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Friday, March 03, 2017

Coke,Pepsi, TN trader ban issue...

These are my posts from FB compiled in case someone wants to read the entire post...

The first post -
I find the pro-pepsi, coke arguments online since yesterday juvenile, ignorant if not idiotic. The facts are -
1 there is no legal ban, but an expression of collective aspiration by two large traders group. The importance of traders groups boycotting foreign goods will not be realised unless you understand how the invasion if MNC goods have destroyed the local production and small industries.
We have been doing inventory of the retail in villages, whereas in 1999, about 60%of products still came from local small production units, by 2009, 95% of the products were from MNCs. The capital flight from our villages increased as the purchasing power in the villages went up in the first decade of this century. Reclaiming the retail space for the local products is important because it brings back knowledge and skills for production that 2 generations have lost in tamilnadu. The economic and ecological benefits are important, but regaining the capacity to produce and an eco system of production in the village is important for the state. The platitudes for farmers can only be an hypocracy til then.
2 the question of whether the cola be replaced by local cola is meaningless. It is not, obviously. But this opens up a possibility for local entrepreneur to make healthy drinks for the summer. This possibility didn't exist till now. Rural industries revival is important in the drought year for employment.

The next one -
Guess I need to keep plugging on the Coke / Pepsi banning by the Trader's Federation - because of the ridiculous arguments that are being put out. I don't have a television for more than a decade at home and am gathering some of these inputs from what I see on the social media, maybe they are a bit late.

The latest spin - "trader's federation cannot practice bias on selling local produce". My foot!! that is what the entire bloody world trade organization system is all about (I apologize to those who are sensitive to bad language usage). For decades we have been  subjected to the absolutely silly trade regulations because of which our own products and producers have suffered.

Few years back, in a small fishing halmet north of chennai, i was called to help a women run enterprise that was trying to sell fish pickle. while discussing costing, we walked to the local retail shop. i found young kids in that village eating sweeted wafers that was sold for 1 rs. in a small plastic/metal foil. asking the women to guess the production cost of the wafer, i checked where it was produced and found that it came from China!! what would the wafer have in terms of edible (leave alone nutritive) value if it comes all the way from china to be re-packed in some place outside delhi, be transported to a stockist in chennai and travel to that small village in northern pheriphery of chennai and sold at rs. 1/-. the fishing women said it could contain sand perhaps and were shocked at how far it travelled. in the name of free trade we have permitted chinese (and every other country) to sell us all their garbage.

Literally garbage if you count the silly pink coloured thermocol material in which every pear (labelled and sold as 'chinese apple' in the several pazhamudhir cholais across chennai and all over tamilnadu) is packed. why would you buy a waxed and decorated excuse of a fruit from such far off places with added garbage that the corporation later will have figure out what to do with?! I sometimes imagine there is a 'department of garbage exports' in china that has a team of professionals who look at innovative ways of converting all garbage from china into packaging material for various goods that can go across the world. We Indians are great suckers for packaging.  In another self-respecting world either we would have imposed 'garbage tax' on such chinese products or we would outright reject them. but our governments are filled with fans and fanny wavers to FDI.

We actually IMPORT the discarded plastic bottles of the cola companies - collected, compacted and shipped as part of their  'extended corporate responsibility' in Europe. the same comes to our great city of Chennai and is broken down (at a very high pollution level) and converted into yarns to be shipped to gujarat and become suitings (worn by tamil news readers in their warm television studios of ekkattuthangal)  to keep our plastic emporer rich and famous. (the entire population wears plastic clothing in abiding loyalty to the plastic emperor even as we complain and critic on his billion dollar house). AND now we have the same cola giants giving us lectures on 'free trade and consumer right' nonsence and we recycle their opinions too!! 

FDI was first encouraged by the great economist-PM who implied he would welcome Clive with bouquets to come and screw this country.  But, much of the FDIs that came in the initial days, including that of the Cola majors was in terms of 'title change' (it is all there in the public domain), which means (in idiot language), corporates buying off existing titles of lands, products, productive capacities and linked markets of established brands, through 'merger and acquisition' in India rather than create any new prodution or employment. the two cola giants bought out every smaller brand and except the Kalimark and few others, no one stood up to them at that time and meekly sold and left the market. soda water till then sold for a few rupees was in the process jacked up in price in silent understanding between the two giants. this strategy of poaching and taking over markets and then becoming a cartel to control it is studied by our managament students as great 'lessons' in their management courses on free trading and markets!!

"Employment" if anyone cares to remember was the holy cow on which the entire boogey of FDI was sold to us by econ-PM (go search the blue lady ship judgement on the alang ship breaking yard) until uncle PC came around and broke that too with his famous statement, "if farmer can get value for land more than what he can by cultivating food for several years, he should better sell it" (that is what he said in all the plush irrigated lands in sriperambadur being sold to the corporate houses that have since neither given jobs nor kept their industries but flighted to cheaper production facilities in vietnam). all these transfer of titles was facilitated in the name of celebrations of FDI in which crumbs were left for the tailwaggers and the chunk went to the foreign investors who kept crying foul for every regulation for them from environmental clearence to employment gaurentee. all these were DONE with policy celebrations of 'free trade' and 'improving consumer choice'!

BUT more importantly, the production facilities were subsequently motorized (we love to call it efficiency improvement 'automation' rather than call it 'job loss') quickly resulting in even lesser jobs than what was there before hand. we wiped out generations of production capacity among our population.

no one has paused to ask how much of jobs have been really created in each sector by FDI as against how many have been lost (if you count the lost ones including the agriculture lands, its labour force,etc.,). no one has paused to review the lands that have been donated to the different industries and how much subsidies were given as against how much of them have actually generated in terms of wealth for the poeple of this country. no one has paused to review what is the environment cost of all these lands bing donated with water above and below the soil to these 'free trade' facilitating juantas of vanity and asked if these can actually be justified. our current sponsored netas actually propose to relax the last vestige of protection by decapacitating village local bodies and environmental safe guards.

Free trade, my foot! that is an oxymoron in the current world if there was ever one.

here are small retail traders who have been pilloried by one assualt after another, both by the MNCs and the regulatory authorities, finally working up the courage to stand up and speak up for the consumer health. and, what kind of perverted mind will come up with arguments of free trade and consumer choice.

small traders have never been cared for or protected by any government since the onset of free trade and liberalisation. they don't exist in the government mindspace during creation of any policies or rules. Management schools are not set up at subsidised cost to produce sales men for their shops, economists don't talk about the interest of these traders during the budget debates the way they talk about the share markets or the large corprorate interests, lobby groups and PR slimy creeps don't come cheap for these small traders to hire them and sell their interest to bureacrats and politicians...i can go on. maybe someone will try and dig up some marginal facts against each of these statements to claim i am wrong. but, that is not the point, the point is this - DOES FREE TRADE PROVIDE THE TRADER WITH THE RIGHT TO SELL UNHEALTHY FOOD AND BEVERAGE TO ME IN THE NAME OF CONSUMER CHOICE? TO WHAT PERCENTAGE? CAN WE AS CONSCIOUS (hmm...if such a thing exists) CONSUMERS, ACTUALLY SEEK EACH RETAILER TO DECLARE OUTSIDE HIS OUTLET HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE OF THE STUFF HE SELLSIS GARBAGE? We can demand that as consumers, after all it is our right. MOST SUPER MARKETS WILL SCORE RATHER POORLY and we will never be able to demand anything like that.

we are entering a new ethos of retailing that says, "consume what we provide because that generates maximum profits for us". against this ethos our traders federation have unwittingly invoked a tradition ethos of stating, "we will not sell a product that we know is causing ill health". as a consumer, this is an important gesture even if it is small and not uniform nor most sincerely implemented. this is the time to debate the ethos of retailing and in that context to discuss what has this great phenomena of free trade done to us as people, psyche, productive capacities, production, land and water, eco-system, inter-being and community life, leisure, humour and sense of pride. otherwise, the fishing women and other producers, processors, manufacturers, farmers, weavers and the several other  surviving vocations will fast disappear and with that will disappear our freedom as a society and a nation.

Monday, February 27, 2017

5 questions for any tech project - An Approach to Technology interventions...

In the last days the persistent question that shoots up in the minds of several 'neutral' people regarding the methane (hydro carbon) extraction process is,
"are we taking a balanced view or is this driven by some kind of 'nay sayers' opinion on every issue?", 
"has it become fashionable to say 'no' to whatever technology based intervention?", 
"why is everyone who is not qualified in this sector also giving an opinion?", or 
"green groups and other groups politicising every issue utilizing the youth who have come to support such protests in large numbers since jallikattu protest?"

All these are valid considering the fact that many of these are emanating from people who are not necessarily favouring every new project of any kind or particularly in love with the great wisdom of the governemnts (both centre and state). People who are 'neutral' in their judgement of people's movements may naturally be consered neutral in judging the intentions of the governments as well.

So, here below I have tried to categorize and expand on some of the common questions that emanate from rural population regarding technology projects that are imposed on them -

1. INFORMED CHOICE IS A CITIZEN'S RIGHT: If you were to have a new 'development' project that insisted that you vacate your house in the interest of the nation and do some other profession, even if you were to agree to such a sacrifice, would you require that you are informed of the exact nature of the project so that you know what you have sacrificed your house and profession for? the farmers can't obviously be denied the same.

2. DEMANDING DIGNITY IN LIFE IS NOT BEING 'ANTI-DEVELOPMENT': In an earlier brick-and-mortar era, the lure of 'employment' was used to usurp rural land. rural population (often only called 'rural poor' in such project documents) would be told that they will not only be compensated for their land, but, will also get a job in the new project. very often they got jobs as watchmen or security staff in these industries to ward off others from entering the structures in their own lands.  however, with the very high mechanization, new industries cannot promise any such continuous commitment, instead, they force the farmer with a 'one time clearence' of his rights and get away with his compensation. no one with self-resepct likes to become a security guard, it is even worse to give up land an be relegated to urban gutter where they would eventually arrive. is it wrong to demand dignity in life?

3. DEVELOPMENT NEED NOT BE  ONE WAY TRAFFIC TO DESTRUCTION: 'what can we do without natural gas / methane / hydro carbon based future development?' is another question that crops up often. the question mroe important to ask is to what end is this energy source that is being sucked out of earth at considerable risk being put to use? we have no percievable increase in the industrial sector. our growth is still in the service sector which itself is facing dooms day because of the same automation. the oil and gas is required for the person who is desperate to stick to the dirty energy while the advanced countries have moved long since towards clean energy. we claim to be 'developed nation' now under the leadership of the great, then, why can't we adopt what the really developed nations adopt? clean energy instead of dirty, high risk energy?

4. KNOWLEDGE OF TECHNOLOGY ALONE IS NOT EXPERTISE: 'but, who are these people? are they suddenly experts in the field of natural gas extraction?', etc., brings back an old obstinate State position that only 'experts' are granted the legitimate space to express opinion on any 'scientific' or 'technology' based intervention even if it decapacitating a population of all future productivity. This is an outdated argument that has long since been discarded in other spaces. The early anti-GM groups were faced with this question, even before that the anti-Green Revolution people were faced with this question, today in other parts, the anti-Nuclear technology people are faced with this question. the salesmen of these technologies have even gone to the extent of naming all those who oppose them as 'eco-terrorists' whereas they are the real 'techno-murderers'. Today, the only science that matters is the science of sustainability. Is an effort or an intervention sustainable ecologically? is it equitable socially and is it feasible financially? are the questions the famous sustainable development triad of the 90s poses. the world has advanced and ratified the sustainable development goals as its development agenda. to technological investments of the 90s to a large extent are wasted as they were still celebrating the extent of technological ability to 'fix' global challenges. that is come to nought and there is no more technology fixes possible is the reality.
So, every intervention has 2 components - (1) the knowledge of 'technology' and (2) the knowledge of the locale.  The last 150 years history of technology intervention is replete with several failures due to lack of understanding of the locale. While the technology knowledge may arise from certain form of university degrees and experience in certain spces, the expertise of locale cannot come from anyone better than the local. To argue  that the local farmer doesn't have the expertise is to open up another question, "what does the scientist know about the location? its ecology? its society and its economy? does he provide his solutions with all of these in mind or does he do it with the limited knowledge of just the technology alone?"

5. DEMOCRACY AS PEOPLE POWER INCLUDES PROTEST: 'you can't move on if there is a protest every  day', is another common comment. People who protest are doing it not because they are all jobless, in fact, many of them probably are losing their daily earning in the process of protesting. They are also asserting their right to protest which is fundemantal to people's governance and democracy. In the last decade often we have heard the political think heads wonder aloud if 'democratic freedom process is good' for us in India. Totalitarian ways of re-casting our policies and in the process destroying the governance powers of the local bodies has been time and again attempted. Much of our touted, "achivement" of political class often is at the cost of democracy. People have never been asked what they want or how they want to move forward as individuals and as a community. The powers to determine the future of this country has been rested in a complex relationship between the bucreacracy that follows out-dated laws and processes and a political class that is increasingly neither ideologically rooted nor larger people-welfare inclined. This cannot be democracy. Constitution provides the space for a village level institution to govern itself and this they can do and have done for centuries, that is how India survived. It is important that the government appear before every grama sabha in any village and explain any new scheme it proposes in the village area before it is even entering the village for surveying. such a gesture would be considered respectful towards the citizen by the governance service provider. to sit in their tall offices and demand that the villager adhere to their whims and fancies because they say so is the most anti-democratic attitude and its outcome, whether it be a scheme, initiative, project or an event, needs to be seen as a threat to democracy.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tamilnadu Government needs to get its PR act together

In the middle of the cycle and floods of 2015, the government of tamilnadu called a hurried press conference to describe the measures it has taken to evacuate patients from hospitals. A press meeting during which several secretary level officials and the then corporation head also participated. however, after having made their statement, they refused to take any further questions and the supposed 'press meet' was over. 

While the internet debates the decision of President Trump to skip a dinner meeting with the press persons in White House, an eloborate annual ritual of bonhomie between the politicians and the media, we in Tamilnadu are still live in an age of gossip and hearsay as far as governement information goes. Yes, there are other issues between Trump and the media in the US, but, that is not my point.

The floods and the relief efforts of 2015, the impact of the varda in the capital and the  subsequent relief efforts, the health status of the incumbant CM, the announcement of a demise of a state leader, the changes and struggles in new government formation, the reasons and logic behind the breakage of the jallikattu protest, the changes in the government and a new CM...all of these are things that could have been better communicated if there was a Public Relations exercise from the state government that communicated the official status to the citizens. It is not for the purpose of the media that is highly polarized, but, communicating with the public at large. 

We are still in the era of individuals in parties that rule talking to thier partypersons as the formal government communication apart from the advertisements that are issued on special occassions. Yes, when governance was dominated by alpha-male personalities and their imitators, it was difficult for bureaucrats to double guess their intentions. even in such cases, periodic updates, perhaps not as much as a daily white house update, but, even a weekly formal briefing for the public through the media would be so much more professional.

Tamilnadu is the size of Thailand and bigger in its size than many European and Africal countries. The media here is quite large and varied. It can boast of some very good media professionals. The government too has some very good professionals in its ranks as bureaucrats today. If only there was a professionally organized press briefing, it would make so much difference. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

தமிழகத்தை ஆட்கொண்டுள்ள ஊழல் நோய்...

உங்கள் வீட்டில் புற்றீசலாய், உணவில் புழுவாய், காற்றில் மாசாய், கண்  பார்க்கும் இடத்தில் எல்லாம் வீசி எறியப்பட்ட குப்பையாய், தமிழகத்தை ஆட்கொண்டுள்ள ஊழல் நோய். இன்று நடந்த ஜனநாயக அநீதியை கண்டு கொதித்தெழும் மக்கள் கொஞ்சம் சிந்திக்க வேண்டிய 10 விஷயங்கள் -

1. அ. இ. அ .தி. மு. க. கட்சியை கடந்த ஆண்டு, இப்போது ஊர்ஜிதப்பட்டுள்ள தீர்ப்பு வழங்க பட்ட பின்னர்தான் நாம் தேர்ந்தேடுத்தோம். அப்போது நமக்கு இத்தகைய கோபம் ஏன் வரவில்லை?

2.  தனி நபர் பிம்பங்களுக்கு வோட்டு போட்ட நாம், எப்போதாதாவது வோட்டு வாங்கியவுடன் அந்த பிம்பம் மறைந்தால்  என்ன ஆகும் என்று சிந்திக்கவில்லை.

3.  இன்று ஒரு குடும்பத்தின் பிடியில் ஒரு கட்சி சேருவதை விரும்பாத நாம், நமது பல காட்சிகளிலும் குடும்ப பின்னணியிலேயே பலரும் தலைவராவதை என்றும் கண்டிக்கவில்லை.

4. நிலங்களையும், நீர் நிலைகளையும், தோட்டங்களையும், பல வணிக நிறுவனங்களையும், அடித்து நமது கண் முன்னே வாங்கும்போது கொஞ்சமும் அதை நாம் பெருகும் வன்முறை எனவும், அதனை தடுக்கும் விதத்தில் ஏதேனும் செய்யவேண்டும் எனவும் சிந்திக்கவில்லை, செயல்படவில்லை.

5. 300 ரூபாய்க்கு வோட்டு போட்டபோது இல்லாத சொரணை, 30 கோடிக்கு நமது எம்.எல்.ஏ. விற்கும்போது ஏன் வரவேண்டும். அல்லது அடுத்த நாட்களில் அதில் நமது பங்கு கிடைத்தவுடன் நிம்மதி அடைவோமா?

6. தமிழக மரபு என்று ஜல்லிக்கட்டுக்கு ஒன்று கூடி கோஷமிட்ட நாம் ஏன் நமது நமது தெரு பிரச்னைக்காகவோ, அல்லது ஊர் தேவைகளுக்காகவோ கோஷம் போட முயலவில்லை?

7.  இன்று ஜனநாயகத்திற்காக வெகுண்டு எழும் நாம் ஏன் நமது எம்.எல்.ஏ. க்களை கேள்வி கேட்கும் வழக்கத்தை கொள்ளவில்லை? நாம் இந்த பழக்கத்தை கொண்டிருந்தால், நமக்கு பதில் சொல்லவேண்டும் என்கின்ற பயம் அவர்களுக்கு கொஞ்சமேனும் இருந்திருக்கும் அல்லவா?

8. ஊழல் - நம்மில் எத்தனை பேர், நமது வேலைகளை சுலபமாக முடிக்க தேவையான ஊழல் பழக்கத்தை "கண்ணியமாக" கடை பிடிக்கின்றோம்? எந்த முகத்தை வைத்துக்கொண்டு நம்மால் ஊழல் அரசியல் வாதிகளை எதிர்த்து போராட முடியும்?

9.  ஊழல் வாதிகளின் ஆதிக்கம் நம்மை சுற்றி, நமக்கிடையே, வளரவிட்டு புலம்பும் நாம், அதனை எதிர்த்து நடக்கும் எத்தனை போராட்டங்களில் கலந்து கொண்டுள்ளோம்?

10.  நாளை மறுநாள் காலை நாம் இன்றைய கோபத்தை வைத்துக் கொண்டு என்ன செய்ய போகிறோம்?

இந்த கேள்விகளை நாம் சிந்திக்க தவறினால், இன்றைய கோபம் பயனில்லாதது, பொழுதுபோக்கு.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The State we are not - தமிழகத்தில் நிலவும் ஏற்றத்தாழ்வு!

The State we are not - தமிழகத்தில் நிலவும் ஏற்றத்தாழ்வு! 

தமிழகத்தில் அசாதாரண ஏற்றத்தாழ்வு நிகழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றது - மக்களுக்கும், மக்கள் பிரதிநிதிகளுக்கும் இடையே உள்ள ஏற்றத்தாழ்வு இது.

சென்ற மாதம், தமிழக மக்கள் தங்கள் அரசியல் பக்குவத்தையும், நாகரிகத்தையும், அறவழி போராட்டத்தின் வாயிலாக  உலகமே வியக்கும் விதத்தில் நிரூபித்தனர். இன்று, கொஞ்சமும் அதற்க்கு சம்பந்தம் இல்லாத விதத்தில், மக்களால் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட, அதுவும், பெரும்பான்மையை ஆட்சி அமைக்கும் விதத்தில் தேர்நதெடுக்கப்பட்ட எம். எல்.ஏ. க்கள், தங்கள் அரசியல் நாகரிகமற்ற தன்மையை வெளிக்காட்டுகின்றனர்.

இந்த நாகரீக ஏற்றத்தாழ்வினை எவ்வாறு அகற்றுவது என்பது தமிழக அரசியலின் எதிர்காலத்தை தீர்மானிக்கும். 

Monday, December 05, 2016

RIP J. Jayalalitha

MGRs legacy in tamilnadu politics is undeniable and prevalent till date. To beat all other claimants to that legacy and establish herself as the sole heir, to create a myth that equals MGR in several cases and surpassed his in some in endearing to masses, to compete in the highly male chauvinist Tamil political scene and make men spineless worms in front of her, to sustain the leader post among the most corrupt, clever and skullduggery politicos in the country, to stand up at times to the centre and vent the Tamil pride with clarity in continuation of a long established tradition, to sustain the benevolent State identity in tamilnadu and create newer schemes that caters to the populism and mass support, and to manage a party of such a large and diverse people and their priorities and preferences for over 3 decades - all these calls for a courageous, creative, complicated and control centric leader. She as a person will remain a mystery as hardly a small group ever was permitted to know her. Rest in Peace, JJ.

This is the end of the MGR saga.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

தீபாவளி லேகியத்தின் ரகசியம்!!

50 வருடங்களாக தொடர்ந்துவரும் பாரம்பரிய தீபாவளி லேகியம் 

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ரா. பாலசுப்ரமணியம் 
திரு.  பாலசுப்ரமணியம் அவர்கள், ஏறத்தாழ 50 வருடங்களுக்கும் மேல் தானே கடைக்கு சென்று மூலப்பொருட்களை வாங்கி, ஒவ்வொரு வருடமும் தீபாவளிக்கு முன்னாள், வீட்டிலேயே அனைத்து மூலப்பொருட்களை அரைத்து, தீபாவளி லேகியம் தயாரிக்கிறார்.

அவர் ஒவ்வொரு ஆண்டும்  செய்யும் இந்த மருந்து எங்கள் குடும்பத்திலும், சொந்தங்களின் மத்தியிலும் மிகவும் பிரசித்தி. தீபாவளிக்கு பல வாரங்களுக்கு முன்பே, பலரும், "மாமா எனக்கு ஒரு டப்பா பார்சல்" என்று தொலைபேசியில் ஆர்டர் கொடுக்க துவங்கி விடுவார்கள்.

அவரது மருந்து பொருட்கள் மற்றும் செய்முறை விளக்கத்தை கீழே காண்போம் -

 மருந்து பொருட்கள் உள்ளடக்கம் - 
1. சுக்கு - 200 கி
2. மிளகு - 10 கி
3. அரிசி திப்பிலி - 10 கி
4. கண்டன் திப்பிலி - 10 கி
5. சித்தரத்தை - 10 கி
6. அதி மதுரம் - 10 கி
7. வால் மிளகு - 5 கி
8. வெள்ளை மிளகு - 5 கி
9. வாய் விளங்கம் - 5 கி
10. பறங்கி சக்கை -ஒரு சக்கை, ஆள்காட்டி விரல் நீளம்
11. நெல்லி முள்ளி - 10 கி
12. தனியா - 10 கி
13. வெந்தையம் - 5 கி
14. ஏலக்காய் - 5 கி
15. ஜாஜிக்காய் - 1
16. மாஜிக்காய் - 2
17. கடுக்காய் - 2
18. மராட்டி மொக்கு - 5 கி
19. கிராம்பு - சிறிதளவு (5)
20. கல்கண்டு - 100 கி
21. தேன் - 200 மில்லி
22. நெய் - 1 கிலோ
23. வெல்லம் - 1 கிலோ
24. விரலி மஞ்சள் - 1 துண்டு
25. ஜீரகம் - 2 தேக்கரண்டி
26. பெருங்காயம் - 1 துண்டு (5 கி)
27. வசம்பு - 5 கி
28. காய்ந்த ரோஜா இதழ் (பன்னீர் ரோஜா மட்டும்) - 50 கி
29. கசகசா - 10 கி
30. வெள்ளை கடுகு
31. ஓமம் - 10 கி

(மேற்கண்ட பொருட்கள் அனைத்தும் நாட்டு மருந்து விற்கும் கடைகளிலும், மளிகை கடைகளிலும், தமிழகம் முழுவதும் எளிதாக கிடைக்கின்றன).

செய் முறை விளக்கம் -  நெய், வெல்லம், தேன், கற்கண்டு தவிர மற்ற பொருட்களை மிதமாக வறுத்து, அரைத்துக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். இதில் கவனிக்க வேண்டிய விஷயம் என்னவென்றால், வருத்தல் இந்த மருந்து தயாரிக்க அவசியம் இல்லை, அரைத்தலுக்கு  அவற்றை எளிதாக்கவே அவற்றை சூடாக்கும்வரை வறுக்க வேண்டும். அதிக வறுபட்டால், மருந்தின் தன்மை மாறிவிடும், ஆகையால் வருத்தல் என்பது வெறும் சூடாக்கும் வரை தான்.

வஸ்தரகாயம் - இது யாருக்கும் இன்று தெரியாத ஒரு வார்த்தை, அதாவது ஒரு வெள்ளை நைஸான வஸ்திரத்தை (வேட்டி துணி) வைத்து இந்த அரைத்த மருந்து பொருட்களை நன்றாக ஜல்லிக்க வேண்டும்.

இப்போது மொத்த மருந்து பொடி எந்த அளவிற்கு உள்ளது என்று அளவு பார்க்கவேண்டும். அவ்வாறு அளந்த மருந்துக்கு, ஒன்றரை அளவு பொடித்த வெல்லம் எடுத்துக்கொள்ள வேண்டும்.  முதலில் இந்த வெல்லத்தை நன்றாக கரையும் அளவு தண்ணீரில் கரைத்து, அதில் உள்ள கசண்டும், மண்ணு ஆகியவற்றை வடிகட்ட வேண்டும் (வெல்லத்தை காய்ச்சும்போது இவை கீழே தங்கிவிடும், அவற்றை நன்றாக வடிகட்ட வேண்டும்). இதற்க்கு பிறகு வெல்லத்திற்கு இன்னும் தேவையான அளவு தண்ணீர்  சேர்த்து, "கம்பி பாகு" வரும்வரை காய்ச்ச வேண்டும்.

கம்பி பாகு - வெல்லம் கொண்டு வீட்டில் பதார்த்தம் செய்வதற்கு, பாகு வைப்பது முக்கியம், அதில் பதம் பார்ப்பது ஒரு கலை. கம்பி பாகு என்பது, பாகை, கரண்டியிலிருந்து காய்ச்சும் பாத்திரத்தில் விட்டால், அது ஒரு கம்பி போல, தொடர்ந்து,  இடைவிடாமல் வரும் பக்குவத்திற்கு காய்ச்ச வேண்டும்.

இப்பொழுது, கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாக மருந்து பொடியை இந்த வெல்ல பாகில் சேர்த்து, கட்டி தட்டாமல் கிளறிக்கொண்டே கலக்க வேண்டும். இது நன்றாக கலந்த பிறகு, இதனுடன் நெய்யை கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாக கலக்க வேண்டும். நெய்யை அந்த மருந்து கலவை நன்றாக உறிஞ்சிக்கொள்ளும்.

லேகியத்தை பதம் - இப்போது தான் மிக முக்கியமான கட்டம், லேகியத்தை கையில் எடுத்து உருட்டினால், அது ஈஷாமல், ஒட்டாமல், திரண்டு வரவேண்டும். இது தான் சரியான பதம். இந்த பதம் வந்ததிற்கு பின்னர், நெய் சேர்ப்பதை நிறுத்திவிடவேண்டும்.
தீபாவளி லேகியம் 

லேகியத்தை அடுப்பிலிருந்து இறக்கிய பிறகு, தேனையும், கற்கண்டையும் இத்துடன் கலக்க வேண்டும்.  இத்துடன் தீபாவளி லேகியம் தயார். நன்றாக ஆறிய பிறகு, அதனை காற்று புகாத நல்ல டப்பாவில் அடைத்து பாதுகாக்கவும்.

இவ்வாறாக தயாரித்த லேகியத்தை, மூன்று மாதங்கள் வரை வைத்துக்கொண்டு சாப்பிடலாம். தினமும் ஒரு சிறு நெல்லி அளவிற்கு, காலையில் வெறும் வயிற்றில் சாப்பிட்டு வந்தால், மழைக்காலத்திற்கு எந்த உபாதைகளும் இல்லாமல் உடலை பாதுகாக்கும் வேலையை இந்த தீபாவளி லேகியம்  செய்கின்றது.

வாதம், பித்தம், கபம் ஆகிய மூன்று தோஷங்களையும் அளவு செய்ய இந்த லேகியம் மிகவும் உதவியாக உள்ளது.  வயிற்று பிரச்சனை, சளி மற்றும் ஜுரம் இந்த மழைக்காலத்தில் நமது உடம்பில் எதிர்ப்பு சத்து அதிகம் இல்லாததால் எளிதில் பற்றிக்கொள்ளும், இந்த லேகியத்தை தினமும் உட்கொள்ளுவதினால் உடலின் நோய் எதிர்கொள்ளும் சக்தி அதிகரிக்கின்றது.

நமது மரபு, "உணவே மருந்து, மருந்தே உணவு" என்கின்றது.  இத்தகைய மூலிகை மருந்து வீட்டிலேயே தயாரிப்பதில் மூலம் நாம், நமது பாரம்பரிய அறிவு, மரபின் மாண்பு, மூலிகைகளின் பாதுகாப்பு, நமது உடல் ஆரோக்கியாம் ஆகியாவற்றிற்கு ஒரு  சேர பாதுகாக்கவும்,  நிலைநாட்ட முடியும்.

திரு. பாலசுப்பிரியமணியம் அவர்களின் சார்பிலும் நமது சார்பிலும் அனைவருக்கும் ஆரோகியமான தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!

"எங்களுக்கு பார்சல் அனுப்புவீங்களா", "செஞ்சி கொடுப்பீங்களா", என்ற கேள்விகளை தவிர்க்கவும்.