On Republic Day on 26 January, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin introduced plans to begin an ‘All India Association for Social Justice’ with representations from “leaders of the Depressed Classes from all states”. Besides demanding social justice, Stalin stated, the objective of the union could be to realize federalism.
He was addressing a nationwide webinar underneath the aegis of organizations similar to All India Backward Classes Association, Social Revolution Alliance, Phule-Ambedkari Glorious and Idealistic Campaign, and Backward and Minority Community Employees Association (or BAMCEF related to BSP founder Kanshi Ram). ,
“Everything for all will be the basis of this federation. Let us meet often and uphold social justice,” Stalin stated, including that social justice was the best present of the Dravidian motion to the nation.
The federation’s charitable goals apart, one of many clear messages from the assembly was that it was the DMK that was the pure celebration to guide such a entrance. As regional leaders within the states race to fill the nationwide stage vacated by the Congress, Stalin has put his hat within the ring. One of the DMK leaders went as far as to name Stalin an “essential leader” and “prime minister material”.
At the assembly, Stalin talked concerning the battle to get 27% reservation for OBCs within the All India quota within the state’s undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental faculties, and stated: “I’m very proud that the DMK made an enormous contribution to this … DMK filed a case within the Supreme Court in May 2020, the BJP authorities accepted it solely in July 2021.
Stalin listed different such “welfare” measures by the DMK governments, citing the contributions of Dravidian Vice Chancellor Periyar, and former CMs Annadurai and M Karunanidhi.
Rajya Sabha MP and senior advocate P Wilson, representing the DMK on the difficulty of OBC reservation, stated the “Dravidian model of everything for everyone” has to achieve throughout India.
“Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of all social justice causes and movements… Our Thalapathy (Stalin) is on the lines of his father and other Dravidian leaders… Today, a student from the Northeast is going to get the benefit of our OBC quota. Fight… the whole country will benefit from our CM’s decision. He has become an indispensable leader. I would say he is PM material,” he stated.
Asked if the DMK is seeking to transfer to different states as a part of its social justice marketing campaign, Wilson instructed The Indian Express: “Anything is feasible. We had (HD) Deve Gowda PM, so why not?
Stalin’s pitch additionally comes in opposition to the backdrop of the BJP’s aggressive nationalism, which it has tried to deliver to Tamil Nadu using on the AIADMK. A state the place regional delight prevails over different sentiments has to this point resisted the attract of the BJP.
Congress chief and chairman of State Minorities Commission S Peter Alphons stated leaders like Stalin are wanted greater than ever to guard the federal construction of the nation. Congress is an ally of DMK.
“BJP is making an attempt to dominate the Indian political scene with non secular points. Some leaders can battle this development, and I’m glad Stalin is doing so,” Alphons said, adding that the DMK leader is taking the “threat” of alienating the Hindu vote by taking on the BJP. “There are only a few chief ministers who’re. Do this and rise up for social points, backward courses and marginalized folks.”
Alphons additionally claimed that the youth of Uttar Pradesh are amongst these excited about Stalin’s message, and are sharing their views on social media. “He has captured the imagination of the youth of North India.”
Earlier, Stalin had introduced that Periyar’s start anniversary could be noticed as Social Justice Day, including that individuals of all castes would now be ordained as monks in temples underneath the Hindu and Religious and Charitable Endowments Department , and personally gave appointment letters to a lady Odhuvar (who sings hymns in entrance of a deity) as a part of 208 appointments of skilled monks of all castes pending since 2007-08. (A scheme launched underneath Karunanidhi, got here to a digital halt underneath the AIADMK authorities.)
BJP Coimbatore South MLA Vanathi Srinivasan stated it was the BJP which had set an instance of social justice with the rise of Modi, an OBC, as PM. “If DMK desires to have a good time the social justice motion, it ought to have a good time PM Modi. And when the DMK was in energy on the Center in alliance with the Congress, what did they do for the backward communities?
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS