CHENNAI: Tamil classic Tirukkural will be introduced as a subject in English and Hindi languages in universities in north India, said BJP MP Tarun Vijay.
Delivering a speech on “Tirukkural, Dalit, and New Nation Awakening” at the University of Madras at a programme conducted by the Department of Politics and Public affairs, Tarun Vijay spoke about the recent implementation of Tirukkural concepts in Parliament and revealed the plan to add it as a subject in universities.
“Tirukkural expresses the universal truth common to every man in the world. It speaks about equality, education, and many other aspects of human life,” he said.
Referring to the Dalit issues raging in Tamil Nadu, in general, and the recent death of Shankar, a Dalit, in particular, Tarun Vijay said, “Key people like Tiruvalluvar wrote about equality. There were leaders in Tamil Nadu who fought for Dalits and downtrodden people. People should be ashamed of socially discriminating others on the basis of caste and religion. Casteism, racism and any other discrimination should not be allowed to flourish in India. No person has the right to say that their caste is higher or lower.”
The BJP MP said that in the near future, with Modi’s concept of using solar power, the days of Dalit and downtrodden people using streetlights to study will be gone and every house will have solar generated electricity.
“We should create a proud nation where people should be given equal social justice and empower the economy giving the Dalits equal opportunities. We should feel the ‘togetherness’ together.”
After delivering his speech, Tarun Vijay answered student’s questions and celebrated the Holi with the audience.