Chennai , Jan 18( IANS)
Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi in a statement on Wednesday said that he had used the word ‘Thamizhagam’ in a historical and cultural context. He said that an interpretation or inference that it was a suggestion to change the name of Tamil Nadu was erroneous and far fetched.
It may be noted that the Tamil Nadu Governor is in the midst of a controversy after he refereed to Tamil Nadu as Tamizhagam with the ruling DMK and its allies burning the effigy of the Governor in many areas of the state.
The Governor in the statement said that in an event at Rajbhavan on January 4, 2023 to felicitate the volunteers of the Kashi -Tamil sangamam, he had used the word ‘ Thamizhagam’. He said that the Kashi- Tamil sangamam was a month long programme that celebrated the age old cultural connect of the Tamil people with Kashi and that there was no ‘ Tamil Nadu ‘ during those times.
He said that without understanding the basis of his speech, arguments have surfaced that the Governor was against the word ‘ Tamil Nadu ‘ and hence the clarification on his part.
It is to be noted that Governor R.N.Ravi is meeting Union Home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi today and will be briefing him on the recent controversies.