Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thanjavur Celebrate

Tamil Nadu - Thanjavur


"Millennium year of Big Temple to be celebrated in a grand manner"

Karunanidhi calls for dignity in public life

Grand announcement: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi addressing a public meeting in Thanjavur on Tuesday. To his right is Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin.

THANJAVUR: The State government will celebrate the 1,000 {+t} {+h} year of construction of Big Temple built by King Rajaraja Cholan here in a grand manner said Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi here on Tuesday.

He said that the grand anicut built by Karikala Cholan and the Big Temple built by Rajaraja Cholan were two architectural marvels.

“We have to salute Rajaraja Cholan who had built such a big temple. I always wondered at the height of the vimana and other aspects of the temple. I am very happy to announce at Thanjavur that the State government will celebrate the millennium of the temple. The date, venue and mode of celebrations will be announced later,” he said.

The scholars from all over the world, who participated in the World Classical Tamil Conference requested him to celebrate the occasion in a grand and befitting manner, Mr. Karunanidhi pointed out.

He said samathuvapurams in Tamil Nadu have been constructed to make people sink their caste, religion and community differences and live harmoniously.

“Not against Brahmins”

He also said that he was not against Brahmins, but only against Brahminism. Brahminism practiced by members of any caste will be opposed by him and his party.

Mr. Karunanidhi called for dignity in political life.

The criticisms made by some of the political leaders have crossed all levels of decency.

He cited his own example when he contested from Thanjavur in the Assembly elections a few decades ago. He said that he and his opponent Parisutha Nadar maintained decency in public meetings and they never spoke ill of each other.

M. K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, explained the various welfare and development schemes being implemented in the state.

S. S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, Ko. Si. Mani, K. Ponmudy, S. N. M. Ubayathullah, State Ministers, also spoke.

“Centre fulfilling State's demands”

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre has been considerate to the demands made by the State government with respect to Tamil language, said the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi here on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the Kalaignar Adavanced Centre for World Classical Languages at the Tamil University, Mr. Karunanidhi said that giving classical status to Tamil Language, shifting the centre related to Tamil research functioning at Central Institute of Indian Languages at Mysore to Chennai can be cited as examples for the Central government fulfilling the demands put forward by the State government with respect to Tamil.

Now the Human Resource Ministry has given its approval and through the University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Rs. two crore for establishing the Advanced Centre for World Classical Languages. Tamil University senate passed a resolution for establishing the centre at the University and sent a proposal to Central government on March 27, 2010. The Human Resource Ministry gave its approval on May 9, 2010 and asked the UGC to release the amount. UGC released the amount of Rs. two crore on July 14.

Mr. Karunanidhi expressed happiness that the advanced centre is established close on the heels of world classical Tamil conference held at Coimbatore. He narrated the struggle launched by the State government for getting classical status for Tamil.