Leaders cutting across party lines pay tributes to Rama Gopalan

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, DMK president M K Stalin and DK chief K Veeramani among others have condoled the death of Hindu Munnani leader Rama Gopalan who passed away Wednesday.

Purohit, in a condolence message, said, “Fondly known as Veera Thuravi, he dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu.”

Palaniswami said Rama Gopalan had taken part in the freedom struggle and was a guide to Hindu Munnani. He also extended his condolences to members of the movement.

DMK president M K Stalin, in a tweet, said: “Although there were ideological differences, he was a good friend of Kalaignar.”

Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani recalled that despite ideological differences, Rama Gopalan and he would exchange pleasantries and enquire about each other’s well-being whenever they met.

Born on September 19, 1927, at Sattanathapuram village in Nagapattinam district, Gopalan was attracted to RSS ideologies from a young age. He has written many poems in Tamil, and was also well-versed in English. Gopalan remained unmarried all his life.

His final rites will take place at Seerathoppu village in Tiruchy district on Thursday.

Following the infamous Mandaikadu communal riots in the early 1980s in Kanyakumari district, he founded the Hindu Munnani along with former MP, P Thanulinga Nadar (the first state president of the outfit) which over the years evolved as a key front of the RSS in the state.