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    PM MODI IN CHENNAI

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    February 14, 2021
    Inaugurates a slew of projects
    Addresses farmers, lauds them for record foodgrains output
    1.THE PROJECTS DEDICATED ARE PRESTIGIOUS
    1.1. METRO RAIL EXTENSION
    1.1.1. Today, prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension project, completed at Rs 3,770 crores.
    1.1.2. The 9.05 km long extension will link north Chennai with the Airport and Central Railway Station.
    1.1.3. He also inaugurated the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu. This 22.1 km section, laid at a cost of Rs 293.40 crores, traverses through Chennai and Thiruvallur districts.
    1.2. DEDICATES BHARAT’S MAIN BATTLE TANK ARJUN MK1 TO THE NATION
    1.2.1. Earlier in the day, PM Modi handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to Army Chief General MM Naravane in Chennai.
    1.2.2. The tank has been indigenously designed, developed, and made by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment at AVADI near Chennai, attached to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with 15 academic institutions, eight labs, and several MSMEs,
    1.3. GRAND ANICUT
    1.3.1. He also laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation, and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System.
    1.3.2. The canal is vital for irrigation in the delta districts.
    1.3.3. The modernisation of this canal will be taken up at a cost of Rs 2,640 crores and will improve the water carrying capacity of the canals.
    1.4. DISCOVERY CAMPUS OF IIT MADRAS
    1.4.1. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.
    1.4.2. The Campus will be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated Rs 1,000 crores cost in one lakh square metres area.
    2.ADDRESSES FARMERS
    2.1. “I want to appreciate Tamil Nadu’s farmers for the record foodgrains production and efficient use of water resources.”
    2.2. “Always remember the Mantra of ‘per drop, more crop.'”
    3.THE BJP ODESSEY IN TAMIL NADU
    3.1. The Party’s Central leadership is yet to make a serious and sustained effort to enter Fort St. George, the seat of the TN assembly.
    3.2. After the Congress was routed in the 1967 elections, the DMK and the AIADMK have been ruling the state alternately for over five decades now.
    3.3. The BJP has been content in alternately aligning with either of these two regional parties and win a couple of LS seats.
    3.4. The Party is yet to open its account in the TN assembly.
    3.5. In the 2016 assembly elections, the Party put up a miserable show, contesting as many as 105 seats out of 234 but winning a meagre 2.84% of the votes and no seat in the assembly.
    4.WHAT ARE THE FAULT LINES?
    4.1. Linguistic sub-nationalism is strong in Bharat, even though most of the local languages were derived from Sanskrit.
    4.2. However, the creation of linguistic states did not split the nation because the ageless cultural and spiritual heritage of the Sanathana Dharma was and is even now too strong a unifying bond over the language differences!
    4.3. Across the entire Bharat, people worship the SAME Gods, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Lord Shri Ram, Matas Parvathi, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi.
    5.However, Tamil Nadu stands on a different footing altogether in one aspect– the language
    5.1. Tamil is a five thousand years ancient language created by none other than Sage Agastya.
    5.2. Thus it pre-dates Hindi by some four thousand plus years.
    5.3. Very few students learn Hindi in schools as a second language.
    5.4. Our fellow Tamil Nadu citizens have reasons to be extremely proud of their great poets, philosophers, and Tamil scholars who have written priceless philosophical epics of enduring value.
    5.5. THUS LANGUAGE IS A GENUINE BARRIER FOR TN CITIZENS CONCERNING HINDI
    5.6. I feel I have to add here that the people who have been adding maximum economic value to Bharat and who propagate our Dharma abroad are only the minority English speaking Indians.
    5.7. We are a global IT power only because of our mastery of English.
    5.8. English happens to be the universal language in a globalized world, used for air traffic management, marine traffic management, and more.
    5.9. Our own IAF and Navy use English as the language.
    5.10. Our laws are written in English.
    5.11. English is the language used in our High Courts and the Supreme Court.
    5.12. I feel lost when the Central Govt spends public money in translating the GST and other laws in Hindi, which nobody cares to read.
    5.13. would not be able to communicate on FB with all my friends in any other language, including my mother tongue ( which I cant read and write), except in English.
    5.13.2. do not feel anything wrong with this.
    5.14. Culturally I remain a Bharatiya. I do not watch English movies or serials ever. I never ever read English Fiction ( for that matter, any fiction).
    5.15. When our German business associates enter our home, they have to remove their shoes compulsorily. We speak and communicate with each other only in English and NOT in German.
    5.16. English has been able to retain its primacy in the world only because it continues to absorb words from many languages, including Indian languages into it.
    5.17. Yes, I have learned Sanskrit and Hindi in school. I can speak, read and write in Hindi, sing songs and gazals, but I am not proficient enough to write Articles.
    5.19. On the other hand, though we rank very low in the world Innovation and Invention Index, we confuse translating these foreign inventions into Indian languages as innovation and creation of these!
    6.BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER
    6.1.PM MODI’s EPOCHAL SOCIAL WELFARE SCHEMES ARE VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN IN TN BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL TITLED IN HINDI.
    6.2. These Programmes, especially the ones like Ayushman Bharat, need to the titled in Tamil.
    6.3. Launch Exclusive Tamil websites through which people can avail the benefits online.
    6.4. The BJP Central leaders can dress up in Dhoti (Veshti) when they visit TN and sport Vibhuti prominently on their foreheads to establish the emotional connection.
    6.5. They should also make special efforts to learn and speak Tamil at a basic level.
    6.6. Lord Shiva’s son Karthikeya, called Murugan in TN, is the “Ishta Daivam” ( favourite God) of Tamil Hindus.
    6.6.1. You cannot find anywhere else in India the kind of grand temples, hundreds of them, built by the illustrious Chola and Chera Kings
    6.6.2. Same is the case with Adi Shakthi, known as “Mari Amma” in TN.
    6.6.3. Thus, the religious and cultural bonding is rock solid and natural.
    6.6.4. Carnatic Music is all devotional songs, promotes Bhakti through melodious music.
    6.6.5. Listening to a top artist’s live performance is one of the most soul purifying life experience.
    6.6.6. The Carnatic Music season in Chennai from mid-November to mid-January has no equals in the whole world in terms of audience patronage. Nearly 50 A/C auditoriums are packed to full from morning 8.30 to evening 9.00 in this season. American Indian youngsters well employed, learn the music over skype, and perform in an exclusive auditorium. Nearly one lakh NRIs descend in Chennai to listen to the “Kucheris.”
    7.GROOM CADRE AND LOCAL LEADERSHIP
    7.1. Both are non-existent for years now!
    7.2. So the immense potential for the BJP stays unexplored and undeveloped.
    7.3. The former state President Tamilisai Sundararajan did a lot of good work before being posted as the Governor of Mizoram in September 2019.
    7.4. BJP central leadership took six months to appoint the new President.
    7.5. L. Murugan, appointed as the state President is young (43 years), is a post-graduate in Law, and holds a doctorate qualification too.
    7.6. He is active, energetic, and enthusiastic.
    7.7. He also happens to be the second Dalit State President, and this augurs well for the Party.
    7.8. He enjoys the wholehearted of the cadre and the BJP supporters in the state.
    8.SHORT TERM GOAL
    8.1. The Party is an alliance with the AIADMK, which won the 2016 assembly elections on Jayalalithaa’s popularity, winning 41% of the votes share and 136 seats out of 234.
    8.2. Jayalalithaa was a devout Hindu.
    8.3. She renovated all the govt controlled temple tanks and installed rainwater harvesting.
    8.4. She significantly increased the temple Archakars’ salaries.
    8.5. Most significantly, she introduced free ANNA DANAM ( free food) for the poor in all the Govt controlled temples and ran it successfully.
    8.6. In the short term, the BJP has to continue the alliance with the AIADMK and win a double-digit number of seats in the TN assembly and ten seats out of 39 in the LS elections of 2024, which it had done earlier.
    9.MEDIUM AND LONG TERM STRATEGY
    9.1. Once the Party has grown strong enough with a vibrant cadre basis and charismatic local leadership, it will have enough leverage with the AIADMK to form a coalition government at the state level.
    Ramdas Iyer
    14.02.2021
    Sunday
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