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Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar was commemorated on his 115th birthday on Sunday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin among a host of leaders paying rich tributes to the late freedom fighter.

Rival AIADMK leaders K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam were among those who paid tribute to Thevar.

“I bow to the great Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar on the occasion of his Guru Pooja. I also remember his outstanding contribution to our nation, especially in promoting social empowerment, farmer welfare and poverty eradication. His ideals will always inspire us,” Modi tweeted.

Thevar commands great respect in Tamil Nadu, especially in the southern regions.

Ravi paid floral tributes here to the portrait of the leader of Raj Bhavan.

The governor “praised the outstanding services of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, who was a revolutionary freedom fighter, a visionary nationalist-spiritual leader and an iconic social reformer,” a statement from Raj Bhavan said.

Thevar’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle and his association with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in strengthening the Indian National Army (INA) inspired many young people in Tamil Nadu to join the national freedom movement, did he declare.

He vehemently opposed it, mobilized resistance and led a massive campaign against the Criminal Tribes Act, enacted by the British government during the Madras Presidency in 1920. “He also worked tirelessly for the welfare farmers and workers. His life and vision will continue to inspire generations,” he added.

Chief Minister Stalin, in a tweet, hailed Thevar as “the Bose of southern India” and recalled the leader’s bravery and sacrifice.

While resisting the British, Thevar “strengthened” Bose’s hands, the chief minister said in a tweet.

Palaniswami paid floral tributes here at a statue and portrait of Thevar in Nandanam, accompanied by senior party leaders.

Expelled AIADMK leader Panneerselvam has paid tribute to the Thevar native Pasumpon in Ramanathapuram district.

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, BJP Head of State K Annamalai, former close aide of CM J Jayalalithaa VK Sasikala and others paid floral tributes to the late leader.

Thelma J. Longworth