‘Dra­vid­ian States should share sur­plus re­sources among them­selves for unity’

Chief Min­is­ter Palaniswami says south­ern States should come for­ward to link penin­su­lar rivers

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI -

CHIEF MIN­IS­TER Edap­padi K Palaniswami on Satur­day called upon the Dra­vid­ian States (South­ern States) to share among them­selves nat­u­ral re­sources such as sur­plus wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and food­grain, to es­tab­lish the real unity among them.

Speak­ing at the start­ing of In­sti­tute of Dra­vid­ian Stud­ies es­tab­lished by St Peter’s In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, he said, “I don’t just boast about our unity through lan­guage, cul­ture and civil­i­sa­tion as Dra­vid­i­ans is suf­fi­cient. Be­yond that, we should ex­tend help to the neigh­bour­ing Dra­vid­ian States by shar­ing the sur­plus in wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and grains. This alone can es­tab­lish the unity among the Dra­vid­ian States.”

He said this in­sti­tute should take up as its duty cre­at­ing aware­ness among the Dra­vid­ian States the im­por­tance of shar­ing nat­u­ral re­sources among them. “Only then, the true goal of launch­ing this in­sti­tu­tion will be ful­filled. We should do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish that we are Dra­vid­i­ans.”

In this con­nec­tion, Palaniswami said that un­der the scheme to link penin­su­lar rivers, Dra­vid­ian States should come to­gether to link the fol­low­ing rivers - Ma­hanadi, Go­davari, Kr­ishna, Pen­nar, Palar, Cau­very, Vaigai, Gun­dar, Pamba, Achankovil and Vaip­par.

“At present Tamil Nadu is work­ing to­wards link­ing the rivers within the State. Sim­i­larly, Tamil Nadu will en­gage it­self in the work for link­ing the rivers in South­ern States,” he added.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam said “To­day, the need of hour is to do re­search into Dra­vid­i­an­ism, Dra­vid­ian his­tory and im­pact of Dra­vid­i­an­ism in gen­eral. When we Google the word Dra­vid­ian, sev­eral thou­sand pages and doc­u­ments of sig­nif­i­cance im­me­di­ately come up, to en­lighten us, about our an­ces­tors. We are hum­bled to note that many Euro­pean schol­ars from the 16th cen­tury on­wards had done ded­i­cated re­search in Dra­vid­i­an­ism, its lan­guages and lit­er­a­ture.”

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Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami hand­ing over wel­fare as­sis­tance to a ben­e­fi­ciary at Kancheep­u­ram Col­lec­torate on Satur­day |

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