On paper, TN libraries a book lover’s paradise

Tamil Nadu can boast of an outstanding library system. With a clear cut procurement policy for books, the libraries are an example for the rest of India. The more than 4,000 libraries in the state include state central, district central, branch, village, mobile and part-time libraries. Funds are no impediment either. The state library system receives more than `150 crore from local bodies every year through the library cess that is...

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A history of student unrest over social, language issues

Campus unrest is not new to Tamil Nadu. In the absence of a meaningful civil society , students have often played a pivotal role in the state by expressing their dissent through protests and agitations that have yielded positive results. Though students in Madras Presidency did not respond in a big way to the nationalist movement, they did agitate over language and social issues. In the 1930s, they protested against a government move...

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The Times of India (Chennai) DEEP ROOTS

Recently, there was a lot of buzz in the social media when ‘thavil’ exponent Valayappati Subramaniam refused to take part in a programme in which his name and photograph were printed alongside a ‘parai’ exponent. The organizer of the event, Ravi Karthikeyan, said that Valayappati was angry that he was being honoured along with a parai player. Subramaniam told him that parai is played in funerals and thavil at...

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FOUNDING LEADERS – Justice Party: 100 years of Dravidian movement

Formed On Nov 20, 1916 At The Residence Of Ethiraj In Vepery For a political or social movement to evolve, ex pand, sustain and serve its purpose, not only are strong ideologies and eminent leaders required but, more importantly , a ripe social climate is needed. In simpler words there should exist a necessity for such a movement. In the early 20th century , caste and religion dominated life in Tamil country . In public buses, lower...

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Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu – where are we heading to?

This happened four years ago. I was walking on the corridor of an engineering college after having delivered a lecture on the topic ‘the joy of being an entrepreneur’ to the final year students. A student came running towards me and asked whether he could have a word with me. In a disturbed voice he said “Sir you could have given this advice when I was in school. I would not have wasted my time and money for the last three years....

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Tamil Cinema Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India
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Tamil Cinema Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India

When my wife and two sons insisted that we should watch the latest Tamil block buster ‘Deivathirumagal’, I could not turn down because watching movies has been one of the quality times that I spend with my family. It was a pleasant experience as the movie was crafted so well. The affection between the altruistic (mentally challenged) father and his little daughter was an exhilarating experience. The final moments of the movie was a...

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