The Thirukkural Should be Considered a Part of our Nation’s Identity, says Vairamuthu

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Tamil poet Vairamuthu urges the Indian government to designate the Thirukkural as a book of the nation’s identity says



Thirukkural dates back to more than 2000 years and has struck in Tamil literature since then.

On eve of Thiruvalluvar Day, lyricist Vairamuthu has forwarded request that ‘Thirukkural’, the masterpiece of Tamil literature written by Thiruvalluvar, should be announced as a national book. Thiruvalluvar, one of the greatest authors in Indian history, wrote Thirukkural more than 2000 years ago. The Thirukkural is one of the most revered ancient works in the Tamil language. It is considered a 'common creed', providing a guide for human morals and betterment in life. The Thirukkural has been translated into several languages.

Vairamuthu released a statement, “Here is my demand on eve of Thiruvalluvar Day. The Indian Government preserves some things as an identity of our nation. But, so far no book has served this purpose. The Tamils believe that Thirukkural, which is beyond language and beyond race, should be the book that is treated as the nation’s identity. So, Thirukkural should be announced a national book. It is hard for one message to last for more than a hundred years. It is still more difficult for one message to last for more than 200 years. But messages by Thiruvalluvar have lasted for two thousand years. It stills remains amidst people all over the world. This is a source of pride for all Tamils.”

‘Tamils are losing their traditional identities. During Pongal, they used to follow numerous traditions. We should understand the meaning of those traditions and preserve those traditions. The tradition during Pongal is such that it is a precautionary measure against unexpected accidents. Tamils are forgetting these traditional identities. Tamils should understand the meaning of those and renew those identities. Here is message for Tamils during Thiruvalluvar Day. Everybody should understand the meaning and read Thirukkural. Just chanting alone does not preserve the literature. It should be experienced and lived. This is the gratitude we could show for Thiruvalluvar. I convey thanks to Kalaignar who raised voice to protect Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari and the Tamil Nadu Government for taking necessary measures.”

Vairamuthu is an internationally recognized poet and lyricist, who often promote Tamil and the growth of Tamil. He makes some good points as to the longevity of the Thirukkural and why it has stuck around for so long. We will wait and see if the Indian government will take note of this.

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