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The Gurupuja of the freedom fighter Sri Muthuramalinga Thevar is being observed as an official function of the State government every year in his native town Pasumpon, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu. Actually, it marks the great leader's 57th Gurupuja - both birth and death anniversary. This year it was held to day - 30 October and the TN CM, other ministers and various party leaders irrespective of their affiliation attended this event in Pasumpon and paid their respect to a great human being who was a nationalist, hard core freedom fighter and a close associate of Nethaji Chandra Bose. The Ministers and others paid floral tribute to him at his memorial in the morning. A large number of politicians and leaders from the Mukkulathore community and others attended the Gurupuja.
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In Chennai city, ministers of the ruling party and other important political leaders paid floral tributes at the Thevar statue on Anna Salai in Nandanam at 10 am on the same day which is also Thevar’s 112th birth anniversary.
Sri Thevar's most important contribution is the removal of the
CTA (Criminal Tribal Act) of 1911 that included the Maravar/ Mukkulathore community under the draconian CTA (Criminal Tribal Act) of 1911.
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Sri Thevar who was very much in shock, took the cudgels against this unjust act introduced by the English. The Justice party then in power in the Presidency and later the Congress party took no steps to revoke the CTA despite his several appeals and this caused disappointment among leaders like Thevar. In the wake of refusal to remove the act, in 1936 he decided to strengthen Indian National Congress (INC) in this region so that he could fight the CTA with support from the Cong. In the March 1946 Madras Presidency election Thevar won the election from his Muthukalathur constituency and in the same year CTA was repelled for good. The credit goes to Thevar for his sustained and continued fighting till the removal of this act.
A true follower of the teachings of Sri Vivekananda and Ramalinga Adigal that set him on the track of spirituality, Sri Thevar till his demise followed the path of righteousness and Dharma. He believed in unity in diversity and considered India as one nation and the Indians as one people. Thevar believed in popular sovereignty. He whole heatedly supported the temple entry act, allowing the Harijan to enter the Hindu temples. Being a devout Hindu, he was dead against atheist elements in Tamil Nadu that would destroy the cultural fabric of tradition-bound Tamil Nadu, the land of Nayanmars and Azwars.
On October 22, 2002, a life-size statue of Sri. Thevar was unveiled in the Parliament House by the then President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. On Jan 2, 2018, BJP MP Dr Subramanya Swamy in the Rajya Sabha requested the Indian government to rename Madurai Airport as "Muthuramalinga Thevar International Airport " and Recognize 'Thevar' as Great Freedom Fighter! That will be a great tribute worthy of a person who was a daring freedom fighter against the British.