Row over saffron-clad photo of poet Thiruvalluvar on Tamil Nadu Governor’s invite

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An invitation issued by Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi for the celebration of ‘Thiruvalluvar Thirunaal Vizha’ on May 24 has sparked a controversy as it shows famous saint-poet Thiruvalluvar clad in saffron robes.

Reacting to the latest invitation from Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu Congress chief Selvaperunthagai said it was “illegal” to change Thiruvalluvar’s photo.

“It is illegal for Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi to change the government-approved photo of Thiruvalluvar and publish another one which gives him a communal color,” Selvaperunthagai said.

Tamil Nadu observes Thiruvalluvar Day on January 16.

This is not the first time a row has erupted over the depiction of the Tamil saint and poet in a saffron robe.

In January this year, saffron-clad Thiruvalluvar’s mural on the compound wall of a government-run school in Erode had sparked a polticial controversy.

The image showed Thiruvalluvar wearing a saffron robe, a rudraksha necklace with holy ash on his forehead. The Dravidian parties accused the BJP of trying to ‘saffronise’ Thiruvalluvar, who is usually depicted only wearing white dress without affiliation to any religion.

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May 23, 2024



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