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People have started reposing faith in the Congress and cadres should take advantage of the situation. They should not disappoint the people, he said participating in a book release function at the party headquarters, Satyamurthi Bhavan, here today.
Listing the contributions made by the previous Congress Government and Kamaraj for the development of Tamil in the State, Mr. Vasan said it was the late leader who named the State party unit Tamil Nadu Congress Committee even before Independence. During his rule, he formed a separate department for the development and growth of the language and released a Tamil encyclopaedia. The contribution of nationalist-minded people belonging to the party for the language was phenomenal. Unfortunately, they were not given proper recognition. To honour Tamil scholars, the party would institute annual awards.
Appealing to the Centre to declare 2004 Tamil Year as it did for Sanskrit this year, Mr. Vasan said the party would take steps to declare Tamil a classical language. Earlier, he released three books written by P. Kuniamuthu.
B.S. Gnanadesikan, MP, said the Congress had the capacity to guide the youth of the country.
Poet Nethaji blamed party volunteers for not making sincere attempts at bringing back Congress rule in the State. The party was not utilising its intrinsic strength, he said.
Dhanushkoti Adhithan, former Union Minister, said Tamil scholars belonging to the party were being sidelined by successive State Governments.
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