Special Correspondent

Recalls services rendered by leaders to Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: The Pattali Makkal Katchi will celebrate the formation day of Tamil Nadu (November 1) every year from now on in a grand manner.

"This time, we are doing it in a modest way," party founder S. Ramadoss told a meeting organised by the PMK to mark the completion of 50 years of formation of the State here on Wednesday. While Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala had been observing their formation day every year, Tamil Nadu had not done it regularly.

Dr. Ramadoss recalled that the only occasion when the State observed the day was 25 years ago, as part of the silver jubilee celebrations. He thanked Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for responding to his appeal to organise an event to mark the occasion.

He recalled the services rendered by leaders including C. Rajagopalachari, M.P. Sivagnanam and Nesamony for safeguarding the interests of Tamil Nadu.

Cause of Tamil

Regretting that the cause of Tamil was not being promoted now, Dr. Ramadoss wanted the Centre to name after Thiruvalluvar and Tholkappaiar, awards to be given to Tamil scholars. He wanted Tamil announcements to be made in flights operating from Chennai. The objectives behind the enactment of the Official Languages Act remained to be fulfilled.

Dr. Ramadoss said he had been dubbed a chauvinist when he sought to espouse the cause of the Tamil language. To promote the interests of Tamil through the media, he launched a newspaper and a television channel.

PMK president G.K. Mani said the borders of Tamil Nadu with the other southern States were yet to be properly demarcated. Several areas where Tamil was the dominant language were still with the neighbouring States.

Other speakers called for greater efforts on the part of people to protect the rights of the State.