Tamil Nadu has turned 60 today, but there are no celebrations.Every year, the State government holds birth or death anniversaries of over two dozen personalities but there has never been any tradition to observe the establishment of the present State of Tamil Nadu.
The story is the same this year as well, ahead of the diamond jubilee of the State formation. At a time when neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka are celebrating the day with pomp, why is it a muted affair in the State?
Tamil scholars opine that the re-organisation of the states is considered as a step taken by the Central government to recognise the plurality of India and hence, the formation day of the State is fit for celebration.
Meanwhile in a statement, DMK chief M Karunanidhi greeted people on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the formation of a separate state for Tamils.
It was on November 1, 1956 that Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka became separate states based on the languages spoken in the respective areas.
He recalled that when C.N. Annadurai was Chief Minister in 1967, he had moved a resolution in the Assembly for renaming the State as Tamil Nadu.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss called upon people of Tamil Nadu to strive for what leaders of yesteryear had fought at the time of re-organisation of States.
He said though Kanyakumari was part of Kerala but came under Tamil Nadu due to agitation, several parts of what should have been Tamil Nadu went to Andhra Pradesh and Kerala which in turn has resulted in inter-state water fights.