TAMIL NADU

Stamp on Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg released

MISSIONARY REMEMBERED: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran releasing the commemorative stamp in honour of Rev. Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg in Chennai on Sunday. S. Muthiah, historian (centre), receives it. Photo: K. Pichumani

MISSIONARY REMEMBERED: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran releasing the commemorative stamp in honour of Rev. Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg in Chennai on Sunday. S. Muthiah, historian (centre), receives it. Photo: K. Pichumani  



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Maran calls for increasing Tamil content on the Net

CHENNAI: A call for increasing Tamil content on the Internet and in information technology came from the Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Sunday on the occasion of the release of a postal stamp issued for Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719), a German theologian and Christian missionary who was responsible for the establishment of a printing press and a paper mill for the first time in the country.

Recalling how Ziegenbalg introduced new technologies to India three centuries ago, Mr Maran pointed to the low level of Tamil presence on the Net. Likewise, efforts should be taken to increase content of other Indian languages.

He handed over the first copy of the stamp album to historian S. Muthiah at a function organised on the occasion of tercentenary celebration of the arrival of Rev. Ziegenbalg. T. Panner Selvam, Postmaster-General, Chennai Region, said Ziegenbalg worked in the areas of education, health and literature.

Gideon Devanesan, president, United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India, said the stamp was recognition of the pioneers in social reforms. Samuel W. Meshack, principal, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, said the Gurukul had been following the traditions set by Ziegenbalg in women empowerment.

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