Stalin, Thiruma happy with PM Modi’s love for Tamil

DMK president M K Stalin and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chief Thol Thirumavalavan today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Chennai on Monday, hailing Tamil and Tamil Nadu.

In a letter to Modi, Stalin said, “we appreciate with our whole heart your opinion on the antiquity of Tamil. Tamils are not just known for their hospitality, but also for their gratitude.”

Stalin requested the Prime Minister to make Tamil the official language of the country. Thirumavalavan too has welcomed the speech of Narendra Modi.

Tamil echoes across the United States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Chennai on Monday, adding to references to the language that he made while speaking while about the nation’s linguistic diversity during his speeches in the past week.

“When I was staying in America, I spoke in the Tamil language once and told everyone that this is one of the ancient languages. Even today, the Tamil language echoes in entire America,” Modi, who began his brief speech at Chennai airport with the Tamil greeting “Vanakkam (Hello)”, said to loud cheers.

Addressing the graduating batch of students at IIT, he said “I can see the dreams of the future in your eyes and the destiny of India in your eyes.” Modi also asked the students to offer a standing ovation to the parents, teachers and supporting staff at IIT who ‘played a big part in their success.’

In his week-long US visit, PM Modi referred to the linguistic diversity of India at least thrice. Stressing on the need for universal brotherhood, he quoted Kaniyan Pungundranar, a Tamil poet, and said: “We belong to all places, and to everyone.” At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum before that, he said linguistic flexibility inspired confidence in potential investors.