By Suchitra Srinivas
New Jersey: The New Jersey Senate and the General Assembly jointly recognized 2021 as the Bharathi Centenary Year as a tribute to the extraordinary accomplishment of the great poet and progressive thinker Subramania Bharathi. The resolution declared Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi as a renaissance figure not only to Tamil-speaking people but to all citizens of the world.
Born on 11 December 1882 in Ettayapuram in South India during British rule, Bharathiyaar led a life as an extraordinary poet, journalist, editor, translator, spiritual thinker, and political activist who inspired progressive and independent movements against British rule.
The declaration recognized him as a man ahead of his times who promoted the empowerment of women and demanded equality for them in all spheres. He was a devoted environmentalist. The New Jersey state legislature fittingly recognized the year 2021 as the Bharathi Centenary Year and urged all the New Jerseyans to participate in its observance.
NJ State Representative Assemblyman Sterley Stanley and Upendra Chivukula, Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities handed over the joint legislative resolution to New Jersey Tamil Sangam Executive Committee members and Board of Directors on Dec 21, 2021.
It is indeed a great tribute and honor for Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyaar for his lifetime contributions to the Tamil language and accomplishments.
Thanks to Sivaraman Anbarasan, Councilman At-Large, Franklin Township, Muruganandam, and Amshan Kumar who initiated the great effort making the Tamil community across the globe shine in pride.