Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin credited E.V., a Dravida leader, on Friday. Ramasamy, also known as Periyar was a champion for social justice and “resurrecting Tamil Nadu.”
“Today, on his birthday, we pay tribute to Periyar the rationalist who planted the seeds of social justice within the minds of all walks of human life. Only after his death, Tamil Nadu was revived. He tweeted that it was “a society of dignity, knowledge”
Stalin had previously declared September 17th, the birth anniversary of Periyar as Social Justice Day. Friday marked the 143rd birthday of the social reformer. The Chief Minister paid floral tributes to his statue at Mount Road, near Chindaripet.
The Chief Minister also tweeted: “I pledged social justice to you on your glorious birthday.” The pledge was signed by the entire Tamil Nadu. On your behalf, we will create an egalitarian society. Periyar was born September 17, 1879, and died December 24, 1973.
Stalin recalled the great Dravida leader, after paying floral tributes, and said that Periyar was responsible to the enactment the first Constitutional Amendment Act which had protected the reservation for backward class.
Stalin stated that Periyar’s ideology was about social justice and self-respect. This foundation laid the foundation for the development of Tamil society over the past century. This foundation would also help pave the way for the future Tamil society.
Later, the Chief Minister administered a pledge to the Secretariat staff and officials, asking them to follow Periyar’s ideology, which is based on equality, self-respect and rationalism.
MPs T.R. Balu and Kanimozhi accompanied Stalin as he offered floral tributes for Periyar.