When ‘We, the People of India’ Assembled at Adyar on the 15th of January, 2020

Dr Parinitha
January 17, 2020

We came on foot, we came on boats, shouting slogans of Azadi.

We stood on roof tops and sat on walls under the burning midday sun,

Listening to the words that we had longed to hear for so long.

Words that had been scripted through the lonely fears of our hearts.

Words that were spoken now with the clarity of courage.

Words that were spoken now with the suppressed strength of pent up anger.

Words that were spoken now with the certainty of belonging to the soil 

Which had become one with the dust of our ancestors.

We stood there in the waves of heat

Feeling the surge and press  of countless bodies around us.

Bodies meshed through the odour of sweat 

And the shared fear of a common persecution.

And hanging from the roof tops,

And tied to the poles,

And clutched in hands slippery with sweat,

And wrapped round the pillars,

And spreading into our blood,

Were three strips of colour with a wheel of spokes,

Sewn together into the shape of our being.

Woven into the folds of our future and the creases of our past. 

Stitched to the seams of the earth, the water, the air and the sky 

That belonged to us and to which we belonged. 

And we stood there from noon to evening,

We the people of India.

Raising our clenched fists like signposts to the future.

Chanting slogans like a new anthem.

Kin to each other through the ties of community.

Born to live and die 

In a nation that was ours to hold on to

And ours to belong to.

Dr Parinitha is a professor of English in Mangalore University. She penned the poem soon after participating in the historic protest against CAA, NPR and NRC at Shah Garden, Adyar, Mangaluru on 15th January, 2020.

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Abdullah
 - 
Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

Salute to you siter for your meaningful poem.  This is reality.  However, the enmy is blind/deaf/dumb.   May God give right way of thinking to enmy and in case he is unlucky, let God finish him and let him beg for death.  

Indian
 - 
Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

Waav..What a Heart Touching poetry...

 

Hats off to you ma'am....

 

Love from all Indians...

 

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January 9,2021

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Koppal, Jan 9: Admitting that the financial crunch has hit developmental activities, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday said that the government could not take up development works on expected lines.

Talking to media at Basapura private airport here, he said that due to Covid-19, natural calamity and drought the state financial position is not good enough to take up development works across the State.

He said that the foundation stone will be laid for the country’s biggest and first toy cluster here and it was intended to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inauguration of the cluster.

Referring to cabinet expansion, he said that when the party high command gives green single then only the cabinet expansion will take place.

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January 2,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 450-km long Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline built and operated by GAIL India Ltd., to the nation on January 5.

Chairman & Managing Director of GAIL (India), Manoj Jain, while addressing a virtual press conference on Saturday. said the regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) has already been flowing from Kochi LNG Terminal of Petronet LNG to Mangaluru (Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd) heralding a new era in clean and green energy sector.

In addition to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Governors and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Kerala are expected to participate in the virual programme on Tuesday morning around 11 am.

Work on the City Gas Distribution system for Mangaluru City too was under progress and some areas of the city were likely to get piped gas supply by the end of the year, he said. While MCF, the lone chemical fertiliser manufacturer in Karnataka uses about 0.85 million standard cubic metres per day (MSCMD) LNG, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., and ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd., were likely to offload another 0.6 MSCMD from the end of this month, Mr. Jain said. Distribution of LNG as an auto fuel was likely to coincide with the supply of city gas distribution in Mangaluru, he added.

Cost-wise, LNG would be cheaper by about 40% to fossil fuels petrol and diesel for automobiles while about 20% cheaper to LPG for domestic consumption. For industries too, the liquefied natural gas would not only be cheaper to conventional fuel, but also would be energy efficient and environment friendly, Mr. Jain said. “If industries were using waste oil or Naphtha for their energy requirements, use of LNG would mean reduction in pollution by over 50%,” he added.

Work on the Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru LNG pipeline commenced in 2009 and was expected to be commissioned in 2014 at an estimated cost of ₹2,915 crore. However, delays in land acquisition following opposition from land owners and other aspects delayed the construction and the line was completed on November 16, 2020. The final cost was estimated at ₹5,750 crore.

Gail Directors E.S. Ranganathan (Marketing) and M.V. Iyer (Business Development) were present. 

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January 8,2021

Madikeri, Jan 8: Madikeri Rural police have registered an FIR against former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his 'provocative statements' on Kodavas consuming beef.

The FIR was registered based on a complaint by Ravi Kushalappa.

Police said that they had invoked the provisions of Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to wanton provocation.

The issue had snowballed into a controversy with the Kodavas taking exception to his statements following which Mr Siddaramaiah had clarified that his remarks were misinterpreted by the media.

“I am aware of Kodava culture and I greatly respect it,” he had stated.

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