Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Tirukkural has suggested solutions for all problems in the world and steps should be made to take it to the world forum, the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, said here on Monday.

Speaking at a function to launch a book at the Raj Bhavan, Mr. Kalam said the Tirukkural was written more than 2,000 years ago and it covered every aspect of human life. So, steps should be taken to translate it into as many languages as possible, he said.

Talking about the book ‘Gangai Konda Chemmozhi,’ Mr. Kalam, who received the first copy, appreciated the efforts taken by the author Kandeepan (P.V. Jaganmohan, I.A.S.).

Describing the author’s work as remarkable, the former Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, Avvai Natarajan, said Mr. Kandeepan’s love for the language began when he was in college nearly 30 years ago.

The book was a contribution to the Tamil world and reflected the author’s love for the language.

Launching the book, lyricist Vairamuthu said trade, art and war led to mixing of words from one language to the other.

Research showed that because of globalisation minor languages would disappear. Only six languages would survive, which included Tamil.

These languages could survive because they had a large number of root words in them, Mr. Vairamuthu said.

Lauding the author’s efforts, poet Tamilachi Thangapandian said a total 89 words from Hindi had mixed with Tamil, whereas 180 Tamil words were used in Hindi language.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Kandeepan said more than 1,000 root words from Tamil had gone to Hindi language, he said.

K. Loganathan, president of New Prince Kalvikoodangal and T.J. Govindarajan, president of T.J.S. Engineering College, were among those who participated.