International Men’s Day is a global occasion dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the contributions, achievements, and positive influences of men in society. This day provides an opportunity to recognize the diverse roles men play in various facets of life—be it as fathers, brothers, leaders, or contributors to community well-being. It is a time to promote positive masculinity, address men’s health issues, and foster discussions on gender equality.
As we observe this significant day, let us pause to celebrate a few remarkable men who have made substantial contributions to the Indian community. These individuals have played pivotal roles in shaping and uplifting our society. Today, we acknowledge and honor their efforts, recognizing the profound impact they have had on the well-being and progress of the Indian community.
1. Tun V.T. Sambanthan
Celebrating International Men’s Day, we honor the legacy of Tun V.T. Sambanthan, a distinguished Malaysian leader and statesman. Sambanthan played a pivotal role in the nation’s independence movement and post-colonial development. As the leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress, he championed the rights of the Indian community, advocating for inclusivity and social justice.
Sambanthan’s dedication to national unity, democracy, and multiculturalism embodies the spirit of International Men’s Day. His contributions to Malaysia’s progress serve as a testament to the positive impact men can make in fostering harmony and equality within diverse societies. Today, we remember Tun V.T. Sambanthan for his unwavering commitment to nation-building and the principles that resonate on this occasion.
2. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
On this day, we honor the exemplary life of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a man whose legacy transcends borders. Known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India,” Kalam was a visionary leader, scientist, and educator. His dedication to nation-building, commitment to education, and advocacy for youth empowerment serve as an inspiration globally.
Dr. Kalam’s humility, integrity, and tireless pursuit of knowledge make him a timeless role model for men around the world. On this International Men’s Day, we celebrate not only his remarkable achievements but also the qualities of leadership, innovation, and resilience that define the essence of International Men’s Day.
3. Mahakavi Bharathiyar
Not forgetting to celebrate the spirit of Subramania Bharati, the revered Indian poet and nationalist. Bharathiyar, as he is affectionately known, fervently advocated for social justice, gender equality, and national freedom through his prolific poetry.
His verses inspired a generation, emphasizing the role of men in building a just and equitable society. Bharathiyar’s commitment to progressive ideals and tireless efforts in championing social causes reflect the positive impact men can have in shaping a better world. On this day, we honor Bharathiyar’s enduring legacy, recognizing the importance of men as catalysts for positive change and societal progress.
4. P. Krishnan
On International Men’s Day, we remember P. Krishnan, a trailblazer in Tamil literature in the Malayan Peninsula. A visionary and wordsmith, Krishnan’s literary contributions have been instrumental in preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Tamil community abroad. This legendary writer was born in Johor later moved to Singapore.
He extensively wrote about the socio-economic challenges encountered by the middle and lower classes Indians in Malaya. Many of his essays have been featured in Tamil Murasu and Tamil Nesan as well. Krishnan’s commitment to literature reflects the positive impact men can have on socio-economic demography of a community and fostering understanding.
5. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
On International Men’s Day, we fondly remember the legendary S.P. Balasubrahmanyam best known as SPB, an iconic Indian playback singer whose soulful voice defined an era in music. He has been recognised as ‘Paadum Nila” in the industry. SPB has rendered his mellifluous voice to an astonishing repertoire exceeding 40,000 songs spanning a linguistic panorama of 16 languages.
With timeless classics such as “En Kaadhale”, “Mannil Intha Kaathal Indri”, “Nilave Vaa” and many more, SPB captivated hearts across generations. Beyond his musical prowess, he embodied humility and dedication. As we honor men’s contributions, SPB’s legacy remains a testament to the enduring impact of artistic brilliance, touching the hearts of millions and leaving an indelible melody in the tapestry of Indian music.
International Men’s Day serves as a poignant reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions of men in shaping societies globally. It is an occasion to appreciate not only the diverse roles they play as fathers, brothers, leaders, and contributors to community well-being but also to reflect on the challenges they may face. In commemorating their contributions, we also reflect on the broader essence of International Men’s Day.