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Stamp on Marudhu Pandiar brothers released

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MADURAI, OCT. 24. The contribution of Tamil Nadu, especially that of the southern districts, to the freedom struggle has not been highlighted properly in the history textbooks, the Assembly Speaker, K. Kalimuthu, said today.

He was addressing a function organised here by the State Government to release a commemorative stamp on the Marudhu Pandiar brothers, Periya Marudhu and Chinna Marudhu, who were hanged by the British 200 years ago.

Mr. Kalimuthu said the Tamils had defied the British, and many laid down their lives. Those from the southern districts, especially the Marudhu Pandiar brothers, Oomaithurai, Kattabomman and V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, had fought the mite of the British alone. "It is a pity that ... their contribution to the freedom struggle was not properly highlighted," he lamented.

The contribution of the Marudhu Pandiar brothers to the freedom struggle was unique, because they were born in a humble family and became rulers by dint of bravery and sacrifice, he noted. Earlier, Mr. Kalimuthu received the stamp from R. Ganesan, Member, Indian Postal Services Board.

Unveiling a portrait of the Marudhu Pandiar brothers, the Public Works Department Minister, O. Panneerselvam, said the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had made great efforts to secure the consent of the Central Government for releasing the stamp. The Transport Minister, R. Viswanathan, the Industries Minister, Nainar Nagendran, the Environment and Forest Minister, R. Vaithalingam, the Fisheries Minister, M. Radhakrishnan, the Collector, D. Raajendiran, and the District Revenue Officer, K. Asaithambi, paid tributes to the Marudhu Pandiar brothers.

Stamps and information sheets were sold at a counter opened at the venue.

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