Namakku Naame (நமக்கு நாமே) the latest trending topic in Tamilnadu Politics and among the common public. From the mockeries to articles of insights this word has been a storm all along. A tour plan penned by DMK leader(s) M.Karunanidhi and being executed by its cadre M.K.Stalin – to meet all levels of people and know their demands and requirements.
Namakku Naame
Without digging into how this plan was formulated or how it was executed, I am planning to cover just the topics on why this has been a success, why the critics were wrong in many of their sarcasms and what is expected by a common man from an event of this genre.
Namakku Naame – a change of approach
1. The biggest success that’s behind this tour is in its change of approach. Normally common man never expected a party leader or a leader who is dictated to be their future chief minister to visit them in person, along with the (ex)isting ministers and MLA’s.
2. For the people of Tamilnadu who sees their chief minister landing or flying overhead in a helicopter this way of meeting a leader is a surprise and that’s the real reason behind the instant hit of this Namakku Naame.
3. For the school and college students, who were forced to stand on road-side for hours all through the day just to wave hands to their chief minister crossing that area, an open debate and discussion being executed with a party leader is a surprise.
4. DMK and Stalin as such claim that this trip is just to know the demands and requirements of general public in all corners of the state.
To the critics who comment for the sake of commenting
1. A common question raised by lame critics is – All these days nothing happened, and why suddenly Stalin is going on a road trip (by walk), is it just an election gimmick.
If to answer this in their own way – Ok nothing has happened all these days, but when something good is happening now, why not welcome it, rather to criticize its motive. At least wait to see the result of this trip.
If walking all along to meet people is election gimmick, what about the present CM who does everything over video conferencing and pretends the state is doing well in all affairs?
2. Of all the critics who has guts and words to criticize DMK and its leaders then and now – who can be a man and raise their hands and truly say that we also criticize the ADMK government and party leaders the same way? Coz they all know what would happen if they criticize that egoistic ADMK govt. It’s one such government which could arrest a poet for just penning a song in support of liquor ban under the National Security Act.
3. DMK and its party leaders are easy to approach in any forms of media, be it social media or in person. Can the same be said for ADMK and its leaders? A common man is always in a doubt whether the present Chief Minister is at her Poes Garden house or ECR Guest house or at her famous Kodanadu Estate.
4. People who criticizes this trip – have you ever questioned why the Tamilnadu Chief Minister is not visiting the Chief Minister’s office at the Secretariat. Rather posing for photographs from her Kodanadu Estate. Or have you ever asked her why she always goes around in helicopters instead of meeting common public.
What we expect as a common man
1. A road trip to gather the demands and requirements of common public by a party top cadre is a welcome approach, but will it be reflected in the election manifesto or post-election implementation is a big question mark.
2. Stalin claims the election manifesto for the upcoming elections is 90% complete. If at least half of the issues he gathered, analyzed, reflects in the manifesto the public will appreciate it. DMK as a party has a history of keeping up the promises made in election manifesto, so common man will surely expect a lot in it.
3. If DMK wins, we do understand, a trip of this kind is not possible as Stalin will be the Deputy CM (if like previous DMK rule), but they have to make sure their ministers, MLA’s and the officials meet the people regularly in such way and solve the issues at the earliest.
4. Future is for the government who reduces the gap between the government and the general public. DMK and its leaders should understand this and frame their moves.
To remember a government that sells water to general public is never fit to be a ruling government. We would appreciate a government
1. That restores civic sense among general public.
2. That provides the general public with best of civic amenities.
3. That brings back all rivers and lakes and ponds to their original glory and understands agriculture is a lifeline to growth, and bans factories that spoil the very existence of agriculture (Pepsi, Coke) and encourages organic farming rather than promoting pesticides.
4. That creates alternate plans for drinking and irrigation water (through desalination plants) and power generation (through solar power) instead of blaming the previous government every time.
5. That regulates and stabilizes the education system and improve the levels and quality of government owned/government operated schools, colleges, firms, companies.
6. That stops writing letters to Central Government and acts on its own and be self-sufficient (a true Namakku Naame).
7. That protects Tamils and makes/forces the Indian government and rest of Indian people to understand Tamil issue is Indian issue and not separate.

Gopisantha – Famously known as Manorama & fondly remembered as Aachi, The actress who is fondly remembered as Aachi by whole of Tamil Diaspora. She is like one another member of every Tamil family. She died of heart attack on 10/10/2015. A great loss to Tamil cinema. Here are some facts about her.

Manorama Aachi

  1. Only female actor to have continued acting for over six decades (60+ years).
  2. An actor who acted with all generations of actors till date.
  3. Excelled as an actor, comedian, character artist, singer and stage artist.
  4. There is no character that hasn’t been played by her. You name a character and she has excelled in it.
  5. First stage play she acted was “Yaar Maghan”, at her age of 12.
  6. Have acted with Five Chief Ministers of South India. (with Arignar Annadurai and Kalaignar Karunanidhi in Stage plays, and with NTR, MGR and Jayalalithaa in Cinemas).
  7. Stage play director Thiruvengadam gave her the name Manorama.
  8. First movie was “Maalaiyitta Mangai”, 1958. Introduced into cinemas by Kavignar Kannadasan.
  9. Only actor to have completed acting 1000 films in the year 1985. At present her film count crosses 1500+ and she holds the Guinness record for maximum films by an actor.
  10. She has acted in 1000+ Stage Plays which is yet another land mark.
  11. Have acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Sinhala languages.
  12. Have sung over 100 songs. “Delhikku Rajaanalum Paati sollai thattaadhe” is still a crowd favorite.
  13. Was awarded Best supporting actress – National award for Pudhiya Paadhai, Tamil movie in 1989.
  14. Was awarded the Padmasri in 2002.
  15. California University has honored her with Doctorate for acting.
  16. Cho Ramaswamy, has fondly called her and proclaimed her as Lady Sivaji Ganesan.
  17. Fondly called as Paappa at home, for fans she is Aachi and for co-actors she is Amma.
  18. When Manorama’s mother died, Sivaji Ganesan did the 16th day rituals as a brother.
  19. Her favorite films among her acting was Chinna Gounder and Nadigan. Always claims Nadigan to be her all-time best.
  20. Have acted in Tele-serials Aachi International, Alli Rajyam, Kaattupatti Chathiram.