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The News Minute | January 17, 2015 | 08.20 pm IST The DMK voiced by party treasurer MK Stalin became the first Dravidian party to come out in support of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan. Expressing his opinion on his Facebook page, Stalin said that Tamil Nadu has been home to heathy debates have been going on for thousands of years on different subjects like religion and social issues, reported Times of India. He wrote, "Tamil Novelist and writer Perumal Murugan is targeted and hounded by intolerant people who are encouraged and supported by fundamentalists. Their only aim is to create a rift among the peaceful and freedom loving citizens of Tamil Nadu," "We neither resort nor support violence in the name of Hinduism or Christianity or Islam or atheism. We are people who encourage debates and discontents in democratic forums...France has given the timely relevant example of Liberty,Fraternity and Unity against Fundamentalism in an astounding procession for the cartoonists who have paid the ultimate price for the right to voice their opinions.  It is time to remember Voltaire' s words, "I do not agree with what you have to say,but I 'll defend to death your Right to say it".Let the vested interests who are encouraging these repulsive acts against a book that was published four years ago remember that, Tamil Nadu and its people will not condone violence in the name of religion and we will not allow anyone to infringe on our right to free expression.

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