Thiruvalluvar statue insulted near Thanjavur, activists & politicians fume

Amid an ongoing row between the BJP supporters and Dravidian parties over the religion of Thiruvalluvar, a statue of the saint poet was found insulted at Pillayarpatti in Thanjavur district.

Miscreants, who are yet to be unidentified, have applied cow dung on the statue of Thiruvalluvar. This act has shocked many, with politicians and Tamil activists condemning the culprits and seeking action against them.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a Tirukkural as an example to drive home a point in his speech in Thailand on Saturday, the BJP Tamil Nadu chapter came under severe criticism the same day for trying to ‘saffronise’ Thiruvalluvar, the poet who wrote Tirukkural.

A tweet from the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit with a picture of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar wearing a saffron shawl instead of the usual white has drawn criticism from Dravidian groups, who have accused the BJP of trying to
“saffronise” the saint.

DMK president, M K Stalin, in a tweet said the BJP, instead of “saffronising” Thiruvalluvar, would do better to study his great poetic contributions and try to change over a new leaf.

“To drag the Tamil saint-poet to the BJP’s aid is to hoodwink the Tamils,” Stalin said, adding, any amount of trying to paint Thiruvalluvar with various colours will be washed away.

The Tamil Nadu government’s official image of Thiruvalluvar sports a white dhoti and no sacred ash on the forehead.

Interestingly, the Thai translation of Thirukkural, launched by Prime Miniser Narendra Modi in Bangkok, had the image of Thiruvalluvar in white dress without the sacred ash on the forehead.

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.