A few days back, Satyavijayi had done a story on how a section of people in Tamil Nadu backed by the Dravida Kazhagam (DK) are constantly spreading a false propaganda that EV Ramasamy was awarded a title by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They claim that UNESCO had bestowed the title of “Socrates of South Asia” on EVR.
Contrary to their claims, EVR was given the title by a local organisation named UNESCO MANRAM, which has no relations with the UNESCO. Nevertheless, taking advantage of the similarities in the names of the two organisations, lobbies backed by the DK have left no stone unturned in spreading the propaganda that EVR was an internationally acclaimed personality.
Infact the current General Secretary of the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) has written an entire book on this fake propaganda, titled “Thanthai Periyar from the sight of UNESCO”. This fake propaganda has also been included in State board school text books, State board school examinations and even in Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) question papers.
Earlier this fake claim was also a part of the English Wikipedia page of EVR. This until a person named Jagannath Srinivasan pointed it out to the Wikipedia admins, who promptly deleted the misleading assertion. Though admins of the Tamil Wikipedia page refused to delete the claim, despite Jagannath Srinivasan proving its absurdity.
Right after this false claim was taken down from English Wikipedia, General Secretary of Dravida Kazhagam, K Veeramani, gone ahead to call this removal of UNESCO citation to E V Ramasamy as an ‘Evil-Brahminical Conspiracy’ headed by the Brahmin community. Meanwhile, the Facebook profile of Jagannath Srinivasan has suddenly disappeared. Our sources told us that a well coordinated plan backed by Dravida Kazhagam was executed to get the Facebook profile blocked, as a sign of retribution.
Jagannath Srinivasan, actually did a great favor to the users of the Internet by getting this false claim deleted. In this digital age, people often look up to platforms like Wikipedia for information. And such false claims could mislead innocent people.