Tamil Nadu Day: DMK instrumental in renaming Madras, says CM Stalin

Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Monday that many sacrifices had to be made to name the state of Tamil Nadu and they had to wait for decades, but the DMK finally managed to make it happen. He was speaking virtually on Tamil Nadu Day.

“People wrote about it, lost lives, shed blood, faced legal battles, raised questions in the Upper House, but nothing happened. It’s just after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) seized power and Anna became chief minister that the state was called Tamil Nadu,” Stalin noted, referring to former chief minister CN Annadurai.” It is a great honor for me to speak on Tamil Nadu Day,” he added.

The DMK leader was released Monday from a private hospital where he had been admitted after testing positive for Covid-19. Last October, Stalin announced that July 18 would be observed as Tamil Nadu Day, as it was the day a resolution was passed in the State Assembly by Annadurai to rename Madras State from the time in Tamil Nadu.

Stalin said that although he was released from the hospital, he was resting and therefore could not participate in the event in person. He said he felt happy to pronounce the slogan “Tamil Nadu Vaazhga (Long Live Tamil Nadu)” which was spoken by Annadurai on July 18, 1967 in the Assembly.

He further added that if DMK had not taken power, the state would have remained just another ‘Chennai Pradesh’ like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh with no ‘identity’.

“People who ask what the Dravidian ideology did should know these things,” Stalin said. He further talked about the greatness of language and history of the land and how people like Dravidian ideologue Periyar and Tamil scholars like Maraimalai Adigal, Navalar Somasundara Bharatiyar fought for it.

“Let us pledge that we will work hard all day for language and race to thrive, for state autonomy to win, and to nurture federalism across the country. I send my best wishes to all Tamils,” Stalin said.

State Cabinet Ministers including Durai Murugan, Thangam Thennarasu and MP Swaminathan along with other senior officials attended the event which took place at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai. A special Tamil Nadu Day book was published and several Tamil scholars were honoured.

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