CHENNAI: Unveiling a statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar in the premises of Raj Bhavan on Sunday, Tamil Nadu Governor (in charge) Ch Vidyasagar Rao said Thirukkural represented the true spirit of the nation.
“To us, citizens of this great nation, Thirukkural represents India’s spirit in its truest form and has great relevance not only for the present, but also for the future.” He noted that the couplet, in many aspects, was in resonance with Bhagavat Gita, Guru Granth Sahib, Bible, Quran and the ideals of Jainism.
Saying that Thirukkural was a contribution of the Tamil creative genius, he said the couplet should be made familiar world over. He appealed to scholars to facilitate translation of the book in all languages to make it a ‘universal treasure’.
He appealed to students to lead a moral life dedicated to the cause of humanity and promote greenery for copious rains, preserving water, maintaining hygiene and cleanliness for developing a healthy future. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister ‘Sevoor’ S Ramachandran, former Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC M Karpagavinayagam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan attended.