I, E. V. Ramaswamy, have taken upon myself the task of reforming Dravidian Society so that it shall be comparable to other societies of the world, in esteem and enlightenment, and I am solely devoted to that service.
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‘SUN OF RATIONALISM’ THANTHAI PERIYAR IN HIS LAST YEAR
Even at his age of 95 years THANTHAI PERIYAR E.V. RAMASAMY was actively under taking whirlwind tours for 35 days out of 98 days in the last year of his life.
16-9-1973 & 17-9-1973
Periyar participated happily on his 95th Birth Day celebrations in Chennai
He delivered address at the ‘Conference of Blackshirts’ held in Madhurai City.
Participation of Periyar at the Conference of ‘Thinkers Forum’ at Tiruchirappalli.
18-11-1973 to 28-11-1973
Tours of Periyar throughout Tamil Nadu.
Social Reformation Conference was
Convened by Dravidar Kazhagam at Periyar Thidal, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007. The above Two days ‘Conference became not only the battle - field’ for the Eradication of casteism and Racial Degratation imposed on Dravidians by Bramins but also the very last Conference held at the fagend of long life of Periyar whose eloquent oration inspired the Dravidians to awake and agitate.
The revolutionary address delivered at the huge meeting held by Thinkers’ Forum at Thiyagarayanagar, Chennai, became the immortal speech as Periyar’s ‘Death Declaration’. That rationalist oration happened to be his last public address.
Periyar was admitted at the Government General Hospital in Chennai at 3.00 P.M.
He was taken to the C.M.C. Hospital at Vellore in the after-noon.
In the evening, his physical condition deteriorated critically and he reached coma stage after 11.00 P.M. in the midnight.
The Greatest Origional Thinker and the Resolute Rationalist of the World - PERIYAR E.V. RAMASAMY breathed his last at 7-40 A.M. plunging billions of rationalists, Tamilians of Dravidian Race and admirers all over the globe in deep distress. Thus his very lengthy life journey of 95 years came to a glorious end. The bravest warrior of social reformation without no rest at all, took his last eternal rest. His body was brought from Vellore to Chennai.
24-12-1973, 4.00 P.M. to 25-12-1973, 3.00 P.M.
For paying last respects by the public, the body of Periyar was placed at Rajaji Hall in Chennai.On seeing the figure of the departed venerable leader, lakhs and lakhs of people wept with cries and their wailing words ‘Ayya’, ‘Ayya’ went to the air. Official Mourning was declared and recorded in the Government Gazette under the direction of the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Hon. M. Karunanidhi.
25-12-1973, 3.10 P.M.
A State funeral with police honours was arranged in Madras. The last procession of Periyar’s life journey started in the evening passing through Anna Saalai. It reached the Periyar Thidal, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007 where under the guiding arrangements of Mrs. E.V.R. MANIAMMAIYAR and the then General Secretary of DRAVIDAR KAZHAHAM, Mr. K. Veeramani, the body of the greatest Rationalist leader PERIYAR was laid to rest at 5.05 P.M.