The many sto­ries about birth of Churchillian logo

Sunday Express - - SUNDAY STORY - PRABHAKAR T @ Coim­bat­ore (With ad­di­tional re­port­ing by T Mu­ru­ganand­ham)

The idea of Two Leaves sym­bol evolved in a butcher shop, said ac­tor P Pan­duran­gan, pop­u­larly known as ‘Pandu’, who de­signed the AIADMK party’s sym­bol and flag.

In Oc­to­ber 1977, when he re­turned from France af­ter com­plet­ing a doc­toral de­gree, MGR called him home and showed him sym­bols to choose from. “When asked for the con­cept, he said the flag should clearly por­tray Dravida Mun­nae­tra Kazhagam, but with the ide­ol­ogy of Anna (CN An­nadu­rai). He also asked me to de­sign the sym­bol in such a way that the peo­ple in the State re­mem­ber it till their last breath,” Pandu said.

It was a Sat­ur­day. Pandu sought two days’ time; MGR granted him three. The next day, Sun­day, he went to the butcher shop as usual, but his mind was fix­ated on a de­sign that would stay with the peo­ple for­ever, he said.

“At that time, I saw the lungs of the goat that was hung in the butcher shop. It struck me that with­out lungs one could not sur­vive and turn­ing it up­side down, I de­signed the Two Leaves sym­bol,” he said, adding that the de­sign ex­cited MGR him­self.

But there is an­other claimant, the first-ever per­son to con­test as AIADMK can­di­date, Maya The­var, who won in the by­poll to the Dindigul par­lia­ment seat in 1973. He said dur­ing the meet­ing for al­lo­cat­ing sym­bols ahead of the by­poll, the then Dis­trict Elec­tion Of­fi­cer and Dis­trict Col­lec­tor, PC Cyr­iac, showed him 16 sym­bols. “I chose two leaves con­sid­er­ing many points,” said the oc­to­ge­nar­ian in an ear­lier con­ver­sa­tion with Ex­press.

“It is easy to draw on walls and peo­ple can eas­ily re­late to the sym­bol. It came to my mind that Win­ston Churchill, af­ter World War II, flashed the vic­tory sign with two fin­gers. Sim­i­larly, I thought MGR also could cam­paign by show­ing two fin­gers,” he said. “Im­me­di­ately af­ter se­lect­ing the sym­bol, I had in­formed this to MGR over tele­phone. Later, I met him in Chen­nai and ex­plained why I se­lected this. He also con­grat­u­lated me.”

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