Wednesday, July 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit icon''s birthday to be celebrated as govt function

Dalit icon''s birthday to be celebrated as govt function
PTI | 02:07 PM,Jul 06,2011

Chennai, Jul 6 (PTI) Tamil Nadu will tomorrow celebrate the birth
anniversary of Dalit icon and Mahatma Gandhi's close associate
Rettamalai Srinivasan as a government function.Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa had directed that his birth anniversary on July 7 be
observed as a government function and ministers honour him by
garlanding his statue located inside Gandhi Mandapam here, a state
government release said. Srinivasan, who had experienced the evils of
untouchability in his school days, was instrumental in the father of
the nation putting his signature in Tamil as 'Mo.Ka.Gandhi,' (Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi in Tamil), it said.He worked as a translator in a
South African court when Gandhi was practicing there as an advocate,
it said. A recipient of Diwanbahadur and Rao Sahib titles in
British-era India, he struggled for the rights of the Adi Dravidar
community. Srinivasan, who died at the age of 85, had also rubbed
shoulders with veteran leader Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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