Robert Southey, an English poet of the 19th century of the Romantic age has said ,
“Books are my ever-loving friends.
With whom I converse day by day.”
To enable the friends to come together and to select books of their choice, the Periyar Self Respect Propaganda Institution has been organizing book-fair – Chennai Puthaga Sangamam every year. Access to the Periyar Thidal is easier for the public. This is the 4th time that the book fair has been organized in the Periyar Thidal, Chennai.
The Award function was arranged a grand manner in Patna, Bihar at Vidhan Parishad (State Legislative Council) Annex Hall on 9th April 2016. Thiru Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Hon’ble speaker of Bihar Legislative Assembly presided over the function. After the introductory address, Dr.Lakshman Tamil, Director, Periyar International Conferred ‘K.Veeramani Award for Social Justice’ on Hon’ble Nitish Kumar. The honor was coupled with a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- The Chief Guest, Dr.K.Veeramani in whose name the Award is instituted delivered special address. Felicitation addresses were delivered by Thiru.Awadesh Narain Singh, Hon’ble Chairman, Bihar Legislative Council, Thiru.K.C.Tyagi M.P., and Secretary General of Janata Dal (United), Com.D.Raja, M.P., National Secretary of Communist Party of India, Thiru.V.Hanumantha Rao M.P., Convenor, OBC MPs’ Forum, in absentia, Dr.Mohammed Ayyub, M.L.A, President Peace Party of India and Thiru.Sanjay Kumar Singh MLC and Chief Whip – JD(U), Legislative Council. Hon’ble Nitish Kumar expressed thanks in his speech, Thiru.Ravindra Ram, representing Award Committee (Patna) welcomed all. Thiru.G.Karunanidhi, General Secretary, AIOBC compered the event and Thiru.V.Kumaresan, Secretary-External Relations, Dravidar Kazhagam proposed vote of thanks. MLAs, MLCs and eminent persons from different fields in public life attended the function in large numbers.
1. Reservation of 33 per cent for women in the State Assemblies and the Parliament
The Bill to provide reservation for women in the State Assemblies and in the Parliament is still pending to be passed in Parliament since 1996. His Excellency President of India, Thiru Pranab Mukharjee has expressed few days ago, his concern in this matter.
This Conference requests the Central Government to take adequate steps to get this Bill passed without any further delay for providing a reservation of 33 per cent of seats to women, inclusive of the internal-sub reservation. Also requests all political parties to enlist their co-operation. If the Government fails to respond favourably, agitational approach is inevitable.
1. General Elections to the 15th Tamil Nadu State Assembly – Whom to Vote and Whom to Support?
The Dravidar Kazhagam, the Social Revolutionary Movement, has got the responsibility and bounden duty to guide the electorate of the Tamil Nadu to whom they have to vote in the General Elections to be held for the 15th Assembly of Tamil Nadu.
The AIADMK Government ruling the State for the past five years has failed in almost all fronts.
Proper journey of The Rationalist -Self Respect Movement, demanding due rights through comprhensive coverage of resolutions, passed at the historic occasion
In the history of social revolution of India, more so of Tamil Nadu, the contributions of the Self-Respect Movement, the fore-runner organization of Dravidar Kazhagam, founded by Periyar E.V.Ramasamy (1873-1979) would occupy much of its space both directly and indirectly. The First State Conference of Self-Respect Movement of Madras Presidency held at Chengalpattu in 1929 and the resolutions it passed had changed the direction of the social history of this land more meaningfully. Despite, the translation of much of the resolutions, passed at the 1929 conference in various stages by the political rulers of this land during the pre as well as post independent periods, still there are many social areas wherein the impacts of the Conference resolutions have to reach qualitatively and quantitatively to adequate extent. Any one who analyses the social history of India cannot ignore the proceedings of the Conference held in 1929.