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January 28, 2003
Thamil Nationalist Leaders Should Unite To Get Rid Of Ms Jayalalithaa’s Fascist Dictatorship
The acquittal of Pazha Nedumaran, Organizer of Thamil Thesiya Iyakkam by the judicial Magistrate, Thiruchenthur has once again exposed the democratic pretensions of Chief Minister Ms.Jayalalithaa. Thiru Pazha Nedumaran was acquitted in a case relating to his alleged "pro-LTTE" remarks during a meeting in the town on June 26, 1992." The First Information Report was filed in 1994 and the charge sheet in 1997.
Ms.Jayalalithaa, a Kannada Ayankaar woman who came to
Thamil Nadu to make a living by acting in celluloid films, by acting
irresponsibly and whimsically has brought disrepute to the post of Chief
Minister of a state. She has lost no opportunity to display her hatred of
Thamil language and culture. A megalomaniac by temperament she has earned
notoriety as a vindictive, ego-driven, intolerant, corrupt, superstitious
and whimsical politician.
It will be recalled that as soon as Ms.Jayalalithaa
came back to power in May 2001, she got Thiru. M. Karunanidhi, former
Chief Minister of Thamil Nadu arrested at dead of night by a posse of top
Policemen. The Police at the bidding of Ms.Jayalalithaa handled the 76
years old and four times Chief Minister of Thamil Nadu very roughly.
Later Thiru M. Karunanidhi was locked up in the same jail and
in the same cell where Ms.Jayalalithaa was kept imprisoned by the
court on corruption charges during DMK rule.
Ms.Jayalalithaa since assuming office has arrested
and thrown into prison all those who voiced verbal and moral support for
the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam and people of Thamil Eelam. Leaders
like Defence Minister George Fernandez; Arun Jaitley, former Law Minister,
and M. Venkaiah Naidu, President of Bharathiya Janatha Party have said
that the arrest of Thiru Vaiko, General Secretary of MDMK under the PODA
is politically motivated and a clear case of misuse of the law. So is the
arrest and incarceration of Thiru Pazha Nedumaran under PODA by her.
Ms.Jayalalithaa has also foisted false cases against
Thiru Vaiko and Thiru Pazha Nedumaran by digging the past. Freedom of the
press and freedom of speech now face grave threat under Ms.Jayalalithaa
Two days ago, Ms.Jayalalithaa jettisoned the
tradition of reading the Governor's speech in Tamil in the
Assembly “to save time.” This omission reveals the pathological hatred
and the callous disregard she has for the Thamil language. The
spineless and slavish AIADMK MLAs who practice sycophancy as a fine art to
glorify ‘Amma’ as re-incarnation of Annai Parasakthi remained
deaf and dumb at the glaring insult meted out to Thamil. It is insulting
to the extreme to every self-respecting Thamil when these MLAs are seen
falling prostrated at her feet and worshipping her.
Thiru Pazha Nedumaran is 69 years old and is in poor
health. He underwent by-pass surgery for heart condition a few years back.
Notwithstanding his health condition, he was dragged to Thiruchchendur
magistrate court no less than 17 times from Cuddalore prison where he is
being lodged under PODA. The distance between Thiruchchendur and Cudaloor
is more than 250 km. Both Thiru Vaiko Thiru Pazha Nedumaran are dragged
frequently night and day in cases before Thindukkal, Thiruchchi,
Mailaduthurai and Poonthamalli (PODA) courts.
Ms.Jayalalithaa regime has all the hallmarks of a
fascist dictatorship under the cloak of democracy. She has alienated every
sector of the public that includes farmers, workers and weavers.
She is also mis-using a pliable and backboneless police to settle
political scores against her opponents. The line-up of sacked Ministers in
Tamil Nadu has created a record of sorts. As many as 21 Ministers were
unceremoniously sent home by her in the first 18 months.
Top IPS and IAS officers have been sent from pillar
to post on transfers for whimsical reasons. The farmers of Thanjai delta
are eating rats because of her bungling of Cauvery water issue. Up to
fourteen farmers have either committed suicide or died of shock on seeing
the dying crops for lack of water.
We have no hope Ms. Jeyalalithaa will mend her ways.
She is beyond redemption. We, therefore, appeal to all the Thamil
nationalist leaders to join hands to get rid of Ms Jayalalithaa’s
fascist dictatorship democratically. Right now enemies of Thamil
nationalism are exploiting the disunity prevailing within the Thamil
nationalist camp to capture and retain power. Leaders of Dravidian parties
like the DMK, MDMK, PMK, Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) and Puthiya
Thamizhakam should sink petty differences and unite under a common
political programme. Unity is the crying need of the hour to redeem the
lost self-respect of the Thamil people.
THAMIL CREATIVE WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Contact: Tel: (416) 281 1165; (416) 261 9099; (416) 447 6314
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