Stalin made the announcement to commemorate firebrand poet Bharathiyar on his 100th death anniversary
As the first ‘Mahakavi Day’ falls on Saturday, Stalin also listed 14 announcements to observe the 100th death anniversary of the poet whose works ignited patriotism and left an indelible mark on Tamil literature. Competitions for school children would be held, World Tamil Associations would be roped into activities and a research chair in the name of Bharathiyar would be established in Bharathidasan University in Tiruchy, among others. Besides, a park would be set up by the Rural Development Department for the welfare of women SHGs and be renamed after Bharathiyar. “Former CM CN Annadurai who was the first to call Bharathiyar ‘Makkal Kavi’ (poet of the people) wrote that the legend tried to create a new world at the time when Jamindarism and Sanathana Dharma were ruling the land,” said Stalin.