TAMIL NADU

Homage paid to Sarvodaya leader

MDMK leader Vaiko addressing a condolence meeting held at Gandhigram near Dindigul on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

MDMK leader Vaiko addressing a condolence meeting held at Gandhigram near Dindigul on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN  

: Political leaders, MPs, Sarvodaya and social activists and members of Gandhigram Trust paid homage to Sarvodaya leader Sankaralingam Jagannathan as his mortal remains were laid to rest at Constructive Workers’ Home in Gandhigram near here on Wednesday.

After completion of rituals, the body was buried near the home at 4.20 p.m. Hymns of Vallalar Ramalinga Adigal were sung as part of the ritual. The body of Jagannathan was earlier taken to the home from Kasturba Hospital at Chinnalapatti on Tuesday for public homage. Addressing a condolence meeting, MDMK general secretary Vaiko recalled the selfless services of Jagannathan and his wife to the nation during the freedom struggle. He served the society after Independence without any publicity.

Jagannanthan had collected Rs.124 from his friends and handed it over to Gandhi at Kazhugumalai during his visit to Tamil Nadu. He had also offered his gold chain to him which was auctioned immediately for Rs.3,500 and given back to Gandhi. The activist had also obtained 1,037 acres of land from the ruler of Ramnad for the Bhoodhan Movement and distributed it to the landless poor, he said.

He fought for the Dalits and prevented proliferation of prawn farms along the Tamil Nadu coast and thus protected thousands of acres of cultivable lands. Jagannathan championed the cause of prohibition and fought against liquor that was destroying the lives of several youth in the State even today. Among those who paid floral homage were former Revenue Minister I. Periasamy; former Nagapattinam MP A.K.S. Vijayan; P. Vadivel, brother of former Minister P. Kakkan;, Sarvodaya leader M. Mariappan; Managing Trustee of Gandhigram Trust M. R. Rajagopalan, secretary K. Shivakumar and Lifetime Trustee R. Kousalya Devi.

Members and staff of Gandhigram Trust and Gandhigram Rural Institute queued up along with the public since morning to pay homage.

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