The Dravidar Kazhagam Students, State Level Inspirational Conference was held on 16-4-2010 at Periyar Thidal, Chennai.
In the morning session of the Conference Sivakasi M.Kadiravan, Deputy Secretary of State Youth Wing welcomed the gathering. Nambiyur M.Chenniyappan, Deputy Secretary of State Students Wing delivered presidential address. Veera Sween, South Madras District Students Wing President hoisted the flag.
Poet Erode Thamizhanban delivered his inaugural address.
At the event that followed, T.C.Ilanthiraiyan, Deputy Secretary of State Youth Wing spoken on the topic “Let us annihilate superstitious beliefs!”. A.P.Ilangovan of Periyar Maniammai University spoken on the topic, “ Let the flag of Social Justice fly high!”, and K.Karunakaran, Secretary of Ramanathapuram Regional Students Wing spoken on the topic, “Let socialism flourish!”.
Dr.K.Veeramani, President Dravidar Kazhagam delivered concluding address in the morning session.
Mayilai K.Vijayaraja, Secretary of Regional Students Wing proposed vote of thanks
After lunch Jeyankondan Kalaivanan and Karur Nelson troupe performed the rationalist programme of “Magic or Miracle?”
Then for the questions from the audience on various subjects, Kavignar Kali.Poongunran, S.Arivukkarasu General Secretaries, Durai Chandrasekaran, Deputy General Secretary, and A.Arulmozhi, Propaganda Secretary of Dravidan Kazhagam answered.
Then the following resolutions moved by the members were passed unanimously in the conference through clapping of hands.
Resolution No:1 :A Movement has to be created to save the students and youths from evil practices
Moved by: J.Thambi Prabakaran , Salem Regional Secretary.
The trend of gradually losing importance of individual and public morality, growth of influence of evils of religion, caste, and liquor, craze of office and cricket, terrorism and fanaticism, utilising the modern facilities of cellphone and internet for wrong purposes prevailing among the youth and students create grave concern over their future. Moreover the programmes of serials and advertisements in T.V. and Cinema are adding fuel to the fire. The culture of consumerism is spoiling the life of individuals and family life to a great extent.
To save the students and youth from all these evils, the conference resolves to start a new movement in the name of “Save our Youths Movement’ has to be started in every town and village.
Resolution 2 : Make employment Fundamental Right under the Constitution.
Moved by A. Sitrarasu, President of Tirupathur District Students Wing.
It was resolved to request the Government of India to make Education and Employment as Fundamental Rights under the Constitution of India.
Resolution No: 3 : The proposal to form a National Commission of Higher Education and introduce an Uniform Education through out India should be given up.
Moved by Mohandoss, Secretary of Tanjore Regional Students Wing.
This conference strongly condemns the attempt of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to create a new National Commission of Higher Education and Research and to introduce a uniform system of education throughout the nation.
The first and foremost lacuna in the scheme is that the system of reservation, which was gained by the oppressed people after a long battle, will not be there. The second thing is that the entrance examinations for admission into professional courses, threatening the oppressed people in the villages, is proposed to be introduced once again. Above all, the rights of the States are infringed. A uniform system of education will not be suitable to a subcontinent like India, multivarious races, languages, cultures, food habits, dress sense etc. This conference urges the Central Government to give up these schemes.
Resolution No: 4 : Give up the proposal to allow Foreign Universities to open shop in India.
Moved by M.Arivazhagan, Secretary of Arkonam District Students Wing.
This conference request the Ministry of the Human Resource Development to give up the proposals permitting foreign universities to open shops in India and to close the institutions functioning with the status of Deemed to be Universities in India.
From every point of view, either commercial or merit or quality, coming of the foreign universities to India is not going to benefit Indians in any way, but only will serve against their interests. This conference therefore insists the Government of India to give up this proposal. Otherwise, a situation will arise to make the students to come to streets and agitate, this conference cautions.
Resolution No: 5 : Reservation is a must in Private Sector also.
Moved by T.Thambi Prabakaran, Secretary of Villupuram Regional Students Wing.
This conference insists the Government of India to make provisions for reservations to SCs,STs and OBCs in employment opportunities in private sector also and to amend the Constitution of India suitably. This conference also requests the State governments to pass such resolutions in the Assemblies and send them to the Government of India.
This conference also insists that inbuilt reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs should be made for the 33% reservation of seats in Parliament and Assemblies to women.
Resolution No: 6 : The official languages of States should also be made the official languages of the Centre.
Moved by Suresh, Secretary of Nagapattinam District Youth Wing.
This conference insists to table in Parliament the report of Seethakand Mahabathra Committee appointed to consider the inclusion of all the official languages of the States in the VIIIth Schedule of the Constitution and making them the official languages of the Central Government.
Resolution No: 7 : Provisions in the 2011 Census enumeration to claim as Nonbeliever or Atheist.
Moved by R. Periyarselvan, Secretary of Cuddalore Regional Students Wing.
This conference urges the Government of India that castewise census should be ordered to be taken in the 15th Census operations 2011.
This conference also insists that the Government of India should allow the people to express the option to be listed under religion as ‘nonbelievers’ or ‘atheists’.
Resolution No: 8 : Replacement of the Symbol of Gopuram with portrait of Thiruvalluvar in the State Symbol of Tamil Nadu.
Moved by M.Gowthama Sangamithra of Dharmapuri.
This conference requests the Government of Tamil Nadu to replace the symbol of Gopuram with the portrait of Thiruvalluvar in the State Symbol.
Resolution No: 9 : Removal of temples and other places of worship from the pavements and public places encroached by religious organisations:
Moved by A.Shanmugam, Secretary of Trichy Regional Students Wing.
Even after the High Courts and Supreme Courts gave clear verdicts, the temples and other places of workship constructed in road-side pavements, roads and other public places encroached by the religious organisations have not yet been removed. In some places even new temples are being constructed. It is regrettable to note that the Government officers are supporting such illegal activities.
This conference urges the Government authorities concerned to remove all such temples and other places of worship from the public places without any further delay, as ordered by the Supreme Court and thus protect the principle of secularism enshrined in the Constitution.
Resolution No: 10 : Environmental protection- Undertaking awareness programmes.
Moved by Periyar Suresh, Secretary of Palani District Students Union.
The problem of Global warming is threatening the mankind and put the matter of welfare and safety of their future under question. Daily some sort of news affecting the environment are coming one after another. Dravidar Kazhagam considers that protection of nature without causing any damage, and planting and growing of more trees for protecting the world from pollution as a bounden duty of the society. The Youth Wing has decided to undertake the propagation of awareness about the importance of the subject among the people.
A grand procession of volunteers of the conference was taken from Periyar Thidal to Thana Street of Purasawalkam in the evening under the Presidentship of V.Anburaj, Headquarters Secretary in presence of Dr.Pirainuthal Selvi, Deputy General Secretary, D.Veerasekaran, Advocate, Thanjai R.Jeyakumar, State Youth Wing Secretary, R.Vilvanathan, South Madras D.K. President, Kavignar S.V.R.Sigamani, North Chennai D.K.President, T.R.Rathinasamy, Tadmbaram District D.K.President.
The concluding session of the conference in the open dais in Thana Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai. After a street drama of Therkunathan Sitharthan - Periyarnesan Troupe ‘Open the door . . . let it come.’ and cultural performance of Pappanadu S.P.Baskaran a mammoth meeting was held. S.Manikandan, District Students Wing Organiser welcomed the gathering. R.Ranjithkumar, State Students Wing Secretary presided over the meeting. Dr.K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam, Dr.Thol. Thirumavalavan, M.P. and President of Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi, T.K.S.Ilangovan, Chennai North Madras M.P spoke in the meeting . Engineer .M.V.Kanimozhi compered. T.R.Sivasamy, President of Tambaram District Youth Wing proposed a vote of thanks.
Detailed speeches delivered by the leaders in the conference will be published separately in the subsequent issues.
A function for presenting the following awards was arranged at Maraimalai Nagar by the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Party on 15-4-2010 in connection with the birthday celebrations of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
Ambedkar Sudar Award was given to Dr.Kalaignar, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Periyar Oli Award was given to Dr.K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam
Kamarajar Kathir Award to Krishnammal Jegannathan
Quaid-e-milleth Award to Kavignar Abdul Rehman,
Ayodhi Dasar Adavan Award to Thiru Gnana Aloise
Semmozhi Gnayiru Award to Devaneya Paavaanar (Post humous Award)
Six volumes of collections of ‘Kudi Arasu’ released by Hon’ble Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for School Education at a function held at Periyar Thidal on 30-3-2010
Dr.K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam
unveiled the Statue and Memorial Pillar of
Periyar E.V.Ramasami at Ashok Nagar, Chennai
erected by the D.M.K. on 6-4-2010