Varanasi: Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revived age-old historical, cultural and spiritual connection between Kashi and Tamil Nadu on the sidelines of cultural programmes event at Kashi Tamil Sangamam at Banaras Hindu University here.
He thanked PM Modi for his initiative of Kashi Tamil Sangamam.
Thakur said that on the initiative of the Prime Minister 2500 people from different parts of Tamil Nadu are coming to Kashi. By adding games to this event, he has created enthusiasm among the youth. This shows the importance of sports for Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
He said that losing or winning a game is immaterial, this friendly match will help in getting to know each other. Even if one doesn’t know the language, one can communicate and get to know each other.
Thakur highlighted PM’s vision during Amrit Kaal that we should not only seek rights but also take responsibility.
He said the level of developmental works done in Varanasi in the last eight years has not been seen before. “This development is not only in Varanasi but also throughout India. No one thought about Kashi Tamil Sangamam before,” he said.
Thakur said there are a lot of towns in Tamil Nadu like Tenkasi, Sivakasi connected with Kashi. He said that this is just the beginning. 2500 people who came to Kashi now will bring 25000 tourists back to Kashi.
He lauded the efforts of different ministries who worked together to make this Sangam happen. He urged to make Tamil Nadu’s arts, culture, literature popular.
Thakur urged the people of Uttar Pradesh to go to places like Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu which is connected with Kashi. He said there was an age-old connection of Kashi with many towns in Tamil Nadu.
He said this was brought to life by the Prime Minister.
Thakur said that the Prime Minister had made the temples in Somnath, Kedarnath and Ayodhya magnificent and divine. “Similarly he will make the Kashi Vishwa Divya bhavya Kashi. Tourism increased,” he said.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L Murugan said that in line with the Bharatiyar’s vision of India, Kashi Tamil Sangamam is organized in PM’s constituency. He said Kashi and Tamil Nadu have age-old connections.
Murugan said that Kanchi and Kashi share commonalities like silk sarees. He lauded the Minister of Railways for announcing a new train service between Kashi and Tamil Nadu.
He praised the PM for establishing a chair commemorating Bharathiyar in BHU.
Governor of Manipur Dr L Ganesan stressed the purpose of Kashi Tamil Sangamam is to highlight India as one country. He said India can never be separated.
Ganesan said that pilgrimage to Kashi is an age-old tradition in Tamil Nadu. He said that pilgrimage is the blood flow of the country. He said Bharathiyar envisioned India as a mother. He detailed Bharathiyar’s views on India.