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“A true example of modern woman”

Staff Reporter

TN-FORCES honours Krishnammal Jaganathan

— Photo: S.Thanthoni

Colleagues: Krishnammal Jaganathan (right), in discussion with freedom fighter Meena Krishnanaswamy at a meeting in Chennai on Monday.

CHENNAI: Krishnammal Jaganathan and S.Jaganathan, who received the Right to Livelihood Award in Sweden, last month, were felicitated for their achievements by a bevy of women and human rights organisations here on Monday.

The award, also known as the Alternate Nobel, is given to four difference makers in the world every year. “I am not a leader, but merely a worker,” said Ms.Krishnammal Jaganathan in response to profuse praise from several noteworthy social activists and government employees at the function organised by TN-FORCES. However, Mr.Jaganathan could not make it to the function.

“Sometimes events shape your life and you have to dedicate your life to a cause in order to achieve anything,” she said with a smile that spoke volumes about her character.

The couple met during the Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement and have been involved in social work ever since. The Land for the Tillers’ Freedom (LAFTI), which campaigns for the rights of labourers to own land, was initiated by them.

Member of Legislative Assembly Bader Sayeed compared the couple to the wheels of a bicycle, urging people to see how far they had driven the bicycle.

“In fact, the Alternate Nobel award committee has come all the way from Sweden to observe her at work. She is truly an example of India’s modern woman,” Ms.Sayeed said.

Ms.Jaganathan was felicitated by freedom fighter Meena Krishnanaswamy with a basket of fruit and a statuette of Mahatma Gandhi.

“I will continue to do as much as possible for the welfare of landless labourers in collaboration with Krishnammal,” said Ms.Krishnaswamy.

Ms.Jaganathan looks to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as inspirations in her struggle for human rights. She fondly remembers the time when she met Martin Luther King in Gandhigram.

“He had the fire of righteousness in his eyes, it was tremendously inspiring,” she said.

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