Sunday, February 10, 2008

இது நம்ம ஆளு (Idhu Namma Aalu..)

இது நம்ம ஆளு (Idhu Namma Aalu..) Syndrome at Chennai Marathon 2008

In the last few days, Raj Thakerey's utterances about North Indians and the resultant violence has been making national news. It is kind of interesting to see that similar thing being played out at a much smaller scale at Chennai Marathon 2008 today.

Watch this clip and you will know what I am talking about. It is all about the prize money and who should win it. The participation as such was very low and one of the organizer wanted to prohibit three Army runners from participating as they might take away all the prize money. Needless to say, the folks from the Army are from North India and are not sons of soil.

I did not have a good run today.. I went in to do a half marathon but ended up doing just half of that. It was just not my day today..
Ram, Sandy, Shumit & Mohan
Ram, Sandy, Shumit & Mohan at the finishing point..


  1. Ram, thanks for the video. As a runner and a patriot its doubly offensive that some idiot refuses a soldier who defends the nation from attempting to win a race he has registered for.

    It is unbelievable that he can insult the Army men in this manner. These are people who keep him safe and then train hard to represent our country in competition.

    People like him and Thakerey and their followers are going to lead us into the kind of turmoil that Kenya is going thru right now.

    By the way, how did it get resolved? where the soldiers allowed to run, and who ended up winning the race?

  2. Thought Chennai was a better place. Never expected this. An eye opening to see folks like this spoiling the the whole reputation of the city.

  3. As they say ..
    Only in Dravida Nadu..

    Looks like the man is a charter
    member of 'Dravida Muttal Kazhakum'.

    He probably came from the other marathon of supporting Tamil Terrorists from Sri Lanka.
    He looked irritable.. If only
    the soldiers said LTTE, Pirbasomething he would gracefully
    welcomed him, I am sure

    Next marathon, will be sponsered
    by 50+ Muttal Kazhuthaigal each with their own parties will allow
    only those who are not Brahmins, North Indians, Women and Soldiers!

    I envy you, for having this side show when all you wanted was to endure Pain by running..

  4. Son of all soil
    finally the Army men did get to run and win the prize money as well..

  5. That us really a shameful act. It is not sponsored by TN Govt. It is a private event. They do charge a fee from the runners.
    I hope this guy was taken to task.
    Secondly if the runners, who were accepted, were not allowed to run, they should sue them.

    It is really a shameful act. I was planning to run this event once. Was planning to make a visit for this in 2009/2010 - training for this in winter is difficult, especially after Houston in January . I will be ashamed to get a finisher medal / certificate from these morons.

    I am better off running a Disney or Houston again.

  6. At the end wat u saw is that they ran the marathon...thats good...all over the world there used to be few narrow minded people, but things will change with people like ram, and other good souls...

    good job...