`Malayatoor` Ramakrishnan – A Memoir

I had a very unique relationship wit K.V. Ramakrishnan Iyer – popularly known as Malayatoor Ramakrishnan. We had nothing in common, except that his maternal grand-father Doraiswamy Sastrigal (Sanskrit Pandit) was a Kalpathian, living close to where ‘Visalakshy’ is.   We no expectations of each other, therefore, I could be very free and relaxed with him, Vayalar Rama Varma, the poet being  another.
Malayatoor was egoistic, very few could call him by name and he liked it.   He had enormous bureaucratic authority, people around, especially businessmen, took advantage by luring him into wrong ways.   And, he was more comfortable with non-brahmins, since  the Alwaye UC College days, when he got spoiled.   ‘Verugal’ has chronicled this, first hand.   I was introduced to him by S.Gopalan IAS, Labour Secretary (His wife Sarala was also an IAS), who was his neighbour and my admirer.   I was introduced as a Sanskritist, Vedantin and, incidentally a business executive and, Ramakrishnan stuck the ‘Guruji’ on me.
I recall once he told me he was an ‘atheist’, I replied that I was also one, also the Great Sankacharya !   He was stunned and bowled over.   I said the weak needed support, they got it from an imaginary God and, by corollary, if one is strong in mind, one had no use for God.   I supplemented my arguments with Sanskrit quotations and, every time I did, he would fall flat.   Over a period of time, he started admiring me, totally, used to mention personal problems asking for advice.   He was also surprised that while I entertained him at the bar at his request, I would not drink. 
He was very good at sketching and cartooning besides writing popular Malayalam, was sought after by local perodicals.   It was the Mathrubhumi which published in 1965 his ‘Verugal’ in its Malayalam weekly, which brought him fame outside of Travancore.
Once, when he visited our home “Starland”, I said we were planning to visit Guruvayurappan. He quipped ‘ I have been there for work many times, never stepped into the temple’, I said ‘that’s because Guruvayurappan does not want to see you, if he does, you need not go, He will summon you !’.   He laughed.
Some days later, I read in the Mathrubhumi newspaper about a huge mid-night fire accident at Guruvayur temple, and that the Govt. would hold an enquiry by Ramakrishnan, who was Revenue Board Member then.   Malayattoor also called to confirm this, said he was afraid of going alone there especially because he had been ‘summoned’ by The Lord as prophesied by me, wanted me to accompany him.   I agreed, one early morning he came to Starland, I did the make-up for him with Jarika veshti, Vibhuti and Poonal, we both went, were formally received in the Dewaswom GH by the Administrator, the Trichur Collector etc.   The entire time we were there, it was VVIP treatment.   We went round the temple, he came to the conclusion it was electrical short-circuit.   After that, he turned a believer, I think.
This was an utterly simple man, tossed about by sycophants who exploited his multi-skilled abilities, pampered him. led him astray.   Before all was lost, God brought about our acquaintance and, much good happened.   Finally, as I told him many times, ‘ a whole lot of talents was wasted on him’.
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Open Letter to Chief Justice of India – Jagdish Singh Kheha – MOCKERY OF JUSTICE IN INDIA

My Lord,
As a former Advocate and an 88 years old Indian, I have witnessed very closely the happenings in our country since independence,  on the political, economic, social and judicial sectors.   In my view, all sectors have deteriorated very badly to a level where the Nation commands less respect.   I am frustrated that this should happen to our great nation, hence this letter to you.   You may dispose of it in any way you like, I am doing my duty as a responsible citizen to bring my concern to your kind notice’
I blame the Indian judiciary for being a willing contributory to this deterioration.   Over the last few years, people are beginning to suspect the effectiveness of judicial pronouncements at all levels of adjudication, more so of the High Courts and the Supreme Court.   You sentence a Sasikala from Chennai to four years imprisonment on proved corruption charges.   She is in jail, but is being treated as an erstwhile Maharani.   She can have any number of visitors, can hold political conferences with them, convey messages and instructions at will, has a special kitchen to cook her meals, lives a posh life style there.   Is she being punished or rewarded, is my question.   When we see visuals of her life in jail and what actually goes on there, we do envy her lot.   A Sanjay Dutt sentenced for unlicenced arms-keep was similarly treated and prematurely released.   A Sahabuddin is treated as a VIP in jail as a convict.   The grant or denial of bail would appear to vary ‘with the foot of the chancellor’.   Can we not standardise the procedures somewhat, at least to prevent flagrant distortions across the country?   The prevailing impression among people is that, if one has money or influence, almost any purpose can be served.
What kind of impression do these convey to the general public?   Is a court judgment so flimsy as to be negated by the bureaucracy?   Is the Court not feeling a hurt pride to its Majesty, and its motto of ” yatho dharma thathao jayah”?
When the mythological Hanuman was doubting if he had the ability to jump across the waters to Lanka and discover Sita, a Jambavan reminded him of his prowess and Hanuman felt empowered, achieved his task, effortlessly.   Like Jambavan, I am reminding you, you have the power and authority to correct the distortions, just find the will to do it.   The Nation will be grateful, you will be remembered as a redeemer, the Indian Legal System would stand tall and in all its ancient Majesty.
Most respectably.
Advocate (Retd.)
New Kalpathy – PALGHAT.   678003                     Phone:  0491 – 2576652
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Ayodhya Dispute – For Muslims, it is ‘heads I win, tails you lose’.

In constitutional law, there is the ‘ doctrine of occupied field’. Under this, if the central government and the State government are both competent to legislate on a given subject {concurrent jurisdiction), and if both have exercised their rights, then, when contradictory situations arise in implementation, the earlier of the two laws will prevail.

Much the same way, when it is proved, as in the Ayodhya dispute, that there was a Ram temple earlier at the site which was removed to give way to a Mosque later, the balance of convenience is in favour of the temple. This principle is more important than the Hindu, Muslim equation, a basic principle of the ‘rule of law’.

The Supreme Court has now hinted that it will uphold the Allahabad High Court verdict in favour of the temple, if the parties cannot agree mutually on a fair settlement. For the Muslims, it is ‘heads I win, tails you lose’. The Mullahs and clerics do not want to take the blame on themselves, so they ask for a court verdict which, if unfavourable, would not stick to them.

Finally, it is a matter of National pride, Sri Rama is symbolic of our History, Geography and Sociology, His original temple needs to be restored at any cost and, the UP electorate has confirmed this.

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Kalpathy Viswanatha Josier – Descendent of Vaidyanatha Josier of Kandramanickam Village

My father Viswanatha Josier belongs to the family of the eminent Vaidyanatha Josier of Kandramanickam Village, who authored books on Astrology including commentaries on the PHALA-DEEPIKA and the PARASARA-HORA.

The family was among the first ones to migrate to Palghat in the 15th century. Other great descendants were Sitarama Josier, Saptharishi Josier, Ramanatha Josier, Samu Josier and Sankara Josier, my grand-father. Our family was recognised by almost all the Palghat agraharams for matching of horoscopes etc.

Viswanatha Josier had lost both parents while about 12 years, there was no proper care-taker, his elder brother had migrated to Penang. His elder sister had been married to Sri Sarani (Saranyapureswara) Deekshitar, who performed the Somayaga in Kalpathi, around 1929. He advised my father to learn Astrology, the family profession, from the Kodungalloor Maharaja (Valia Kochunni Thampuran) who was a legend, known and respected in S.India. He was running a Gurukulam, also had authored treatises on Astronomy-Astrology related topics. Soon, Viswanatha Josier was with him at Kodungaloor for 12 years, looked after by the Highness as a favourite sishya.

Whereas the Tamilnadu system is based more on tradition (Vakya-panchangam), the Kerala one was based entirely on ‘Ganitham’ i.e. visually observed scientific data. Even to-day, the Kerala and Srirangam Panchangams are slightly different in the matter of details like the star, thithi etc. Reason why we celebrate some festivals on different dates. This affects astrological findings in as much as stars can look changed, the planetary positions and their interpretations can vary significantly etc.

Two other specialities of the Kerala system are the Prasnamarga to decipher the life of a native and the performance of Santhi (pariharas) for inimical planetary conjunctions and ward off likely evils. In Prasanamarga, the astrologer himself has to find both the question that bothers the client and prescribe the answers and remedies. This is unknown to Tamil astrology.

By virtue of his biological inheritance of the Tamil system and the structured learning of the Kerala system from a legendary Guru, my father Viswanatha Josier could synthesise both to great advantage. IN FACT, HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO DO SO. This made him very popular and famous as THE PALGHAT ASTROLOGER throughout S.India. He was the best ‘predictive astrologer’, sought after by people in high places then. He used to spend most of his professional time in Tamilnadu districts, where he had a vast clientele.

When the second world war started in 1939 and rail travel was curtailed, he stayed back at home, enjoying the fruits of his gains in the form of a huge family and extensive landed properties. Even then, many VIPs used to visit here for consultations, including Sir. R.K.Shanmugham Chettiar, free India’s first Finance Minister.

K.V. Narayanmurti

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Palghat – From a Sleepy Village to a Fascinating, Vibrant Town

Until the beginning of the first world-war in 1914 and a decade or more thereafter,
Palghat was a sleepy village, overflowing with an insulated, priestly class of migrant brahmin families, mostly engaged in the performance of ritualistic obligations.

Most had neither steady income nor reserves to fall back during an emergency. The average mortality rate was very high and longevity age was very low – thanks to all kinds of epidemics and, many women died giving birth to children. Medical help was limited to the Ayurvedic and native remedies, allopathy was available only at the Govt, Hospital, in Fort Maidan. For a dog-bite one had to rush to Coonoor in the Nilgris and for eye ailments to Coimbatore.

Schooling facilities were limited to the primary level. There was a night school attached to the Victoria College, later becoming the Municipal High School. In 1920 or so, Kulapathi V.V.Parameswara Iyer from Vadakkanthara started the Native High School (now closed) and a similar school came up in Nurani village also. The Basel Mission had started the Mission School in 1910 or so, concurrently with their roof-tile factory. These enabled many villagers to study and qualify for clerical level jobs in the Registration, Revenue and other departments of the Govt., railway services etc. and as school-teachers. The Palghat business community, especially the Muslims and Chettiars, preferred to employ Brahmins to keep cash and accounts for them.

The 20th century was a game-changer, especially for the villagers, made possible by (1) the creation of the Palghat Municipality (2) the railway connectivity between Mangalore-Madras and Palghat-Pollachi, and (3) power-supply from the Pykara power station in the Nilgiris.

The villages got better, wider roads, conservancy and sanitary services, the road and rail bridges across the Kalpathy river, all adding value to the quality of life. Municipal Chairmen Dr. A.R. Menon ( later became Minister in Kerala), Mr.M.C.Menon (also founded Chandranagar settlement, named after him), Col. G.R.Parasuram (developed the areas bordering the villages) and Mr.N.N.Ananthanarayana Iyer (levelling of the roads) were prominent for their developmental efforts. Numerous printing presses imported from Germany, enabled the large-scale and cheap availability of books and newspapers in many languages and subjects.

The two World wars also helped significantly. Large British military camps were located at the foot-hills of the Western Ghats (Kottekad on the east and Mundur in the north) resulting in new roads and levelling of large areas for habitation. Added to this was the huge influx of refugees in the 1940s, from Burma, Malaya and other S.E. countries following their Japanese occupation. Hundreds of Palghat natives, who had settled in urban cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Poona etc. also sought their native villages for a safe haven. Admissions to schools/college were under pressure, also English medium teaching had to be introduced and new language classes started for Tamil, Hindi etc.

Houses were in great demand, adding to property values. There was also pressure built up on the supply-chain for food, accommodation, transport and all other requirements of life. Essentials were rationed, sold through Govt. ration-shops on the basis of family ration cards. The food ration was restricted to 6 oz of rice plus a little wheat per adult per day, resulting in a black-market for grains, sugar, textiles, paper, fuel of all sorts etc. Living was stressful, Govt. tried to ameliorate this for their employees through a ‘dearness allowance’, which continues to this day.

On the other hand, many educated, unemployed youth from the villages, some knowing type-writing, short-hand, Morse telegraphy etc. found jobs with the military establishments all over the country and in the metropolitan cities. This came as a breather for the families left behind. The Military also extended free educational facilities for dependent students, besides a preference for Govt. jobs, after the successful end of the war.

The Malampuzha dam completed in 1955 helped to make Palghat, a drought-prone taluk, to become the ‘rice-bowl of Kerala’, also ensuring protected water-supply for the homes. A large number of villagers and their temples were the immediate beneficiaries but, their dreams were short-lived and shattered by the Kerala land legislation of the 1960s, which took away their ownership and vested it on the cultivating tenants. This did reduce some families to penury and distress but the rest of the community offered help.

Another significant outcome of the foregoing developments was the increasing level of empowerment of the girls from the village. Once their recurring sanitary problem got solved with the availability of hygienic aids, they continued schooling in increasing numbers even upto the advanced stages and qualify professionally. As a result, the number of teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, bankers, accountants etc. amongst them saw a significant increase. To-day, in Palghat, there is hardly any difference between boys and girls beyond the biological. They are just everywhere as equals and contributing to family and social enrichment.

On the debit side, of course, to-day’s villagers are hardly religious beyond the acceptance of the suzerainty of the all-powerful Gods, temples and festivities. At the same time, their sense of right and wrong, networking abilities, tolerance levels, helpfulness and social awareness are truly idealistic.

The current generation is able to decide what’s good for them and the directions they will go!

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On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 I wrote a letter on behalf of two SMALL INVESTORS – both shareholders of AVERY INDIA LTD.

The letter was addressed to :

Sri. Basant Kumar Sandooja, Managing Director &. Sri. Rohit Gupta, Director.

Avery India Ltd.,
Plot Nos. 50-59, Sector – 25,
Ballabgarh. 121004.

Dear Sirs,
This notice is issued on behalf of Vasu Murti, holding 280 shares (IN30163740611706) and Lalita Narayanmurti

holding 70 shares (IN30163740435054) in Avery India Ltd.

In the Company Balance-sheet, signed by you and, received yesterday, the Directors’ Report at page 2 contains in para 4, Dividend, the following statement: “In order to conserve resources for the business of the Company, your Directors do not recommend payment of dividend for the financial year ended 31st March, 2016.” Identical statemets concerning denial of dividends are seen made in the Directors’ Reports for the earlier years also. Also, your expenditure on Research & Development is only less than 1% of sales, suggesting that no efforts are made at innovation and updating of business-profile. You have also refused to transfer any amount to reserves.

Your business has been steadily coming down, you are unable to employ the profits/surplus funds in business for many years, instead, you are keeping these surplus funds in Bank FDs (almost Rs.110 Crores) and earning interest income of Rs.7.3 Crores of rupees. This suggests that, instead employing the company resources for development of its business, you are into the investment business, not allowed under the Memorandum and Articles of Association. Obviously, you are deliberately acting against the interests of the minority share-holders and at the behest of the overseas majority share-holders. To escape the attention of the Stock Exchanges and the trading of minrity shares, the holding companies have dematted only a part of their holding, retaining the bulk in physical form. This amounts to ‘Oppression and mismanagement’, an offence under Sec.397 and other provisions of the Companies Act, 1956.

I demand, on behalf of my clients, your explanation in the matter and steps you propose to correct the situation. Should there be no proper response, appropriate action will be taken to bring the lapses to the notice of the regulatory authorities and the appropriate legal forum.

K.V.Narayanmurti, B.A., B.L., FICA
New Kalpathy PALGHAT. 678003 Phone: 0491 – 2576652.

Please see the arrogant, disrespectful response received to a small investor:
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Gambhir, Kanchan” <kgambhir@awtxglobal.com>
To: kvnarayanmurti@yahoo.com
Cc: “Khanna ,Sadhna” <SadhnaKhanna@awtxglobal.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:05 PM

Dear Sir/ Madam

Thank you for your email. We would like to submit that your contentions do not tantamount to “Oppression and Mismanagement” as your Company is professionally managed and does not distinguish between its shareholders. Also, the surplus funds of your Company have been deposited in secured short term time deposits to deploy it in the most suitable projects as per the decision of the management and in the best interests of the shareholders. As and when your Company management proposes a suitable project the same shall be dealt with in accordance with applicable legal provisions.

We assure you that your Company is diligently driven by ethics, policies and believes in strict compliance of all laws of the land.

Kanchan Gambhir
Company Secretary- Avery India Ltd.
Phone: +91-129-4094400
Service Hotline No: +91-8800394041
Email: Kgambhir@awtxglobal.com

Registered and Head Office: Avery India Limited, Plot Nos. 50-59, Sector 25, Ballabgarh – 121004, Haryana, India.



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Does Raghuram Rajan live in a Cuckoo World?

I read the news “Rajan has bad news for savers: Deposit rates set to fall”

What Rajan says makes a lot of sense, in ‘economic theory’. I doubt if even his father, a retired bureaucrat, would give him pass marks.

I cannot imagine what would life for me and my wife would have been like, had we not had the kind of financial backing that we do have. And, to boot, we spend almost Rs.50,000 average a month, on medical support. My heart attack cost a half million rupees. And, I get a job-related pension of Rs. 936/- p.m. I pay taxes of all kinds like any other earning person, no concession even for spending on medicines. My source of income is return on savings, either as dividends on shares or FD interest.

As long as there is little or no social security arrangement provided for senior citizens – like in Europe or US – the country has to grin and bear this dichotomy in interest rates. Am sure GOI will turn down Rajan’s suggestion to reduce interest on NSC etc., it will be hugely unpopular, will have serious political fall-out. Look at the way the Govt. capitulated before the ex army personnel, also the recent Pay Commission Report, which catapulted Govt. salaries, what has Rajan to say on these.

The bottom line, tax rates need to be reasonable, savings should be encouraged, to take care of capital needs for economic development, minimum-level social security is a must, health care needs to be provided free or very cheap, and education at all levels made absolutely free.




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