In keeping with his campaign to spread the language and culture of Tamil and Tamilians up north, BJP MP Tarun Vijay is set to host a Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam on Monday. A Thiruvalluar statue will be carried from Kanyakumari to Haridwar. Tarun Vijay said that the aim of this Payanam is to show solidarity of the North with Thiruvalluvar's message of equality and end social discrimination in society.
Thiruvalluvar is a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher whose contribution to Tamil literature is the Thirukkural, a work on ethics.
“For the first time in the last two thousand years, the great message of Thiruvalluvar shall reach millions on Haridwar, a famous pilgrim centre visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Leaders from all political ideologies and faiths have been cordially invited to be the part of it, said Vijay. Leaders from the Congress, CPI, CPM, AIADMK, and DMK have also been invited.
Uttarakhand CM Shri Harish Rawat and Governor Dr KK Paul shall lead the inauguration of the statue.
BJP leaders Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Pon Radhakrishnan and six state Governors from Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Meghalaya, Kerala, Karnataka are expected to attend. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Governor have been invited as the chief guests.
Tamil scholars, poets, Tamil Sangam activists, universities and colleges have been invited to participate.
The gesture of bringing the Thiruvalluvar statue to the banks of the Ganga denotes that India recognises and appreciates the Southern contribution to national life across caste. The MP also said this would invoke ‘Vanakkam’ in the land of Namaste.