THE 130th birth anniversary of dynamic poet and social reformer Subramanya Bharathiyar was celebrated in Chennai on December 11. Addressing the gathering Shri RBVS Manian, vice president of VHP, said Bharathiyar always insisted that Bharat is a Hindu nation and his poems are full of love to the motherland. Well versed in other languages like English, Hindi, Telugu and French he shaped the great freedom fighter Neelakanda Brahmachari. Comparing Bharathiyar with Swami Vivekananda, Shri Manian said both have many similarities. In Thiruvallikeni at Bharathi Illam, where Bharathiyar lived, the Sangh swayamsevaks offered tribute to the great poet. Shri L Krishnamurthy garlanded Bharathi’s statue. Shri Chandran of ABVP, Smt Kanthamani Narayanan of the Sevika Samiti and the RSS Vibhag Bauddhik Pramukh Shri Nagarajan were also present.