Wednesday, June 08, 2005

S. Gurumurthy's speech about the Arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharyar

Went to S.Gurumurthy's speech in Schaumburg (a suburb in Illinois) alongwith a friend. The speech was titled "The arrest of the Kanchi Sankaracharyar". Although his speech was good, he didnt give any details about the arrest at all (the title of the speech was a gross misnomer - maybe it was just to attract the crowd). He just said two statements about the arrest and then said he cannot comment further on it. During his speech, he made some slightly inflammatory comments about the US (his influence with the RSS group was very apparent here), which made me think that I wasnt going to get out of that place without some lathi-charges! His oratorical skiils are good, he backed up most of his thoughts with statistics and he had a good knowledge about world economics. For someone else's personal account on how the speech was, look at Surya's blog (he has something from the

Completely Off topic, I have been hearing this very infectious remix kind of song (at 3/4 Bass and Full Treble with 50% Volume in my car - this 50% volume is very loud even by my standards) by Rouge, called "Don't be Shy" and I like it a lot. This song has already made it in a couple of albums, either as the original or as a remix.


Blogger ioiio said...

indha oorla yedhu sir lathi=charge?

REmix and REligion.. enna "RE"mix.. kalakkunga!!

Monday, June 13, 2005 2:20:00 AM  
Blogger Kaps said...

I guess he can't voice too many opinions about the case at this stage as it is sub-judice.

Monday, June 13, 2005 3:08:00 AM  
Blogger Surya said...

kaps - not only is it sub-judice(leading to contempt of court) its also sub-amma(leading to aruval wielding fiery men , showing off part of their striped 'shorts', chasing him down marina beach road or mount road) :-)

Monday, June 13, 2005 7:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ganesh said...

Nice post man
came to your blog through narayanan venkat and chinmayi
I will blogroll you

Monday, June 13, 2005 1:56:00 PM  
Blogger Chez said...

Hmmm... More than Sub Judice i think sub Amma would be more powerful.. who knows what will happen while he lands back at the Chennai terminal..if he say something in US... Like Kalaignar "a aa e ee" lessons only! :-)

Monday, June 13, 2005 2:21:00 PM  
Blogger Tarun said...

ya I read about his arrest long time back...

Monday, June 13, 2005 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

amma is all powerful figure (infact munnaaal figure) as long as she is in aatchi..

Cant help it.. Others do it backdoor..
She is a lil too brave and invites evry1 to look and mock at her act of foolishness..

Whats the point.. They cant talk anyway?

Monday, June 13, 2005 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger perspective said...

A very very very happy birthday to you...!!!!
Have a wonderful year ahead...a big party :)

Monday, June 13, 2005 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

huh.. I dint know abt that..

My best wishes too sir..

Have a ball

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

Gurumurthy certainly is a good orator. Problem with him is many a times he wd go to extremes.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:40:00 AM  
Blogger Surya said...

Chakra - What extreme? He was speaking the truth. Btw how many of you knew he is the President of Swadeshi Jagran Manch,he has been solving Corporate disputes. Was always against the way in which Reliance was functioning incidentally Reliance business is in a turmoil with the brothers in dispute and cases against it by BSNL. He is just an accomplished citizen getting harrased by the Goonda Raj.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 7:26:00 AM  
Blogger saranyan said...

I would have openly protested if it were an RSS talk in a public place. I believe he gave one such talk at the Malibu temple in California 2 weeks back.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Why did he come to the US? Who invited him?

I've heard good things about him. But I didn't know he is an RSS activist.!

He can't speak, he won't speak anymore...He might land up in legal trouble.!

Again - Democracy - Freedom of Speech - Do we still believe India is a true Democracy - Not me.!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 8:53:00 PM  
Blogger Surya said...

Being a RSS activist is it a negative point?, but that aside, i dont think he is a RSS guy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:23:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

En kadayadhu?

Well, the only thing that irked me was the title. That was a cheap stunt which they shouldnt have resorted to.

Again, I dont really care if it was sub-judice or anything of that sort. They shouldnt have used cheap marketing tactics to get people.

Thank you! I will roll you soon.

GC Anand,
Whats the Kalaignar thing about? I didnt hear/read anything about that? Is that the forcible jail term you are talking about?

Correction! He wasnt arrested. He was just called for investigation.

Quite true! Have to agree on that.

Thanks for your wishes.

Thank you!

He was cringing on that on some of the thoughts. In fact, at one time he was even trying to mock the crowd who were listening to his speech.

Dude, dont deny that fact. But some parts of his speech was a bit offensive to me.

It wasnt RSS talk as such, but there were tinges of it throughout.

Mr. Narayanan,
I think his intent was to clear out the confusion about the Shankaracharyar case, but I think, these speeches are more aimed at the crowd that is Pro-Sankaracharyar, than anyone else. I see myself as someone neutral and wasnt a bit convinced with his speech. His speech was enjoyable, but didnt do anything to clear the confusion.
Yeah, he is an RSS activist, he mentioned that in his speech. Check this link (, SJM is itself backed by RSS. If you do a search on "S.Gurumurthy RSS", you will get many links to prove it.
Well, he is just an extreme example. Just because he is popular, powerful and well-read doesnt make him a good sample of the democratic crowd in India.

He is an RSS activist - although he belongs to the older generation (dont think he is very active in RSS, but he is active in SJM - which is backed by RSS). RSS does have extreme views on some issues, so I tend to not consider whatever they say too seriously.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

Democracy in India..

There have been cases where democracy is killed..but those are the ones that get publicity too.. we shudnt really think our DEMOCRACY IS DAMNED..

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Agree with you 100%! People tend to associate themselves with victory more and with failure less. They think of the system in India as a failure and shun away from that.

Think about this, US is in this stage after about 200 years of Independence, and India has reached a very considerable stage of progress with just about 58 years from Independence.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Surya said...

My guess is there was a disconnect between the orgainizers and Gurumurthy, because the Topic was not about "Arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya" in other cities, so we cannot blame him :-).

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:18:00 AM  
Blogger Praveen said...

I guess he wouldn wanna risk getting into the arrest details after his own arrest! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

I dont know about that. Although, I didnt think it was a waste of time, just that many came there to find out about something else.

I thought he was just taken for questioning, not arrested.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 4:54:00 PM  

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