaranteeing peoples’ safety. Instead, they all took the stand that if the temple committee is bold enough to go on with the firework in spite of no permission, let them. The temple committee on the day of the firework lied to the police that permission was granted at the last minute and the order was on its way. The police department with the latest of technologies in digital communications did not care to ascertain whether such permission was granted or not but stood like spectators to this disastrous firework. One of the highly explosive crackers landed in the concrete building where the firework materials of the rival group were stored and the building and the nearby building exploded leveling the buildings, huge concrete pieces and burning materials flew everywhere to even to two kilometers’ distance, killed and injured people, and severely damaging so many houses. Human bodies were torn apart in explosions and one woman even found human remains inside her house and roof. What native people complained about actually happened in spite of Police, Fire force, District Collector, Explosives Safety Department and High Court and Supreme Court orders!

Former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation of India (CBI), Mr. R K Raghavan, told Hindu National Daily that ‘these gory happenings are becoming a human rights violation. There is a near paralysis in the civil administration on such vital matters, attributable mainly to acute political interference. The situation is so bad these days that an organizer of a public function can go to a government official to either flaunt his religion or his proximity to the ruling party in order to browbeat the official concerned into permitting even the most objectionable event. Such tragedies will continue to occur if public safety policies are not delinked from religion and politics, and the greed which dictates the response of many public officials, both petty and senior.’


 
Most people do not know fireworks manufacturing is a field where no insurance companies have come up with insurance coverage for workers. Thousands and thousands of poor women and children make their living out of this dangerous profession. When one insurance company in Kerala did come up with a proposal for insuring all fire workers in Kerala for a reasonable premium, on the logical assumption that accidents do not happen too frequently to leave the insurance company without a handsome margin, the President and General Secretary of All Kerala Fire Workers and Licensees Association turned down the proposal for they had nothing in it. So, accidents continue to happen in this field, workers regularly get killed in explosions and licensees continue to become paupers. Temple committees, trade union and religious leaders and government authorities adopt a criminally negligent attitude towards workers in this field.

If a government promotes booze, it will promote fireworks too.

There is no excuse in saying fireworks display is an age-old tradition in temples. What will happen if we allow fireworks in temples for fear of wrecking the lives of thousands making their living out of it? It’s like government promoting booze because thousands make their living making and selling it. Ten thousands of people are engaged in smuggling, counterfeiting and terrorism. Will we make them legal too?







Friday, May 25, 2018

077. Introducing New English Books From P. S. Remesh Chandran


Introducing New English Books From P. S. Remesh Chandran

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum

By PSRemeshChandra, 25th May 2018 Short URL http://nut.bz/1tri-tkd/
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The books written by P. S. Remesh Chandran in English and published by Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum are introduced here for the readers’ benefit. The many essays, articles, comments and notes written by him and published by various news and literary platforms through the years also have been compiled as books and published. They are now available as Political Comments-World, India, Kerala. And there are also his dozens of books now available in his native language Malayalam.

Welcome to Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum, publishers to P. S. Remesh Chandran.

We are introducing here a few books published recently by us. Links in Amazon have been provided for those interested in purchasing them. We hope these books will keep up with your expectations of this author. 

NEW BOOKS CATALOGUE MAR-APR 2018.


   
01 Sahyadr Books Catalogue MAR-APR 2018

Introducing The New English Books From P. S. Remesh Chandran.

Dear Friend, Thank you for our friendship of many years, in which your presence and inspiration have always been a motivation for me to listen to you, to speak to you, and to converse with you. I know I came to this world with nothing, with no friends and with no particular intelligence. What I gained were from friends like you and people in my society. I know I will someday leave this world with nothing and with no one accompanying but a few hearts remembering me. So I try to give to people what I have. I will not take them with me anyway. For years I have been writing and publishing articles, comments and song videos. They were always free to people and almost all were released into Public Domain. I am now compiling them as e-books and releasing them through Amazon Kindle. Sorry for the pricing though the pricing is low: they will not accept books without a price tag. I wish you to kindly go through them, and remember that they are there on behalf of me, if and when needed by someone, for someone. Yours Lovingly, P. S. Remesh Chandran, Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum. 

Sahyadri Books Trivandrum New Books Catalogue MAR-APR 2018.


  
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Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum’s New Books Catalogue lays out all new books in English. A few upcoming books also have been included in the article. Malayalam books of his will be introduced in another article.

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Kahlil Gibran's TEARS AND LAUGHTER: Recast In The True Poetic Form.

 

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Kindle eBook. LIVE. (US$): $1.09. ASIN: B00D9NXOKI
Length: 51 Pages. Kindle Price (US$): $1.03. (INR): Rs. 73.00.
Publication Date: June 8, 2013.
Publisher's Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9NXOKI

It has been a challenge to music and poetry lovers to rediscover the tunes hid by Gibran in his songs. A Metaphysicist himself, some uncanny mystic fate surrounded and enveloped his poems which made them immune to unripe persons. Whoever went after Gibran to find these tunes had to suffer the same fate depicted by the poet in his poems. That is why the tunes and versifications discovered earlier never came to the printer’s press. The strike of fate on those unfortunates who attempted to recast his poems earlier might have been such forceful and complete that they never could have risen again in their lives. Recasting Gibran poems to bring out the rich musical content in them is easy, but surviving and surpassing the fatal strikes extended from the mystic hallow surrounding the poems is not at all easy. 

Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice: 2013 Original
Version.

  
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Kindle eBook. LIVE. (US$): $1.32. ASIN: B00D6UNV5C
Length: 64 Pages. Kindle Price (US$): $1.25. (INR): Rs. 89.00.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013.
Publisher's Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D6UNV5C

Governments’ banning the private practice of doctors has a history of 50 years, exactly as old as the abandonment of health and welfare of people by them. Wherever there are uneducated politicians and jealous bureaucrats, they share this common animosity and jealousy towards doctors. Bureaucrats retire at an age and politicians stop when party men stop following them. This hatred and jealousy stems from the right of doctors to practice medicine till the end of their days. 

Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice: The Complete Story 2018.

 

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Kindle eBook. LIVE. (US$): $1.32. ASIN: B00D9BK3GI
Length: 40 Pages. Kindle Price (US$): $1.50. (INR): Rs. 106.00.
Publication Date: June 7, 2013.
Publisher's Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9BK3GI

For decades we have been seeing our fellow human beings going to hospitals, spending up to the last of their earnings and borrowings and still dying. A mankind with no diseases is everyone's dream, which is our thought. But before long, we learn that everyone in the world does not share the same feeling. Not a few want diseases to be there and to spread, a pitiful kind of human imagination. Even though they make money, millions of others loose their lives for it. The persons who would very much wish to speak about these injustices in health are the doctors and poor patients. The first unfortunately do not have time or a history of protesting. The second do not know how to respond or the time of rest to do it. I am one among them and their advocate, you can guess which. I am but the medium through which the dead and the living dead speak. I stole every sentence, word and phrase in this book from their very lips. Today or tomorrow the world will have to listen. 

Student Essays Poetry Vol I: Solitude, Sophist, Forsaken Merman, Leech Gatherer, Lake Isle Of Innisfree.

 

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Kindle eBook LIVE (US$): $1.59 ASIN: B07C4T96YP
Length: 73 pages Kindle Price (US$): $1.49 (INR): Rs. 106.00
Publication Date: April 12, 2018
Publisher’s Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C4T96YP

Literary Essays Series reintroducing world famous poems and essays useful for students, teachers and researchers. This Volume reintroduces poems 1. Solitude by Alexander Pope, 2. Sophist by P S Remesh Chandran, 3. The Forsaken Merman by Matthew Arnold, 4. The Leech-Gatherer by William Wordsworth and 5. The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats. Part of THE GOOD ENGLISH BOOK SERIES from Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum. 

Student Essays Vol II: Leisure, Song To The Men Of England, Stopping By Woods, Death Poems By Shirley & Shakespeare, Leave This Chanting.


  

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Kindle eBook LIVE (US$): $1.29 ASIN: B07C5T8QP8
Length: 91 pages Kindle Price (US$): $1.21 (INR): Rs. 86.00
Publication Date: April 13, 2018
Publisher’s Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5T8QP8

Literary Essays Series reintroducing world famous poems and essays useful for students, teachers and researchers. This Volume reintroduces poems 1. Leisure by W H Davies, 2. Song To The Men Of England by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 3. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, 4. Two Famous Death Poems By James Shirley & William Shakespeare and 5. Leave This Chanting by Rabindranath Tagore. Part of THE GOOD ENGLISH BOOK SERIES from Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum. 

The Last Bird From The Golden Age Of Ghazals.


 
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Kindle eBook LIVE (US$): $1.09 ASIN: B07CR1VMDF
Length: 34 Pages Kindle Price (US$): $1.03 (INR): Rs. 73.00
Publication Date: April 29, 2018
Publisher’s Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CR1VMDF

Music crosses borders of nations and oceans and reaches hearts of human beings in strange lands. God stands just behind those who sing, so close, that we will wonder who actually sings. Ghazals are Nature's wonderful creations in which the purest of passions, emotions and feelings are stored up so that grief-stricken human soul in loneliness can seek solace in it at any time as if it is in the presence of God. It is His ardence, affection and benediction, once in a lifetime, that flows through ghazals.

Ghazals originated in pre-Islamic Arabia, developed in Medieval Africa, Spain, Persia, Turkistan, Afghanistan, Hindustan and Russia and ended in Europe. They existed in this world for more than 1500 years. Since the diluting of their form, meter and rhyme by modern day poets, they are no longer going to remain, making the already created ones endearing. Great singers like present day Salman Alvi and Habib Wali Muhammad but continue to sing old ghazals and keep the interest in them alive. This is the story of ghazals and a musical maestro who keeps alive the world's interest in ghazals. 

WHO IMF IBRD And ADB Money To India Health Finances Human Rights Violations And Corruption.

 

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Kindle eBook LIVE $1.10 USD ASIN: B07D42C2CK
Length: -- pages Kindle Price (US$): $1.03 (INR): Rs. 74.00
Publication Date: May 16, 2018
Publisher’s Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D42C2CK

India, especially the State of Kerala, receives billions of dollars as financial assistance, grants and loans for development in the health sector, from such international agencies as the WHO, IMF, IBRD and ADB. All this money belongs to the world’s people and when it reaches India, it is squandered 95 percent through corruption, unaccountability and human rights violation. People who give money for good purposes have the right to know how it is utilized and if there is transparency and fairness at the receiving end. Without ensuring these conditions, no one will give money to anyone as assistance, grant or loan. And no one will give money to corrupt human rights violators.

COMING BOOKS

Is There Patience And Room For One More Reactor?
 
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The world already has enough nuclear reactors to bring about its death. Wise countries including Japan are now de-commissioning and dismantling their plants. But third world countries including India are going forward, building new ones, providing developed countries a space for dumping their nuclear waste under the guise of nuclear collaboration. The book is a very detailed analysis of how many nuclear reactors the world can stand, how long will it take for their waste to degenerate or will they ever degenerate, and if the professed nuclear holocaust actually on the door-steps. 

E-Health Implications And Medical Data Theft.

 
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E-Health is an easy way to collect, steal and sell patient private data. Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies would purchase this data at any cost and would engage any method to get hold of it. Officials in governments from small island nations to big countries do their bid for a little extra money. It is not impossible because those in top government and those in top corporate management are one and the same. Once they get hold of this invaluable data, they can devise and employ many tactics to make use of this data profitably. Forewarned is forearmed. For example when a claim for reimbursement of a medical treatment cost is filed, they can refuse to pay in spite of the patient having paid all the premia, saying that the patient had undisclosed ailments. Pharmaceutics companies can distribute drugs in large quantities to target areas by identifying potential target areas from this data. 

Are Our Women And Children Safe In Our Hospitals?


 
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People are of the belief that it is safe for women and children inside government hospitals. Even in specialty hospitals they are not. Ignorance as well as negligence on the part of hospital staff from doctors and nurses to laboratory technicians to nursing attendants can bring about the death of the mother and child both. Since this elite and inevitable staff in government establishment ousted the gifted rural midwives from the field of child delivery, botched incidents in child birth are on the rise alarmingly. In Asian countries like India and Pakistan, infantile death and death on confinement are surpassing the records of Third World countries. They hide this from world’s scrutiny by refusing to pay compensation to victims and erasing treatment data from files. Confiscated medial files of deceased patients never reappear. Global organizations like the World Health Organization are curtailing funds to these countries on account of non-investigation of mother and child deaths in hospitals. 

SWAN: The Intelligent Picture Book.
 
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In future, recruitment to top posts are going to be made based on the assessment of a person’s performance in understanding and interpreting what is in a picture. It will save time and money and single out candidates with the quickest analytical minds. But there are not enough such good pictures good to be used for this unique purpose. A picture which will assess the power to understand and test the flair with language is of immense value in this field. Even outside recruitment field, it still has other uses in selecting candidates for admission to schools, colleges, law enforcement and defense. A set of fifty-plus such brain tester pictures are set forth as a book in this first part of ‘SWAN: The Intelligent Picture Book’. They are all single line drawings which in itself is a rarity. 

Did A Data Mining Giant Take Over India?


 
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India is on a spree of data collection from citizens. Every field of human engagement in this country is brought under scanners, readers, analyzers, interpreters, coders and decoders. Data from Ration Card, Voter Card, Adhar Card, Passport, Bank Account, Credit Card, Salary Payment, Sales tax, income Tax, everything is being digitized, collected and sent to data banks inside and outside the country. There is no guarantee that this data is not being sold for huge amounts to the interested. It is as if a data-mining and merchandising giant has taken over India. 

Political Comments On India Part I.


 
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The essays included explore not only political but every other sphere of activity, and important incidents, happenings and government stance on each, India underwent in the turbulent years from 2011 and 2012. It is also a permanent record of what happened in this country that matters during those years. It is a collection of columns, essays, opinions and comments written by the author and published in different news platforms and other media, re-edited and re-shaped into a book. 

Political Comments On India Part II.


 
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This second part of Political Comments On India covers the period of five years from 2013 to 2018. It records in the author’s columns, essays, opinions and comments the important events in during this period, which record would be found invaluable by researchers, history students and the general reader. 

Political Comments On Kerala Part I.


 
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The smallest state with the highest literacy level in India, Kerala also has the highest number of books, book publishers, news papers and magazines, with a people of acute political awareness. It is observed that not one single person remains not actively politicized in this land of mountains, forests, rivers, agricultural plains and sea shore. Comments on the life in Kerala is of interest not only to the people living in Kerala but to Keralites living abroad as well as to every foreign national who has ever traveled through Kerala or intend to someday travel through Kerala. Being the first state to come under communist rule in the world through ballot, not bullet, criticism of the political and social life in Kerala has relevance everywhere. 

Publisher’s Links to all English Books by P. S. Remesh Chandran.

1. Kahlil Gibran's TEARS AND LAUGHTER: Recast In The True Poetic Form
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9NXOKI

2. Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice: 2013
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D6UNV5C

3. Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice: The Complete Story 2018
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9BK3GI

4. Student Essays Poetry Vol I
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C4T96YP

5. Student Essays Poetry Vol II
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5T8QP8

6. The Last Bird From The Golden Age Of Ghazals
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CR1VMDF

7. WHO IMF IBRD And ADB Money To India Health Finances Human Rights Violations And Corruption
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D42C2CK

8. Amazon’s Author Central Page of P. S. Remesh Chandran
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07CRQLL8F

Written on: 25 May 2018
First Published On: 25 May 2018
Last Edited On:

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Pictures Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons,
Amazon Kindle Publishing &
Sahyadri Archives.

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Picture Credits:

All cover images except one provided by Kindle Publishing.
Image for Political Thoughts On Kerala Part I by Adolf Chwala in 1872.
Author Profile of P. S. Remesh Chandran from Sahyadri Archives.
Cover designs by P. S. Remesh Chandran.


About the Author P. S. Remesh Chandran:


18 Author Profile Of P S Remesh Chandran  

Editor of Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum. Author of several books in English and in Malayalam. And also author of Swan: The Intelligent Picture Book. Born and brought up in the beautiful village of Nanniyode in the Sahya Mountain Valley in Trivandrum, in Kerala. Father British Council trained English teacher and Mother University educated. Matriculation with distinction and Pre Degree Studies in Science with National Merit Scholarship. Discontinued Diploma studies in Electronics and entered politics. Unmarried and single.

Author of several books in English and in Malayalam, mostly poetical collections, fiction, non fiction and political treatises, including Ulsava Lahari, Darsana Deepthi, Kaalam Jaalakavaathilil, Ilakozhiyum Kaadukalil Puzhayozhukunnu, Thirike Vilikkuka, Oru Thulli Velicham, Aaspathri Jalakam, Vaidooryam, Manal, Jalaja Padma Raaji, Maavoyeppoleyaakaan Entheluppam!, The Last Bird From The Golden Age Of Ghazals, Doctors Politicians Bureaucrats People And Private Practice, E-Health Implications And Medical Data Theft, Did A Data Mining Giant Take Over India?, Will Dog Lovers Kill The World?, Is There Patience And Room For One More Reactor?, and Swan, The Intelligent Picture Book. 

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