(This article is based on the conversation I had with Dr. Priyanka from Tamil Nadu)
Dr Priyanka is a well educated person not only by head but also by heart. She is from Tamil Nadu which is in the Southern part of India. Her father struggled in his life & went to school for Mid day meal but now his daughter is highly educated with all ethics & character.
How I met Dr. Priyanka?
I went to an exhibition related to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) & she was the coordinator of Siddha booth. We started with common questions related to Siddha with its aims, purpose & essence. However, I was so connected that the discussion continued for about an hour.
Let’s see the conversation –
I asked her to say something about Tamil Nadu? She was happy to answer as she was totally connected and attached to her culture. She told me Tamil Nadu is the land of culture, love, & education.
Education: She believes that Tamil Nadu provide education for all & they don’t differentiate between the rich and the poor. They believes that education is the only medium to remove all the distributions and discriminations. Even her life was totally changed by education. It is well said that “If the society is ignorant it will be ruled by dictator but if the society is educated it will be ruled by democracy”. Therefore to preserve the democracy country needs education and which we find in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu always win the race called literacy rate which is held between different states in India.
Women Empowerment: She also believes that women play a great role in our society. Tamil Nadu encourages women’s not only by giving them opportunity in the educational field but also by giving them equal employment opportunity. They believe that Women’s are the 50% of the total population of the country and if we are ignoring the 50% of population that means our economy will also be suppressed by 50% therefore, participation of women in education as well as in employment is as important as both food and water for human beings.
Right to have casteless name: Tamil people have a right not to disclose there surname while going for an interview. It shows that they don’t want to discriminate between people on the basis of cast. In India if we see overall it is hard truth but caste system is still prevailing maybe for the political purpose or for reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.
However a good example has been set by Tamil peoples by giving no importance to the caste while recruitment and admission of people in Schools, Colleges, University or any organization.
Language: Most of the Tamil people speak English they know their mother tongue but with their mother tongue they speak English they do so because they feel English is the universal language. They accept the reality that is it not possible to learn all the languages of different countries however, English helps us to communicate with a larger mass of people all around the globe, because it is the common medium for communication for the large mass of people. So English unite us however, learning English is never disrespecting others language. It only means having a common medium of language removing all the language barriers.
Effective Governance: As per her in Tamil Nadu they have a strong and effective government who think for all people around their territory without any discrimination and they are top in terms of all round development of a state by including education, health, economy etc.
My counter question was to her that if the regional government of Tamil Nadu is so good then why don’t they participate and contest for the national election. And her logical answer was language barrier.
Northern part of our country the generally has more Hindi speakers and Tamil people they hardly speaks Hindi and northern people they hardly speaks Tamil and in politics what we need heartfelt conversation between people & leaders to influence them with their ideology but if there will be communication gap between the voters and the leaders than it will be foolish to contest election.
Love the highest religion: She and her team believe that religion and the politics divide us and What unites us is love. Tamil Nadu is full of spiritual beliefs and different people have different ways to pray to their Lord. One thing that can unite us is love, which can even help us to experience the power of the Lord. India is United in spite of all diversity because of love and respect we Indians have in our heart for others culture and belief.
Preservation of culture: She also believe people must preserve their culture. Tamil Nadu is rich in their own culture and everybody has the right to protect and preserve their culture and believe. 0ne will never like if any government either regional or national who tries to put a different culture and ideology on anybody. Therefore, Tamil people strongly preserve their rich and inherited culture.
Next question to her was that what does she feel about Assam? She said that Assam is a state full of greenery, culturally strong and rich in tea plantations which covers 55% of tea plantations in India. I was blessed to thank all the four members of Siddha booth with our Assamese Gamusa which is very near and dear to assam.
Therefore, at the end we can see that Tamil Nadu is rich in their culture, education, health and different aspects of life and highest of all they feel that love is the secret ingredient of our brotherhood and unity.