Chennai: M K Stalin, the president of the DMK and the Chief Minister of Chennai, appealed to 37 political parties across the country, including the Congress, AIADMK's arch rival, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Left parties, and the Trinamool Congress, to join the All India Federation for Social Justice to protect the oppressed people's interests.
"Our unique, diversified, multi-cultural federation is under threat of intolerance and religious hegemony," Stalin wrote to all major parties save the BJP. Only by uniting all those who believe in equality, self-respect, and social justice might these forces be defeated. As a result, "re-establishing the pluralistic identity of our republic, as envisioned by our founding fathers," he argued, is more important than electoral gain.
On Republic Day, the DMK chief announced the formation of a "All India Federation for Social Justice" to create a "common platform" of all leaders, civil society members, and like-minded individuals and organisations to work toward achieving the principles of federalism and social justice at the national level.
The idea of social justice is straightforward: "everything for everyone." It is the concept that everyone is entitled to equal economic, political, and social possibilities. Only by assuring equality of opportunity can we achieve the egalitarian society envisioned by the constitution's framers, he said.