September 12th, 2011
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Freedom fighters to be honored

jayalalithaChennai: Tamilnadu government will construct memorials for freedom- fighter Singaravelar and rationalist Jeevarathinam in Chennai. Also a statue would be erected for Chidambaranathan, who fought for the cause of Tamil, in Kanniyakumari, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said today.

Making a statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said, ‘ It is our duty to honour freedom-fighters and those who fought for the development of our language and culture. The Tamilnadu government is determined to salute them for their great works’.

Singaravelar , who was born in 1860 in a fishing hamlet at Mylapore, Chennai, was an advocate who was inspired by Gandhian philosophy and fought for independence, Jayalalithaa said and added, ‘he strove for the cause of working class and brought repute to Tamilnadu and his fishermen community’.

Jeevarathinam, born in 1911, was a rationalist leader, who had a great passion for the State’s development and welfare of fisherfolk, the Chief Minister said, and added, ‘He worked for bringing a sea-change in society’. Following requests from various sections of the people to construct the memorials, the State government decided to come up with memorials for Singaravelar and Jeevarathinam at Foreshore Estate in Chennai, she said.

Chidambaranathan was one of the selfless leaders who fought for the development of Tamil. His fight to ensure that Kanniyakumari be merged with Tamilnadu deserves special mention, the Chief Minister said. Recalling the sacrifices of Chidambaranathan, Jayalalithaa said, ‘following our poll promise that a statue would be erected for him in Kanniyakumari, the government has now decided to erect one  at Kaliyakavilai in the district’.


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