KOCHI l SATURDAY l JULY 20, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION STOKES NOMINATED FOR NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR All-rounder, who guided England to victory over Kiwis in the final of the World Cup, has been nominated for the top award DID I READ THAT RIGHT... HOW EXACTLY? ■ 6 TENDULKAR IN ICC HALL OF FAME Stokes was born in NZ but moved to England when he was 12 because his father Gerard, who played rugby league for NZ, was then coaching in England. His parents, currently live in Christchurch. New Zealander of the Year Awards judge Cameron Bennet said “There are clearly a few Kiwis who think we can still claim him.” Even Kane Williamson has been nominated ■ ■ Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame alongside South African legend Allan Donald Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick was also inducted NO OF INDIANS IN ICC’S HALL OF FAME. BISHAN SINGH BEDI WAS THE FIRST CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Coalition life support extended till Monday DAMS WELCOME DOWNPOUR; SEA ROUGH Heavy rain lashes state for the second straight day; low-lying areas inundated A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru K’taka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy during the trust motion debate | NAGARAJA GADEKAL DIFFERENT STROKES l CM ridicules Governor Vajubhai Vala for setting deadlines for the trust vote, calls it love letters l Former LS secretary general Subhash Kashyap says Article 175 gives the Governor every right to send message to House l Another ex-LS secretary general P D T Acharya says the opposite, claiming Guv stretched definition of Article 175 EVEN after two days since Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy moved the motion of confidence to prove his majority, the Karnataka Assembly is nowhere close to a trust vote. After hours of debate, uproar and sloganeering inside the Assembly for the second consecutive day, Speaker Ramesh Kumar adjourned it to Monday, extending the coalition’s life by three more days. Even as the BJP insisted that the House conclude the proceedings of confidence motion even until midnight if required and go ahead with the trust vote, Congress and JDS coalition MLAs insisted on an adjournment citing the urgent need to return to their “drought-hit constituencies”. MLAs of the coalition stalled proceedings multiple times reminding the Speaker that the House in practice is adjourned in the afternoons on Fridays and the need for them to urgently go back to their constituencies. However, when the House was finally adjourned, the MLAs were seen lining up to board a bus taking them straight to a resort. With the House being adjourned to Monday, all three parties have gone back to focusing on keeping their flock together. Speaker shot down the coalition’s appeal to extend discussion till Tuesday . P6 24 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Inland fishermen struggle to keep their boats from toppling in the strong wind and heavy rain that lashed Perunguzhi in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. With weathermen predicting more downpour across the state, fisherfolk are staring at grim days | B P DEEPU 7 EXPECT MORE SHOWERS IMD HAS PREDICTED MORE RAIN IN IDUKKI, PATHANAMTHITTA, KOTTAYAM, KOZHIKODE, KASARAGOD, WAYANAD, KANNUR AND MALAPPURAM Shutters of Pambla, Kallarkutty, Malankara and Bhoothathankettu dams opened Periyar, Pamba, Meenachil, Manimala and Muvattupuzha rivers breach banks fishermen missing 3 killed in rainrelated incidents in Ernakulam dist 4 districts given red alert by the India Met Dept HEAVY rain lashed the state for the second straight day on Friday, inundating low-lying areas and spreading panic among people living on river banks. Dams recorded marginal rise in water level. The sea turned rough and seven fisher men went missing, for whom searches have been launched. Waves as high as 3.2 metres lashed the coastal areas. Flood waters washed away a man in Tiruvalla while three people died in rain-related accidents in Ernakulam district. The State Disaster Management Authority has sounded an alert after the India Meteorological Department predicted heavy rain in Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Wayanad, Kannur and Malappuram. Red alert has been issued for Kasara god (Saturday), Kozhikode and Wayanad (July 21- 22), and Idukki (July 22) as very heavy rain (more than 204 mm per hour) is forecast in these districts. Kasaragod collector has declared a holiday for educational institutions including professional colleges in the district on Saturday . P e r i y a r, P a m b a , Meenachil, Manimala and Muvattupuzha rivers breached banks. The shutters of four dams Pambla, Kallarkutti, Malankara and Bhoothathankettu were opened as water level inched closer to full reservoir level. Control rooms have been opened in all taluks in Idukki and Pathanamthitta. ● More on P5 EXPRESS READ Stabbing: Police recover weapon used Viyyur jail: 41 officers punished T’Puram: The police on Friday recovered the knife which the SFI workers used to stab Akhil Chandran, a third-year student of University College. The knife was found hidden in a waste pit on the right side of the main entrance of the college. The police also recovered an iron rod and a wooden pipe that were used by the SFI unit members to attack the students, including Akhil. P4 Thrissur: A surprise inspection conducted at Viyyur district jail by DGP Rishiraj Singh on Friday revealed custodial torture by officers. In quick response, three assistant prison officers were suspended from service and 38 officials transferred out of the district. More than 30 inmates of Viyyur district jail complained that they were physically tortured by jail officials. P4 TAMIL BRAHMINS’ GLOBAL MEET SATURDAY 20.07.2019 A PMD INITIATIVE CONSOLIDATION IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR FOR THE COMMUNITY Karimpuzha Raman, state president of Kerala Brahmana Sabha, is upbeat about the possibilities that the Tamil Brahmins’ Global Meet is going to throw up. In an interview with Aswin Nandakumar, he elaborates on the vision behind the meet T T he land reforms and reservation policies of the state government necessitated the need for a common platform for the Tamil Brahmins of Kerala to voice their grievances and to bring to the notice of the authorities their demands and rights. Thus, the Kerala Brahmana Sabha (KBS) was formed in 1970 and registered as a charitable organisation. During its existence, the KBS could consolidate its activities throughout the state with the active involvement of the community members including women and the youth. Presently, there are about 150 ‘upasabhas’, spread over the entire state, which follows activities as directed by the state leadership. Presently, the KBS is headed by Karimpuzha Raman, a dynamic leader, who is a well-renowned faculty in management studies. His professional brilliance attracted the political leaders, who bestowed on him directorship in many public sector units of Kerala. At present, he is a Director in the Forward Community Development Corporation. Through his efforts, he could get a grant of Rs 9 crore for re-modification and revival of ‘agraharams’ (traditional homes) in Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram. This has benefited 450 families. The activities of the KBS includes, providing educational and medical aids to the deserving, introduction of pension schemes, running senior citizen homes, conducting Vedic and cultural classes, in addition to owning and running their own educational institution. his meet of the Tamil Brahmins by the Kerala Brahmana Sabha is a surprising move. Never heard of it. Yes, indeed! This is the first time the Kerala Brahmin Sabha is organising a Tamil Brahmins’ Global meet. This is a telling sign of a united force that is coming together as one voice. Many raised their eyebrows when they heard about it. Many politicians enquired about the need for such a gathering. only help increase the scale and scope of these charitable activities. As a community, we believe in propagating the Vedas. It is a heritage of this land and the Brahmins are committed to propagating this knowledge to every other community which is willing to receive it. The message of our Vedas and Upanishads is universal. It doesn’t belong to any particular group of people. We are committed to spreading this knowledge. This is our social responsibility. 4-PAGE SUPPLEMENT TAMIL BRAHMINS’ GLOBAL MEET WITH TODAY’S ISSUE FOCUS OF TAMIL BRAHMINS’ GLOBAL MEET The meet will focus on the values and entrepreneurial spirit of the community including a look at the economic, social and educational aspects as well as arts, music and media. The meet will look at solutions which can be provided for the challenges faced by the community of different age groups, especially the women and youth. The previous generation had left their native villages in Kerala, to major metros in India and abroad, for their career and entrepreneur advancements, leaving behind their elders and kith and kin. There exists a genuine concern about their wellness and the Tamil Brahmins’ Global meet can render the required assistance. The meet will also explore possibilities of providing mentorship, training and tutoring to uplift youngsters economically and socially. Raju N Subramanian, Chairman, Athachi Group Athachi group was established in 2015 with business interests in India and the Middle East regions. Our international headquarters is based in Dubai and we have our Indian Operations based out of Palakkad, Kerala. What is the strategy to enable the same? There is a lot of injustice that has been meted out to the community. If you look back into history, the land reform was a big blow. Many of us lost our lands. The land resources owned by Brahmin families were taken away so fast. The community lost its revenue source from agriculture. We were demonised in such a manner that it was made to look like we grabbed land from people and thrived on it. When the land was taken away, we had no option but to migrate, look for greener pastures where our skills could be used to earn a living. Out of 10 lakh Brahmins in Kerala, about two lakh people are influential people. They can influence 20 people each. The possibility of reaching out to 40 lakh people is promising, isn’t it? Have youngsters lost interest in traditions? Due to many reasons, the traditional structure that held the ‘Veda patashala’ and the system that created priests in the community has withered away. But it is reassuring to see that that all this is coming back now. There is an integrated learning module which will enable youngsters to hold a Vedic text in one hand and a computer in another. This learning module will also ensure that the community members not just learn their heritage but also become financially strong through modern-day jobs. Many Brahmins moved to Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi and other places to survive. Credibility, honesty and team-building skills that we had enabled us to become successful in various fields. The Brahmin community migrated across the globe, keeping their traditions and culture intact. Many people in the community are influential and willing to support each other. A consortium of people who can support each other is the need of the hour. There is a perception that the Brahmin community has blocked the knowledge from reaching out. Your comments. Knowledge, money and blood have to be circulated. By creating a global platform, it will not just bring the community from across the world together, but also help in strengthening the core ‘dharma’ (responsibility) of a Brahmin to protect the Vedas, receive and share the wealth, and become advisors to rulers. A consolidation is the first step to achieve that goal. The community has been propagating Sanskrit learning and as well as protecting the Vedas for aeons. You must remember the greatest of our holy texts, like the Itihasa, was not written by Brahmins. Yet, the community has been at the forefront in protecting knowledge and propagating it. Unfortunately, I feel the Brahmin community was unnecessary been demonised for propagating a beautiful language like Sanskrit or the eternal knowledge of the Vedas. The community has been always brandished as Our international office caters to import and export needs and also has an experienced marketing team dealing with Solar components, Scientific/ Technical Equipment, healthcare and high-end luxury cosmetic products. We have our Warehousing facilities based out of Sharjah. Our group company Athachi Consulting is an international market leader in the field of Aircraft financing and leasing services. Do you think more such meets will happen? feudal. Let me reiterate: the community has not stopped anyone from learning Sanskrit. How is the platform going to help the young generation of the community? A platform like this will create a new horizon, a new value system and new thinking for the community. A large number of Brahmins are suffering just because they were born in the community. People who are economically backward do not receive any support to further their careers. At this juncture, consolidation is necessary to tutor, mentor and provide a direction to young people. The meet is meant for future generations. We are launching an app that will be a helpline for our youths. It will help them to know the various jobs available and find mentors, to follow their passion. For the past few years, we have been providing scholarships to many youngsters. With such a meet the kind of strength that the community will gain, will Our Indian establishment caters to varied sectors of manufacturing and trade, which we have noted below as individual divisions. THE KEY WORDS THAT ENCAPSULATE OUR GROUP’S VISION ARE ‘TO ENGAGE, TO EXCEL AND TO EMPOWER’. Yes. Already there is a demand for a global meet in Mumbai. Next year, we will hold a meet in Tamil Nadu. Internationally, there will be a meet in Australia and Dubai as well. The country, as we see it today is being divided into Aryan vs Dravida and also on linguistic and caste lines. What role do you think the Brahmin community can play in integrating the nation? Adi Shankara was born at a time when the entire nation was on the verge of becoming atheist. But in 32 years, he united the country through the power of wisdom. He brought back Hinduism from the verge of extinction. We are from the land of Shankara and have the same spirit within us. I see a future where the Brahmin community will take leadership in keeping all Indians together as one binding force. A force that will preserve its heritage, as well as fuel its growth.
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