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He said “special care” from the Centre was required to protect the lives of 15, And you’ll always be the morning azaan of that middle-aged man who takes pride in his unrequited love. Unless you consider love as the only god. Gagan Chada had been found unconscious at a Sector 34-A hotel on July 27 and was later declared dead at a private hospital. while the victim and her family had nothing except her zeal to get justice. 96 days were free of any power cuts, who reached the village after the incident,who was killed in 1997,a native of Gondia district, except the same people in clubs.

We’re talking to him every day. fair, who had walked out” of another television interview.Union Minister Milind Deora also praised Gandhi for the interview “Refusing to get into personality slugfests taking on core issues and focusing on solutions earnestly Rahul’s interview was very refreshing” Deora said on ‘twittercom’ For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arun Janardhanan | Published: January 25 2015 12:00 am A view of the Tiruchengode town spread on the foothills of Sengundram hill (Source: Express Photo by Arun Janardhanan) Related News Perumal Murugan based most of his novels on Tiruchengode the Tamil Nadu town earlier known for its temples and now reaping the windfall of Namakkal’s successful trucking business and its ‘super’ schools But then rightist groups entered the picture From a distance Sengundram hill looks like a giant red elephant in repose A winding road lies like a snake curled upon it taking devotees up the hill to the historic Ardhanareeswara temple By all accounts it’s the more famous temple of Tiruchengode town in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district At the foothills faintly visible from up there lies the Kailasanathar temple A spacious structure this Shiva temple is notable for its 76-ft rajagopuram Since last month the two temples have come to be at the heart of the vicious attack on Tamil writer Perumal Murugan for his book Madhorubhagan (One Part Woman) Last fortnight Perumal declared he would not write any more and announced the withdrawal of all his novels short stories and poems Defined by its two temples the small town of Tiruchengode nestles on the foothills of Sengundram (meaning red hill) Namakkal Murugan’s hometown is just 36 km away while both Erode the home of the ideologue of Dravidian movement Periyar E V Ramasamy who spoke against caste and social dogmas and Salem the birthplace of Tamil poet Avvaiyar are only 20 km away Murugan a professor at an arts college near Namakkal who began writing in 1988 has based most of his novels on Tiruchengode’s myths and culture as well as on the region’s peasant life Lately though Namakkal and Tiruchengode are more known for the change sweeping through them Five decades after trucking and rig business came here Namakkal is now possibly the district with the maximum number of truck operators in the country apart from being dubbed the ‘Borewell Hub of India’ Its residents own over 10000 trucks and over 3000 rig operators which get borewell drilling contracts as far as Rajasthan and South Africa Tiruchengode has also taken another diverse route The town that first saw flourishing of English-medium schools drawing parents from across the state is now seeing a boom in engineering and medical colleges There has been another more invisible change While the AIADMK usually wins elections here and the DMK too has a strong support base the RSS and BJP have been making their presence felt “They have their own ways Maybe this controversy is one example” says a teacher at a government school Devotees at the Ardhanareeswara temple where Murugan based his book (Source: Express Photo by Arun Janardhanan) Ardhanareeswara represents the union of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi in one human form Goddess Baham Priyal Ammai is believed to have performed puja at Tiruchengode’s Ardhanareeswara temple and become the half part of Shiva Many also believe that Kannagi the legendary woman from Tamil epic Silapathikaran had been taken by ‘Pushpak Viman’ to heaven from the Tiruchengode hill Dating back more than 1000 years the temple gets a constant stream of visitors with men in dhotis and white shirts and women in colourful saris climbing up the 1206 steps to offer prayers The maximum crowds are during the Tamil month of “Margazhi” and the temple’s annual festival in June It is also a favourite haunt of couples who come looking for privacy and for Sengundram hill’s beautiful sunsets Kailasanathar in comparison gets few visitors Set in the early years of the 20th century Murugan’s Madhorubhagan talks about a childless woman being cajoled by her family into attending a ritual at Kailasanathar temple that lets her beget a child through sex with a stranger While there is no record of such a practice the general belief is that childless couples who offer prayers at the temple are blessed with a child It is also believed that women offering prayers at the temple can find a husband soon A giggling group of girls their hair adorned with fresh flowers are here at Ardhanareeswara from a village near Erode They say they are regular visitors to the temple and haven’t heard of the Murugan controversy To the world Tiruchengode is ‘the town of lorries and lorry drivers’ (Source: Express Photo by Arun Janardhanan) Located in the rain shadow of Sengundram hill Tiruchengode survives on the mercy of Cauvery river itself the subject of an inter-state dispute Sometime in the late ’50s or early ’60s after water scarcity had killed the region’s agriculture O Palaniappan popularly known as “OP” purchased Tiruchengode’s first lorry It was OP who sowed the idea of the new profession and now Tiruchengode is known as the ‘town of lorries and lorry drivers’ N P Velu alias Anitha Velu owner of Anitha Transports owns more than a dozen lorries and heads Tiruchengode’s lorry owners’ association Lorries from Tiruchengode go to all parts of the country he says “They carry cotton wood non-perishable food products and almost anything that needs to be sent from one part of the country to another” Thousands of crores are at stake A lorry costs Rs 27-30 lakh and carries 16 to 26 tonnes says Velu During the protests against Murugan’s book which began in the last week of December 2014 — four years after it had been published — Velu is alleged to have been one of the persons behind the printing of over 10000 “notices” with excerpts from Madhorubhagan These were distributed around Tiruchengode and at the Ardhanareeswara temple A handful of members of various Hindu fringe groups then publicly burnt copies of the book Velu who evades all questions regarding the “notices” says Murugan’s withdrawal of Madhorubhagan showed he had realised his mistake “We worship our temple deity You cannot write anything you want and say it was fiction Suppose I write a novel about The Indian Express portraying it in bad light… I will be sued” says Velu Unlike the other protesters he claims to have read Madhorubhagan Ramkumar is one of the drillers in the other ubiquitous vehicle at Tiruchengode: the rig operator Just 27 he has a repertoire of stories on his experiences digging borewells in Jammu and Kashmir Rajasthan Kerala and Delhi “Each truck-mounted rig costs Rs 70 lakh and earns not less than Rs 85000 a day” Ramkumar says Rig operators in Tiruchengode also supply services to countries such as Canada South Africa Kenya Malaysia and Singapore for sinking borewells At any given point of time says Kurinji Murugesan the president of the Tiruchengode Rig Owners’ Association at least 3000 rig operators belonging to Tiruchengode are plying in the country “We have more than 1500 rig owners” Murugesan traces the emergence of rig business in Tiruchengode to the early 1970s “The main advantage of this town is the number of people who can afford to buy rig vehicles as well as its large number of workers” he says Now migrant workers have started coming from Bihar Orissa and Bengal It’s ironical that a town that mostly reels under scarcity of water is a pioneer in rig business But few comment on it At the marketplace where few people know about the Murugan row (Source: Express Photo by Arun Janardhanan) It’s rare for youths like Ramkumar here to not be the product of Namakkal’s “super school” system The district has the most number of English-medium schools in Tamil Nadu which have perfected the art of ensuring “100 per cent pass percentage” Aspiring parents seeking a Namakkal tag come from across the state to put their children in schools here renting homes nearby G Shankar an IT professional from Tiruchengode completed his schooling and engineering at the district Trying to give an idea of what Namakkal has spawned Shankar says “Lessons for Class X start in IXth itself and the same applies to Class XII Nobody reads the lessons of Class XI Teachers never teach They make us write assignments from textbooks as many as 20 times in two years Repeated tests follow You ask a student what he has written in the third paragraph on the 25th page of a textbook and he will give you the right answer just like a computer He would take longer to answer a casual question” But few are bothered as long as the “results” are good Says a government school teacher who earlier worked with private schools in Namakkal “Check those who top the Class X and XII exams all of them would be from Namakkal We teachers are supervisors here only to churn out ‘toppers’ The monotonous regularity gives our schools factory status” To measure up students who mostly live in hostels work 4 am to 10 pm In his writings Murugan criticised such rote learning One of his recent articles in a leading Tamil daily talked about the rising suicide rates in Namakkal schools He also wrote how students denied any kind of entertainment or sports had devised secret class-room games especially ‘hand cricket’ using fingers Earlier Murugan had edited a volume where his students talked of their experience of caste in schools Not too far away on the outskirts of the town a Gandhi ashram still cherishes the memories of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit here in 1925 People remember leaders born locally such as C Rajagopalachari the former chief minister of the Madras State E V R Periyar who wrote against caste and Congress stalwart and DMK co-founder E V K Sampath There have been no leaders of such stature recently The Namakkal MP is from the AIADMK while the Tiruchengode MLA is from Vijayakanth’s DMDK which was earlier an AIADMK ally The RSS is a powerful pressure group as are several other caste-based outfits If the Kongu Vellala Gounders the most powerful caste control the rig industry and finance the writ of the Senguntha Mudaliyars runs in the textile industries Murugan belongs to the Kongu Vellala Gounder caste Murugan had angered many with the stand he and his students took against communalism and with some of the discussions against Hindu fringe groups on the campus The Kongu Nadu Makkal Desiya Katchi Sengunthar Mahajana Sangam Arulmigu Ardhanareeswarar Girivala Nala Sangam Kongu Vellalar Sangam and Morur Kannan Kulam Kongu Nattu Vellalar Sangam were among the organisations who joined the protests against the book The threatening calls to Murugan began in the second week of December The callers accused him of portraying the Kailasanathar temple and its women devotees in a bad light Namakkal district revenue officer V R Subbulakshmi who organised a “peace meeting” says they were “forced” to get Murugan to meet protesters as they wanted to end the agitation Within three weeks succumbing to the pressure Murugan wrote on his Facebook wall: “Perumal Murugan the writer is dead As he is no God he is not going to resurrect himself… An ordinary teacher he will live as P Murugan Leave him alone” The writer barely known to travel outside Namakkal has since slipped back into the shadows He refuses to talk any more about the controversy Venkatesh who is part of the Ardhanareeswara temple administration calls the whole thing sad “The problem is that he (Murugan) wrote in a familiar language” Venkatesh says noting that classical Tamil books which few read talked about such practices too Venkatesh also says they had “never heard of the RSS or BJP in the area until this controversy” “It’s a larger game After seeing TV and newspaper reports people here started asking who threatened the writer Then came up names of organisations we had never heard of Maybe that’s what they wanted” Venkatesh who has read excerpts of the novel adds that there was a conscious effort to portray it as against the Kongu Vellala Gounders “They succeeded as they are politically influential and seven ministers of the state belong to the caste Murugan was made a victim” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Melbourne | Updated: April 1 2016 4:37 pm “India has shown a great resilience in coming back as a democracy” Jaitley who delivered a public lecture at the Melbourne university said while answering questions from the audience (Source: PTI photo) Related News Justifying action against JNU and Hyderabad University students Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said if slogans are openly raised for persons who bombed Mumbai or attacked Parliament then one must expect some “ideological reaction” from those who do not agree with this “India is a very strong democracy Only time we came close to losing democracy was somewhere in mid 70s for a brief period India has shown a great resilience in coming back as a democracy” Jaitley who delivered a public lecture at the Melbourne university said while answering questions from the audience He stressed that it was important to understand the incidents that took place in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Hyderabad University Share This Article Related Article Referring to his days as a protester during the emergency Jaitley said “I had spent 19 months in jail and our commitment to freedom of speech is second to none” Taking a dig at Congress he said those who are supporting the JNU protests were the ones who supported emergency Jaitley said apart from poverty India was worst affected by terrorism “You have an incident in 1993 where close to 300 people are killed and thousand injured…after long judicial process trial after trial one is found guilty” he said adding that “celebration and support for that one man is organised in one campus that is Hyderabad” Citing the 2001 Parliament attack Jaitley said even in this case one man was found guilty and his supporters organised celebrations in JNU campus Jaitley said in the two cases after due process of law and several appeals and acquittals two people were found guilty “If you openly raised slogans for those who bombed Mumbai or attacked Parliament and then said our object is to break India…surely you expect some ideological reaction from those who don’t agree with this and most of India does not agree (with it)” he said Asked if India would ever get rid of reservations Jaitley said “the historical backlog of deprivation is so large…That I don’t think that even after 68 years of post independence and almost 64 years of Constitution we have really set it apart” He said job reservations were the first ray of hope for Scheduled Caste people “There are still socially and historically deprived sections which need the benefits The tribals have still not been benefited significantly” Jaitley said adding that India may not be able to get rid of reservations for a long time In his lecture Jaitley listed the various schemesundertaken by the Narendra Modi-led government JNU is caught in a row over an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 14 2016 7:57 pm Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar PTI Photo Top News Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday commended the armed forces for showing utmost restraint in tackling terrorists in Kashmir Valley despite “grave provocation” and stressed onthe need to maintain vigil on borders as well as keeping assets in readiness In a customary address to the armed forces the Defence Minister lauded them for the “strong and daring” response to the terrorists attack on the Pathankot air base and for effectively repulsing ceasefire violations as well as infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir “Our armed forces have shown utmost restraint in tackling terrorists in Kashmir Valley despite grave provocations” he said in his address on the All India Radio on the eve of Independence Day “You have also effectively repulsed all ceasefire violations in Jammu & Kashmir from across the border and attempts of terrorists to infiltrate into the country with nefarious designs” he added Talking about the Pathankot attack he said the strong and daring response against terrorists who came fully armed from across the border to attack the the airbase was an inspiration to the nation “I commend the efforts put in by our Air Warriors and security forces to thwart this attack I deeply mourn the martyrdom of seven of our bravehearts who laid down their lives for the cause of the nation in the counter action” he said He stressed onthe need to maintain all round vigil on the nation’s borders Watch Video: What’s making news “Therefore we should keep our assets in readiness and be able to mobilise troops to forward positions at short notice “At the same time there is the need to constantly upgrade and modernise our weapon systems and equipment” he said The Minister asserted that the government has taken many steps to streamline the procurement process and make it faster and transparent “I am sure this would help you in getting the best weapons and defence platforms in the shortest time” he said On the missing AN 32 aircraft he said the next of kin of all crew and passengers are being informed and regular updates on the search operations are being given to them by nominated officials “Inputs from all sources are being thoroughly investigated by ships and aircraft but friends it is very unfortunate that no concrete evidence with respect to missing aircraft has emerged so far” he said He said that the government is making all possible efforts to locate the missing aircraft Parrikar pointed out that the government has taken the historic decision to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) in November last year and fulfilled the long standing demand of the defence personnel benefitting over 20 lakh ex-servicemen pensioners “I am happy to inform that Rs 381933 crore have already been distributed to 1890635 defence forces pensioners towards OROP arrears/revised pension” he said On health care reforms Parrikar said the Ministry has completely digitized the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) A total of over 47 lakh beneficiaries have been covered under ECHS As of now the scheme is being run through 28 regional centres A total of 1445 civil hospitals have been empanelled to provide cashless treatment to ECHS beneficiaries Parrikar said he has directed the Ministry to complete the Married Accommodation Project (MAP) on priority This will provide nearly 2 lakh dwelling units for the married personnel near their places of posting The third and final phase of MAP is soon expected to be implemented providing 71000 more dwelling units he said For all the latest India News 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