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Tamil Nadu govt to celebrate Ramaswamy Periyar's birth anniversary as social justice day: CM Stalin

Tamil Nadu government has decided to celebrate the Periyar's birth anniversary every year to serve as a symbolic reinforcement of his egalitarian principles.

PTI Edited by: PTI Chennai Published on: September 06, 2021 13:51 IST
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Statue of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as 'Periyar' in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to celebrate every year the birth anniversary of reformist leader E V Ramasamy Periyar on September 17 as "Social Justice Day," Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Monday. Periyar's ideology was all about social justice, self-respect, rationalism and equality, which laid the foundation stone for the Tamil society's growth during the last century and it would also pave the way for the future, Stalin said.

Hence, the government has decided to celebrate the leader's birth anniversary every year to serve as a symbolic reinforcement of his egalitarian principles, the Chief Minister said amid thumping of benches.

On that day every year, employees in all government offices including the State Secretariat would take pledges to follow values based on such lofty ideals which includes, brotherhood, equality, self-respect and rationalism, he said.

The Chief Minister recalled the services of Periyar (September 17, 1879--December 24, 1973) to the Tamil society and said he was instrumental in the enactment of the first Constitutional Amendment Act (that safeguarded reservation for backward classes).

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