VARANASI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday termed Kashi Tamil Sangamam as a “beginning of a cultural renaissance from Kashi”, adding that “an effort, which should have been initiated immediately after independence, could be started due to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ensuring that India’s antiquity and glory stand united”.
“Today, this event is not concluding but it is marking the beginning of a cultural renaissance, which will not be limited in reviving the bonding of Kashi and Tamil Nadu only but all cultures of the country. All other countries in the world are formed on the concept of geo-politics but, India’s base is geo-cultural with a treasure of diverse cultures,” said Shah while addressing the valedictory session of Kashi Tamil Sangamam at the same amphitheatre ground of BHU, where the PM had inaugurated the event on November 19.
He added, “Even though our country has a wide and diverse cultural expanse, our soul remains one. After years of slavery, when the country attained independence, its cultural unity, diversity of heritage and different cultures were tarnished.”
‘Offer Gangajal to Lord Rameshwar and come again to Kashi with soil’
We are thankful to the PM, who envisioned Kashi Tamil Sangamam, to re-strengthen the bonding of two great cultures of Kashi and Tamil Nadu. Under the PM, the lost glory and unity is being revived in Azadi’s ‘amrit year’. Kashi Tamil Sangamam will prove to be a bridge between the extreme yet rich cultures of Tamil and Kashi,” the home minister said while highlighting the vision of the PM. Shah also called upon the Tamil people to keep faith in people from across India and show love for them in order to know the country. “Add yourself with others as the entire country is curiously waiting to welcome you,” he added.
Furthermore, he said that officially 2,500 and over 10,000 people in reality from Tamil Nadu participated in the event. “The way Kashi warmly welcomed brothers and sisters from Tamil Nadu was overwhelming.” Explaining how Adi Shankaracharya reached Kashi and north India from south to reunite the cultures and traditions, Amit Shah said: “The PM had restarted efforts to re-strengthen the bonding of cultures as per his vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. This initiative is not going to be stopped here. The process of confluence of cultures, languages, arts and traditions of all great cultures of India are going to be continued.”
Calling upon the Tamils to come forward for joining this biggest post-independent effort of the PM, the Union home minister said, “There is a fact that if you want to win faith, you will have to show faith in others. If you want love from others, you will have to share it with others. People from North East to Gujarat, West Bengal to Kerala are curious to welcome you. The atmosphere being created for the first time after independence should be utilized.” “Take Gangajal from here to offer jalabhishek to Lord Rameshwar and come again to Kashi with the soil of Rameshwar,” said Shah, appealing to them to know the entire country and link them with other cultures. “Kashi Tamil Sangamam proved to be an eye-opener for many, who did not know that Tamil is one of oldest languages of the world,” he said, adding, “Bharatnatyam and many arts were known to the people for long time but many of them were not aware about their roots.” Speaking on the issue of language, Shah highlighted how the new education policy of the Modi government is increasing opportunities for studies, including technical education in the mother tongue of every region.





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