Tomorrow is Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival. An elaborate festival in (rural)Tamil Nadu , Pongal marks the end of harvest and thanksgiving to the Sun God. Sakkarai Pongal, a sweet dish made from rice and jaggery is offered to the Sun God. The day before Pongal is the Bhogi festival which celebrates the old giving way to the new. The day after Pongal is the Mattu Pongal (Cattle Pongal) which celebrates the cattle that helped the farmers in their harvest. The day after Mattu Pongal is the Kaanum Pongal (Seeing Pongal) when the farmers go for a holiday and visit places.
Pongal is also the first day of the Tamil month Thai, which is considered as an auspicious month. As the old Tamil saying goes, Thai Piranthaal Vazhi Pirakkum, the month of Thai brings with it new beginnings. Whether it is the unwed groom/bride who is searching for his/her partner for long, a long drawn legal wrangle, a search for a new house, whatever be the problem, the month of Thai would offer a way, or so the belief goes!
What Tamil Nadu needs this Thai is a new beginning indeed. The end of a brazenly corrupt and insensitive DMK rule. A regime that relies on fooling people by doling out freebies without a long-term vision for the state, insensitive to the real problems of the people, engages in brazen corrpution both in the State and at the Centre and marked by siblings who fight over dividing the spoils of the State as if it is their private property should be thrown out! And the only way it can happen for sure is when there is a unified Opposition that educates the people of TN of the ills of the DMK style of government and offer an alternate vision.
On this Pongal eve, I hope for a new beginning. I hope Jayalalithaa stick to her stand against freebies till the end and do not start matching DMK’s freebies as the poll dates near. For all the glorious uncertainties of politics, consistency is still a virtue. Two, I hope Jayalalithaa firms up an alliance with Vijayakant’s DMDK. It is the only sure way to counter the numerical strength of DMK+Congress combine. The alliance as the news stories suggest is immiment. Sooner the better.Would it not be great for the alliance to be announced tomorrow on Pongal day? That should sure galvanize the cadres of both parties and herald a new beggining!
பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்! Happy Pongal 🙂