Ram, Ramasamy and Rajini: What occurred in Salem in 1971?

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Ram, Ramasamy and Rajini: What happened in Salem in 1971?



Tamil movie actor Rajinikanth has courted controversy along with his comment that at a rally in Salem district in 1971, attended by Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) founder Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, “bare” photos of Lord Rama and his consort Sita had been paraded with a garland of slippers. He stated “no different publication… reported this” besides Thuglak journal, based by Cho S. Ramasamy, which additionally critically commented on it.Leaders of the DK and its splinter teams accused Mr. Rajinikanth of spreading falsehood. They denied that “bare” photos of the 2 deities had been taken in a procession. A recounting of what occurred on the procession in 1971 and the reactions to it, as printed in The Hindu, would throw mild on the incidents of that 12 months.Controversial tableauxIn an article titled Demonstration in opposition to obscene tableaux in The Hindu on January 25, 1971, the Salem correspondent reporting on the ‘Superstition Eradication Convention’ organised yesterday by the DK, wrote: “The tableaux included obscene photos of the start of Lord Muruga, penance of sages and Mohini Avatara, a 10-foot lengthy picture of Lord Rama was carried on a car and dozens of individuals stored beating it with chappals”. The report added that Periyar “seated on a tractor, was on the rear of the procession”. A picture of Lord Rama reduce out in wooden was set on hearth on the finish of the procession.The convention handed a couple of resolutions together with one requesting the federal government “to take appropriate steps to see that coveting one other man’s spouse just isn’t made an offence below the Indian Penal Code”. T.V. Chokkappa, chairman of the reception committee of the Convention, in a letter to The Hindu, took exception to the report. He stated that the decision spoke of “a married girl making an attempt to be intimate with an individual aside from her husband… The distinction within the texts… just isn’t certainly one of tweedledum and tweedledee however important”.
 Responding to this, the Salem Correspondent asserted that the report was correct and went on to state that Periyar had stated “one shouldn’t seduce a minor lady; it was kidnapping and likewise an offence. However there was nothing flawed in a person loving intensely one other man’s spouse who’s nicely grown up and likewise is a significant. If the spouse of the person additionally reciprocates the love they need to be allowed to marry each other and the husband shouldn’t forestall or impede their marriage.”The unique report additionally cited one other decision urging “the federal government to permit free criticism of non secular practices of individuals of varied faiths together with Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.”A report printed in The Hindu on January 31, 1971 stated Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, commenting on the procession and the tableaux, instructed journalists in Madurai that Periyar had the suitable to suppose on revolutionary traces, however no authorities can be ready to implement all his revolutionary concepts. The report added: “The Chief Minister stated he was sorry to be taught from newspaper reviews in regards to the obscene tableaux within the DK-sponsored procession and the police allowing the procession. The sentiments of some individuals would have been damage and he may fairly perceive it.”Legal complaintChokkappa filed a grievance in opposition to The Hindu, The Indian Specific and Dinamani saying that he and the get together to which he belonged had been defamed by information reviews in these publications. He objected to The Hindu’s model of the decision on the demand to decriminalise “coveting one other man’s spouse”. On an attraction by the three publications difficult the swimsuit, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court docket, on September 4, 1972, quashed the felony proceedings initiated by a Madras Justice of the Peace in opposition to the dailies on prices of [email protected] and [email protected]

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