RESOLUTION No. 1 :
A Grand Salute to the Beacons of Self-Respect!
In the 75 year history of Dravidar Kazhagam, millions of followers have been offering exceptional services dedicating themselves wholly to our movement. These Black Shirt cadres have been striving selflessly along with their kith and kin and have brought laurels to us. They have been undeterred from struggles and invincible in our fights for social reforms. They were brave warriors on the battle field of our Movement. Even prison walls could never crush their undaunted, “never-say-die” spirit. It would be apt to call them Beacon-lights of Dravidar Kazhagam. During this historic Platinum Jubilee, we take pride in saluting them all!
We take a pledge today to march on the path laid by all those unparalleled volunteers, under the leadership of our President, Asiriyar Dr. K.Veeramani, by upholding the legacy of Thanthai Periyar and by getting emboldened by the dedicated sacrifice made by Annai E.V.R. Maniammai to achieve the noble vision and mission.
RESOLUTION No. 2 :
Resolved to implement ‘1944’ resolutions:
Thanthai Periyar had framed three historic resolutions as follows:
a) To change the name of the Justice Party as Dravidian Association.
b) To renounce the titles and posts offered by the British Government – and that
c) Our party should not contest elections.
But Thanthai Periyar did not table these historic resolutions in his name. He magnanimously let them out under the name of Arignar Anna and honoured him.
These resolutions popularly known as “Annadurai Resolutions” were unanimously passed on 27th of August, 1944, in the conference held at Salem, presided over by Thanthai Periyar.
Those resolutions pertaining to racial discrimination, communal fanaticism, religion, temple, education etc. are to be implemented by framing appropriate laws, since all these problems still exist. On this historic occasion we firmly resolve to solve all such problems by suitable action.
RESOLUTION No. 3 :
a) Enact special laws to curb brutal killings in the name of caste:
Youngsters coming forward for inter-caste marriages are being brutally murdered by communal fanatics. The menace of untouchability is also yet to be eradicated. It is resolved to fight vigorously against all such atrocities, to intensify awareness by widespread propaganda and to persuade the State and Central Governments to frame special laws and its strict implementation to prevent such brutal murders caused by communal arrogance.
b) Action against those practising discrimination against communities:
It is resolved to condemn the present day menace of making students wear different colour bands on their wrists to identify and discriminate them on the basis of their caste. The Director of School education has assured necessary action against the persons behind this unpardonable practice. The assurance is welcomed. Through this conference we urge the Government of Tamil Nadu to see that this is nipped off in the bud. The needful must be done to prevent the caste-venom from penetrating young minds. We resolve today to work hard towards this mission.
RESOLUTION No. 4 :
(A) Right to become Archakas of Agama Hindu temples for people belonging to all the communities.
Following the announcement of the last agitation by Thanthai Periyar seeking rights to people belonging to all the communities to become Archakas in Agama Hindu Temples, Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi had enacted an Act permitting the appointment of people belonging to all the communities as Archakas and this Act was upheld by the Supreme Court in its judgment. The Left Front Government of Kerala has so far appointed people from all communities as Archakas in more than 60 temples.
In Tamil Nadu, Thiru Marisamy belonging to the OBC has been appointed as Archaka for the Ayyappa Temple at Tallakulam of Madurai City. This Conference requests and insists the Tamil Nadu Government to appoint more than 200 people belonging to various communites who are waiting to get appointment as Archakas after they have undergone the required training and to continue maintain the training centres created for this purpose.
B) It was ordered through the G.O.(RT.) No. 28 Rural Development Department clearly that no religious symbols should find place in Periyar Samathuvapurams. Inspite of it, the construction of temples made in some of these Samathuvapurams is illegal and against the law. This Conference requests and emphasises the Tamil Nadu government to prevent the construction of such temples in Samathuvapurams in future.
RESOLUTION No. 5 :
The functional trend of the organisations of Sangh Parivar was always against the principle of Social Justice.
The policy of reservation to the oppressed people for whom the right of education was rejected for a very long time has been formulated on the basis of Social Justice, the ideology of the Dravidian Movement. The outfits of Sangh Parivar including the RSS and the Brahmins’ Associations have been dead against the principle of Social Justice from the very beginning.
When the Brahmins’ Associations undertook ‘an agitation of fasting’ demanding not to introduce the recommendations of the Mandal Commission, the Dravidar Kazhagam organised ‘an agitation of eating’ with which the move of the Brahmins’ Associations was defeated.
The Saviour of Social Justice, Hon’ble V.P.Singh, the then Prime Minister of India announced in the Parliament in 1990 the implementation of the provision of 27 per cent reservation to the OBCs in Central Services, as recommended by the Mandal Commission. Because of this move the BJP, which had given outside support in Parliament for the Government of V.P.Singh, withdrew its support and toppled the Government. If we understand this historical perspective, the hatred and opposition these forces show to the principle of Social Justice could be understood very clearly.
In an interview by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to the journal of Panchajanya (20-09-2015), he demanded that the policy of reservation should be reviewed.
The parties and leaders including that of Dravidar Kazhagam had expressed strong opposition to this proposal. Since it was the period of Bihar State Legislative Assembly Election, it was felt that the views of Mohan Bhagwat on reservation would affect the BJP’s chance of winning. He withdrew his statement which was only pretension. Now once again, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat raising the same issue, said that the policy of reservation should be reviewed in a harmonious way.
Utilising the present opportunity with brute majority in the Parliament they are trying hard to fulfill urgently their agenda of abolishing the policy of reservation. The Government of India had already announced and a resolution was passed in the Parliament that the policy of reservation is not open for any debate or negotiation (Not negotiable) already in the year 1981 itself.
Under such circumstances, this Conference cautions that if the BJP Government at the Centre, which is strengthened with the predominance of the people belonging to the upper castes, is bold enough to curb the provisions reservations, volcano like agitations will erupt throughout the country.
This Conference records its view very strongly that the people of Tamil Nadu will start a very big agitation which will facilitate the other States of India also to fight for the cause of Social justice.
This Conference also proclaims that the Dravidar Kazhagam will wage agitational war in a very big way at an early date, integrating all the people having commitment to the principle of Social Justice and reservations.
RESOLUTION No. 6 :
WITHDRAW The Draft National Education Policy 2019
The Draft New National Education Policy, 2019 does not conform to the Indian Constitution. The Centre encroaches on the rights of the States. It would Sanskritise and commercialise the entire education system and hence should be withdrawn immediately.
This Conference resolves to request the people to reject totally the Draft National Education Policy, 2019, which is against the multi-cultural tradition of India, and enforcing Hindi-Sanskrit education and unitary education system.
During the period of Emergency in 1976, the subject ‘Education’ was taken from the ‘State List’ in the Constitution of India to the ‘Concurrent List’. The BJP Government at power in the Centre is now trying stealthily to bring the entire subject of Education to the ‘Union List’.
In a country like India where multi- religions, multi-cultures and multi languages are prevailing, evolving the policy of education of the Government on scientific basis of culture and language of the people of various States and regions will be the correct procedure. Hence, bringing back the subject of ‘Education’ to the State List alone will be purposeful, useful and rightful in extending the educational facilities to all of our people.
This Conference not only requests, but also insists all the parties to take the required steps in this regard.
RESOLUTION No. 7 :
The rights to get appointments for all the posts in the Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ in the offices of the State, Central Governments and Public Sector enterprises, must be totally given to the people of the respective States or Regions.
The administrative rule that the knowledge of the Regional language is ‘mandatory’ for persons appointed in the Central Government Offices including Banks and Post Offices has been changed as ‘preferable’. The danger of appointing candidates from Northern States who have no knowledge of the regional language of Tamil is going on increasing and the condition of the thousands of students of Tamil Nadu graduated and waiting to get employment has become a big question mark. This has created a very bad upheaval and agitation in the Southern States. Competitive examinations have to be conducted for the appointment of candidates in Central Government Offices and Public Sector Enterprises in all the Indian languages including Tamil, listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. Only by conducting the examinations for the posts of officers on regional basis and not on the national basis, opportunities for the appointment of candidates belonging to a State in getting appointed in the same State itself can be increased. Moreover, it must be ensured that all the people appointed in posts in a State should invariably possess the knowledge of the State concerned. This Conference emphasises the Central Government to bring in suitable legislations in this regard.
This Conference requests and emphasises the Tamil Nadu Government also to enact laws like the laws enacted in States like Andhra Pradesh to control the extraordinary migration and domination of the candidates belonging to other States.
RESOLUTION No. 8 :
A law should be enacted for reservation like the law enacted in Tamil Nadu
Due to the untiring efforts by Dr.K.Veeramani, President of Dravidar Kazhagam, a law was enacted in the Legislative Assembly of the Tamil Nadu providing a total reservation of 69 per cent and the Act has been included in the Schedule IX of the Constitution of India to protect it from the judicial review.
Even the reservation provided to the SCs, STs and OBCs in Central Government Institutions and Offices is governed not by any Statutory Act, but only by the Office Memorandums of the Government.
This conference insists the Central Government to bring in such a legislation as in the line of the Act of the Tamil Nadu and get it placed in the IX Schedule of the Constitution of India.
RESOLUTION No. 9 :
(A) All the recommendations of Mandal Commission should be implemented
All the recommendations made by the Mandal Commission, appointed as per Art. 340 of the Constitution of India were not implemented by the Central Government in full. Only two recommendations, one for the admission into the educational institutions and the other for the appointments made to Central Government posts were implemented. But the other recommendations regarding the reservations in promotions, in appointments in judiciary, provision of funds for development works were not implemented so far. This Conference emphasises that the backward and downtrodden people should get due share of reservation of 52 per cent for OBCs in all sectors and all the recommendations of Mandal Commission should be implemented fully.
(B) The system of creamy layer should be abolished.
Nowhere in the Constitution of India it is mentioned that reservations should be given to the OBC people on the basis of economic criteria. The Supreme Court of India has unnecessarily imposed this condition through the system of creamy layer. It was very clearly stated in the Constitution of India that only on the basis of social and educational backwardness, the reservation can be given. Hence, this Conference emphasises that the implementation of the principle of creamy layer in a backdoor method should be given up immediately and a law amending the Constitution in this regard should be enacted by the Central Government.
RESOLUTION No. 10 :
Reservation system is a must for private sector also
Due to the expansion of economic policies like liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, the need for the provision of reservation in education and employment, on the basis of social justice insisted and assured upon in the Constitution of India, becomes more and more increased. Under the present regime, the tendency of privatising the public sector undertakings is also increasing day by day.
Taking all these factors into consideration this Conference requests and emphasises the Central and State Governments to enact legislations for providing reservation in employment in private sector also to the SCs, STs, OBCs and Minorities.
RESOLUTION No. 11 :
Reservation for women in Legislative Assemblies and Parliament must be provided.
The women, who form half of our population, were not given due representations in State Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament. This is quite against the principle laid down in the Constitution of India. This Conference emphasises that the Government of India should enact immediately a law to provide 33 per cent reservations in State Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament including the inner reservations for women belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs., since without such inner reservations, all the reserved seats will be occupied by women belonging to the upper castes only.
RESOLUTION No. 12 :
Reservation system is a must in judiciary also
While the system of reservation is available in the other two wings of the State Governance namely executive and legislature, provision of reservation for appointments made to the judiciary, the third wing of governance, from the bottom upto the level of the Judges of the Supreme Court of India only will fulfill the guarantee assured in the Constitution of India under the principle of Social Justice.
Most of the posts of Judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, are presently occupied by the women belonging to the forward communities and the number of women judges belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and Minorities are very meagre while comparing with the women belonging to forward communities. As the prevalence of such a tendency in an institution which has the highest regard and authority in the country is deplorable, this Conference requests and emphsises the Government of India to enact a legislation for provision of reservation in judiciary at all levels.
RESOLUTION No. 13 :
Removal of NEET and NEXT Examinations permanently
The newspapers are exposing that the conduct of NEET Examination is considered in Northern States as an eye wash and a humbug. The bogus drama enacted by the Central Government in the matter of giving assent to the resolutions passed in Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking exemption from the conduct of the NEET examinations has been exposed in full. All the political parties in Tamil Nadu should join together and take suitable action to remove permanently the system of conducting NEET and NEXT exmainations to qualify for the admission into the medical colleges and for getting a licence to practise medical profession respectively. This Conference would like to make it clear that bringing back the subject, ‘Education’ to the State List in the Constitution of India is the only permanent and viable solution for this problem.
RESOLUTION No. 14 :
Provision of 10 per cent reservation to the poor among the forward communities is a humbug against the principle of Social Justice laid down in the Constitution of India.
The keen interest and speedy move of the Central Government in implementing the Act of providing 10 per cent of reservation to the poor among the forward communities is ridiculing the principle of Social Justice itself. Provision of 10 per cent of reservation to the people belonging to the forward communities, who are enjoying more than 75 per cent of employment and educational opportunities at present, can be considered only as an illegal and unconstitutional action. Many cases filed by Dravidar Kazhagam and other political parties and forums who believe in the principle of Social Justice, in High Courts and the Supreme Court of India are pending now. This Conference requests the Supreme Court of India to pass suitable orders protecting the principle of Social Justice.
RESOLUTION No. 15 :
Provision of reservation to the people of minority communities
The Commission headed by Justice Rajinder Sachar have studied the socio, educational and economic conditions of the minority people of Muslim communities, and handed over its recommendations to the Government of India as early as in November, 2006. So far none of its recommendations including the provision of reservations for Muslims in Government employment has been implemented. This Conference emphasises the Government of India to implement at an early date the recommendations of the Sachar Commission.
RESOLUTION No. 16 :
The practice of allotting certain percentage of seats in medical colleges as All India quota to the Central pool must be given up.
15 per cent of seats for admission into the MBBS/ BDS courses in all medical colleges in the States are now being allotted to the Central pool and similarly 50 per cent of seats for admission into the P.G. courses of Medicine are also allotted to the Centre. Candidates are being admitted in these vacancies on the basis of marks they secured in the All India level NEET Examinations. Without providing reservation to the OBCs out of these seats the Centre is getting in this pool, all these seats are converted and filled up by the Central Government under open competition to enable the students belonging to the upper castes to get more number of admissions.
Every year nearly 900 medical seats intended for the students of OBCs are being foregone from Tamil Nadu to the students coming under the category of open competition. By the allotment of seats to the Central pool for admission into the Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu, which were started with the tax and other revenues collected from the people of Tamil Nadu, in consideration of the health conditions prevailing in our State, the opportunities for admission to the students from Tamil Nadu are foregone and closed. A situation thus arises that the students belonging to the other States are admitted in these seats allotted to the Central pool from Tamil Nadu, through the NEET examinations in more number of seats in Medical Colleges of Tamil Nadu.
This Conference emphasises the Government of Tamil Nadu to initiate suitable steps to abolish the procedure of allotment of seats in Medical Colleges of Tamil Nadu to the Central pool.
RESOLUTION No. 17 :
Enumeration of caste wise census must be undertaken without fail
The news has come out that in the enumeration of Census of 2021, only the castewise details of the people of SCs and STs will be collected and the details of other OBCs will not be collected. It is a fact that they are refusing to take enumeration of census of people belonging to the OBCs only with the apprehension that claims for provision of more percentage of reservations to the OBCs than the present 27 per cent will arise, if the real figures of total number of people belonging to the OBCs (they form more than 75 per cent of the total population) come to light.
While undertaking the enumeration of caste wise population, the actual population of the people belonging to the forward communities will also come out, along with the fact that they are dominating in the fields of education and employment by occupying more percentage in positions than for which they are eligible proportionately according to their ratio in the total population. It must therefore be noted why the ruling dispensation is preventing the caste wise enumeration of all communities including the OBCs.
Apart from keeping the principle of protecting their caste by one side, ensuring the non-publication of real figures of caste wise population on the other side, shows the double role being played by the BJP Government at the Centre. The MPs belonging to the opposition parties should join together and raise their voice against this decision of the Government. This Conference requests and insists all of them to insist the Central Government to ensure that on no account, the enumeration of castewise census of all communities is given up.
RESOLUTION No. 18 :
Opposition to the imposition of Sanskrit and Hindi languages.
The BJP Government at the Centre is imposing the Sanskrit and Hindi languages in education and administration in a well planned way. All the notice boards and milestones in the highways of Tamil Nadu, railway tickets, forms in nationalised banks are printed only in English and Hindi and not in the regional languages of the States concerned. This Conference emphasises that Tamil language also must find place in all these documents and records.
The Draft New National Education Policy, 2019 proposed to be implemented by the BJP Government at the Centre, is making the learning of Hindi and Sanskrit languages in schools compulsory. Cutting across party lines, even other States like West Bengal and other Southern States are opposing the imposition of Hindi language. Taking into consideration these factors, this Conference emphasises the Central Government to give up the imposition of Hindi and Sanskrit languages.
RESOLUTION No. 19 :
Withdraw the amendments in RTI Act
It is resolved to urge the Central Government to withdraw all the amendments in the Right to Information Act. The original Act was brought in 2005 by the Congress led UPA Government. This enabled the citizens to know the core happenings in the Governance. The Act designated the status of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on par with the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by making it a Constitutional Body.
The Central Government decided to make some amendments in it and a Bill was accordingly prepared and tabled.
We believe strongly that the amendments would dampen and defeat the purpose and objective of the Right to Information Act and would also curb its freedom totally. Hence, during this historic event we urge the Central Government to withdraw and revoke the Bill concerned.
RESOLUTION No. 20 :
Revocation of Article 370 against Federalism
Under Article 370 of Indian Constitution, the State of Jammu & Kashmir was long ago granted special status. Only the State of Jammu & Kashmir had the right to change or revoke it. But using its brute majority in the Parliament, the BJP Government has withdrawn the special status and revoked it. The State has also been bifurcated as Union Territories-Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir. This is against law and justice.
Legislative Assembly exists to safeguard democracy. Its concurrence has not been obtained. Without ascertaining the consensus, the former chief ministers were confined under house-arrest and Section 144 was also promulgated for curfew in those regions.
This is viewed as an attempt to divert the attention of the people from today’s problems of economic crisis, unemployment and the deplorable condition of all the ministries at the Centre. We urge all political parties to fight unitedly to safeguard the rights of States.
RESOLUTION No. 21 :
Withdraw the Bill to amend the National Investigation Agency Act
The Bill to amend the National Investigation Agency Act has been passed by the Parliament. Through this amendment, the powers to maintain law and order, the subject of which is at present in the State List of the Constitution of India and hitherto vested with State Governments have been usurped by the Central Government. This amendment also gives powers to the Central Government to declare the principal courts in the States as special courts under this Act directly without getting concurrence from the respective States.
The special courts will be under the full control of the Central Government. The powers for the appointment of Judges and Government Pleaders to these special courts also will be decided by the Central Government.
If an appeal has to be filed against the judgment of this special courts, it has to be filed only in the two judge bench of the High Courts. This is quite against the principle of federal structure and governance and does not conform to the Constitutional law of the country.
A great danger is also lurking behind this Act which empowers the Central Government to identify any person and declare him as terrorist.
Hence this Conference emphasises the Central Government to withdraw the Bill passed in this regard.
RESOLUTION No. 22 :
Cine-Glamour in politics
It is resolved to prevent exploitation by cine-artists. Some people from the tinsel-world have been planning to infiltrate the political world capitalizing their cinema-glamour. There is not even an iota of contribution from these people to the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. Their aim is to grab power and exploit gullible people. Through this conference we caution all the electorate and the people of Tamil Nadu to beware of these people from the film-world.
RESOLUTION No. 23 :
It is resolved –
(i) To eradicate manual-scavenging cruelty.
(ii) To stop the loss of human lives while manually cleaning sewers and drains.
(iii) Getting employment must become the fundamental right of the people.
(iv) Employing workers on contract basis should be stopped.
(v) The privatization of Government establishments should be strictly prevented.
(vi) Salem steel plant was acquired by inexplicable struggles. It must continue to be a public sector organization and at no cost should be privatized. It is resolved never to permit it.
RESOLUTION No. 24 :
Giving Children Tamil Names
We urge all the native Tamil speakers to give their children Tamil names as a mark of respect to Tamil language, culture and tradition. This Conference appeals Tamils to treat this as a matter of pride and take a pledge to adhere without fail.
RESOLUTION No. 25 :
Necessity to Protect Environment
Protection of environment is the lifeline of humanity. The destruction of nature is nothing but demolition of human society. In particular, felling trees is equivalent to the destruction of people themselves. This Conference emphasises that it is a vital duty of every citizen to bestow adequate attention to protect environment. Let every citizen resolve to raise, ‘Grow Trees; Bring Rain’ and act upon.