"Fight discrimination by peaceful means"

Staff Reporter

It will foster solidarity, promote social justice and economic development: Krishnammal Jagannathan

NAGAPATTINAM: Peaceful methods will only promote social justice and economic development of women and this will definitely foster the solidarity and remove all kinds of discrimination against women, said Krishnammal Jagannathan, founder and secretary of Land for Tillers Freedom (LAFTI), Koothur in Nagapattinam district, here on Wednesday.

Addressing the Women's Day celebrations organised by People's Development Association (PDA), a Madurai-based NGO carrying out relief and rehabilitation work in the tsunami-hit Nagapattinam district, 77-year-old Mrs Krishnammal Jagannathan, freedom fighter, Gandhian, and Dalit activist, said that every woman should leave an indelible mark on the family and on the community that had to be remembered and cherished by posterity for a long time to come.

Mrs.Krishnammal, wife of Sarvodaya leader Jagannathan, now 92, and recipient of several awards including Padmashri for her social service, said that she believed in a participatory approach, motivating people to change their lives.

She pointed out that she had mobilised women on many issues and encouraged many of them to better their own lives.Mrs Krishnammal dwelt at length on her own life and the achievers of women from various walks of life including Mata Amritananda Mayi in carrying out various social service activities including rehabilitation of tsunami victims.Ms Jacinta Joseph, Executive Director of PDA, who presided over the function, said that nearly 1,500 women from several coastal villages including Keechankuppam, Akkaraipettai, Kallar, Velankanni, Serudur, Kameswaram, Vizhundamavadi, Vellapallam and Vanavanmahadevi took part in the celebrations. Ms Jacinta said that the PDA had been implementing relief and rehabilitation works in 16 tsunami-affected villages. She said that 7,321 families were provided relief assistance of Rs.3.39 crore besides providing fibreglass boats, nets, catamarans to affected fishermen in 15 villages. Those who spoke included Ms Selvi, Head of the Department of English, A.D.M. College for Women, Nagapattinam, Ms Ka.Seethalakshmi of Phoenix Federation, Dr.P.Rakini of Sakthi Nursing Home, Nagapattinam.