Friday, September 30 2022

The AIADMK opposition in Tamil Nadu on Thursday opposed any attempt to change the Tamil New Year from “Chithirai” (in April) to “Thai” (January), coinciding with the Pongal festival, saying it fits the bill. against people’s beliefs.

AIADMK coordinator, O Panneerselvam, called such measures “the imposition of opinions”.

The former chief minister claimed that the DMK government’s Pongal gift bag, which among other things contains condiments to prepare the sweet dish, carries greetings for both Pongal and the Tamil New Year.

He recalled that the previous DMK government, under the late Mr. Karunanidhi, in 2008 changed the Tamil calendar to celebrate the New Year from Chithrai to Thai, and had qualified the legislation to this effect as “imposed”.

“People then said the law was to take away their rights and questioned its necessity as it was contrary to the long-standing practice of celebrating the festival,” he said in a party statement. .

Panneerselvam recalled that the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2011 brought the New Year back to Chithirai in accordance with the will of the people, although the decision of the DMK also had no scientific basis.

The Pongal 2022 gift bag carries New Years and Pongal greetings that shocked people. While they were waiting for Rs 2,500 given as last year (in 2021 by the previous AIADMK government) they are anxious by such a hollow announcement. ” ” It is in a way an imposition of opinion. People have the right to decide when and how to celebrate a festival. They think it’s better to leave it to them, ” Panneerselvam added.

Quoting Socrates, he said “it is better to change opinion than to persist in a bad one.” Panneerselvam urged Chief Minister MK Stalin to “respect the opinion of the people,” and ensure the birth of the Tamil Chithirai month continues as Tamil New Years Day and remove the lines allegedly printed on the Pongal gift bags.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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