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No one can taint Thiruvalluvar in Tamil Nadu: CM Stalin

The Governor’s portrayal of Thruvalluvar, the most revered philosophical poet of the Tamil tradition, sparked an outrage on social media with supporters of the Dravidian school of thought, including Chief Minister M K Stalin lashing out at the Raj Bhavan for giving a saffron tint to Thiruvalluvar.

No one can taint Thiruvalluvar in Tamil Nadu: CM Stalin

CHENNAI: Pongal, the annual religion-neutral harvest festival celebrated by people of all religions in the state, also panned out to be an occasion for an ideological confrontation between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Governor after differences erupted over interpretation of Poet Thiruvalluvar.

Governor R N Ravi set the tone for the fresh face-off when he described Thiruvalluvar as “the brightest saint of the Bharatiya Sanatan tradition” in his Thiruvalluvar Day message posted on the official handle of the Raj Bhavan of Tamil Nadu. The Governor’s message also had a representative image of Thiruvallur where he was seen sporting saffron, instead of the usual white seen in the ‘official’ image of the Tamil Nadu government, and also ‘Rudhraksh’ and “Vibuthi” (Holy ashes on the forehead and biceps).

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