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Monday, January 14, 2013
Pongal 2013 A time to reflect on our failures
A Happy Pongal to all Malaysians of Indian origin.
Pongal is a harvest festival that reminds us of our
origins and our past. We may have advanced tremendously but we must not forget
our past, the humble beginnings of our colorful culture that takes pride in our
cherished values of duty, dignity and discipline.
Today we are fast losing these values as we struggle
to cope with the advances in the modern world where such values appear useless
and a hindrance to our material progress. We may have become more religious but
in actual fact have we? Religion should be part of our life as a guide but
unfortunately to many religion has become their life, where rituals have replaced
values and form replaced substance.
Today instead of indulging in all the rituals let’s
reflect to see where we stand as a race in our country and the world. What
respect do we command among others? In our country why are we in such a
deplorable state, to be looked down by others and having to depend on handouts?
What has gone wrong with our values and principles?
Pongal is not about boiling pongal rice and shouting ‘pongalo-pongal’.It is not about sugar canes and cows or watching
the newly released movies but it is about
regaining our past glory as a premier community in the country.
The past is not something to be shy of but however
humble it could have been be, it is a lesson for the present and the future. Unless
we appreciate and take pride of our past we can never be successful as a race, family,
nation and most of all as a human.
Attaching a meaningful song that takes pride in our humble but valuable past