Development Tamil Culture and Tamil Language through Charitable activities (Post No.4013)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 18 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 21-49
Post No. 4013
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MITRA SEVA TALK by London Swaminathan on 17TH JUNE 2017

 

I was asked to give a talk on the charity work done by me in London at the First Anniversary meeting of Mitra Seva, an organisation started to serve the Elderly people in London, particularly from the South Indian community. It was held in Kenton, London on 17th June 2017.

 

Good Evening and thanks for inviting me to talk about my charity work. I thought it was irrelevant to talk about it to you bcaeuse of most of you known about it and you were also part of it. But yet it is important to place everything on record. And there is another part of charity work I did in India which many of you may not know.

Since I was given every limited time first let me give my work in Bullet points.

 

 

RAISED MONYE FOR 7 CHARITIES OVER 200, 000 POUNDS

I raised over 200,000 pounds in London for seven charities. The beneficiaries were :-

SINDHI MANIR

LONDON SATH SANGAM

LONDON TAMIL SANGAM

South Indian Society

World Hindu MAHA SANGAM

TAMIL HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan

 

I have executed the following projects through the funding I received. When I say I, it means I was the one who ordinated, but you the people helped me through out these projects

PROJECTS

ELDERLY CARE PROJECT

LUNCHEON CLUB

TEACHING TAMIL

TEACHING SANSKRIT

POETRY PROJECT

PUBLISHING COMMUNITY NEWS LETTER

SINDHI CULTURE and Language Teaching

FIRST AIAD EACHING THROUGH REGIONAL LANGUAGES

Buying a SOUND SYSTEM

TAMIL BOOKS DIGITIZATION: I got a small funding for Tamil Heritage  Foundation to digitize ten old books from the British Library in London. They are available even now in T H F site.

TAMIL HERITAGE PROJECT: We interviewed thirty artistes in London who have settled here 25 years ago to record the history and development of Tamil culture in London. The recordings were put on a CD and the CDs were distributed to the  libraries.

MILLENNIUM GEM PROJECT : This is to give another chance to showcase their talents who have alredy staged their debut show and let it to get rusted.

RECENTLY I WAS ON THE  SOUVENIR COMIITEE OF  Nagapooshani Amman temple in London

RELIGIOUS EVENTS are organised by WHM Sagam

 

(For Bharatiya Viddhya Bhavan we staged a Tamil Drama and raised over 1500 pounds. We staged a Tamil drama for South Indian Society and raised over 1500 pounds. I took the main roles in both the dramas.

WHO FUNDED US?

Awards for all

National Lottery

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Harrow Council (for Black History Month)

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

New Ham council

Camelot foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

I received

 

WHO IS THE ROLE MODEL?

Any number of books you read would not inspire youto do charity work un less you have a role model in front of you; for me my father (V Santanam) was the role model. He was a freedom fighter who fought the British rule in India. He was imprisoned with K Kamaraj in Vellore Jail. Because he was a freedom fighter he allowed us to do all community activities. First myself and my bothers started an organisation called Literary and Cultural Association in Madurai with the help of our friends. All the famous personalities such as Solomon Pappaiah, Kundrkkudi Adigalar, K V Jagannathan. Later I joined RSS and took over the secetaryship of Vidyarthi Parishad and my bother became the secretary of Visva Hindu Parishad. The Madurai RSS Pracharak Shivaram Jogelakarwho has M.Sc and came from Pune inspired us very much. He was a man of few words but man of action, full of inspiration.

 

And  at that time the Vivekananda Rock Memorial was set up by Eknatha Ranade who was also an embodiment of inspiration. He asked us to got to every office school, college etc to sell one rupee donation ticket just to make them the part of this mighty national memeorial. As a result of this I contacted thousands of office workers and sold the donation picture cards. ( We did a month long exhibition in the Pudumandapam (built by King Tirumalai nayak) which attracted a huge crowd every day. In the same way when Swami Shanthanantha did a Sahasra Chandi Yajna in Madurai, since my father was on the committee we all helped as volunteers).

 

For any project, we need a role model who practise it. Years ago Swami Omkarananda visited London and I was organising several meetings for him. As a part of meetings at the Hindu temples here, I took him to Sivan Temple at Lewisham, London. The previous day I contacted the temple trustee who was in charge of programmes  to find out how many people were expected and what age group was targeted etc. To my surprise he told that he would be addressing little children from ween end Tamil school. I challenged him saying that Swami Omkarananda who is a great scholar delivering lectures on Kaivalyopanishad and Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad would be disappointed. Then he explained me the reason for arranging such a meeting for children. “These young students had seen the saffron clad Sanyasins only in films and dramas. They had never seen a real life true Sanyasi (ascetic)So they may think this is also an act and there may not be a Sanyasi at all. If they see a real life ascetic that will impress them at this young age.

This explanation opened my eyes. I realised  that a man of action, a man of truth can inspire several thousand people. So role models are important to inspire future workers.

 

At present I am part of the Hindu Forum of Britain, the umbrella organisation of Hindu organisations. I am the chairman of the Chaplaincy borad. As a life time trustee of W HM sangam, I do organise religious events.

 

Tomorrow the Second Part of my talk will cover the following topics:-

 

ARE INDIVIDUALS POWERFUL?

YOGA IS RUBBISH ADVTS.

CHRISTMAS STAMPS WITH HINDU LAIDES WITH TILAK

NOW 5 POUND NOTE and Government’s Promise.

 

 

IS SELFLESS SERVICE POSSIBLE?

 

ENCOUNTER WITH MY WIFE

SANSKRIT TEACHER’S SUSPICION

WHY DO I DO IT?

 

PITFALLS IN CHARITY WORK

NO THANKS, MOSTLY CRITICSM

DON’T BE TOO OPEN —–DANDAPANI

ONE THANKS IS EQUAL TO 1000 POUNDS

CREMATORIUM THANKS

 

LIST OF PEOPLE INTERVIWED AS PART OF ORAL HISTORY OF TAMIL ARTISTES IN LONDON.

 

–Subham–

 

My Challenge to Dalits in Britain (Post No.3390)

 

Mr Krishna Ralleih speaks

 

Written by London swaminathan

 

Date: 26 November 2016

 

Time uploaded in London: 7-51 AM

 

Post No.3390

 

Pictures are taken by Mr Prabhakar Kaza and Mr Aditya Kaza; thanks.

 

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Part two of my speech at the British Parliament (Building, committee room 12, date 23-11-2016)

 

Please read the first part of my speech, posted here yesterday.

Friends,

What will happen if the word CASTE is included in the equality Law?

Christians will use it to convert the Hindus in Britain,

Solicitors will make money by inducing Dalits to file compensation cases. We see a very big compensation culture in this country.

Dalits will use this to get financial aid from some organisations. Domestic servants who came from India will use it to stay in the country permanently and get British citizenship.

 

Politicians will get more votes if there are more Dalits in their constituencies.

Society will be more divisive

There will be a permanent black spot on Britain

That will be the blackest day in British history because you yourself admit that there is a caste issue in this country.

 

My friends,

This is the only European country, nay, only country in the Western world that admits that you are suffering from caste discrimination. No other country in Europe has such a law.

There are one million Tamils living in and around Paris. All of them went from Pondicherry, from my part of the world. They did not enact any law regarding caste discrimination.

 

So if you enact a law like this, it will be a permanent black patch on British society, particularly Hindu community.

 

Like I said in my two stories, you can solve this problem like Lord Krishna or the King who ordered shoes for everyone in his kingdom.

 

What we need is change of attitude, change of mind set, education and creating awareness on this issue, where it exists, if it exits.

 

Now I throw you a challenge! Get out of this hall and ask 100 Hindu youths at random about caste discrimination. They will tell you they don’t know anything about it.

The younger generation do not know anything about it. If you include the word CASTE, you will be poisoning their minds.

Shout from the audience:

At this point, one gentleman in the audience raised his hand with a book, and said It is in this book.

Then I shut his mouth by saying “who wrote the book? It is we who write the book”.

Immediately others also pointed out, that there is Q and A Time and he has  to wait.

I continued…….

 

Right. You enact the law. What will be the result?

Did all the laws work in this country?

Anti -drug laws are there; but they are ineffective. We read news items that it did not work. Even inside prisons they can get drugs causing enormous problems. Drug abuse is even legalised in some countries.

There is anti- terrorism law; but the Metropolitan police chief himself issued a warning recently: if you hear any bomb explosion run as far as possible or hide yourself somewhere safe; don’t do any stupid things (like taking selfie pictures of pictures for Facebook) There is no guarantee for your safety.

 

That is why I tell you to change the attitude, mindset by educating them.

Let us spread the message of love and kindness.

Thank you.

(I was happy that they listened to me and gave me a big round of applause, though the hall had more Dalit supporters. They were very vociferous when the Dalits accused the caste Hindus)

A great Friend of the British Hindus, Bob Blackman MP, speaking

 

There were other speakers: Mr Satpal Murman, Mr Ram Morla, Mr Saunvedan Aparanti and Mr Geaorge Kunnath who supported amending the law o include the word CASTE.

 

Miss Ridhi Vyas, myself Santanam Swaminathan, Mrs Trupti Patel and Mrs Satish Sharma opposed the inclusion of the word Caste.

Mr Bob Blackman MP and a great friend of the Hindus, opposed it. Mr Veerendra Sharma MP could not attend it due to some urgent work in his constituency.

Earlier Mr Prabhakar Kaza welcomed the gathering and Krishan Ralleih ,Founder of the IFBM, explained the activities of the organisation and the purpose of this meeting.

Ms Bhanu Sistla introduced the speakers and conducted the seminar.

It was well attended and well received.

Ms Ridhi Vyas speaking

 

What I did not say:

Though it was in my written notes, I didn’t say the following, for lack of time and propriety:

India is a land of wonders; not only for its natural beauty, cultural diversity and beautiful temple architecture. It is a land of wonders because of its castes. No one was able to tell us how and why the castes divided or multiplied into thousands. We see only four castes in the oldest book in the world- The Rig Veda. But now we have 40, 000 castes. How and why it happened, no one could tell us. Recently I have been doing some research about the Badaga community in Tamil Nadu. This small hill tribe has got 20 castes in the group! That is why I call it a land of wonders.

All of us want a society where there is no discrimination on the basis of one’s birth. “All are born equal but some are more equal than others”. Look at us. We all respect Her Majesty the Queen, whose post is decided by birth. Neither I nor you can become king or queen in this country. It is decided on birth in the royal family.  But we all accept it. Not only British, even the Australians voted for our queen. She commands so much respect from one and all. As long as it does not affect an individual or as long as the majority agree, we do such things.

 

–Subham–