Actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday hailed late actor and journalist Cho Ramaswamy by saying that Ramaswamy was made famous by his political opponents.
He also said that when Karunanidhi was the chief minister in 1971 Periyar staged a half-naked protest against Ramayanam and except for Thuglak no other magazine reported and criticized the ruling government. Karunanidhi ordered seizure of all the copies of the magazines and due to which it was printed in excess and sold in black market at a higher price.
The 50th anniversary of Thuglak was celebrated on Tuesday evening in the city. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released the special golden jubilee edition of the magazine and the first copy was received by Rajinikanth.
After receiving the first copy, Rajinikanth said, “People who read Murasoli are identified with the DMK and those who read Thuglak are identified as intelligent people.”
Rajinikanth praised Cho Ramasamy for his passion towards journalism. “Cho is a genius. Cho created a race of people who read Thuglak in the last 50 years.”
Rajinikanth further said that in his final years Cho was worried about the future of his magazine after his death, but his natural choice was Gurumurthy, editor of Thuglak. “Ever since Gurumurthy took charge the originality of Thuglak is maintained in the last three years.”
When Rajinikanth’s fans were expecting some major announcements he said, “I do not have independence here to speak. There are lot of restrictions as vice president is present here. I will speak on a different occasion.”
Vice President appreciated Cho and recalled his earlier days of association when he invited Cho for his college function. “Cho is known for his political satire and showed that fearless journalism can be powerful.”