My letter to CM

Follow up of my previous post.

Following is my letter to CM. Please visit to see Dadjoi’s letter to CM. Dharumi’s letter

I request you all to write a letter yourself. Thank you.

Note: Typo error, careless mistakes, gramatical error, logical error, and all sorts of errors are inherent properties of my English. I do welcome you notifying me with a caring tone to help me improve. Thank you.

———–My letter to CM—————-

Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 14:00:27 +0100 (BST)
From: premalatha balan
Subject: Discrimination, Invasion of Privacy and Lack of basic Sanitation Facilities in one of the Madurai SC girls’ Hostels

Hon’ble Chief Minister, J. Jayalalitha
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Subject: Gender discrimination, Invasion of Privacy and Lack of Basic
Sanitation Facilities in one of the Madurai SC girls’ Hostels

Dear Chief Minister,

I would like to bring the following news to your kind attention. It is a news report in
NDTV available at the URL

I am a Tamil girl born and brought up in a small village near Madurai. Discriminations have been in several forms there. I can say that at some point I should have got immunised to all these, having seen and suffered from many such things in my life in several degrees and in several forms. I don’t know why I am still not immunised. I still get the anger sometimes; I am sad sometimes; I am just helpless most of the time.

I don’t live in India anymore, so, I have the luxury of living my life by avoiding such things from affecting me in my day to day life. I don’t know whether I should be happy about it, or I don’t know whether I am still sad about it. I can surely say that, helplessness is the prevailing and predominating feeling I get most of the time.

During my last visit to Chennai made me feel proud of myself and my background and my roots. It was the hope I got when I saw those newly built wide roads, the hope I got when the vast wastelands being referred as the new “IT village coming up here”, the hope I got in those smiling faces of those small girls working in all sort of shops.. Finally, I thought, finally, the day is coming. The day where we can turn everything around us around in our favour.. Multinational companies want to earn money?, No problem, we have wastelands and people with brains for you. Craze for Foreign products?, no problem, our small girls, who otherwise might have gone caught up in the culture and poverty issues, can work and be happy.. I can see more smiling faces than ever. Thank you for your leadership. Hope we will get to have you to lead us for more and more years to come.

I agree we cannot change the world overnight by stamping the foot on the ground. There will be many unsolved, unnoticed, small and big and all sorts of issues around us. I agree. I just want to bring one such issue to your notice. It might look not-too-serious at the outset, but, I believe roots are never big, nevertheless never insignificant.

What is being practised in that hostel is a case of gender discrimination, case of human right violation, case of abuse in the name of culture. If I may abstract it, it is a root. Yes, that is what I call and understand; It is a root; Never big, never visible, nevertheless never insignificant.

I am also concerned about the lack of sanitation and facilities in the hostel. I do not know whether it is because of lack of funds or mismanagement of it. I would be highly grateful to you if you could look into this matter.

I run a blog, where I have posted on this issue.

Following are posts of the same issue by some of my fellow bloggers.
The list is growing every minute.

Thanking you with hope,

Yours sincerely,


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madura
    Apr 13, 2006 @ 16:35:00

    Dear Prems,
    I am very proud of your initiative and step in the right direction. Do you by any chance know who reads these letters to the CM or if she would herself read it? I was even thinking if it doesnt cost too much we can post an advertisement in Hindu saying “Future CM please look into the girls issue of so and so hostel” – may not be that expensive right? Can we write the MP and MLA of the constituency where the girls hostel is? It may be very cheap to pay in dollars and pounds for posters asking for action from MLA, MP and CM posted in national highway routes! Cant we girls get together and ask the right question the right way and more importantly in a place where people who can make a difference can read it?


  2. Premalatha
    Apr 13, 2006 @ 16:48:00

    Much better ideas. 🙂

    I need your mail id. We have started a little group. we are collecting money, information and so on.. Join us. 🙂


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