TNPSC Thervupettagam

Sankaralinganar Day – October 13

October 25 , 2019 1026 days 2086 0
  • In 1952, Potti Sreeramulu demanded a separate state for Telugu speaking people with Madras as its capital.
  • He went on hunger strike with his demand, and later died during his fasts.
  • The Government of India formed a separate state and reorganised states in 1956 based on linguistic lines.
  • After reorganisation, Tamil speaking people became the majority in Madras State.
  • Sankaralinganar started a hunger strike on 27 July 1956 in Virudhunagar, with twelve demands which included Madras State to be renamed Tamil Nadu.
  • After 76 days of fasting, he died on 13 October 1956.
  • The name officially changed to Tamil Nadu on 14 January 1969 by an amendment in the Parliament of India.
  • The Tamil Nadu Government built a memorial dedicated to Sanakralinganar in Virudhunagar in 2015.

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