Rama Gopalan’s last rites today; Governors, CM, Stalin, Veeramani pay tributes

Chennai: The final rites of Hindu Munnani leader Rama Gopalan, who passed away in Chennai Wednesday days after he tested positive for Covid-19, will take place at Seerathoppu village in Tiruchi district today.

Fondly called ‘Veera Thuravi’ by his followers, the 94-year-old died at a private hospital at Porur. Gopalan founded Hindu Munnani in 1980 and was actively involved in pro-Hindu activities in Tamilnadu.

Born on 19 September, 1927, at Sattanathapuram village in Nagapattinam district, he has written many poems in Tamil, and was also well-versed in English. Gopalan remained unmarried all his life.

Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, in a condolence message, said, “Fondly known as Veera Thuravi, he dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the people of Tamilnadu.”

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said Rama Gopalan had taken part in the freedom struggle and was a guide to Hindu Munnani. He also extended his condolences to members of the movement.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and Hindu Munnani members.

DMK president MK Stalin said though Gopalan had ideological differences with former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, they both remained friends.

Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani said, “Though Gopalan and I followed diagonally opposite ideologies, whenever we met, we exchanged pleasantries.”

RSS chief Mohan Bhagavat said, “An illuminating chapter has come to an end. Our heartfelt condolences to all who knew him and worked under his guidance.”

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP State president L Murugan, PMK founder S Ramadoss, DMDK founder Vijayakant, AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and others have condoled Rama Gopalan’s death.


NT Bureau