CHENNAI:President Pranab Mukherjee lauded the great rich heritage of the classical Tamil while receiving Tirukkural from MP Tarun Vijay, who is also the national chairman of the Students and Youth For Tiruvalluvar (SYT). The MP also presented a small, beautiful terracotta sculpture of Sage Tiruvalluvar to the President at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He was happy to know about the success and the response Tarun Vijay’s Tamil initiative for national integration devoid of any political shades. He received a beautifully designed Students and Youth For Tiruvalluvar (SYT) message to spread Tirukkural amongst the students and youth, which will be now taken to the universities and colleges in Tamil Nadu (later in other parts) excelling in Tirukkural through the SYT.
The President was all praise for the Tamils’ achievements in the areas of art, language and Naval empires and spoke about the glorious chapter of the legendary Raja Raja Chola era.
Later in the day, Union Minister for HRD Smriti Irani launched the SYT campaign in her office at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi and hoped that the number of youth joining SYT would cross the targetted one million number. Vice Chancellor of JNU Prof S K Sopory chaired the launching session.
Perhaps for the first time Shastri Bhawan was reverberating with Valluvar’s Tirukkural recitation, Tamil Thai prayer and Tamil Vande Mataram.