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History re-discovering itself!

At the unveiling of Tilak's Plaque.

At the unveiling of Tilak's Plaque.  

IT WAS history re-discovering itself. Now called Seerani Arangam, the landmark was originally called `Tilak Ghat or Thilakar Thidal'. The name was given by Subramania Siva, who along with VOC and Subramanya Bharati formed the `triumvirate of south Tamil Nadu'. This happened very many decades ago. It was at this spot that stalwarts of the freedom struggle -- Mahatma Gandhi, Rajaji, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Satyamurti and Kamaraj - delivered many memorable speeches and aroused the public imagination for their cause.

To `correct the distortion' that had crept in, a host of six organisations conducted a function on Monday in which a plaque was unveiled which stood a testimony to the `actual history'. The organisers also resolved that a statue of Tilak be installed on the Marina, for which the Government would be approached.

The former TNCC (I) president, Kumari Ananthan, traced important events of the national movement. P.S. Mani, historian, gave a historical perspective of the Tilak and Gandhi era. R. Gandhi, senior advocate, and K. Kasturi Rangan, former Editor of Dinamani, urged the younger generation to preserve the landmark as a national heritage. C.D.V. Raghavalu, former secretary of the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, B.S. Raghavan, Trustee of the Rajaji Centre, and P.N. Srinivasan, Executive Trustee of the Gandhi Darshan Kendra, were present on the occasion to lend their support to the cause.

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