Kamal Haasan, Chinmayi Sripada and more celebs mourn social activist Traffic Ramaswamy's demise
One of the popular social activists in Chennai, 'Traffic' Ramaswamy passed away after suffering cardiac arrest on Tuesday. Many notable politicians and film personalities conveyed their tributes on social media platforms. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan took to his Twitter account and offered his condolences. Before his demise, Ramaswamy was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. Popularly known as the 'PIL' man, Ramaswamy raised his voice against the culture of erecting posters and banners in Tamil Nadu. The social activist employed himself vigorously to regulate traffic on the busy roads of Parry's Corner, Chennai. That's how he earned the name 'Traffic'. Yet another significant contribution of Traffic Ramasamy was his campaign for pedestrian rights. He constantly raised his voice against those political parties and people with influence using pedestrian space to erect banners.Apart from Kamal Haasan, many other celebrities including Mohan Raja, Chinmayi Sripaada and Prashanth offered their condolences on their respective social media handles. The translated version of Kamal Haasan's Tamil tweet is given below. "Traffic Ramaswamy courageously stood against injustice. He filed many common welfare cases and brought people's problems into the spotlight. He created awareness on the right to information act. My tribute to Traffic Ramaswamy who fought tirelessly for justice." Chinmayi Sripaada termed the service of Traffic Ramasamy as a pioneering effort. He recalled how Ramaswamy questioned the system in ways that nobody dared to. The playback singer also revealed how most of her close friends always voted for him. "Traffic Ramasamy sir was a true trailblazer. Questioned the system in ways no body dared to. A lot in my closest circle always voted for him. He fought alone. Stood alone. I’ll always remember him (sic)," she wrote. Actor Prashanth called his demise a loss to humanity and expressed his condolences. Further, he quoted excerpts from an article that hailed the social services of Traffic Ramaswamy. "We have lost one more great human being today #RIP sir, Excerpts from @thenewsminute article. A name regularly-featured in news articles across Tamil Nadu, Traffic Ramaswamy is responsible for filing over 400 PIL over the span of over two decades.. (sic)," tweeted Prashanth. Traffic Ramaswamy was born on April 1, 1934, in an agricultural family. He actively worked as a helper to the former Chief Minister of Madras, C. Rajagopalachari. Ramaswamy took Rajaji as his role model and lived his life. Traffic Ramaswamy was 87 when he breathed his last.