TAMIL NADU

Aversion leads to Tamil decline: Karunanidhi

CHENNAI Jan. 28. The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, today said that not only Tamil music but the language itself is on the wane. This is because some sections have developed an aversion for the language, he said inaugurating the 27th Tamil music festival organised by the Muthamizh Peravai here.

It was about 25 years ago that the then Chief Minister, M.G. Ramachandran, told him that, in New Delhi, after the President's address in English, the Vice-President, followed it up with a translation in Hindi. Mr. Karunanidhi opined then that this was because they respected their language, Hindi. It was then that MGR decided that in the State also, after the Governor's address in English, the Speaker should read it out in Tamil. This was flouted in the current session.

More often than not, it was immediate gain that guided human behaviour. But the language was something that had to be enriched and passed on to the next generation.

The former Supreme Court judge, S. Mohan, who presided, said some people were hesitant even to speak in Tamil. This should change. People should take pride in their language and culture.

Mr. Karunanidhi presented the Rajarathina award to Pandhanallur T.R. Dakshinamoorthy for his contribution to music. The award carries a plaque, shawl, citation and a medal. He also conferred the Iyal Selvam title on Manavai Musthafa, the Isai Selvam award on Seerkazhi Sivachidamdaram, the Natya Selvam award on Delhi Saroja Vaidhyanathan, the Miruthanga Selvam title on Tiruvarur Bakthavatsalam and the Thavil selvam award on Tiruppananthal Marimuthu.

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