Friends and activists hailed Traffic Ramaswamy as a fearless crusader who saved governments in test by questioning the misdeeds of these in energy.
CHENNAI: Friends and activists hailed Traffic Ramaswamy as a fearless crusader who saved governments in test by questioning the misdeeds of these in energy. Ramaswamy learnt the ability of questioning at a younger age. Friends mentioned that when Ramaswamy was nonetheless a boy, he was scolded by a conductor for carrying a few kilograms of rice in a bus. Citing a regulation, the rice was handed over to police.
The subsequent day, Ramaswamy wrote a letter to the Tahsildar that he was solely carrying rice beneath the permitted restrict. The Tahsildar rapidly intervened and the official who seized the rice was instructed to apologise to the boy. Activist C Muthukumar from Paramakudi recalled: “While working in Co-Optex in the late 80s, he used to help the police in regulating traffic. The police later provided him with a special ID card and over the years, his name gained the prefix ‘Traffic’.”
Mu Anandakumar, who runs Bharathamatha Foundation, remembered the times once they organised consciousness packages all through the State. “I met him during a PIL at High Court. Our friendship grew stronger over the years. He brought to light the hazards of a leather factory in Dindigul district. He taught us how to take forward our cases without the help of an advocate and how to ask the right questions in RTI petitions,” he mentioned.
Activists additionally mentioned that the Home Guard division was shaped in the Nineties primarily based on his thought. A number of notable reforms got here when he challenged the State authorities’s determination to assemble a flyover on the NSC Bose highway. His battle in opposition to banner tradition epitomised his activism and he even challenged banners of leaders of DMK and AIADMK. Though he was booked a number of instances, he was by no means formally arrested. Though he has acquired each reward and reprimand at courtroom rooms, his sheer power will likely be missed, rued mates.