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Prime Minister has paid homage to Mahakavi Subramania Bharati on his 100th Death Anniversary.
About Subramania Bharati
Subramania Bharati was a poet, freedom fighter and social reformer from Tamil Nadu. He was known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar which means a great poet.
His songs on nationalism and freedom of India helped to rally the masses to support the Indian Independence Movement in Tamil Nadu.
Examples: “Kannan Pattu” “Nilavum Vanminum Katrum” “Panchali Sabatham” “Kuyil Pattu” are examples of Bharathi’s great poetic output. He also published the sensational “Sudesa Geethangal” in 1908.
Bharati as a Journalist
He began his career as a journalist and as a sub-editor in “Swadesamitran” in 1904.
He edited and published the weekly journal “India”, which was the first paper in Tamil Nadu to publish political cartoons. He also published and edited a few other journals like “Vijaya”.
Bharati was against the caste system. He declared that there were only two castes-men and women and nothing more than that.
He condemned certain Shastras that denigrate women. Furthermore, he believed in the equality of humankind and criticised many preachers for mixing their personal prejudices while teaching the Gita and the Vedas.
He also opposed child marriage, dowry and supported widow remarriage.
Source: This post is based on the article “PM pays tribute to Subramania Bharati on his 100th Death Anniversary” published in PIB on 11th September 2021