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272/365 – S P Adithanar

Born: 27 September 1905, Kayamozhi, Tamil Nadu, India

Died: 24 May 1981 Political

party: Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, We Tamils party and  Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Spouse: Govindammal

Relations: K. P. Kandasamy (Son-in-Law), K. P. K. Kumaran (Grandson)

Children: Sivanthi Adithan, Ramachandra Adithan and One Daughter

Occupation: Publisher

Si. Balasubramania Adithan a.K.a. Si. Ba. Adithan , popularly called as Adithanar, was a Tamil lawyer, politician, minister and founder of the Tamil daily newspaper Dina Thanthi.

He was the founder of the We Tamils party and served as the member of the Madras Legislative Council for two terms and as the member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for four terms.

He was the Speaker of the Assembly during 1967-68 and Tamil Nadu’s minister for Cooperation in the M. Karunanidhi cabinets of 1969 and 1971.

In his memory, two Tamil literary awards have been created and are awarded annually by his son, Sivanthi Adithan (the present Director of the Dina Thanthi group).

We Tamils party  

In 1958, Adithan founded the “We Tamils” (WT) party with the platform of forming a sovereign Tamil state. The party’s stand was more radical than the Dravida Nadu demand of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy’s Dravidar Kazhagam.

It wanted the creation of a homogeneous Tamil state incorporating Tamil speaking areas of India and Sri Lanka. The party’s headquarters was named as Tamiḻaṉ Illam (lit. The Home of the Tamilian).

In 1960, the party organized statewide protests for the secession of Madras and the establishment of a sovereign Tamil Nadu. The protests were marked by the burning of maps of India (with Tamil Nadu left out).

Adithanar was arrested for organizing them. The party along with M. P. Sivagnanam’s Tamil Arasu Kazhagam was also involved in the movement to change the name of the state from Madras State to Tamil Nadu.

Adithan lost the 1962 election from Tiruchendur and got himself elected to the Legislative Council in 1964. The WT contested the 1967 election as an ally of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) under the DMK’s “Rising Sun” symbol.

It elected four members to the Assembly, including Adithan, who won from Srivaikuntam. The party merged with the DMK in 1967.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._P._Adithanar

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