Minister accepts BJP’s demand, Thirukkural to be printed on Aavin milk packets

Accepting a demand from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Minister K T Rajenthra Bhalaji has said Thirukkural couplets will be printed on Aavin milk packets.

In a tweet, he said, “மிக விரைவில் தமிழக முதல்வர் @CMOTamilNadu  அவர்களின் ஒப்புதலை பெற்று ஆவின் பால் பாக்கெட்களில் திருக்குறள் அச்சிட்டு  வினியோகிக்கப்படும்.”

Earlier, CTR Nirmal Kumar, State president of BJP’s IT and social media wing, made an appeal to the Minister to take steps to print Thirukkural couplets on Aavain sachets.

“By doing this, Thirukkural, a great work by saint poet Thiruvalluvar, will easily reach the households of people in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

There was recently a controversy in Tamil Nadu over the religion of Thiruvalluvar, who lived more than 2000 years ago. The BJP in the tweet quoted a couplet of Thiruvalluvar and and asked what would be the benefit of education learnt by them if they insult God and criticise the believers of God.

It also urged the Dravidar Kazhagam, DMK and the two left parties to realise it. Strongly reacting to it, DMK president M K Stalin said the BJP was trying to saffronise the poet for the growth of the party in Tamil Nadu.

BJP national secretary H Raja said, “Original Thiruvalluvar had vibhuti and all Hindu symbols. Dravidian parties changed his appearance conveniently to make him fit for their political gains. One of his verses ‘Differences in jobs is not there in the birth’ was exactly the same what Krishna quoted in Bhagavad Gita too. Thiruvalluvar’s ideology was one that goes with Sanatana Dharma,” he said.