Kashi Tamil Sangamam: A worthwhile effort to bridge the gap between the hearts of North and South – न्यूज़लीड India

Kashi Tamil Sangamam: A worthwhile effort to bridge the gap between the hearts of North and South


oi-Umesh Chaturvedi


Published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 12:50 [IST]

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Kashi Tamil Sangamam: Where there is an atmosphere of enthusiasm in North India regarding the organization of Kashi Tamil Sangam on the initiative of Varanasi MP Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mixed reactions are being seen in Tamil Nadu.

Kashi Tamil Sangamam motive to bridge North and South

The spirit of anti-North India, which has been going on in Tamil Nadu for nearly 85 years, has entered the hearts of a section of Tamil ideology so deeply that it finds every such event suspicious. When it comes to Hindi and Sanskrit, Tamil sub-nationalism starts boiling. She starts propagating such steps as an attack on her sub-nationality. It is another matter that now such voices have started to fade away.

The support being received by Kashi Tamil Samagam in the north and the liberal thinking of the south about it has started questioning the concept of Arya and Dravida. The question has started to arise whether the partition of Arya Dravid was an attempt to create a rift in the concept of Indianness?

If the Aryan and Dravidian cultures are different, then why have people from the far south come to visit the North Indian centers of Dwadash Jyotirlingas since ancient times? When a Hindu devotee of North India visits Kashi, it is not necessary that he also visits the holy Sangam of Prayagraj. But whenever a devotee of South goes to visit Baba in the city of Baba Vishwanath, he definitely takes the virtue of visiting Prayagraj and bathing in Sangam to complete his pilgrimage.

Whenever Kumbh or Ardh Kumbh takes place in Prayag, it is an eternal truth that the devotee of South definitely goes to visit Kashi Vishwanath after Prayagraj. The answer to the questions arising in the context of dividing North and South as Arya and Dravid should be considered that every year on Mahashivaratri in the month of Phalgun, the streets of Varanasi are filled with buses, cars and their crowds of pilgrims from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. are filled with

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has said that if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was able to unite the kings of India and ensure their merger, then the credit goes to Shankaracharya. It was Adi Shankaracharya who religiously unified India as one nation from north to south.

He arranged that Brahmins from the south would be appointed as priests in Kedarnath Dham in the north and Brahmins from the north in Rameswaram in the south. Similarly, the concept of having a priest from the East in Dwarka in the West and a Pandit from the West in Puri in the East was actually an idea to unite and unite India.

This concept of integration has been going on since many centuries before Christ. Adi Shankaracharya’s birth is believed to be in the same period. But after the expansion of the British state, the Christian missionaries, who became the bearers of the so-called modern knowledge-science, gave some ideas to India. In the initial phase those ideas could not be accepted. But as the British imperialism grew, and with its help the English education spread, the attack on the concept of Indianness continued to increase.

The difference between Tamil and Sanskrit is the product of so-called modernity. This gland became the basis of the contraction of linguistic thinking with the growing North-South distinction. As the expansion of English education went on, this thinking kept on increasing.

But how much is wrong with this thinking, the answer to this comes from a statement of the then Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan in a program organized in the Constitution Club of Delhi in the year 1995. Then he said that his grandmother did not know a word of any language other than Tamil. But she came after traveling to all the four dhams.

Seshan had then asked the question that when there is no such facility of train, no phone, no facilities, even then what does his grandmother’s return after visiting the pilgrimages of North India prove? Seshan was also originally from Tamil Nadu. Through this statement, he proved that India has been a single cultural unit and there was never any difference between North and South.

It is true that the politics of the South, especially Tamil Nadu, has been suspicious of Hindi and through it the politics of North India. But it is also true that Tamil politicians also believe that for an all-India image, they need to know Hindi along with the North. Powerful Congress leader K Kamaraj had emerged as a contender for the post of Prime Minister after the death of Nehru. He was then the President of the Congress, but due to not being able to speak Hindi, he dragged his feet back.

A confluence took place recently in Rae Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, the birthplace of Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi, the eminent Hindi scholar and editor of Saraswati Patrika. Hindi scholar Dr.Vasudevan Shesh who came from Chennai also gave a lecture there. He gave a good suggestion. He said that the people of the North are scholars of Hindi, but many people in the South are also deeply knowledgeable about Hindi. Such people should be called and heard in North India, this will weaken the narrow concepts made in South about Hindi. Trust will be restored and a new ideological bridge will develop between North and South. Kashi Tamil Sangam seems to be an extension of this thought.

As far as the historical facts regarding the cultural relations between Tamil and Kashi are concerned, there are many such inscriptions in Tamil Nadu during the Chola period, in which Varanasi is discussed. There are hardly any Kashi Vishwanath temples in North India except Varanasi, but not only Kashi Vishwanath but also Vishalakshi i.e. Parvati temples are present in many places in Tamil Nadu. There is also a city named Kashi in Tamil Nadu. Not only this, Varanasi has a sizeable population of Tamil Nadu residents.

There is historical evidence that in the 17th century the Saivite poet Kumaraguruparar came to Kashi from Tamil Nadu and established a monastery here. Later this monastery moved to Thanjavur district, but in Tamil Nadu it is still famous as Kashi Math. It is clear that the cultural connection between North and South is very deep.

Tamil Nadu’s famous and flamboyant leader Subramanian Swamy does not hesitate to say that the skin color of the people in the south is darker because the sun’s rays are more intense. Otherwise the genes are like those of the people of their north. It is clear that this fact gives a scientific challenge to the concept of Arya and Dravid.

Events like Kashi-Tamil Sangam will be helpful in bridging the slight rift between the hearts of Tamil and North, due to politics. North India has extended its hand in this direction, not only should it be welcomed, but there should be many conferences like Prayagraj-Tamil or Prayagraj-Kannada, Haridwar-Kerala, so that the distance between the hearts of North and South can be completely bridged.

Also read: Kashi Tamil Sangamam: The Kashi Tamil Sangamam dialogue is important amid the false Arya-Dravidian divide

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Kashi Tamil Sangamam motive to bridge North and South

Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 12:50 [IST]

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