The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today slammed the IIT Madras Tamil anthem not being sung at an official event. Pointing out that it was completely wrong, it said that the government would not accept these kinds of traditions being given a miss. State fisheries minister and AIADMK leader D Jayakumar said whether or not it was a central or state government institution, it was a “tradition” to play the Tamil Thaai Vazhthu, as also the national anthem.
“The Amma (late Jayalalithaa) government will never accept anything that is tantamount to throwing away such traditions,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement, in which he said that Tamil was older than the Sanskrit language.
The minister further said that while the incident was regrettable, explanation of the institute was “not acceptable.” On Monday, a Sanskrit invocation song at an event at the institute, which was attended by union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Pon Radhakrishnan led to controversy with some Opposition leaders from DMK and MDMK, questioning why the Tamil anthem was not sung.
The event started with ‘Maha Ganapathim Manasa Smarami’ song, which was written by late composer Muthuswami Dikshithar. It was sung at the foundation stone laying ceremony of National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts, which will be set up along with the institution. Clarifying institutes stand, IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamoorth said the institution do not issue any directions to students for a particular song to be sung.
“We do not issue any directions to the students. It is they who choose the invocation song and render it on such occasions,” he was quoted as saying by the agency. In the meantime, BJPs’s state unit hits out at those criticising the singing of the Sanskrit song, saying people know those “who do politics using language as a tool.