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Rise above borders – BS Yeddyurappa


Referring to the protests, Yeddyurappa said: “Let us live together, let us enjoy together. Both Thiruvalluvar and Sarvagna were above caste, creed and religion. We should treat all the visionaries born in any state in the country as assets of our nation. That is true patriotism. Limiting such great personalities to one state or religion and campaigning against such achievers is unbecoming of any citizen of this country.”

“Almost all works of Sarvagna have been now translated and sold in Tamil Nadu,” said Karunanidhi.

Referring to Yeddyurappa’s visit to his house in Chennai when he was ill, Karunanidhi said: “When Yeddyurappa asked if Sarvagna’s statue could be unveiled in Chennai, my reply was – `Ayya, we were ready for it a long time ago.”’

Touching on the sequence of attempts made by Tamilians in Bangalore over the last 18 years to get the statue, Karunanidhi said: “Almost everybody, including the Prime Minister and President, were approached. But, perhaps, it was just waiting for the right time and the right people to take it forward.” (via Rise above borders: CM – Bangalore – City – NEWS – The Times of India).

Thiruvalluvar Statue getting readied

This possibly was one the biggest acts of statesmanship in India in the last few decades. Here was a festering problem – the Cauvery waters issue. An intra-state problem between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which was being milked for all it was worth by politicians from both states.

Even after two decades, this statue remained under cover due to political gamesmanship. It took a particularly sad lot of politicians to confine Thiruvalluvar to Tamil Nadu for two decades. It took one brave man, Yeddyurappa to make a new beginning.

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  1. Galeo Rhinus
    August 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “We should treat all the visionaries born in any state in the country as assets of our nation. That is true patriotism. Limiting such great personalities to one state or religion and campaigning against such achievers is unbecoming of any citizen of this country.”

    BRAVO!!

  1. August 19, 2009 at 5:58 am

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