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HOMAGE: Tourism Minister N. Suresh Rajan who unveiled the portrait of Sathavadhani Seigu Thampi Pavalar at Thazakudi on Friday.
HOMAGE: Tourism Minister N. Suresh Rajan who unveiled the portrait of Sathavadhani Seigu Thampi Pavalar at Thazakudi on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The Tourism Minister, N.Suresh Rajan has urged the younger generations follow the principals and the ideals and go through literary works of Sathavadhani Seigu Thampi Pavalar.

Unveiling the portrait of Pavalar to mark his 101th birth anniversary celebrations organised by the Department of Information and Public Relation at Government Higher Secondary School at Thazakudi on Friday, he said that Pavalar was a multi-faceted personality. He was one of the Tamil poets of Madurai Tamil Sangam. He was born on July 31, 1874 in Edalakudy near Nagercoil. He learnt Arabic language in his early age and was a disciple of Sankaranarayana Pattariar, a Tamil scholar lived in Kottar. He was well versed in ‘Kamba Ramayana’.

In the year 1859, he worked as the editor of two Tamil magazines namely ‘Yatharthavadhi’ and ‘Islamic Mithran’ in Chennai. He wrote and published books, including Deavalogathu criminal case, Vedantha vivahara criminal case and also wrote commentaries of ‘Seerapuranam’, which contained 5,027 poems.On 10th March 1907, he conducted ‘100 Avadhanams’ successfully in the presence of 1,000 persons and got the title ‘Sodasavadhani’.

Several titles like Devamirtha Prasanka Kalanchiyam’, Tamil Perunkadal, Kalai Kadal, Mahamathi, Allama etc., were conferred on him. Among his disciples Sasthankutty Pillai and Parakkai Manickavasagam Pillai were famous.

The Minister further said that he was also a great freedom fighter. He took part in India’s freedom struggle and he was involved in untouchability movement.

Memorial built

A memorial has been constructed in honour of the Pavalar at his birthplace.

The Government has allotted the sum of Rs.6 crore for the construction of 219 school buildings under ‘education for all’ scheme throughout the district. Works for the construction of 191 school buildings had already been completed and the remaining works would be completed at the earliest.

Regarding the transfer of four doctors from Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital to some other places, the Minister said that the AIADMK had no right to interfere with the Government decision.

It was during the previous AIADMK regime, the Government introduced a ban on recruitment to government service.

There was no job security and the contract system was introduced during the AIADMK period. When the DMK came to power, the Chief Minister, M.Karunanidhi withdrew the ban order, thereby giving employment to thousands of qualified unemployed youths. The Government has spent the sum of Rs.7.5 crore for the purchase of surgical instruments and for setting up of an accident care and treatment centre centre at Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam.

Sub-way to be ready

Work on the pedestrian sub way linking Anna bus stand, Meenakshipuram and Nagercoil municipal park would be completed within the stipulated time and thrown open to the public at the earliest, the Minister said.

Regarding e-stamping launched recently by the Government, the Minister said that this scheme was introduced in all the corporations and it would be further extended to municipality and civic bodies. The District Revenue Officer, Kalai Selvan, and others participated the meeting.

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