TN BJP leaders insist on including scholar from TN in the expert committee formed to study Indian culture – Times of India

CHENNAI: A day after Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to reconstitute the committee by inducting a scholar from the state in the 16-member committee to study the culture of the nation; BJP leaders in the state were assertive of a positive outcome from the Prime Minister.

Madurai MP Su Venkatesan lashed at the Centre for zero representation in the committee from South India.

Venkatesan also pointed out that there was no representation of women, dalits and minorities in the committee that would study the origin and evolution of Indian culture dating back to around 12,000 years ago.

“The chief minister correctly represented the issue and it will soon yield a positive response from the Centre,” said vice president of BJP K Annamalai.

Another vice-president of the party Vanathi Srinivasan said that if there was a scope and provision to expand the committee, authorities should induct a scholar from Tamil Nadu. She also pointed out at the political parties in the state for making an issue out of it and every other move by the Centre.

Echoing the same, another leader said that they have taken the issue to a senior leader in the party and it would be addressed soon.

“We can expect a positive response from the government within a day or two,” he added.

Also, MPs from Tamil Nadu submitted a petition to the President in this regard. They pointed out there was no pluralistic society in the 16-member committee.

They requested the intervention of the President and disband the expert committee.

The chief minister in his letter noted that the recent excavation in Keezhadi and other parts of the state revealed the world-reputed Sangam era can now be dated back to as early as the 6th Century BCE. He expressed his displeasure by stating that ‘it was surprising that the ministry of culture has chosen to ignore experts from TN’ when constituting the experts committee.

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