Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday called upon the media to extend cooperation to the State government in making the World Classical Tamil Conference a grand success.

Addressing editors and proprietors at a lunch hosted by N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu and vice-chairman of the publicity committee, the Deputy Chief Minister explained the importance of the Conference.

He said, he originally wanted to be with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi throughout the day in view of the Pennagaram by-election but the Chief Minister advised him to attend the lunch as “the conference is more important than any by-election.”

Those who spoke on the occasion emphasised that youth should be sensitised more on the greatness of Tamil language and culture. They commended the Tamil daily ‘Dinamani' for bringing out a column devoted to the conference.

Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, Information Minister and chairman of the publicity committee; K. Allaudin, Special Officer for Tamil Conference; G. Muthusamy, Secretary of Tamil Development, Religious Endowments and Information department; and C. Kamaraj, Director of Information and Public Relations; Peter Alphonse, member of the committee and Congress leader; and Nakheeran Gopal, Editor-Publisher of ‘Nakheeran' and another member of the panel were among those present.

A cross section of representatives of the media, both print and television, participated in the lunch. Manoj Kumar Sonthalia, Chairman and Managing Director of The New Indian Express group; B. Sivanthi Adityan, Managing Director of ‘Daily Thanthi;' Aditya Sinha, Editor-in-Chief of The New Indian Express; Sowmiya Anbumani of Makkal TV; Raajhendhran. M, Chairman and Managing Director of Raj TV; K. Srinivasaraghavan, All India Radio's Chennai Station Director; J. Kamalanathan, AIR Coimbatore Station Director; E. Mariappan, Director (News) of Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai; SAP Jawahar Palaniappan, Editor-Proprietor of Kumudam Publications; R. Krishnamurthy, Assistant Editor of ‘Dinamalar;' V. Rangachary, News Editor of ‘Dinamani;' P. Thirumavelan, Chief Reporter of ‘Ananda Vikatan;' and R.P. Satyanarayanan, Executive Editor of ‘Puthiya Thalaimurai.'