A statue of Thiruvalluvar in Thanjavur’s Pillayarpatti was found desecrated and a black paper was pasted covering the eyes. Passersby noticed this and informed the Tamil University police who then rushed to the spot and cleaned the statue before garlanding it. Police protection has been posted.
Pillayarpatti: Unidentified persons had desecrated a statue of Thiruvalluvar, the poet who authored Tamil classical ethical treatise Tirukkural, in Thanjavur’s Pillayarpatti in the early hours of Monday morning.
The statue located near a building owned by the Pillayarpatti Panchayat was on Monday, found blackened with mud and a tape covering the eyes.
Passersby who noticed the desecrated statue informed the police who rushed to the spot. They then cleaned the statue and garlanded it.
Meanwhile, a group of Tamil enthusiasts gathered near the statue and raised slogans condemning the desecration. They also demanded the arrest of those who vandalised the statue.
The police have registered a case and are on the lookout for the culprits. They were probing in various angles whether this was a reaction to the depicting Thiruvalluvar with a saffron robe in the Twitter page of Tamil Nadu BJP.
It might be noted that the three and a half feet tall statue made of concrete and installed on a pedestal was erected on behalf of Thenninthiya Valluvar Kula Sangam and the residents of Thiruvalluvar street in Pillayarpatti and was declared open by the then District collector Shanmugha Veeramoni on August 15, 2005.
Earlier the DMK and BJP in Tamil Nadu were at loggerheads after DMK chief MK Stalin had accused the BJP of saffronising Thiruvalluvar.
The BJP Tamil Nadu’s official Twitter handle put out a tweet on Tamil Nadu Day with a picture of Thiruvalluvar in saffron robes, as opposed to the usual white-robed depiction of the saint.
தமிழுக்கென்று தரணியில் ஓர் இடம்— BJP Tamilnadu (@BJP4TamilNadu) November 1, 2019
உலக தமிழர்களின் அகமாம்
தமிழகம் உருவான நாள் இன்று
அமுதினும் இனிய தமிழ் ஊட்டி
நம்மை வளர்த்தெடுத்த தமிழ் அறிஞர்களை நினைவூட்டி
தமிழின் சிறப்பை உலகெல்லாம் கொண்டு சென்ற தலைவர்களை போற்றி கொண்டாடி மகிழ்வோம்
வாழ்க தமிழ், வாழ்க நற்றமிழர்#TamilNaduDay pic.twitter.com/irFvmOSCbc
The post received backlash from several political outfits like CPI(M) and the DMK who alleged that the BJP was saffronising the poet.
DMK Supremo M K Stalin tweeted that to saffronise the poet Thiruvalluvar who believed in 'equality at birth' for political gains is a betrayal to Tamils. He added that any attempts to saffronise the saint will fail saying, 'All your colour will bleach away'.
'பிறப்பொக்கும் எல்லா உயிர்க்கும்' என்ற வள்ளுவரை, காவிக்கூட்டம் தனது கட்சிக்கு கச்சை கட்டத் துணைக்கு அழைப்பது தமிழ்த் துரோகம்!— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) November 3, 2019
எத்தனை வர்ணம் பூசினாலும், உங்கள் வர்ண சாயம் வெளுத்துவிடும்.
சாயம் பூசுவதை விடுத்து, திருக்குறள் படித்து திருந்தப் பாருங்கள்!#BJPInsultsThiruvalluvar
Last Updated 4, Nov 2019, 1:13 PM IST