Lyricist Kabilan Vairamuthu, the son of acclaimed poet and lyricist Vairamuthu, has issued a lengthy statement in Tamil on the ongoing #MeToo movement. His thoughts on the matter assume significance in the light of the fact that his father has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
Kabilan vouching for his father’s character has disapproved of the #MeToo movement suggesting it was causing more harm to the country. “Westerners are self-obsessed, whereas we give importance to our families. The conventional family set-up has helped India from the global economic bane It is also a lifestyle that other countries envy. Our country’s women’s rights organisations have always given importance to a family setup that focuses on the equal rights of men and women. However, it is dreadful to think whether foreign organizations are working towards breaking this very family setup of our country,” he said in the statement.
Kabilan also noted the struggles of his father to reach the position he is in today. He opined that Vairamuthu’s achievements won’t be appreciated by “the current tech-savvy generation.”
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“At the moment, on one hand, some of them claim that the allegations made against him are politically motivated. On the other hand, some are of the view that there isn’t any political agenda. Let it be whatever it is. Let it get documented legally. Let the truth triumph,” he said, adding that the #MeToo movement was diverting the attention of the countrymen from more pressing issues.
Below is the full translated text of Kabilan Vairamuthu’s statement:
Why didn’t I speak for so long in the wake of the ongoing controversy, my friends may ask? My mental state wasn’t good enough to write about anything in detail. Irrespective of that, I feel it is significant for me to write on this now. A progressive system wins only when it focuses on the solution instead of hatred. “I” is a western way of thinking. “We” is an Indian way of thinking. No matter what happens to the country, I should be happy is a westernized thought. We can be peaceful only if the country is at peace, is our thinking. Westerners are self-obsessed, whereas we give importance to our families. The “conventional family set-up” has helped India from the global economic bane. It is also a lifestyle that other countries envy. Our country’s women’s rights organisations have always given importance to a family setup that focuses on the equal rights of men and women. However, it is dreadful to think whether the foreign organisations are working towards breaking this very family setup of our country. Without any evidence or a long-term vision, a woman blaming a man or a man blaming a woman on social media is a dangerous trend.
I have no expertise to confidently comment on what direction this MeToo, a global phenomenon, is headed to or where does it get diverted. However, I believe that the efforts put in by our leaders on women’s rights and their expertise would help us in understanding such a phenomenon. I feel proud when my father is identified as an important person in Tamil history by some. Some might hold it in high regard. Some may deny it. But no one can deny the fact that he is a symbol of self-confidence. He was not born with a white robe. He didn’t have money to even buy a school uniform. He couldn’t afford shoes for his higher secondary schooling but completed his education walking on stones, thorns and rough terrains.
Being born in a remote village, and to become one of India’s revered personalities is a feat which the current tech-savvy generation wouldn’t understand. They wouldn’t understand about this person who, at the time of his schooling, due to poverty, when there wasn’t food at home, used to pluck tomatoes from the garden and eat before going to take the examination. They wouldn’t know about his tough times when he had to travel across places to get a loan of Rs 150 to pay his college fees. No one would know that my father and mother, after their love marriage, moved to Chennai’s Thiruvallikeni in a rented accommodation which at that time didn’t even have an electrical fan.
One as a Tamil poet and other as a Tamil teacher, for their love of Tamil, brought up two children in an environment that only had the love for Tamil, no one wouldn’t know that history. He has made his life inch by inch. Coming from a remote village and establishing himself in a technologically advanced world, gives a lot of hope to many youngsters who look up to him.
There aren’t any media that hasn’t written about his work. He has also won many awards. But his life is more glorious than his words or work. It is full of great teachings. I pity those who try to malign his glory. At the moment, on one hand, some of them claim that the allegations made against him are politically motivated. On the other hand, some are of the view that there isn’t any political agenda. Let it be whatever it is. Let it get documented legally. Let the truth triumph.
It is my humble request to you all to not let this global attempt, of completely deviating us from various other significant issues of our country, affect us.