Thursday, January 26, 2012

[ZESTCaste] 17 persons honoured with Dalit Achiever Awards

17 persons honoured with Dalit Achiever Awards

Express News Service
Last Updated : 25 Jan 2012 08:23:08 AM IST

CHENNAI: The Dalit Achiever Awards were conferred on 17 personalities
working for the upliftment of Dalits in various dimensions, here on
Monday. The event, hosted by the Loyola College and Thudi Movement (a
non-profit organisation working among Dalit students) also saw the
convocation of 100 first-time graduate Dalit students.

The awardees include K Sivaram Selvakumar of Kalsar Engineering
College (for Educational Services), Advocate Rajinikanth (for social
service in judiciary), Artists Nataraj and Ameer (for their
contribution to the art forms), Umashankar of Mallar Malar (for
ensuring social justice), S Palaniammal of People's Watch (for best
field work), Susee Emu Gururajan (for Industrial Achievement),
Advocate Gowthaman (for spreading ideologies of Ambedkar), Punitha
Pandian of Dalit Murasu (for Journalism), Radhakrishnan, World Carrom
Champion (for achievement in sports), Israil (for social upliftment),
Dr Padmavathi, producer of the movie, Dr Ambedar (for propagating
Ambedkar's pride), Velmurugan background singer (for achievement in
Cinema), PS Amalraj, Vice-president of TN Pondy Bar Association (for
achievements in Judiciary) and Krishnaveni, a Panchayat president (for
public life).

N Subramanian, Adidravida Welfare Minister conferred the awards on the
awardees. He said that such awards would, in fact, encourage people
from the Dalit community to scale new heights. "I also hail from the
Dalit community and I know the amount of toil you have undergone to
come here. It should not stop here and you should take it forward," he

He also congratulated Loyola and Thudi for their initiatives to pat
the achievers and the young graduates who were first-generation
graduates from the family.

On Palaniammal, Subramanian said, "It is not easy to withstand the
pressure in field work, that too, in the discipline of human rights
of the oppressed class. She had been in the field work for 13 years
and had been taking up challenging assignments to keep a tab on the
human rights violations against Dalits."

Speaking to City Express, Palaniammal said that she did not look at
it as a personal laurel, but as a recognition for all those involved
in field work. Admitting the fact that it was not a cake walk,
Palaniammal said that the satisfaction of ensuring justice in each
case kept her going.


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