Workshop on Tamil Proverbs

CLOSE ON the heels of the Chief Minister's announcement in the Assembly that `kudimagal' would hitherto indicate a female citizen, a city based NGO held a workshop on Tamil proverbs, to weed out derogatory references to other disadvantaged groups.

Seizing the opportunity and the break that the Chief Minister's announcement gave them, TN Forces, a forum for creche and childcare services in Tamil Nadu, convened a workshop with the specific aim of taking the CM's initiative further. Explaining the goals of the programme, K. Shanmugavelayutham, of TN Forces said, they included identifying and reviewing the existing Tamil proverbs that are against the interests of girl children and disabled people, and replace these derogatory proverbs with others.

Around 40 participants including Tamil scholars, representatives from NGOs, and social workers contributed towards this revamping of the language. Some 1000 proverbs came up for review and 200 new proverbs were evolved during the exercise. It was also decided to take these new lines to the people through the 30,000 ICDS centres in the state.

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