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The strong message that Hindus have sent across

The two facts that remained unreported throughout the week-long controversy surrounding Rajnikant -Tuglak - Salem DK anti Hindu procession are: one, the usually bellegerant DK was seen cringing and denying that it had denigrated Shri Ram, Sri Muruga and Sri Ayyappa at Salem in 1971 certainly because its political master, the DMK, is jittery over its losing Hindu votes during the forthcoming urban local bodies election in the state; two, the claim by K Veeramani DK that DMK could improve from 138 to 183 seats in the 1971 Assembly polls only because of the anti Hindu procession in Salem is outright false because DMK had to to publicise its Hindu credentials during the 1971 assembly poll campaign, announcing that it was the DMK that took care of Hindu temples in its previous regime and that it renovated Temple tanks , et al. All said and done, a clear message has gone across that Hindus never forgive or forget wilful vilification of things Hindu whether it is 1971 or 2020.

Kudos To The Thoughtful Thiruvarur Villagers
And A Pat For Auto Driver Gopu Of Coimbatore

A couple of heartening news items emerge as the festival eyecatcher. Here they are: 1. On Pongal festival day, villagers of Serndhanangudi, a hamlet near Thiruvarur, decorated the village temple devoted to Padaivetti Mari Amman (Kali) with coconut leaf and mango leaf festoons; erected a couple of palantain trees and positioned bundles of sugarcane at the entrance of the temple to complete the festive decoration. All the villagers, men women and kids, assembled in front of the Devi temple in the afternoon. There they cooked a big pot of sweet pongal as well as normal pongal. It was offered to the Devi and the prasadam was distributed to all. The villagers enjoyed the togetherness in full. Early in the morning, every household in the village celebrated pongal in the family with a prayer to Surya Deva (DINAMANI January 15). 2. Gopu, 37, is an auto driver working in Coimbatore. On January 11, he spotted a bag lying on the road near Red Cross Society. He picked it up and found that it contained 39 grams of gold ornaments and the jewellery receipt for the same. He handed it over to the Race Course Police. In turn, the police traced the owner of the bag as one Gayatri of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Employed in a private insurance firm, she had lost the bag during her visit to her parents living in Coimbatore. Parents of Gayatri were informed of the bag. They came to the Police Commissioner’s office and received the bag containing jewels. Commissioner Sumit Sharan presented a gift to Gopu in appreciation of his good deed (DINAMALAR January 12).

Rise Above Bribes, Assert Tiruppur Villagers, And Set An Example

Living in poverty for the past several years, the villagers at Veeranampudur village in Kangeyam (Tiruppur district) were in for a surprise on the morning of December 23. Families of around 92 houses found a rice bag weighing around 10 kg each in front of their door. However, they claimed that it was not an initiative taken to help them, rather, it was a bribe offered to them in exchange for their votes in the local body election. They took them and placed them in front of a Ganesha Temple and informed the Municipality officials. Thus, they returned all the bags weighing 920 kg. Remaining honest in the face of poverty requires a great deal of integrity and courage -- qualities that made the villagers at Veeranampudur village in Kangeyam stand out from the crowd. “We received information from the villagers about the rice bags; a team headed by Taluk Election Officer Ponnambalam reached the spot and seized the rice bags weighing 920 kg (each bag of 10 kg)” said an official. According to an official from the Municipality, "with the help of the brand of the rice bags and serial numbers, we will find the culprits and take action against them for attempting to bribe the villagers. Besides, we appreciate the villagers for their bravery."

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