​The Print rekindles fake news about Periyar by endorsing the fake UNESCO title “South Indian Socrates” to his name

On Sunday, twenty fourth December, the Congress and its ecosystem marked the dying anniversary of anti-Hindu Dravidian chief EV Ramasamy Periyar.

On this be aware, The Print shared one in every of its previous experiences on X. The put up on its X deal with dated twenty fourth December learn, “Periyar, the ‘South Indian Socrates’ who smashed Brahminical patriarchy.”

Notably, the DMK had reportedly said previously that Periyar was awarded the title ‘Socrates of South India’ by UNESCO. This was challenged by a petitioner within the Madras Excessive Courtroom in 2021.

The Print in its X put up has tried to hawk the identical previous lie as soon as once more which was, notably, additionally printed in Class ninth Tamil textbooks and in faculty textbooks.

In 2021, the Madras Excessive Courtroom reportedly directed the Tamil Nadu authorities to think about the petition which demanded the removing of the false data within the Class ninth Tamil Samacheer Kalvi ebook.

The knowledge claimed that UNESCO had bestowed the “Socrates of South Asia” title on Periyar. State secretary of Tamil Nadu BJP, Dr SG Suryah in 2019 accused the DMK of spreading pretend information over the identical.

Suryah wrote on X that no such information exist anyplace. He additionally shared a picture of the mentioned award. The textual content on the so-called award says it was offered by then Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanithi.

The award additionally mentions UNESCO Mandram whereas no such workplace of the worldwide physique exists aside from its India workplace in New Delhi.

“Lol! That is that #FakeAward that was apparently conferred to EV Ramasamy by UNESCO it appears! Humorous factor is there’s no such workplace in Chennai in any respect for UNESCO however solely in Delhi 😂! & look who offered this #FakeAward to EVR??, it’s Karunanithi.😂! Now, 100% confirmed its pretend!” Suryah wrote on X in 2019.

Netizens had a subject day mentioning how The Print and its columnist Dilip Mandal had been reviving the pretend information towards court docket orders as a way to hail the Hindu-hating chief has some world icon and mental.

A person wrote, “Dravidian Events actually taught lies in Faculty Textual content books in Tamil Nadu that Periyar was given title of Socrates of South India by UNESCO & had been informed by Madras Excessive Courtroom to take away it. Now Print peddling related lies.”

Furthermore, a ebook titled “Father Periyar within the eyes of UNESCO” was additionally authored by DK President Okay Veeramani utilizing the identical pretend information. Veeramani and his celebration Dravidar Kazhagam’s patrons have been accused of producing the lie and spreading it via main Tamil magazines, citations in Tamil books and biographies of Periyar.

The pretend award conferred upon Periyar by UNESCO when no such workplace of the worldwide exists in Chennai however solely in New Delhi (picture supply: Dr SG Suryah/X)

Equally, in February 2021, one other such lie glorifying Periyar was busted. Dravidian followers claimed that Periyar was conferred with the Tamrapatra award for his contribution to the Indian freedom motion.

Nonetheless, in reply to an RTI, the Central Authorities mentioned that no such report has been discovered. “Distribution of the primary batch of Tamrapatras was carried out on fifteenth August, 1972 at a ceremony on the Pink Fort to which 1000 freedom fighters had been specifically invited. Thereafter it was determined that the tampatras needs to be distributed at State stage capabilities and the State Authorities had been requested to finish this work. So far as Shri E.V. Ramasamy Naicker is anxious his title just isn’t discovered within the accessible report of Tamra patra awardees from Tamil Nadu,” the reply learn.

As per experiences, Periyarists used to point out that Periyar was a recepient of Tamrapatra award however it’s unclear who conferred it if not the Centre.

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