வழக்கமாக கடிதங்களை அப்படியே ஆங்கிலத்தில் வெளியிடுவதில்லை. மொழியாக்கம்செய்தே வெளியிடுவென். இப்போது நேரமில்லை. பல கடிதங்கள் மிகவும் பிந்திவிட்டன. ஆகவே அவற்றை வெளியிடுகிறேன்

Hi Jeyamohan sir,

Nice writing to you. Hope you are doing well.
Sorry for not writing in Tamil.

I am a regular to you blog. I wanted to write this about your views
about gandhi.

I have been reading about and by gandhi for the past twenty years. One
thing I have to accept is that your view about gandhi as a very
emperical man. I have not got to read anything close to this view
other than his autobiography’s title.

To view gandhi as a spiritual guru / practioner is absolute non-sense.
He did not have the temperament required to listen to himself / go
deep into his own realm of silence. In a sense, he was always
argumenting / experimenting with himself which is a spirutual
distraction. Never did he follow ahimsa in a real sense. He always
preached and practised a method of non physical violence. Putting
moral pressure ( kaikeyi of ramayana ) on individuals to take upon
them a saintly stature other than what their own GUNA ( of three guna)
could offer. This is where he deviates greatly from the GITA.

I would like to bring Aurobindo into the context and his theory of
evolution is vastly different from any philosopohical treatise
especially of adavita & buddha. He says mind naturally evolves towards
a supra mental position removing all the Malam ( defects ) to realise
absolute bliss. one needs to have a compassionate view of the world &
not of descending one. I have to remove dirt and half mindedness and
be fully aware of the being at the present.

So you can remove defect with being violent at thought. Rather a dirt
/ adharma can be seen as it is with great love and care and be
removed. For eg: Gandhi put forth fasting as a means to fight adharma.
But fasting is such a violence to the your own natural self. It is
good in moderation. But not as a weapon to fight. He took all these
methods from his association from reading christ though he
misunderstood christ as well.

Your views on this please. I know I am bit confusing, but believe that
you would grasp.

Bala S

அன்புள்ள பாலா

இந்க வினாக்களுக்கான என் பதிலை நான் மிக விரிவாகவே எழுதிவிட்டேன் என நினைக்கிறேன். இந்த இணையதளத்திலேயே காந்தி என தேடிப்பார்த்தால் கட்டுரைகள் கிடைக்கும். அல்லது தமிழினி வெளியிட்டிருக்கும் எனது இன்றைய காந்தி நூலை வாசியுங்கள்.

அவ்வளவெல்லாம் போக வேண்டியதில்லை. இவ்வாறு ஒரு கேள்வி நம் மனதில் எழுந்ததுமே இரு கேள்விகளை நீங்கள் எழுப்பிக்கொண்டால் போதும். ஒருவர் பிறர் மேல் ஒழுக்க- அற ரீதியான ஆதிக்கம் செலுத்தாமல் சமூகம் என்ற அமைப்பு உருவாக முடியுமா? நீதியும் அறமும் கருத்தியலும் செயல்பட முடியுமா?

அவ்வாறு ஆதிக்கம் செலுத்த மிகச்சிறந்தவழி என்பது என்ன?


Hi jeyamohan,

Hope doing well.

In your site, I read some of the posts on Geetha few months back. Today I though of reading the ‘sangya yogam’ once again. I tried searching through the ‘Pakuppukal’ for ‘Gethai’. I got only the latest two posts on Geetha. Other posts are not getting displayed.

Could you please tell me how to reach to that pages or any index page where you have all the links related to Geetha listed down.

Sorry for asking this kind of silly things, Otherwise I will have to search through all the archives to reach the page.
I always prefer to write in tamil to you. Today my gmail mail composer is not helping me much to type in tamil as I have a very slow network connections:-(


Hi Sir,

I am out of words to appreciate about this article. I have also read Indian Modern History for my civil services preparation. I am also having similar questions especially the last one about Gandhi’s refusal for dual vote system. I could not understand Gandhiji’s view at that time.

The answers provided by you are really rational and in depth. One can not answer if he does not read more than a civil service aspirant.

Hats off Jey !


Hi Sir,

First I wish to congratulate for the article on your website ‘Naveena illakkiyam en purivathillai ‘.

To be frank I am reading you first time in this article only. Got allured by your words.
I was very much baffled with the modern literature and especially modern poems, hikoo etc., This article of yours showed me a torch to choose good modern literature.

Definitely it will facilitate myself to read and write better in Tamil as I am just a tyro in this.

If you find sometime please have a look on my blog which contains my tamil poems and give your valuable feed back.

My blog address is http://kanakkadalan.blogspot.com/

I am looking forward your reply.


Dear J,

The contents of our weeklies are 40% cinema, 30% politics and the balance some tit bits.

According to editors this is what the majority of readers want. I feel the bulk of the weekly readers are women mostly house-wives and their attitude and reading habits have not changed much. May be TV serials have snatched some quality time, but TV can not replace a book and satisfy a reader.

Keen to know your opinion.


Recently, I had borrowed a copy of Iravati Karve’s Yuganta in English.

Dear Mr. Jeyamohan

I recently read Irawati Krave’s Yuganta. I was told it is a very famous and a celebrated book. However I found it very dry.

She calls many portions as later interpolations (including Bagavad Gita). Interpolations may be, that is in not important. It appears she seems to interpret Draupadi from the perspective of a modern women. I. Karve almost appears like an western environmental activist when writing about Kanadava forest. In particular, calling the Nagas in Kandava forest as Dravidans appears extreme. She seems to have a lot of difficulty approaching Krishna. She seems to suggest Krishna as an emotionless sterile man. In particular, the one or two pages she talks about Bhagavad Gita, it appears she knows very little about it.

What do you think is the Value of this book ?. Is it really a good one as it is made out to be. How should one approach Mahabarath. Can one just buy a Tamil translation and read it directly.



அன்புள்ள பரத்

ஐராவதி கார்வேயின் நாவலைப்பற்றி நான் எழுதியிருக்கிறேன். அது தமிழிலும் மொழியாக்கம் செய்யப்பட்டிருக்கிறது.

அந்நூல் பொருட்படுத்த தக்க ஒன்றல்ல என்பதே என் எண்ணம். காரணம் தன் அணுகுமுறை.

மகாபாரதம் போன்ற நூல்களை அணுகுவதற்கான இரு வழிமுறைகள் உள்ளன. ஒன்று இன்றைய நீதி இன்றைய ஒழுக்கம் இன்றைய அரசியலை அதன் மீது போட்டு மேம்ப்போக்காக மனதில் வரக்கூடியதை எழுதுவது. ஏதோ வியாசனைவிட வாழ்க்கையை அறிந்தவர்களாக எண்ணிக்கொள்வது. ஐராவதி செய்வது அதையே

இன்னொருவழி உண்டு. அது மகாபாரதத்தை ஒரு மாபெரும் குறியீட்டு- தொன்ம வெளியாக அணுகுவது. அந்த குறியீடுகளைக்கொண்டு தன் அகமனதை எழுத முனைவது. மகாபாரதம் ஆறவிவாதங்களின் களம். அந்த அறவிவாதங்களில் ஒரு தரப்பாக நிற்க முனைவது.

இரண்டாம் வழியை மேற்கொண்ட பல ஆக்கங்கள் உள்ளன. பைரப்பாவின் பருவம் [தமிழில் பாவண்ணன்] எம் டி வாசுதேவன் நாயரின் இரண்டாமிடம் , பி கெ பாலகிருஷ்ணனின் இனிநான் உறங்கலாமா? [தமிழாக்கம் ஆ மாதவன்/ நல்ல மொழியாக்கம் அல்ல] எஸ் ராமகிருஷ்ணனின் உபபாண்டவம். எம் வி வெங்கட்ராமின் நித்யகன்னி

ஆனால் அழகியலையோ அறத்தையோ புரிந்துகொள்ளும் திராணி இல்லாத அரசியல் மட்டுமே அறிந்த இடதுசாரிக்கும்பல் ஐராவதியையே தூக்கிப்பிடிக்கும். அதை தாண்டி வாசித்தாகவேன்டும் நல்லவாசகன்


Dear Jeyamohan,
As a tamil in Bangalore, I am interested in tamil literature and I used to read your blog. Recently I read your article’Kootamo Kootam” from your blog. It was a well written satire ( can I say charade?) on politics in tamilnadu dominated by dravidian parties and their allies. Being outside tamilnadu i am not privy to one upmanship and competitive populism between two ignoble politicians karunanidhi and jeyalalitha between whom the people of tamilnaud are cursed to choose in all elections. The politican whom you met has forgotten the tamils living in srilanka, singapore and Malaysia. If they are also brought by ships and planes, tamilnadu will disappear in Indian ocean and Bay of bengal (just like Poombuhar disappeared earlier.
I wish to write in tamil. But I don’t know whether I need a tamil software . I am not that tech savvy.
with greetings. K.S.Sundaram


Ur articles are always a great source of inspiration for me. This one too..

I am attracted more to your articles than to your stories.. though I liked “kaadu” – you are far too a scientist and bring out the best of the logic sans emotions.. this article is one such.. your expose as to how even zen has formed rituals over a period of time.. somewhere Osho has said “science is religious – it follows rituals and past discoveries and builds on them; whereas religion is scientific in its truest sense – where everyone has to discover himself where no ritual or past discovery will help”

U have the ability to walk on the razor’s edge as comfortably as you are walking on the footpath.. it is very difficult – that one presumes is zen..


முந்தைய கட்டுரைநீலகண்டன் அரவிந்தன்
அடுத்த கட்டுரைகாடு -கடிதம்