Editorial: Tamil Touch

Weeks after he spoke in praise of Tamil in the United States and days after he himself became a Tamilian by sporting veshti-sattai to host Chinese President in Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again hailed the classical language. His releasing a Tamil version of his poem on Mamallapuram ocean’s beauty has won appreciation from Tamil film personalities. Acknowledging their appreciation, the Prime Minister said, ‘The Tamil language is beautiful, the Tamil people are exceptional.’

After he released a Tamil version of his poem on Sunday, Tamil filmmaker Dhananjayan tweeted, ‘Amazing love of our [email protected] @narendramodi ji for #Tamil. We all must celebrate his love & support to our language. Thank you sir.’ Responding, the Prime Minister said on his twitter handle, ‘Glad to be expressing myself in the world’s oldest language, which has nurtured a vibrant culture. The Tamil language is beautiful, the Tamil people are exceptional.’ Also, popular Tamil actor Vivekh said, ‘Saluting nature is saluting God..! Bcoz nature is the Almighty!! Great ! Hon @narendramodi sir! Thank you on behalf our nation, for your lovable poem on mahab ocean…!’

To this, Modi said: Thank you @Actor_Vivek! Respect for nature is a key part of our ethos. Nature manifests divinity and greatness. The scenic shores of Mamallapuram and the morning calm provided perfect moments to express some of my thoughts. Modi was on a two-day trip to Mamallapuram for an informal summit with Jinping. The two leaders discussed issues ranging from tackling terrorism, trade and ways to renew ties between the two countries. Apart from plogging and engaging in ‘conversations’ (with the ocean and Jinping), Modi also took time out to take a walk and exercise on the beach, photographs of which were shared on Twitter. The Prime Minister’s sincere efforts to prove that he is not against Tamilnadu and his love for Tamil deserve praise

NT Bureau