Syed Muthahar Saqaf
‘Yenru Thaniyum’ tries to find real solutions
PUDUKOTTAI: Films have been playing an effective role in building the opinion of the masses on different issues. Even the severe critics of the 77 have time and again conceded that movies have a tremendous impact on the present day society, in particular the younger generation.
Keeping this in mind, a team of youths, led by Bharathi Krishnakumar, have put in tremendous effort in producing the documentary film titled ‘Yenru Thaniyum,’ which elaborately discusses the vital issue of ‘compulsory primary education.’ It was screened during the film appreciation session organised jointly by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers’ Association and the Pudukai Film Society, Pudukottai, recently.
People from various walks of life, including the representatives from the teaching community, trade union leaders, and writers watched the movie that was followed by a lively discussion at the end.
Explaining the concept behind the movie, Mr. Krishnakumar said, much has been talked about the need for compulsory primary education for all the children below the age of 14 years in the country for many decades.
But nothing much could be achieved due to various reasons.
The present day education system, the discrimination in the form of private and government schools, the former catering to the need of only the rich and affluent sections of the society and the students belonging to the weaker sections alone joining the latter, were some of the main reasons which hindered the progress of the primary education.
Moreover the controversy on the medium of the primary education has also proved a bane.
The educationalists, teaching community, psychiatrists, human rights activists and all other sections should hold detailed discussion on such serious issues and try to find out an ever lasting solution, he said.
Mr. Krishnakumar has utilised the movie to bring to the notice of the people the sufferings of the parents who lost their children in a major fire mishap in a private school in Kumbakonam town a couple of years ago. The heart-rending scenes of the fire tragedy have been included in the film to create awareness among the people on the sufferings of others. Thanikodi, lyricist of the film was also present on the occasion.
The president of the Pudukai Film Society K. Shanmugasundaram presided over the session. The secretary of the Film Society S. Ilango, Seeni Karthikeyan of Government Employees Association, the president of the Mani Naataka Kalai Manram, Pon Karuppiah, the Joint Secretary of Tirukkural Kazhagam, Maha Sundar, Sudanthirarajan of the Progressive Writers’ Association, participated in the discussion.