AsiaNews | Colombo Friday 21 September: A delegation of high-level personalities from Sri Lanka is to visit India to carry the message of peace and collaboration between the people of both countries. The programme is first of its kind and sceduled to visit Tamil Nadu with the fullest cooperation of K.A Sengottaiyan, the Minister of Education in Tamil Nadu. “As an official delegation, we will go Tamil Nadu to spread this message.” Said Karu Jayasuriya Speaker Sri Lanka Parliement.
Photo: Karu Jayasuriya and K.A. Sengottaiyan in Kandy
This was announced at the MGR centenary celebration in Kandy last Sunday. Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament Karu Jayasuriya said it was a momentous occasion for the people of the two countries that Tamil Nadu education minister who brought a large team of experts along with him to visit Sri Lanka in the fields of education, healthcare, hospitality, industry and film personalities to relive the MGR saga on screen.
“Let us open a new chapter, a new era, through the visit of this delegation from Tamil Nadu” said Jayasuriya. He further said that it is a great gesture, a warm message indicating the close relations between the Dravidas and the Sinhalese “There are no problems and differences between us that cannot be solved, including the fishermen issue that we realise is a basic livelihood issue. We must not link it politically, but to look at it in a humanitarian ground”, Speaker further said.
The centenary celebrations for MGR–hailed by fans across the world as Puratchi Thalaivar, the revolutionary leader could well trigger a revolution of a different kind in turning out as a harbinger of hope for peace and collaboration between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, including those in Tamil Nadu.
Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known as M. G. R., was an Indian actor, filmmaker and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. He is a cultural icon in the state and is regarded as one of the most influential actors of the Tamil film industry. He was popularly known as “Makkal Thilagam” (People’s King), “Puratchi Thalaivar” (Revolutionary Leader) & “Vathiyar” (Teacher) as he was popular with the masses. He was a philanthropist and a humanitarian icon.
Born in January 17, 1917 in Kandy and died on december 24, 1987 in Chennai, India. He was married to V.N Janaki and has 5 children namely Latha Rajendran, Sudha Vijayakumar, Radha Gopalakrishnan, Geetha Madhumohan and Appu Ravindran.