Tamil Translation of Anjalay
Message of the President of L'Union Tamoule
Lecture by Honorable Justice R. Mahadevan
Village to adopt Thirukkural practices
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Tamil Translation of Anjalay
The tamil translation of the book
ANJALAY, written by Mr. Pyneesamy Padayachy, O.S.K., will be
launched in Tamil Nadu at the Chennai Book Fair on Pongal Day 14
The author is attending the function, which may be shown on television on the Podigai Channel on the 14th or 15th January.
Pyneesamy Padayachy (born 1931) retired from the Civil Service as Permanent Secretary. He is a poet, playwright, short story writer, biographer and the author of historical , cultural and religious articles. He wrote his prize-winning play "Capture of Mauritius" at the age of 21. His book Anjalay has been accepted by famous librairies in England. His patriotic poem "Cheers for Quadricolour" has been translated into several languages and set to music. He has been awarded the distinction of OSK by the Government of Mauritius for distinguished service to the community.
Below, two of the books he has written, and which are available in librairies.
Message of the President of L'Union Tamoule
Nous sommes à la veille de reléguer 2017 à l’Histoire, une année somme toute ‘event free’, si on exclut les évènements sur le plan politique avec des retombées qui influeront, certes, sur le plan social dans les mois à venir.
Mais à l’Union Tamoule de Maurice, les soubresauts sur l’échiquier politique resteront toujours le cadet de nos soucis tant qu’ils n’affectent pas, directement ou indirectement, les intérêts que nous défendons, même si nous reconnaissons l’influence des décisions politiques sur la vie quotidienne. Et tout semble indiquer que la scène politique connaîtra des ‘changements’ importants. Mais laissons les choses venir pour nous concentrer davantage sur d’autres changements, déjà en cours depuis un certain temps et qui nous interpellent tous, sans exception.
Néanmoins, sans pour autant frapper l’attention de façon ostentatoire, mais irrésistiblement, nous avons vu en cette année la confirmation, voire la consolidation, par des signes, de nouvelles tendances qui prennent racines, dans plusieurs domaines, que le monde s’achemine inexorablement dans une direction qu’on arrive mal à discerner les réelles conséquences.
Sans vouloir être rabat-joie, l’Union Tamoule de Maurice se doit, de par son engagement à défendre les intérêts de ceux qu’elle représente et, par extension, toute la Communauté tamoule, d’attirer l’attention sur la confusion dans laquelle nous nous trouvons, cette incapacité de prévoir avec justesse ce qui se situe devant nous, une situation qui, il est bien de le rappeler, transcende les diverses communautés pour nous interpeller tous. D’où la nécessité d’un sursaut, voire une réaction pour un redressement salutaire.
Et c’est pourquoi, une fois n’étant pas coutume, au lieu de ces sempiternels souhaits de ‘tout ce qu’il y a de meilleur et tout le bonheur du monde’, l’Union Tamoule de Maurice exhorte ses adhérents à se tourner davantage vers le Créateur, d’accorder plus d’importance aux choses spirituelles et abandonner cette tendance dominante qui devient la norme : cette course effrénée vers le matérialisme et les plaisirs. Plus de solidarité dans nos rangs, plus d’harmonie au sein des familles, plus d’engagement envers les priorités nationales seraient le meilleur des souhaits.
Malgré tout, nous sommes en période de festivités, cette agitation joyeuse ambiante qui nous permet, un tant soit peu, d’oublier nos soucis quotidiens, nos craintes pour l’avenir tant le ciel, local et international, s’assombrit mais, paradoxalement, avec cet avantage de nous faire prendre conscience que nous sommes tous, malgré tout ce qui nous sépare, dans le même bâteau et que nos destinés sont liées, ne serait-ce que dans une certaine mesure.
Néanmoins, un message de fin d’année sans souhaits et vœux serait peu conventionnel. L’Union Tamoule de Maurice, donc, sans verser dans le traditionnel ‘tout le bonheur du monde’, étend à tous ses adhérents, la Communauté en général et à tous nos compatriotes ses vœux pour des lendemains meilleurs et que la paix et l’harmonie soient toujours parmi nous, tout en nous rappelant la nécessité de maintenir ‘l’unité dans la diversité’. Et c’est cela, précisément, qui nous unit tous à travers les cloisonnements caractéristiques d’une société pluriethnique, un point d’ancrage important pour la motivation de vouloir, ensemble, construire une Ile Maurice meilleure.
Bonne année 2018 à vous tous.
Thirukkural Isai - Ullamthorum Valluvam
Thirukkural Isai - Ullamthirum Valluvam is saint Thiruvalluvar's Thirukkural Comprising of 1330 Kurals in light musical form. The album is conceptualised and composed by Indian music composer Bharadwaj. This first of its kind global project, has the 1330 Kurals sung by professional singers from all over the world and its meaning rendered by Tamils from all walks of life and from around the world.
The philosophy of Thirukkural in musical form will provide guidance and breakthroughs for everyone in every sphere of human endeavor.
Memorial Lecture by Honorable Justice R. Mahadevan
PROFILE OF JUSTICE R.MAHADEVAN
Born in 1963 at Chennai, Tamilnadu, India to Mr.Ma.Ranganathan, and Mrs. Krishnammal, being the son of a renowned writer, Justice Mahadevan was attracted towards art and literature from very young age. He actively participated in various literary meetings , seminars and symposiums during his school, college days and won several accolades. With the degree in Economics from Madras University, he completed law at Madras Law College. Since enrolled with the bar council of Tamilnadu commenced his legal profession in civil, criminal, original and writ sides with specialization in Indirect taxes, Customs and Central Excise matters. He served as an Additional Government Pleader (Taxes) for the Tamil Nadu Government and as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel and Senior Panel Counsel for the Government of India at Madras High Court. He has conducted more than 11,000 cases out of which more than 500 cases have been reported in law journals. After completion of 25 years of practice he was elevated as the Judge of one of the prestigious charted high courts of India, the Madras High Court on 25/10/2013.
Justice Mahadevan has rendered many noteworthy judgments with social conscience on various subjects upholding equality and empowerment of women, freedom of expression and speech, rights of third gender, preservation of nature, agricultural lands and the artistic wealth of India in the form of Idols, sculptures, etc and the role of the state to protect and safeguard the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution of India.
To name a few:
** The Thirukkural Judgment reported in 2016 (5) CTC 166. ...2...
Considering the scope of judicial review, the role of the state to protect the fundamental rights and the depletion of moral values in the society, Justice Mahadevan held that it is only by education, reformation is possible in the society and such reformation is possible only by learning and practicing “ Thirukkural”, the gem of moral philosophies in the world as a separate subject by the students between Standards VI to XII in Tamil Nadu, from a young age, and isued a direction to modify the syllabus by including 108 chapters of Thirukkural contains 1080 couplets, after a detailed comparison with other philosophical works, supremacy of Thirukkural and the need of hour. The government accepting the directions has included 105 chapters of ‘Thirukkural’ in the syllabus from the academic year 2017-18 onwards.
** Banned Sand mining in the state of Tamil Nadu.( reported in 2017 5 CTC 166)
In a recent judgment rendered in November 2017 which drew the attention of the entire country,holding that natural resources are the wealth of the country, since there is an alternate source to procure sand and to preserve the river beds from depletion and to save agriculture and the future generations from extinction, Justice Mahadevan banned mining of sands in Tamil Nadu.
** Protection of right to freedom of speech and expression. 2017 (6) CTC 225.
Sitting in the Full Bench, in the judgment referred above, the ban imposed on the books “Meendezhum Pandiyar Varalaru” and “Venthar Kulathin Iruppidam Ethu?” was lifted by Justice Mahadevan holding that the freedom of speech and expression is a right but subject to certain limitations. It was also observed that such right cannot be used as a tool to malign other castes and communities on personal bias. ...3...
**Protection of Agricultural Lands.
Justice Mahadevan , while sitting in the Division Bench with the then Chief Justice, to protect the agricultural lands from being illegally converted as residential and commercial plots, imposed a ban on the sale of unauthorised and unapproved plots, thereby prompting the government to come up with a scheme.
**Right to equality and empowerment of women.
Upholding the right of a married woman to seek employment on compassionate ground on par with a son, Justice Mahadevan declared that the state cannot impose any restrictions as it would be in violation of right to equality and would amount to discrimination as enshrined in Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India.
**Justice and equal treatment of transgender.
When the application of a transgender for the post of Sub-Inspector of Police was refused, a direction was issued by Justice Mahadevan to accept the application and permit the transgender to participate in the selection process. The transgender ultimately succeeded and is now employed in the Tamil Nadu Police service as an officer.
**Public Interest in Land Acquisition matters.- 2014 (2) CWC 763.
While discussing the powers of the State and the Union to enact laws on the same subject with or without repugnancy, Justice Mahadevan held that the public interest is paramount over the interest of individuals and no political motives can be attributed to welfare measures by the government, and upheld the right of the government to acquire the land and ...4... further directed to proceed with the acquisition for public cause without further delay by following the procedures.
**Protection of temple idols.
In a landmark judgment, Justice Mahadevan issued directions for the computerisation of the list of idols and measures to be taken to safeguard the idols in the temples and for establishment of a special camp to investigate and try the cases relating to theft and export of valuable idols from the temples in Tamil Nadu to foreign countries. The challenge by the government against such verdict was turned down by the Supreme Court at the admission stage itself.
**Opportunity before termination-2017 7 MLJ 150.
Upholding the right to be heard before being terminated, the order of dismissal from service was set aside by Justice Mahadevan holding that when the procedures contemplate the issuance of charge memo, opportunity, enquiry and then action based on the report, such summary dismissal from service on the ground of “ unbecoming of a government servant” for an unsubstantiated allegation was bad in law and the petitioner was directed to be reinstated.
**Retrieval of Temple Lands- . 2015 1 CWC 189.
The alienation of Temple Lands were held to be illegal and directions were issued for retrieval of temple lands from encroachers. Considering the provisions of HR & CE act, directions were issued to let out the temple properties only by way of public auction.
**Recital of Saivite hymns and justice to “Oduvars”.
Recital of “ Thevarams, Thiruvacagam and other Thirumurai” considered to be one of the methods of worshipping Lord Shiva is practised in the ...5... temples in Tamil Nadu. “ Oduvars” who were appointed by the government to recite the hymns in “PanniranduThirumurai” in the Lord Siva Temples in Tamil Nadu, were directed to be treated on par with other government servants and directions were issued for re-fixation and payment of their salary.
**Regularisation of Sanitary workers and fixation of pay-2017 (3) LW 274.
In a landmark judgment rendering benefits to thousands of sanitary workers, their services were directed to be regularised with pay to be fixed from the date of their initial appointment was rendered by Justice Mahadevan as a part of the Full Bench.
**Administrative Functions of departments in State- 2014 1 MLJ 320.
Justice Mahadevan sitting in a Division Bench, holding that bifurcation of posts for administrative reasons would not amount to diluting the qualification, has held that persons with legal qualification only can be appointed in the administrative posts handling legal issues emphasizing that only such appointments can curb unnecessary litigations.
**Compensation to Injured Workmen- 2014 (1) MLJ 488.
Holding that an incurable disability, though may be of a lesser percentage has to be treated on par with disability at 100% and the compensation to the workman was enhanced.
** Jurisdiction of Civil Court- 2015 (5) CTC 465.
Discussing the scope of doctrine of DOMINUS LITIS, Justice Mahadevan has held in umpteen number of cases that the parties to a contract are empowered to enter into a contract to submit to the jurisdiction of either of the courts, within whose jurisdiction, a part of cause of action has arose....6...
Being part of the legal services authority, Justice Mahadevan participated in various mediation and conciliation programmes for early settlement of litigations and continues his untiring judicial service to the needy people.
Village to adopt Thirukkural practices
Through the ages, the Tamil people have relied on the Thirukkural to provide them with guidance in their life, and, even today, several people imbibe morals and values from these couplets. Now, however, there is one village in the Union Territory that has decided to adopt the principles of the Thirukkural in the way they run their village.
From Wednesday, the villagers of Pillayarkuppam located off the Cuddalore Main Road have taken a decision to adopt the tenets of Thirukkural in their daily life and, through it, they hope to improve the quality of life for every citizen of the village.
The Thirukkural has advice on everything from how to behave in society to various aspects of family, education and life itself. By adopting the policies outlined in the Thirukkural , it is possible to vastly improve one’s way of life, R. Ramesh, president of the Evergreen Foundation, which is the organisation that took the decision to implement the idea in their village, said.
Even simple kurals like “He is poor though a millionaire, who neither gives nor spends,” speak volumes. Although the kurals are concise and adopting their policies is a bit difficult, by taking up this challenge, the village will improve vastly.
A very good aspect of the Thirukkural is that regardless of one’s religion and beliefs, the couplets and their message will apply to everyone. There are three books on wealth, virtue and love and by even understanding one couplet a day and implementing its message in one’s daily life, there will be a vast improvement in every aspect of the person’s life.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, the people of Pillayarkuppam will gather together in order to take a resolution to adopt the policies of the Thirukkural .
To mark the occasion, all the members of the village panchayat, their Self Help Groups and other organisations have been invited. The idea is to explain to them that the point of their organisation is not simply to enrol members but also to eliminate various social evils from society.
There will then be competitions and debates for the people based on the Thirukkural , as well as an interaction with the leaders of various other villages. The leaders and youth of 12 other villages have also been invited to help them understand the reason for adopting these policies.
Copies of the Thirukkural with explanations will be distributed amongst the people and they will be asked to read and understand one couplet a day. In the long run, it will make a vast difference, he said.
On the occasion, the people of the village will also take a vow to ensure that their village is completely crime-free for the next one year. On October 2, 2014, the people will come together once more to assess the implementation of their policy.
Members of the Puducherry Tirukural Manram will oversee the event. The greatest value of kural is its universal ethical content. The scripture, divided into three books, consists of 1330 couplets clustered in 133 chapters elucidating different aspects of human virtues or vices. In the first chapter of Virtue, God is portrayed as Universal in content transcending the marginal line of God being Hindu, Jain, Muslim or Christian.
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