Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Speakers at a seminar recalled the contributions made by T.V. Ramasubbaiyer, founder of Tamil daily Dinamalar, here on Wednesday.

In his presidential address, S. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Madras University, said that Ramasubbaiyer was a socialist, reformer, patriot, ideologist and good journalist. He conducted awareness programmes in Nanjil Nadu, (Kanyakumari district) on the importance of school education. Those days, in the absence of trade unions, he also advocated the welfare of farmers in the district.

He was instrumental in influencing the government to establish rail connectivity between Kanyakumari district and Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. Ramachandran said.

Talking about his father, R. Krishnamurthy, Editor, Dinamalar, said that his father was a nationalist, who actively involved himself in social welfare activities.

At a time when new States were formed in the country on the basis of regional language, there was an apprehension that Nanjil Nadu, which was part of Travancore Presidency, would be annexed with Kerala.

Those days, dailies published from Chennai did not bother to give much coverage to this issue. In order to take up the issue Ramasubbaiyer founded Dinamalar. It took several years to establish the paper as a major one in the industry, he added.

K.P. Aravanan, former Vice-Chancellor, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, said that the Madurai branch of Dinamalar had helped in printing various publications of the university. A.R. Veeramani, Registrar, Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Education University, Chennai, appealed to Mr. Krishnamurthy to create an endowment in the university in memory of his father.