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NEW YORK April 25: The 9th mid-year conference of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin will be held in Antigua May 4 and 5, the organization announced yesterday. Continue reading “Global Association of Indian physicians’ convention to be held on May 4, 5 in Antigua”
15-year-old Indian-origin boy becomes Britain’s youngest accountant after setting up accountancy firm while still at school
LONDON April 24: A 15-year-old Indian-origin boy has been lauded as Britain’s youngest accountant after setting up a successful accountancy firm while still at school. Continue reading “15-year-old Indian-origin boy becomes Britain’s youngest accountant after setting up accountancy firm while still at school”
GRAVESEND (Kent) April 22 : “The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite Captain Parameswaran Sudarshan Kumar Tampi and Mrs Anita Puliankalath to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm”, read an invite to this UK Malayalee couple from Kent. Continue reading “UK Malayalee from Kent invited to Queen’s Garden party for his services at the Port of London “
Colonel Wellesley and now Rahul Gandhi: Wayanad and its brush with a former British PM and Battle of Waterloo hero
Rahul Gandhi began his visit to Wayanad in Kerala by offering prayers at the Thirunelli temple
Thiruvananthapuram April 21: Wayanad, which is in limelight after Rahul Gandhi chose to contest the Lok Sabha elections from there, has its connections with a former British prime minister and a hero of the Battle of Waterloo, who served in the district as a military strategist during the colonial era.
Arthur Wellesley was an Irish-born soldier of the British Army before entering politics.
After his return from Wayanad and India in 1805, Wellesley was given the title of Duke of Wellington, and went on to become the Prime Minister of the UK in 1828 and again in 1834.
As a military commander, his name has been engraved as a hero of the Battle of Waterloo, the titanic war in which he had led the British army to a historic victory over French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
But, the history of Wayanad, the verdant mountainous plateau known for its thick jungles, panoramic locales and aromatic spices and nestled among the fragile Western Ghats, has a different story to tell of Wellesley.
Despite all his efforts, the British commander failed to get hold of the rebel native king Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, who had troubled the East India Company, according to historical records.
These records say that, Colonel Wellesley, (1769-1852), brother of the then British Governor General of India, Richard Wellesley (Marquees Wellesley), was appointed as the Commander of the colonial forces of Malabar, South Canara and Mysore to suppress the growing aggression posed by Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan and Raja of Wayand, who adopted guerrilla war tactics against them.
The Raja, who belonged to the Kottayam royal family, had laid claim to Wayanad and persisted in keeping possession of it.
But the East India Company had rejected his claim as it had special trade interest there as the place was a rich reserve of high quality pepper, turmeric, cardamom and other spices.
“The military control of the province was placed under the Madras government, which appointed Colonel Arthur Wellesley as Commander of the forces in Malabar and Canara as well as in Mysore,” says the ‘Malabar Manual’, compiled by British administrator in Malabar and historian William Logan.
According to the manual, the British commander had made elaborate arrangements to strengthen the military posts and the army presence in the area and ordered the construction of roads to suppress the rebel uprising.
He also had recommended to the authorities to seize the properties and arrest the families of those who had joined the rebels and tried to foster secret tie-ups with influential local people to defeat Pazhassi Raja, who hid in the thick jungles along with his army and fought the British force.
In a letter to his fellow army man, Lieutenant Colonel Kirkpatrick, dated April 7, 1800, Wellesley described Wayanad as a country “well calculated for turbulence”.
“There never was a country which, from its nature, its situation, the manners of its people, and its government, was so well calculated for turbulence,” he had said.
Expressing displeasure over the complicated geography of Wayanad which made the military operations difficult for the British troops, he described the whole place as a “jungle”.
“The whole country is one jungle, which may be open in some parts, but in others is so thick that it is impossible to see objects at the distance of two yards; and till roads are made, the country is impracticable for our troops,” he said.
Wellesley also called the native people as “savage and cruel” in the letter.
However, records showed that despite his meticulous planning and strategies, Wellesley could not catch Pazhassi Raja as he wished.
The commander had to return to his home country before Raja was defeated by the East India Company, N Gopakumaran Nair, general secretary of Kerala History Congress, said.
Pazhassi Raja died in 1805.
A section of historians argue that he was killed by the British Army personnel but some others claim that Raja had committed suicide before being captured by the colonial force.
“Both Arthur Wellesley and his brother were asked to return to England in 1805 before the Wayanad mission was completed. He was given the prestigious title of the Duke of Wellington in 1814 for his services and later assigned with the task of taking on Napoleon,” Nair told PTI.
As a military commander, Wellesley rose to the zenith of fame by defeating Napoleon in 1815.
“If Wellesley could not defeat Napoleon in that decisive war, the history of Great Britain and the entire world would have been different,” Nair, who is also the Head of the Department of History at the University College here, said.
Wellesley had entered politics and become a Tory party statesman later.
He was invited by King George IV to form his own government, following which he became the Prime Minister in 1828. He retired from politics in 1846 and died in 1852 at Walmer Castle.
The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, which comprises seven Assembly segments of Mananthavadi, Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery, Thiruvambady, Nilambur, Wandoor and Eranad, will go to polls on April 23. – PTI
Brunel University London’s Professor Valsa Koshy was delighted to receive her MBE from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony last month at Windsor Castle. Continue reading “Proud moment for UK Malayalees: Professor Valsa Koshy Receives an MBE from the Queen”
ലോകത്തിന്റെ ഒപ്പം നടക്കാനാണ്; പിറകെ നടക്കാനല്ല: മലയാളിക്കിടയിൽ യുക്തിചിന്ത, ശാസ്ത്രാവബോധം, സ്വതന്ത്രചിന്ത വളർത്തുന്നതിനുവേണ്ടിയുള്ള ഏകദിന സെമിനാർ മെയ് 18 നു; പ്രിയ കിരൺ എഴുതുന്നു
ലണ്ടൻ ഏപ്രിൽ 19: അങ്ങനെയിരിക്കുമ്പോൾ ഒന്ന് സൂം ഔട്ട് ചെയ്തു ആലോചിച്ചാൽ, ലോകത്തിന്റെ സ്റ്റേജിൽ കേരളത്തെയോ ഇന്ത്യയെയോ ഒക്കെ പ്രതിനിധീകരിക്കുന്നവരാണ് നമ്മൾ ഓരോ വിദേശമലയാളികളും. വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഭാഷ, സംസ്ക്കാരം , മാറിയ സാഹചര്യങ്ങളിലുള്ള ജോലി, കുട്ടികളുടെ വിദ്യാഭ്യാസം എന്നിങ്ങനെ ഈ വേഷത്തിൽ പതറിപ്പോവാൻ ഓരോ പ്രവാസിക്കും തുടക്കത്തിൽ കാരണങ്ങൾ ഏറെയാണ്. Continue reading “ലോകത്തിന്റെ ഒപ്പം നടക്കാനാണ്; പിറകെ നടക്കാനല്ല: മലയാളിക്കിടയിൽ യുക്തിചിന്ത, ശാസ്ത്രാവബോധം, സ്വതന്ത്രചിന്ത വളർത്തുന്നതിനുവേണ്ടിയുള്ള ഏകദിന സെമിനാർ മെയ് 18 നു; പ്രിയ കിരൺ എഴുതുന്നു”
UK Malayalees preparing for a summer of rationalism and freethinking: Two noted orators in town on May 6
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON April 18: Alongwith the recent burst of religious activities within the UK Malayalee community there is also the efforts by a very healthy group of the community striving to promote rationalism and science.
Two noted orators from Kerala are coming to the UK and Ireland in May 2019.
Eminent speakers Ravi Chandran C and Vaisakhan Thampi will address Malayalees in Dublin on May 4, 2019 and May 6 in London at the Spring West Academy Browells Lane Feltham TW13 7EF United Kingdom.
C. Ravichandran, writer and public speaker has been a formidable force in the revival of rationalism in Kerala and bringing a lot of the younger generation into its fold. He first came into limelight with his immensely popular Malayalam book based on the Richard Dawkins best seller “The God Delusion”. It was followed by several translations of Dawkins and other bestsellers of his own.
Blunt, sarcastic and unsparing in his attack of his opponents in the numerous public debates he participates in along the length and breadth of the state, he laces his talk with down- to- earth aphorisms and earthy humour. He is a well read person, has almost a dozen academic degrees to his credit and his familiarity with subjects as wide ranging as biology, medicine, modern physics and intricacies of theology and astrology is enviable.
Vaisakhan Thampi is a science buff, science communicator, rationalist and fun-loving scientific thinker.
According to Vaisakhan Thampi the society continued to be led by a certain set of illogical rules that were bereft of rationale thought. “We are all entitled to pursue careers of our choice, be they that of a scientist, teacher, politician or businessman. However, never are we permitted to choose our faith or if we wished to remain a freethinker. We are made to believe that our actions were viewed by a certain force,” he said in an interview.
Dr. Thampi also attributed the popular entertainment, several writings, and various teachings for the wide perception that existed in the society that women were inferior to men in every respects and were, therefore, labelled the weaker sex. Likewise, some people were portrayed to be superior to others by birth. The peculiar system of caste hierarchies continued to prevail in the society.
Pointing out that freethinking attitude was borne out of dilemma posed by conflicting perceptions, Dr. Thampi urged rationalists to effectively communicate their point of view to foster debates. “Rationalism must not be against believers, but for them. We do not have to wage a war to impress our views upon others,” he said.
However, it doesn’t go without saying that just like the religious groups within the Malayalee community bickering with each other, the same pattern is to be seen within the rationalists in the UK too. It can be presumed that once rationalism kicks in then logic and common sense would prevail and we will have an ideal community.
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UK Malayalee girl Amika’s campaign leads to free sanitary products for all girls in all schools in UK (VIDEOS)
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON April 16: Girls in primary schools will receive free sanitary products from early next year, the Government has announced. The move comes after last month’s announcement that the products would be made available in secondary schools, which was criticised for not going far enough. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges.
UK Malayalee Amika George, who started the Free Periods campaign, welcomed the news.
She said: “Free provision of menstrual products in all schools and colleges is something that Free Periods has been fighting for for over two years.
“Access to menstrual products for all children in compulsory education will mean that every child can have access to the products they need, and no-one will have to miss school because of period poverty.
“Every child should be able to go to school without wondering where their next pad or tampon will come from, and this will mean that no child will be held back from realising their full potential and being their very best.”
Amika George is daughter of Kishore George from Kumplampoika in Pathanamthitta district and Nisha George from Kozencherry and a sibling Millan Goerge.
The family are settled in Thiruvananthapuram. In the UK they are settled in north London.
The children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the scheme, fully funded by the Department for Education, will be extended to include younger schoolgirls.
Announcing the scheme on Tuesday, Mr Zahawi said: “This Government is determined to ensure that no-one should be held back from reaching their potential – and wants everyone to lead active, healthy, happy lives.
“That is why earlier this year we committed to fully-fund access to free sanitary products in all secondary schools and colleges in England.
“After speaking to parents, teachers and pupils, we are now extending this to more than 20,000 primary schools so that every young person in all our schools and colleges gets the support that they need.”
The scheme will be rolled out across primary and secondary schools in England from early 2020.
“We’re so glad that the government has extended this pledge to primary schools,” said Ms Amika George, 19, a student at Cambridge University.
“Period poverty should never be a barrier to education.”
She said it meant that every student could go to school without “worrying where their next pad or tampon will come from” and could “fully participate in lessons and focus in class”.
Amika began campaigning two years ago, while still at school, after reading about period poverty in the news.
She described herself at the time as “shocked” to find out girls were missing school because of not having sanitary products.
The campaign began with a petition and a protest outside Downing Street and this year Amika helped spearhead a legal campaign, in conjunction with the Red Box Project and The Pink Protest.
Amika has been featured in a number of national and international publications and recipient of several global awards and recognitions and many awards are awaited in the year 2019 for her works towards this cause is trending within the British media.
In 2019 Amika launched the next phase of the campaign, a new legal campaign which is calling on the UK government to provide free menstrual products in all schools and colleges.
It is the first of its kind in England, which calls for the government to provide designated funding for free provision of menstrual products in all schools and colleges for every child that needs them.
Amika George is daughter of Kishore George from Kumplampoika in Pathanamthitta district and Nisha George from Kozencherry and a sibling Millan Goerge. The family are settled in Thiruvananthapuram. In the UK they are settled in north London.
Thiruvananthapuram April 16: Shashi Tharoor MP got injured during a ritual in temple in Thiruvananthapuram and received six stitches on his head, according to reports from Kerala. The incident happened on Vishu day which was celebrated yesterday (April 15).
Sashi was weighing himself on a giant scale as part of the “thulabharam” ritual in which a person sits on the scale against a mound of offerings like fruit and sweets, equal to the devotee’s body weight.
Immediately after he got injured during the ritual, Sashi was taken to a hospital, where after applying the six stitches the doctors said the Congress parliamentarian is out of danger.
“A heavy iron hook fell on my head when a temple Thulabharam scale gave way. Lots of blood but no apparent other damage. Thank God it didn’t hurt anyone around me – could have caused a very serious injury,” Sashi tweeted.
In a photo taken by those who accompanied Sashi, the Congress leader is seen in a crisp yellow kurta siting cross-legged on the scale, suspended above the ground by four iron chain links.
Sashi is looking to score a hat-trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat. He faces the BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI(M)-led LDF candidate C Divakaran.
Following his long career at the United Nations, Mr Tharoor returned to India and was elected to parliament in 2009.
Kerala will vote in a single phase on April 23 in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Results will be out on May 23.