The Madras High Court Bench at Madurai paid rich tributes to the Self-Respect Movement leader and Dravidar Kazhagam Founder, Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, equating him with Mahatma Gandhi. The High Court’s observations coincided with Periyar’s 136th Birthday – September 17.
Justice S. Nagamuthu said, “ Periyar was a towering personality who could be called the Mahatma Gandhi of Tamil Nadu. E.V. Ramasamy, affectionately called as Thanthai Periyar, lived a revolutionary life and fought for social justice.
Establishment of a casteless society and empowerment of women were some of the goals sought to be achieved by the great leader.”
The judge paid tributes to Periyar as above, while disposing of a writ petition on the installation of Periyar statue at Koothappar near Tiruverambur in Trichy district, Tamil Nadu.
After going into the merits of the case, the judge quashed an order passed by the State Government Public Works Department Secretary, refusing to grant a piece of land, on which a full-size bronze statue of Periyar had been installed, on a long-term lease to the Periyar Self Respect Propaganda Institution headed by K. Veeramani.