Note please the latest development; Mr. Kamaraj has
become a baron! Not that any such title has been conferred
on him, nor has he founded any domain bold enough to
employ the language, that only arrogant barons used
to indulge in. All along he has been telling the public,
that he is a humble servant of the people, one amongst
the toiling masses—caring not for any of the comforts
in life. But of late he has become a bit furious! Miscalculation
naturally causes irritation and it was because of that
that the carefully maintained poise was disturbed, and
the Chief Minister has been led to indulge in a language,
which only insolent lords employ.
Those of the D.M.K., are likened by this baron, to beggars—street-singers
who eke our their livelihood by vending sweet songs.
When beggars sing sweet songs, a crowd gathers around
them, even throw some small coins before them—but that
crowd would not act up to the advice of the street-singers.
So too, when the D.M.K., men and women talk, an appreciative
crowd gathers around them—just for the delight of the
music—but that crowd would not cast their votes to the
Mr.Kamaraj, has given this 'scholarly and masterly'
analysis! The D.M.K., is likened to a set of beggars!
And the other inference naturally is, that Mr.Kamaraj
has become a baron today! The beggars at least have
'sweet voice' as their asset; we do not know, what extra-ordinary
talent and enviable genius, this baron possesses! But
for the fact that a curious set of circumstances, has
placed this man on the cushioned seat, he would have
been left unnoticed by ninety out of a hundred! He was
occupying a seat at the Parliament for a number of years,
and the public of Tamil Nad, took no notice of that
fact for his contribution was next to nothing. He spoke
ardently, but not while on the floor of the Parliament;
he adumbrated several schemes, but only outside the
House! He was not interested even in interpellation,
and the only stupendous achievement to his credit, was
a stony silence and a vacant look.
And when in this State, the Congress party was in doldrums,
it was, Mr.C.Rajagopalachariar, who was pressed into
service, to stem the tide, to ward off the danger; not
this doughty warrior!
His emergence to power was preceded by a number of factors,
arising out of various problems—and neither the head
nor the heart of this huge-sized man was of any use
at that time.
But when once he found himself placed in power, a small
band of flatterers gathered around him, to sing loyal
lyrics, just for some harvest. It seems that it has
gone into his head and that is why he has become insolent—so
insolent indeed that he thinks it fit to call those
of the D.M.K., as 50 many beggars!
Status in politics, obtained by whatever means, should
inculcate a spirit of humility and not of arrogance.
In fact, the only factor that Mr.Kamaraj could place
before the public, as doing him credit, could be a sense
of humility. He can't claim to be the repository of
political wisdom and administrative acumen. He can't
claim to be the genius for solving problems—at best
he is a master of evasion. For such a man, to suddenly
shout out insolence, is nothing but a symptom of an
The Tamilians, who were to some extent irritated by
the 'aloofness' exhibited by C.R., found a sort of relief
and rejoicing when Mr.Kamaraj came to power, because
he showed his inclination to be with the people, speak
their tongue, share their worries, and stand by them.
The people, it sould be categorically stated, were not
attracted by the intellectual abilities of Mr.Kamaraj.
Mediocracy was crowned just because, it was coupled
with a sense of humility! But when mediocrity assumes
arrogance, well, it becomes not only intolerable, but
a positive insult to the people.
But, Mr.Kamaraj, said nothing derogatory about the people;
he had his dig only at the D.M.K.—some would like to
put in this argument. But when a Chief Minister, who
should be conscious of his responsibility, hence of
restraint, indulges in such a wild talk, as that of
comparing the D.M.K., to beggars or street-singers,
what else could be the conclusion than this: that having
assumed power, over-confidence has entered his mind,
and giddy with unbridled power, he emits, just gutter-stuff.
The D.M.K.—no sane political observer would dispute
the point—is a popular movement, popular with the intellectuals
as well as the masses—and it is a growing movement.
Ill-equipped, the D.M.K., faced the firing squad, but
came out unscathed. Many observers thought that the
phalanx brought about by the unholy combination of the
Congress and the Dravida Kazhagam would totally annihilate
the D.M.K., during the general elections. Yet, the D.M.K.,
was able to secure nearly seventeen lakhs of votes!—the
Congress mighty, hoary and well-trained in the art of
electioneering secured fifty lakhs. To dub the D.M.K.,
as beggars, is nothing short of political arrogance.
But, while baron Kamaraj brandishes bad language at
the Maidan, his lieutenant, the 'hero of many retreats'
Mr.C.Subramaniam, dons on the garb of the statesman,
and appeals for co-operation from the D.M.K. and other
In his budget speech, the finance minister employs fine
language depictive of nice sentiment—"these problems
could be solved only when they are treated as national
problems, not mere party problems. Hence I request the
co-operation of all the opposite parties"
Outside, the Chief Minister parades his new-found status,
and dubs the D.M.K. as beggars! On the floor of the
House, his chief-assistant pleads for co-operation.
Why this incongruity? The Chief exhibits the Kathakali
and the mouth-piece gives a portrayal perhaps of Bharatha
Natyam! The chief assumes the shape of a 'Samhara-Moorthy',
and the finance minister becomes the 'Samarasa-Moorthi'!
The leader of the D.M.K., placed this point before the
House, while speaking on this year’s budget.
“Sir, those of the ruling party often issue frantic
appeals to all the opposition parties to give them co-operation.
I assume that they are sincere in their appeals and
proceed to put forward my views.
“They ask the co-operation of the opposition parties
in executing the plans already framed and not in formulating
them. They do not feel the necessity for considering
the views of the opposition parties, when the plan projects
are being framed.
“Again they have not given a clear definition of what
they call ‘co-operation’. As far as I can understand,
making the people law-abiding is considered to be that
sort of co-operation. In the light of this definition,
the opposition parties in this State are offering earnest
co-operation to the government.
“But if the government expects that the opposition parties
should not criticise their plans, should not point our
loopholes, let me humbly express that, that sort of
co-operation cannot be expected in a democratic set
“I know the opinion held by the ruling party about those
of the opposition. Recently, our Home Minister declared
that none of the opposition parties in our State is
capable of carrying on its function, effectively. By
such declaration, he attempts at belittling them.
“Not that he alone uses such kind of words. Our Chief
Minister, Mr.Kamaraj, in a public meeting, has likened
the D.M.K. to the street-singers!
“When such is their opinion how can I think that their
plea for co-operation is earnest?
“In spite of all those things, we have offered our helping
hand, whenever the cause was good and commendable. For
the success of Prohibition, the D.M.K has given its
co-operation both inside and outside this House.”
Mr.Kamaraj, though present at that time, gave neither
an explanation nor a regret. His silence, might mean
anyone of these things,
A sort of supreme contempt
A sort of supine indifference
A sort of remorse.
We do not know, nor do we care much, as to which of
these sentiments was having Mr.Kamaraj in its grip.
We but request the public, to pay their best consideration
over this problem—while the Chief and other Congress
bosses, talk so insolently about the D.M.K., can there
be an iota of earnestness in their appeal for co-operation?
Co-operation is between equels, not as between barons
and beggars! Baron Kamaraj, need not allow his burgomaster,
to plead for co-operation from the D.M.K.—a party of
(Editorial - 22-03-1959)