VSK Chennai Sandesh

Chinmaya Mission, ‘sundar gaha’ (‘good catch’)
Swami Chinmayananda employed his powerful oratory in English to de-westernize entire populations in the Mumbai and other metropolitan cities. Chinmaya Mission founded by him plans to employ cricket craze to popularize Samskritam among younger generation. The Chennai chapter of the Mission led by its Acharya Swami Mitrananda Ji has compiled over 100 Samskrita words for cricket terms. They intend to conduct a competition for youngsters in giving running commentary in Samskritam to selected cricket video clips. The list will be supplied to the competitors. The inauguration of this ‘Samskritam through Sports’ was held on 14th June in which former Captain of the Indian Cricket team Srikant was the chief guest. Sri Santosh of Chinmaya Mission, welcomed the gathering. Sri Aludiyapillai, former IAS Officer and President of Chinmaya Mission also attended the function. The mission also consulted Samskrita Bharati in this regard. 

A Film on Maths Genius Ramanujan soon

The much awaited first theatrical trailer of Ramanujam was unveiled last week. Director Gnana Rajasekaran says, “Ramanujan’s story is extraordinary, in that he managed to overcome the poverty of his material circumstances and the indifference of his peers to achieve what he did. The trailer gives one, an elaborate glimpse of Ramanujan’s journey toward his destiny”. The film has been shot in various locations such as Kumbakonam (where Ramanujan was brought up and attended college), Namakkal (the place of Ramanujan’s family deity), Madras (where Ramanujan worked at the Port Trust Office), Cambridge and London (where Ramanujan was finally recognized as a genius).

Tamil Parents Say, We Want Hindi 

In the 1960s, Tamil Nadu saw violent protests against the compulsory learning of Hindi. Now, in a turnaround, many parents and schools in the state have launched a battle against the monopoly of Tamil and say they want Hindi. A group of schools and parents have challenged a 2006 order by the then DMK government that said only Tamil will be taught till Class 10. Based on their June 5 petition, the Madras High Court has sought a response from the state's AIADMK government. Students in Chennai say not learning Hindi and other languages dents their job prospects both in India and abroad. Schools that come under the Tamil Nadu board say they have lost several students to central board institutions that offer multiple languages. Tamilnadu's main political rivals are, however, united in supporting Tamil teaching, which they have often linked to regional pride.

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