Tamil Nadu: Guv RN Ravi falters; Diaspora & empty nest; Broadcasting to thrill

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Tamil Nadu: Guv RN Ravi falters

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has suspect understanding of Constitutional niceties. In Nagaland, he was posted in Raj Bhavan to oversee the peace talks with ethnic rebels. In Chennai, he is exposing himself as a teenager working his way with the state politics, which is high on Tamil nationalism and toxic for any hints of Central interference.

Most of the dailies, including The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Pioneer, The Asian Age, have faulted Ravi for transgressing on the set norms in the address to the inaugural session of the state Assembly. The dailies reminded that Governors have to read out the prepared texts in their address as part of the convention. But Ravi ventured into his own flight of ideas, giving a new name to Tamil Nadu  — Tamizhagam. Ravi is upping the ante against the ruling DMK, claiming that the state is gripped with ‘regressive politics’. The Asian Age stated that Ravi’s conduct reflects of the strained Centre-state relations. The Hindu headlined its Editorial ‘Bad and ugly’. Ravi had walked out of the Assembly after Chief Minister MK Stalin moved resolution to give effect to the written speech of the Governor be taken as record, which was taken as an affront.

For past few years, the Centre-state relations with respect to Tamil Nadu are in a mess. Politics has indeed been toxic. Whenever Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tamil Nadu, social media trends with #GoBackModi. The Bharatiya Janata Party is making a bid to enter the state politics. But the BJP must know that the party cannot enter into the politics of Tamil Nadu through the backdoor of Raj Bhavan.

Diaspora & empty nest

The 17th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas was a big success, with the participation of 3500 people of the Indian origin from 70 countries. The government wants the PIOs to be a stakeholder in India’s ‘Amrit Kaal’.

“Pravasi Bharatiyas, or our people abroad, are our truest brand ambassadors, and it is important that India see this collective, individually or organized in small groups, for that profound power and purpose,” wrote the Asian Age. The Telegraph, however, sought introspection, arguing that 18 million people who were born in India now live abroad, and it should be thought why the country is the biggest source of emigration. The Kolkata-based daily stated that more than one lakh Indians are giving up their citizenships annually, with number crossing 1,83,000 in the first 10 months of 2022. Also, the daily quoted Henley and Partners to state that more than 8000 Indian dollar millionaires left the country for good last year, which could be reflective of their lack of confidence in the Indian economy.

Developed world is facing the challenge of greying population and shrinking workforce. The UK for instance is without adequate number of skilled manpower, which is also seen in Germany and elsewhere. Thus, the emigration of the skilled manpower from India would be inevitable. Yet, India must find ways to hold the connect with such people.   

Broadcasting to thrill

News channels for years have evolved as competitors of entertainment industry, but now they are competing with YouTubers, who hone their skills in the bylanes of the Connaught Place shouting at the top of their vocal chords with juvenile joys.

The Economic Times in an Editorial has commented on the government’s advisory of the TV channels to abide by the codes while reporting on incidents of crime. The business daily has reminded that decency has a place in audio-visual media.  

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