Saturday, March 13, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Changes, repartees aplenty

Changes, repartees aplenty

March 13th, 2010
By DC Correspondent , DC Correspondent

Chennai, March 12: The historic Assembly in Fort St. George saw the
enactment of several landmark legislation, including the Hindu
religious endowment Act, voting rights for women, child marriage
restraint Act and abolishing the Devadasi system (dedicating girls to

Later, the state enacted legislation to change the name of Madras
state into Tamil Nadu; that the state would have two official
languages — Tamil and English; self-respect marriages Act; 33 per cent
quota for women in local bodies; equal property rights for women;
abolition of hand rickshaws; special reservation for MBCs, minorities
and Arundathiyars.

In the midst of all this legislative activity, there was room for a
lot of repartees and witty exchanges. In one such exchange between the
treasury benches and the opposition, the Justice Party's towering
leader Sir A.T. Panneerselvam locked horns with premier Rajaji.

When the first anti-Hindi agitation led by Periyar was at its height
in 1938, Rajaji sought to dismiss it as lacking popular support and
said only two persons — Ramasamy Naicker (Periyar) and Pasumalai
Somasundara Bharathi — were opposing Hindi in the state.

But, Sir Panneerselvam rose to say: "At least two people are opposing
Hindi. But how many are supporting it? Only you."


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