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Tamil scholar centenary brings DK, DMK together

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE. 12. The celebrations of the centenary of an overseas Tamil scholar paved the way for the leaders of the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to come together and declare that they would work together for social uplift of Tamils.

At a meeting organised here today by the Tamizhvel Narpani Mandram and the DK in memory of Singapore K.Sarangapani, the DK president, K.Veeramani, likened the relationship of his party with the DMK to the bond between two brothers. The DMK president, M.Karunanidhi, said it was more like the tie between a mother and her child. The DK (from which the DMK broke away) was the mother, Mr.Karunanidhi declared and said that between a mother and her son, there was no scope for bad blood.

Seniors of the DMK said that the two leaders had not shared a stage since 1993.

Noting that the Dravidian organisations were scattered across the political spectrum, Mr.Karunanidhi said they could come together to work for the common good of the people. All organisations and parties would not be accepted as belonging to the same stock unless they fulfilled certain criteria.

Commenting on the intention of the United Progressive Alliance Government to declare Tamil a classical language, he said that he would be "fully happy" only if this proposal was implemented and chairs were set up in all universities.

He recalled the services of Sarangapani in making Tamil an official language in Singapore and said that on the occasion of the centenary of the scholar, it was necessary to lay the foundation for making Tamil an official language in a year.

The mandram secretary, M.Illiyas, highlighted the activities organised to mark the centenary. Love for the language brought Tamils from many countries together.

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