After lan­guage row, PM praises Tamil to as­suage hurt feel­ings

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PM Naren­dra Modi re­ferred to Tamil philoso­pher Kaniyan Pun­lan­guage and praised Tamil as the world’s old­est lan­guage dur­ing his ad­dress at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on Fri­day.

The PM’s words were seen as an at­tempt to as­suage any hurt feel­ings against al­leged im­po­si­tion of Hindi, es­pe­cially in states like Tamil Nadu which had re­cently wit­nessed protests.

“3000 years ago, a great poet of In­dia, Kaniyan Pun­gun­dra­nar wrote in Tamil, the most an­cient lan­guage of the world, ‘Yaad­hum Oore Yaavarum Kelir, which means ' We be­long to all places, and to ev­ery­one’. This sense of be­long­ing beyond bor­ders, is unique to In­dia,” the PM said in his ad­dress.

“In the last 5 years, In­dia has worked to­wards strength

en­ing its cen­turies old great tra­di­tion of fra­ter­nity among na­tions and wel­fare of the world, which is in­deed in line with the key ob­jec­tives of the United Na­tions,” he said. Even dur­ing the ‘ Howdy Modi’ event at Hous­ton, the PM had greeted peo­ple in eight dif­fer­ent In­dian lan­guages to ad­dress the multi-cul­tural In­dian di­as­pora in the US who came out in sup­port of him.

He also re­ferred to Swami Vivekanand­a’s ad­dress at the World Par­lia­ment of Re­li­gions. “One hun­dred and twenty five years ago, the great spir­i­tual guru, Swami Vivekanand­a, gave this mes­sage to the world ... The mes­sage was ‘Har­mony and Peace. And Not Dis­sen­sion’,” Modi said. “To­day, the mes­sage from the world’s largest democ­racy for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is still the same,” the PM added.

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