[lg policy] Tamil Nadu CM requests Modi to confer Bharat Ratna on Annadurai, Jayalalithaa

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 10:52:29 EDT 2018

Tamil Nadu CM requests Modi to confer Bharat Ratna on Annadurai,
JayalalithaaJulie Mariappan
| TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 16:08 IST
[image: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami]Tamil Nadu chief
minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu <https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/tamil-nadu>
chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday requested Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi <https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Narendra-Modi> to confer
the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Bharat-Ratna>, on former chief
ministers C N Annadurai
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Annadurai> and J Jayalalithaa
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/J.-Jayalalithaa> posthumously.
The Union government honoured AIADMK founder and former CM M G Ramachandran
with the award in 1988 for his outstanding contribution to public service.

In separate letters to Modi, Palaniswami recalled the Tamil Nadu cabinet’s
unanimous resolution on Sunday recommending the awards to the leaders.

Annadurai had the distinction of converting the Dravidian ideology into a
political formation and was instrumental in a regional party forming a
government for the first time in India. He served as chief minister of
Madras from 1967 to 1969. It was during his tenure as chief minister that
“the State of Madras” was renamed as “Tamil Nadu.”

Palaniswami said Annadurai was the ideological fountainhead of major
Dravidian parties.

x“He stood for a politics that foregrounded social equality, self-respect
and linguistic pride. He condemned the backwardness and superstitious
practices of the society and advocated science and education for
eradicating them. He was preserving the identity and antiquity of Tamil
language and its culture,” the CM said, recalling the tall Dravidian
leader’s contributions in public life.

Annadurai legalised self-respect marriages and introduced to language
policy. He was the pioneer who championed the cause for state autonomy.

Abolition of levy on dry lands, assignment of wastelands to the landless
poor, free education for students up to pre-university class,
implementation of prohibition policy and development of Tamil were some of
the far-reaching initiatives undertaken by Annadurai.

Palaniswami said Jayalalithaa was astute, diplomatic and independent as a
political leader. The interests of minorities were consistently protected,
and the state was kept free of communal strife.

“She had endeared herself to the people of Tamil Nadu by her words and
deeds, and her legacy lives on. People, particularly women, adore her as
their Amma. She was nationalistic in her outlook and progressive in her
thinking,” the chief minister said, hailing her nationalistic outlook and
progressive thinking.
Top CommentWhy u have recommended a corrupt & Convicted Lady for this award
, she really don't deserve it .
Amma Amma Amma Amma & Appa .rehan akhtar

It would be a fitting tribute to a great leader, an able administrator, an
inspiring icon, who overcame many obstacles and vicissitudes in public life
to devote her life for the benefit of millions of people.

In another letter, Palaniswami requested Modi to rename Chennai Central
Railway Station as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway
Station in commemoration of his birth centenary.

 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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